Catnip Long Cat

Here’s a crochet pattern for a long, catnip-filled friend for your kitty. As you can see, Lucy loves cuddling and wrestling with hers! This can also be made without catnip as a toy for humans.

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Materials:

  • 1 pack of Bonbons Yarn, “Nature” colors. This is a pack of 8 tiny skeins of cotton sport weight yarn available on Amazon. Note that not all of the colors available are the same weight/fiber.
  • Size 00 steel crochet hook (Probably 3 mm. This is a very old hook I inherited!)
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Yarn needle
  • Catnip (optional)

Abbreviations:

  • Sc = single crochet
  • Dec = decrease
  • Ch = chain

Notes:

  • Number after each line indicates the number of stitches in the round/row.
  • Each bullet point corresponds to one round, unless otherwise noted.
  • Crochet tightly so the stuffing and catnip isn’t visible.

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Instructions:

Body

  • You are starting at the butt end. Pick a color.  Sc 6 in magic ring (6)
  • 2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc. Repeat around. (12)
  • 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 2 sc. Repeat around. (18)
  • 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 3 sc. Repeat around. (24)
  • 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 4 sc. Repeat around. (30)
  • 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 5 sc. Repeat around. (36)
  • Sc around. Continue sc-ing around and around for many rounds until you finish a skein. Switch to another color skein. Continue until you have used 6 of the 8 skeins in the pack.
  • Now is a good time to start stuffing. First, sprinkle a few pinches of catnip inside and rub to spread it evenly around. Remove any large stem pieces that poke out. Then stuff lightly with fiberfill, and squish until it is uniformly stuffed. Catnip can also be added in between chunks of stuffing.
  • Switch the the 7th skein. 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 6 sc. Repeat around. (42)
  • 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 7 sc. Repeat around. (48)
  • Sc around for the next 6 rounds. (48)
  • Dec over first 2 sc. Sc in next 15 sc. Repeat around. (45)
  • Dec over first 2 sc. Sc in next 14 sc. Repeat around. (42)
  • Dec over first 2 sc. Sc in next 13 sc. Repeat around. (42)
  • Dec over first 2 sc. Sc in next 12 sc. Repeat around. (39)
  • Dec over first 2 sc. Sc in next 11 sc. Repeat around. (36)
  • Dec over first 2 sc. Sc in next 10 sc. Repeat around. (33)
  • Dec over first 2 sc. Sc in next 9 sc. Repeat around. (30)
  • Dec over first 2 sc. Sc in next 8 sc. Repeat around. (27)
  • Dec over first 2 sc. Sc in next 7 sc. Repeat around. (24)
  • Dec over first 2 sc. Sc in next 3 sc. Repeat around. (18)
  • Finish stuffing head.
  • Dec over first 2 sc. Sc in next 2 sc. Repeat around. (12)
  • Dec over first 2 sc. Sc in next sc. Repeat around. (6)
  • Sew hole. Fasten off. You should have just about finished the 7th skein.

Legs (make 4 using 8th skein)

  • Sc 6 in magic ring. (6)
  • 2 sc in each sc. (12)
  • Sc around for several rounds until the leg is about 2″ long. Make all legs the same length. Fasten off.
  • Stuff lightly. Sew onto body.

Tail (using 8th skein)

  • Sc 6 in magic ring. (6)
  • Sc around for several rounds until tail is 3-4″ long. Fasten off. Sew onto butt.

Ears (make 2 using 8th skein)

  • Ch 6, turn.
  • Skip first ch. Sc in next 3 ch. Dec over last 2 ch. (4) Ch, turn.
  • Sc in first 2 sc. Dec over last 2 sc. Ch, turn. (3)
  • Sc in first sc. Dec over last 2 sc. Ch, turn. (2)
  • Dec over 2 sc. (1)
  • Fasten off. Sew onto head.

Face

  • Embroider eyes and nose using any remaining yarn from skein 8 or other scraps of yarn in a contrasting color.
  • Make whiskers by tying a few short pieces of yarn on face together.

Give to your furry friend to enjoy!

 

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