The Orange Cat- Free Pattern

I’ve finally finished the revision of Olivia’s Kitty Cat pattern. In this version I used a slightly smaller crochet hook, I made the cat a bit rounder and sturdier, and the ears are smaller and all black instead of two-toned. The tail is also round, rather than the original triangular shape. Oh, and I changed the shape of the nose to triangle, from a straight-across stitch. (I know, my embroidery terminology is very professional, right? lol)

When I began making this revision, I asked Olivia which color, out of my stash of Red Heart Super Saver, she wanted me to use. Of course, she picked the brightest of all colors. Not just orange, but Flame orange, which, even in natural outdoor lighting, it’s very difficult to get a good, clear photo.

 

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The Orange Cat

Pattern

© 2018 Amanda Bryant

 

Materials Used:

Red Heart Super Saver medium weight (“4”) 100% acrylic yarn: 7 oz/198 g; 364 yards/333 m; Color “Flame”

Red Heart Super Saver medium weight (“4”) 100 % acrylic yarn: 7 oz/198 g; 364 yards/333 m; Color “Black”

Embroidery Floss (small amount for nose, mouth and whiskers)- black

Size F/5- 3.75 mm crochet hook

Stitch Marker

Yarn needle

Embroidery needle

Polyester Fiberfill

Size 15 mm safety eyes

Abbreviations Used (U.S. Terminology):

Ch- chain

Sc- single crochet

Sc2tog- single crochet two single crochet’s together (decrease)

Sl st- slip stitch

Gauge:  not important, just be sure your stitches are close together so the stuffing doesn’t pop through the stitches. If your stitches aren’t tight enough go down in hook size.

Finished Measurements: about 9 inches high (sitting, excluding ears; with ears, about 10 inches high)

Special Notes:

  • The project is worked in the rounds (one continuous spiral) without joining, unless the instructions specify differently
  • Use a stitch marker to mark the end/beg of each round, and move the marker up as you complete each round
  • Stuff as work progresses, and stuff all parts firmly to ensure the cat will sit up and not flop over
  • The head and body are made as one piece, so there is no need to sew the two together
  • The arms (front/top legs) and the tail are almost identical, so if you assemble the cat after all parts are made instead of as you complete each part, make sure you mark which piece is what (so you don’t sew a tail where the arm is suppose to be).
  • At the end of this post there are a couple of photos, one of what all the individual pieces look like when completed, and one of the pieces all pinned onto the cat’s body.

Pattern Instructions:

Head, beginning at top

With Flame, make a magic ring, or ch 2

Round 1- make 6 sc in the magic ring–or make 6 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook if starting with a ch-2— (Pull closed tightly) (6 sc)

Round 2- make 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)

Round 3- make 1 sc in the first sc, make 2 sc in the next sc, *(make 1 sc in the next sc, make 2 sc in the next sc), repeat from * around to the end (18 sc)

Round 4- make 1 sc in each of the first 2 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 2 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc), repeat from * around to the end (24 sc)

Round 5- make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 3 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc), repeat from * around to the end (30 sc)

Round 6- make 1 sc in each of the first 4 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 4 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc), repeat from * around to the end (36 sc)

Round 7- make 1 sc in each of the first 5 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 5 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc), repeat from * around to the end (42 sc)

Round 8- make 1 sc in each of the first 6 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 6 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc), repeat from * around to the end (48 sc)

Round 9- make 1 sc in each of the first 7 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 7 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc), repeat from * around to the end (54 sc)

Rounds 10- 21- make 1 sc in each sc around to the end (54 sc)

Round 22- make 1 sc in each of the first 7 sc, sc2tog, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 7 sc, sc2tog), repeat from * around to the end (48 sc)

Round 23- make 1 sc in each of the first 6 sc, sc2tog, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 6 sc, sc2tog), repeat from * around to the end (42 sc)

Round 24- make 1 sc in each of the first 5 sc, sc2tog, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 5 sc, sc2tog), repeat from * around to the end (36 sc)

Round 25- make 1 sc in each of the first 4 sc, sc2tog, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 4 sc, sc2tog), repeat from * around to the end (30 sc)

Round 26- make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, sc2tog, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 3 sc, sc2tog), repeat from * around to the end (24 sc)

Place the safety eyes between rounds 13 and 14, about 5 or 6 stitches apart. Stuff head.

Round 27- make 1 sc in each of the first 2 sc, sc2tog, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 2 sc, sc2tog), repeat from * around to the end (18 sc)

Beginning the body

Round 28- make 1 sc in each of the first 2 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 2 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc), repeat from * around to the end (24 sc)

Round 29- make 1 sc in each sc around to the end (24 sc)

Round 30- make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 3 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc), repeat from * around to the end (30 sc)

Round 31- make 1 sc in each sc around to the end (30 sc)

Round 32- make 1 sc in each of the first 4 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 4 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc), repeat from * around to the end (36 sc)

Round 33- make 1 sc in each sc around to the end (36 sc)

Round 34- make 1 sc in each of the first 5 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 5 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc), repeat from * around to the end (42 sc)

Round 35- make 1 sc in each sc around to the end (42 sc)

Round 36- make 1 sc in each of the first 6 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 6 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc), repeat from * around to the end (48 sc)

Round 37- 46- make 1 sc in each sc around to the end (48 sc)

Round 47- make 1 sc in each of the first 6 sc, sc2tog, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 6 sc, sc2tog), repeat from * around to the end (42 sc)

Round 48- make 1 sc in each of the first 5 sc, sc2tog, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 5 sc, sc2tog), repeat from * around to the end (36 sc)

Round 49- make 1 sc in each of the first 4 sc, sc2tog, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 4 sc, sc2tog), repeat from * around to the end (30 sc)

Round 50- make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, sc2tog, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 3 sc, sc2tog), repeat from * around to the end (24 sc)

Stuff the body now, and then before the bottom of the cat is completely closed up, add some additional stuffing to ensure she has a solid body (so she can sit without falling over).

Round 51- make 1 sc in each of the first 2 sc, sc2tog, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 2 sc, sc2tog), repeat from * around to the end (18 sc)

Round 52- make 1 sc in the first sc, sc2tog, *(make 1 sc in the next sc, sc2tog), repeat from * around to the end (12 sc)

Round 53- sc2tog around to the end (6 sc)

Next, sl st in the next sc, then fasten off and cut yarn, leaving a long yarn tail. Using the yarn needle, weave yarn tail through the last 6 sts and pull tightly to close up hole. Secure yarn and weave yarn tail into the body.

Tail, beginning at tip

With Black, make a magic ring, or ch 2

Round 1- make 6 sc in the magic ring–or make 6 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook if starting with a ch-2— (6 sc)

Round 2- make 2 sc in each sc around to the end (12 sc)

Round 3- make 1 sc in the first sc, make 2 sc in the next sc, *(make 1 sc in the next sc, make 2 sc in the next sc), repeat from * around to the end (18 sc)

Rounds 4- 5-  make 1 sc in each sc around (18 sc)

Change to Flame

Rounds 6- 7 – make 1 sc in each sc around (18 sc)

Round 8- make 1 sc in each of the first 4 sc, sc2tog, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 4 sc, sc2tog), repeat from * around to the end (15 sc)

Round 9- 14 make 1 sc in ea

**stuff the tail firmly as work progresses

Round 15- make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, sc2tog, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 3 sc, sc2tog), repeat from * around to the end (12 sc)

Rounds 16-21- 1 sc in ea (12 sc)

Round 22- make 1 sc in each of the first 4 sc, sc2tog, make 1 sc in each of the next 4 sc, sc2tog (10 sc)

Round 23- make 1 sc in each sc around (10 sc)

Next, finish stuffing the tail–the fuller you stuff it, the better it’ll stand up on it’s own. Likewise, the looser you stuff it, the more it’ll lie flat or flop around. Flatten the open end of the tail closed and sc across, through both thicknesses, to close the tail (or you can fasten off, and then sew the open end closed with a yarn needle). Fasten off and cut yarn, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing the tail to the body. Sew tail to the middle back of the body, at about round 46-47 (where the decreases begin for the bottom of the body). If you’d like, you can pin (sew) the tail length to the cat’s back so that it won’t flop around, or you can leave it as is and let the tail flop around.

Arms (Front/Top Leg), beginning at foot (make 2)

With Black, make a magic ring, or ch 2

Round 1- make 6 sc in the magic ring–or make 6 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook if starting with a ch-2— (6 sc)

Round 2- make 2 sc in each sc around to the end (12 sc)

Round 3- make 1 sc in the first sc, make 2 sc in the next sc, *(make 1 sc in the next sc, make 2 sc in the next sc), repeat from * around to the end (18 sc)

Round 4-  make 1 sc in each sc around (18 sc)

Change to Flame

Rounds 5- 7 – make 1 sc in each sc around (18 sc)

Round 8- make 1 sc in each of the first 4 sc, sc2tog, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 4 sc, sc2tog), repeat from * around to the end (15 sc)

Round 9- 14 make 1 sc in ea

**stuff the arm firmly as work progresses

Round 15- make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, sc2tog, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 3 sc, sc2tog), repeat from * around to the end (12 sc)

Rounds 16-21- 1 sc in ea (12 sc)

Round 22- make 1 sc in each of the first 4 sc, sc2tog, make 1 sc in each of the next 4 sc, sc2tog (10 sc)

Round 23- make 1 sc in each sc around (10 sc)

Next, flatten the open end of the arm closed and sc across, through both thicknesses, to close the arm (or you can fasten off, and then sew the open end closed with a yarn needle). Fasten off and cut yarn, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing the arm to the body. Sew the arms to either side of the body, vertically and a slight bit on an angle, the top being placed 4 to 5 rounds below the neck

Legs (Back/Bottom), beginning with the foot (make 2)

With Black, make a magic ring, or ch 2

Round 1- make 6 sc in the magic ring– or make 6 sc in the 2nd ch from hook if starting with a ch-2—  (6 sc)

Round 2- make 2 sc in each sc around to the end (12 sc)

Round 3- make 1 sc in the first sc, make 2 sc in the next sc, *(make 1 sc in the next sc, make 2 sc in the next sc), repeat from * around to the end (18 sc)

Round 4- make 1 sc in each of the first 2 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 2 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc), repeat from * around to the end (24 sc)

Rounds 5- make 1 sc in each sc around to the end (24 sc)

Change to Flame

Rounds 6- 8- make 1 sc in each sc around to the end (24 sc)

Round 9- make 1 sc in each of the first 6 sc, sc2tog, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 6 sc, sc2tog), repeat from * around to the end (21 sc)

Rounds 10- 11-  make 1 sc in each sc around to the end (21 sc)

Round 12- make 1 sc in each of the first 5 sc, sc2tog, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 5 sc, sc2tog), repeat from * around to the end (18 sc)

Rounds 13- 14 – make 1 sc in each sc around to the end (18 sc)

Round 15- make 1 sc in each of the first 4 sc, sc2tog, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 4 sc, sc2tog), repeat from * around to the end (15 sc)

**stuff leg firmly and continue to stuff as work progresses

Rounds 16-17-  make 1 sc in each sc around to the end (15 sc)

Round 18- make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, sc2tog, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 3 sc, sc2tog), repeat from * around to the end (12 sc)

Round 19- make 1 sc in each sc around (12 sc)

Next, finish stuffing the leg– the fuller you stuff it, the better it’ll support the body in a sitting position– Then, flatten the open end of the leg closed and sc across, through both thicknesses, to close the leg (or you can fasten off, and then sew the open end closed with a yarn needle). Fasten off and cut the yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing the leg to the body of the cat. Sew the legs to the side bottom portion of the body, vertically and lined up with the arms. To make placement easier, sit cat up and place legs in position. Pin the leg to where you want it to be before sewing it in place. The legs should line up evenly with the bottom of the body, so that they can help help support the body in the sitting position.

Ears, beginning at tip (make 2)

With Black, make a magic ring or ch 2

Round 1- make 6 sc in the magic ring– or make 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook if starting with ch-2–  (6 sc)

Round 2- make 1 sc in each sc around to the end (6 sc)

Round 3- make 2 sc in each sc around to the end (12 sc)

Round 4- make 1 sc in each sc around to the end (12 sc)

Round 5- make 1 sc in the first sc, make 2 sc in the next sc, *(make 1 sc in the next sc, make 2 sc in the next sc), repeat from * around to the end (18 sc)

Rounds 6-7 – make 1 sc in each sc around to the end (18 sc)

**do not stuff the ears

Next, flatten the open end together and sc through both thicknesses to close, or cut yarn and sew closed, leaving a long yarn tail to sew ear to head (do not stuff the ear).  Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing the ear to the head. Sew the ears to either side of the head, using the photo as guidance. The ear should rest somewhere between rounds 4 and 11, and should have a slight bend in the middle of it.

If you haven’t sewn all the pieces onto the body already, this is what you’ll have completed. To get an idea of how you would like it to look, you can pin the pieces onto the body before sewing.

 

Face:

Using the black embroidery floss and an embroidery or sewing needle, stitch on the nose, mouth and whiskers.

And you’re done! I hope you’ve enjoyed this pattern. Leave me a note, if you wish, and let me know what you think 🙂

~Amanda~

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