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How to knit a cat or kitten – knitting patterns & tutorial

October 1, 2019

How to knit a cat and kitten – knitting pattern and expert tips

I have been totally blown away by the amount of love for the How to knit a bunny rabbit post we shared in collaboration with wonderful Claire Garland of Dot Pebbles Knits. So… we decided to do it again and this time share Claire’s utterly adorable cat and kitten knitting patterns with you. As well as a few expert tips from Claire herself for creating the cutest feline you’ll ever make!

Follow along on #imadethatcat for more inspiration and to share your own creations. Hope you enjoy X

There are 5 adorable cat and kitten patterns to choose from – all the details you need to get hold of them are at the bottom of the post.  I’ve shared lots of adorable images by Claire to help you choose which ones to make first! There are also links at the end of the post to adorable free patterns by Claire, so keep reading to the end and don’t miss signing up for her freebiefridays! X

How to knit a cat or kitten

Pattern number 1 – The Cat

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Pattern number 1 – The Kitten

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Pattern number 3 – Itty Bitty Kitten

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Pattern number 4 – Pretty Sitting Kitten

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Pattern number 5 – New Kitten

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Claire’s expert tips

 – If you are substituting yarn (using a different yarn to the ones that I recommend) then make sure the yarn you use for the muzzle is of a lighter weight than the rest of the cat, for example if the cat is knitted in a DK yarn then knit the muzzle in a 4-ply.

 – Why not try a self-striping yarn especially for the legs – Or try some duplicate stitch for cat’s facial markings!

– If your cat is not intended for a ‘cuddly’ toy cat then use broom bristles for whiskers (someone from the Facebook page #imadethisrabbit did this to great effect!)

 – It’s up to you whether you choose toy cat eyes (with a slit pupil) or regular round pupil toy eyes – both work equally as well as each other – selection available to buy on Etsy here)

And:

 – If you end up with a ‘grumpy’ looking cat it’s probably because you haven’t shaped the eyebrows enough – try sewing a stitch at the end of the eyebrow short-row-shaping to pull it more into a curve around the outer edge of the eye instead of having it run straight across the top of the eye.

Video Tutorial

Claire has made a super-helpful video tutorial of making up her cat, which you can watch here: How to Knit a Cat video tutorial 

WHERE TO BUY THE PATTERNS

1 The cat knitting pattern

Buy your pattern here

2 The kitten knitting pattern

Buy the pattern here

3 Itty Bitty kitten knitting pattern

Buy the Itty Bitty Kitten pattern here

4 Pretty Sitting Kitten knitting pattern

Buy your pattern here

5 New kitten pattern

Buy your pattern here

Four free knitting patterns by Claire

If you’ve loved Claire’s bunny and kitten patterns, it’s worth knowing that subscribers to Claire’s mailing list can claim their free bi-monthly #freebeefridayknits knitting patterns. Four free patterns that Claire is happy to share with you here too: polar bear knitting pattern sweet Jemima Puddleduck pattern, adorable Baby bunny and bright-eyed Squirrel.

The #freebeefridayknits patterns change each time, but remember they are usually only available for a day, so my advice is to download them as soon as you get them and keep for when you’re ready to get knitting. There was a free kitten pattern at the time of writing (which is no longer available right now), but sign up to #freebeefridayknits and you never know what adorable knitted loveliness might find its way into your inbox!

 

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16 Comments

  • Annika Gustafsson January 15, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Would love to knit a kitty. My little Minea crossed over the rainbow and I would love to knit a Minea.

  • Irene January 27, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    hallo, im from switzerland and i just love your animals knitting they are so excellent and cute,

    • Laura Dunkley January 30, 2020 at 7:38 pm

      So glad you like them and hello in Switzerland! 😊

  • Dorene February 13, 2020 at 12:31 am

    I would really love the cat pattern please

    • Vivian June 4, 2020 at 8:28 pm

      Hi! This looks lovely!
      I wanted to ask you how this pattern looks. My grandma would LOVE to make this but unfortenately she can’t read or understand English that well… So I was wondering how hard it would be to translate it for her. My English is quite alright, but I don’t know if this may be too hard for me. I need to translate it to Dutch. Maybe you could send me little parts of the pattern, just to see if I can translate? I would really appreciate that, or maybe you have some ideas that could make this work! Looking forward to hearing from you,
      Vivian

  • Kristen February 21, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    Adorable! Also adorable are those socks (or tights?) — any chance you can share where you got them? Or if you made them then a tutorial please!

  • Carol m white February 23, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    I just want you to know that with your animal patterns which I have most of and made all and gave away as gifts to children who do not have a home as we know one has bought such smiling eyes and hugs to those who do not have much. I am a nurse and making your wonderful animals is such a good way to share you and your love with many who will never meet or know you but can understand giving and sharing is what life is all about JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU SO MUCH if ever you want to come to US you have a place to stay on the Eastern Coast of the USA I am Irish and live alone as my husband passed in 2006. God bless you and your family Sincerely Carol White

    • Barbara February 29, 2020 at 3:16 pm

      Hi Carol, I haven’t tried any of the patterns yet, but hope to do the same as you. Could we be friends? Maybe you can guide me through, since you have made them. No pattern intimidates me ( maybe a bad thing! Ha) since I have lots of knitting experience. I am from PA but have lived in AZ since 1985. 70 years young. I admire your sharing spirit. (pooroldbabs@yahoo.com) Barbara

  • Victoria García Garro March 17, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    Hello!
    I am trying to see the kitten pattern but the link is not working. Is there any way I could get it? I would love to try this patter!
    Manu thanks

  • LuAnn Klann April 25, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    So, where is the pattern?

  • Vivian June 4, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    Hi! This looks lovely!
    I wanted to ask you how this pattern looks. My grandma would LOVE to make this but unfortenately she can’t read or understand English that well… So I was wondering how hard it would be to translate it for her. My English is quite alright, but I don’t know if this may be too hard for me. I need to translate it to Dutch. Maybe you could send me little parts of the pattern, just to see if I can translate? I would really appreciate that, or maybe you have some ideas that could make this work! Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Vivian

  • Dolly October 22, 2020 at 11:48 am

    Would love to be able to knit a kitty …I bought your pattern but it would be in so big help to see a tutorial especially that English is not my native language…do you have any tutorial on YouTube for instance which is possible to see or buy? Would be so happy

    Thanks in advanced

    Greetings from Norway

    D

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