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Free Crochet Pattern: Floppy Cat

Photo Credit: J.H. Winter
Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

I’m so happy to be back here getting to share my creative work with everyone! The past couple of weeks have been a blur, filled with finishing up editing my book, Adeline and the Mystic Berries, and sending it off to my editor, Alison Williams, for another look; completing another beta read for the book, Project Liberatio, by Allison Maruska; and you guessed it, moving from sunny California to the evergreen state of Washington!

I’ll be sharing a bit more of the latter to come, but for now, I thought I’d jump in and have another free crochet amigurumi pattern for you all. Enjoy, and keep checking back. I’ll be here to share lots more with you!


Floppy Cat

Materials Needed:

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Photo Credit: J.H. Winter
  • Yarn: any two colors (I’ve chosen a light [lt] blue and dark [dk] blue)
  • Size E Crochet Hook
  • Set of 6mm Safety Eyes
  • Stitch Marker
  • Yarn Needle
  • 2 Embroidery Needles
  • Embroidery Thread: black and pink
  • Felt: pink
  • 12-Gauge Jewelry Wire or Pipe Cleaner (doesn’t work as well but will in a pinch)
  • Stuffing (Polyester Fiberfill)
  • Poly-Pellets (small plastic beads that add weight to the legs/body of amigurumi)

Skills Needed / Terms Used:

  • Magic Ring Technique
  • Crocheting in the Round
  • Crocheting Two Sides Together
  • Color Changing
  • Sc – Single Crochet
  • Inc – Increase
  • Invdec – Invisible Decrease
  • Sl st – Slip Stitch
  • FO – Finish Off, Bind Off
  • Whipstitch
  • Basic Embroidery
**See pictures below pattern when asked to
apply facial details and assemble**

Head (w/ lt blue):

  • R1:6sc in magic ring – 6
  • R2:inc around – 12
  • R3:(sc, inc) around – 18
  • R4:(2sc, inc) around – 24
  • R5:(3sc, inc) around – 30
  • R6:(4sc, inc) around – 36
  • R7-12:sc around – 36
  • R13:(4sc, invdec) around – 30
  • R14:(3sc, invdec) around – 24

**Add safety eyes and embroidery details to the face.
Add dark blue lines of yarn to the sides and top of head.**

  • R15:(2sc, invdec) around – 18

**Begin stuffing**

  • R16:(sc, invdec) around – 12

**Finish stuffing**

  • R17:invdec around – 6

sl st in next, FO, weave in end to close hole.

Ears (Make 2: w/ dk and lt blue):

  • R1:(w/ dk blue) 4sc in magic ring – 4
  • R2:(sc, inc) around (change to lt blue in last stitch) – 6
  • R3:(w/ lt blue) slst, sc, inc, 2sc, inc – 8
  • R4:(3sc, inc) around – 10
  • R5:(4sc, inc) around – 12

sl st, FO, leave tail to stitch ears to top of head.

Legs (Make 4: w/ lt blue):

  • R1:6sc in magic ring – 6
  • R2:inc around – 12
  • R3:(sc, inc) around – 18
  • R4-5:sc around – 18
  • R6:(4sc, invdec) around – 15
  • R7:sc around – 15
  • R8:(3sc, invdec) around – 12
  • R9:sc around – 12
  • R10:(2sc, invdec) around – 9

**Stuff**

  • R11:sc around – 9
  • R12:(sc, invdec) around – 6
  • R13:(Flatten two sides and crochet together) 3sc across – 3

FO, leave tail to stitch legs to bottom of head.

Tail (w/ dk and lt blue):

  • R1:(w/ dk blue) 4sc in magic ring – 4
  • R2:(sc, inc) around – 6
  • R3:sc around (change to lt. blue in last stitch) – 6
  • R4-14:(w/ lt blue) sc around – 6

sl st, FO, leave tail to stitch tail to head.

Time to Assemble

Here is a PDF of the entire pattern plus the details listed with pictures below (just in case, like me, you find it easier to print a pattern than look at it online):

Floppy Cat

Facial Details:

  1. Attach safety eyes (6mm) between rows 8 and 9 from the top. Cut out a small triangle of pink felt for the nose.

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  2. Whipstitch nose between the two eyes, using two strands of embroidery thread (thread starts with 6 strands. Just pull away 2 of them).
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    Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

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    Photo Credit: J.H. Winter
  3. Mouth details: thread one embroidery needle with full thickness of black embroidery thread (6 strands); thread the other with 2 strands. The needle with 6 strands will be for the mouth, the 2 are used to tack down the larger thread in the shape you want the mouth to be. Come up with your needle at the bottom of the nose (locking in your knotted end inside the head) and go back into the head at the outer edge of the mouth (don’t pull tight). Place needle into head off to the side (just to hold it for now) and grab needle with 2 strands of thread.

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  4. Take your needle with 2 strands of black thread and come up through the inside of the head locking in your knotted end. You want these “tacking down” stitches to come out on one side of the mouth thread, go up and over it and then back down into the same place the thread came out of the head, locking the mouth thread in place. Mine needed about 3-4 tacking stitches on either side.

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  5. Repeat on the other side. Tie off ends of both threaded needles inside the head, hiding the knots.

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  6. Take your yarn needle and darker colored thread (hiding the knot inside the head), create line stitches: 3 on either side of the face and 3 on the top of the head. I made my middle lines slightly longer than the outer ones.
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  7. Continue crocheting the head closed making sure to stuff before the hole gets to small.

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  8. FO, weave tail through front stitches only, pull tight to close the gap, tie off and weave in end.

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  9. The head is now complete. Set aside and make remaining pieces before assembling.
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    Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

    Assemble:

  10. Get all of your materials together: head, 2 ears, 4 legs, tail, wire, 2 pink felt round-edged triangles (for inner ears), 2 strands pink embroidery thread, embroidery needle, and yarn needle.

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  11. Whipstitch pink felt triangles onto flattened ear pieces, using embroidery thread (2 strands) and needle. Repeat for both ears.

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  12. Making sure ears are flat, whipstitch ears down to either side of head using yarn needle.
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  13. Using your jewelry wire and a pair of wire cutters, bend one end of wire in on itself, coiling the end around the base. Use the wire cutters clamping section at the front to flatten the loop at the end so the wire fits inside the cat’s tail.

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    Photo Credit: J.H. Winter
  14. Push the wire into the tail, cutting the other end so that it is long enough to create a coil that will be twisted into the back side of the head. Gently twist the wire where you want the tail to go, into the back of the head (towards the bottom).
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  15. Whipstitch tail to head, using yarn needle.

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    Photo Credit: J.H. Winter
  16. Position arms where you want them, making sure the braided side of the 3 leftover stitches from R13 are facing toward the head (as shown by the arrow below). Using yarn needle, whipstitch legs to body (two in front and two in back, as shown).
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    Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

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    Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

Your Floppy Cat amigurumi is now complete! He can lay out flat or stand on all fours (assisted by the weight of the poly pellets). The wire detail in the tail allows you to pose it any way you like (question mark, squiggle, straight up).

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