Welcome to Part 2 of the Mini Kitty Crochet Along! I’ve been loving to see all of the kitties in progress shared in the Facebook Group! In this section, we will be work up the head, attach the eyes, sew on the nose/mouth, and then the ears!
If you are just learning about the crochet along now, check out THIS POST for all of the CAL details, like the dates and materials needed. It’s never too late to join in! This pattern will always be available free on the blog, even after the CAL is over.
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- Mini Kitty Amigurumi Crochet Along: Details and Materials
- Part 1 – Legs and Body
- Part 2 – Head, Eyes, Mouth, and Ears (this post!)
- Part 3: Skirt, Arms, Belt, and Bow
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Mini Kitty Amigurumi – Part 2: Head, Eyes, Nose/Mouth, Ears
- Magic Circle – Make a circle with your yarn, insert crochet hook into circle and draw up a loop. Use this loop to start your first chain 1 of the pattern. Check out this magic circle video tutorial on my YouTube Channel.
- Continuous Rounds – This pattern is worked in continuous rounds without joining. After you finish the stitches of one round, start right on the next without joining between. I find it handy to use a stitch marker (or a piece of yarn) to mark the start of each round so you know when each round starts/ends.
- Color Changes – change colors at the end of the round in the last stitch of the round. Complete last single crochet of the round until the last yarn over. Yarn over with new color and pull through last step of the single crochet. So your single crochet will go like this: insert hook into last stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over with new color, pull through both loops on hook. Optional – To make your color changes even less noticeable, make your first stitch of the next round a slip stitch instead of a single crochet.
- Stuff as you go – Add stuffing to the legs, body and head as you work it up. Make sure you are finished stuffing the legs and the body section before your decreases make the opening too narrow when starting the head. Also, be sure to add a generous amount of stuffing to the neck area before you move on to the head. This will help keep the head secure and prevent it from wobbling.
- Finished size – When you’re done, your Mini Kitty Amigurumi will measure about 6.5 inches tall.
At the end of Part 1, we left off at the top of the body, about to start the head. Start this part of the pattern by working the color change to the main kitty color in the last stitch of the body (see notes on color changes above).
Now you are ready to start working up the head, but first you have a little choice to make! Depending on your preference, you might like to add a round of SC in your main kitty color before you start increasing for the head. This would create a bit of a neck. If not, you can move right on to the head instructions here and work the increases.
In the white kitty above, I added one round of SC in white before I went to adding the increases for the head. This created a bit of a neck separation between the body and head. In the grey kitty, I went right to the increases and did not create a neck. I couldn’t decide which option I liked better, so I thought I’d put both options in this pattern so you could decide which look you like best. If you’d like your kitty to have the neck, just add one round of SC in each stitch around in the main kitty color before you move onto the round 1 of the head below.
*Start stuffing the neck and head area after you have added the eyes and sewn on the facial features. This is so the stuffing isn’t in the way when you are adding these features on. After the facial features are finished, make sure the neck is firmly stuffed and continue stuffing as you go until you get to the top of the head.
In main kitty color
Round 1: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (18)
Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2, repeat around (24)
Round 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 3, repeat around (30)
Round 4: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 4, repeat around (36)
Rounds 5-12: SC in each stitch around (36)
*Insert safety eyes between rounds 9 and 10, about 7 stitches apart. If you’d like your kitty to have eyelashes, first place your safety eyes where you’d like them to be, but don’t secure them yet. Next, remove the eyes and use your yarn needle to stitch on the eyelashes. This will create a hole to help you see where you want the eyelashes to go. Then insert the eyes again and secure the back. Below, I’ve included a photo to help with this step.
It’s also easier to stitch on the nose and mouth at this point. Place the nose one or two rows down from the bottom of the eyes. I used my yarn needle to pass the pink yarn around the 4 stitches in the middle between the eyes. I passed the yarn through the same stitches 3-4 times, but you can do it as many times as you like depending on how big of a nose you’d like. When you are happy with the nose, continue using your yarn and needle to make a larger stitch straight down 2-3 rows from the middle of the nose. Then make a diagonal stitch on each side to create the mouth. Use the photo below to help you with making the nose and mouth.
Round 13: INV DEC, SC in next 4 stitches, repeat around (30)
Round 14: INV DEC, SC in next 3 stitches, repeat around (24)
Round 15: INV DEC, SC in next 2 stitches, repeat around (18)
Round 16: INV DEC, SC in next stitch, repeat around (12)
*Make sure you have added enough stuffing to the head by this point.
Round 17: INV DEC around (6)
Fasten off and sew top of head closed. Weave in ends and then cut your yarn.
EARS (make 2)
Round 1: In main kitty color, magic circle, chain 1, 4 SC into ring. (4)
Round 2: 2 SC first stitch, SC in next stitch, repeat (6)
Round 3: 2 SC first stitch, SC in next stitch, repeat (9)
Rounds 4-5: SC in each stitch around (9)
Fasten off leaving a tail to sew onto head.
Sew ears onto kitty’s head. I lined the top of the ear up in the 3rd round from the top of the head. The bottom of the ear lines up with the 6th round from the top (a couple of rounds up from where you placed the eyes. Sew in and out of each stitch on the ear, passing in and out of the head each time. Weave in ends, cut yarn ends.
Now you are all done PART 2! I hope you are having fun with this pattern! Feel free to share your progress in the Facebook Group or on Instagram (tag @loopsandlovecrochet and #loopsandlovecrochet so I see it)!
In the next and final part of the pattern, we will finish off the mini kitty by adding the skirt, belt, and bow! So exciting!
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