Kitty Lovey – Free Crochet Pattern

Kitty Lovey photo - pattern by Loops and Love Crochet

This Kitty Lovey was so fun to make and I just am in love with how she turned out! This one went to my cousin who had a baby girl recently, but my daughters are requesting that I make more and all different animals. I think I might have my work cut out for me! This kitty would also be adorable in a boy version by changing the blanket colors, and then not adding the eyelashes or bow.

I used Red Heart Soft yarn for this lovey in my favorite colors, but my awesome group of testers used many different colors and they all looked fantastic! For some reason, I am just really drawn to pink, purple, and turquoise to the point that I use them together in many of my crochet projects – which is super obvious when I scroll through my Instagram photos gallery! I can’t help it, bright colors just make me so happy!

Finished kitty lovey with the star blanket laid flat.

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Materials:

  • Worsted-weight yarn – You can use any worsted-weight yarn for this project. I used Red Heart Soft yarn in Off White, Turquoise, and Lilac, as well as Red Heart Soft Baby Steps in Strawberry. I also used a tiny bit of Red Heart Soft Baby Steps in Baby Pink for the nose/mouth.  
  • Crochet hook – I used a 5.5 mm hook for the blanket and a 3.5 mm hook for the amigurumi parts (head, ears, and arms). I am in love with my set of Clover Amour hooks (and they’re actually on sale right now, which is a great deal!!)
  • Safety Eyes – 10 mm size. These are the safety eyes I used for this pattern.
  • Stuffing
  • Yarn needle for sewing pieces together, weaving in ends, and stitching on mouth/nose and eyelashes. Bent yarn needles work great for sewing together amigurumi pieces!

Stitches Used:

  • Sl St – Slip Stitch
  • MC – magic circle
  • SC – single crochet
  • DC – double crochet
  • TR – treble crochet
  • Cluster V-stitch – Make 2 double crochet stitches, chain 1, and make 2 more double crochet stitches – all in the same stitch.
  • INV DEC – invisible single crochet decrease – insert hook into front loop of next stitch, then insert your hook into the front loop of the following stitch (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and draw through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 2 remining loops on hook.  There are many tutorials on this on YouTube. Check one out if you’d like to see the invisible decrease in action.

Important Notes:

  • 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.
  • Continuous Rounds – The amigurumi parts of this pattern (kitty head, ears, arms) are worked in continuous rounds. Do not join at the end of each round. Use a stitch marker to help you keep count, if needed.
  • Joined Rounds – The blanket part of this pattern is worked in joined rounds. At the end of each round, you will be joining the last stitch of the round to the first stitch with a slip stitch.
  • Starting Each Round – Start the first stitch of each round in the same stitch as the chain 2. Chain stitches do not count towards the stitch count of each round.
  • Color Changes – change colors at the end of the round before joining. Complete the last double crochet of the round until the last yarn over. Yarn over with new color and pull through the last step of the double crochet stitch. So, your double crochet stitch will go like this: Yarn over, insert hook into last the stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook, then yarn over with new color and pull through the last 2 loops on hook. Then join with a slip stitch to the first stitch of the round.  Work your next stitches over the tail of the first color. Make sure it is secure before cutting it off.
  • Finished Size –  When complete, this kitty lovey is about 10 inches tall from the top of head to the bottom of blanket. When the blanket is laid flat, it is about 14 inches wide.

The Pattern

Lovey Blanket

Finished blanket for the kitty lovey

For the blanket part of the lovey, I alternated between rounds of pink, purple and blue with a round of off-white in between each color.  To make the lovey blanket as pictured, color A is pink, B is purple, C is blue, and D is off-white.

Remember to use your 5.5 mm crochet hook for the blanket part of this pattern.

Round 1: In color A, magic circle, ch 2, 12 DC in circle. Join to first DC. (12 DC)

Round 2: Ch 2, cluster V-stitch in first stitch, skip a stitch, cluster V-stitch in next stitch, repeat around. Join with a sl st to first stitch. (6 Cluster V-stitches)

Round 3: Sl st to next stitch, ch 2, DC in first stitch, cluster v-stitch (in v-stitch space from previous round), DC in next stitch, *skip a stitch, DC in next stitch, cluster v-stitch (in v-stitch space from previous round), DC in next stitch. Repeat from * around. Change to color D (instructions in notes above). Join to first stitch. (6 cluster v-stitches, 12 DC stitches)

*If you are unsure of where to place your DC stitches and Cluster V-stitch stitches, see the photo below.

Round 4: Sl st to next stitch, ch 2, DC in first 2 stitches, cluster v-stitch (in v-stitch space from previous round), DC in next 2 stitches, *skip a stitch, DC in next 2 stitches, cluster v-stitch (in v-stitch space from previous round), DC in next 2 stitches. Repeat from * around. Change to color B.  Join to first stitch. (6 cluster v-stitches, 24 DC stitches)

Round 5: Sl st to next stitch, ch 2, DC in first 3 stitches, cluster v-stitch (in v-stitch space from previous round), DC in next 3 stitches, *skip a stitch, DC in next 3 stitches, cluster v-stitch (in v-stitch space from previous round), DC in next 3 stitches. Repeat from * around.  Join to first stitch. (6 cluster v-stitches, 36 DC stitches)

Round 6: Sl st to next stitch, ch 2, DC in first 4 stitches, cluster v-stitch (in v-stitch space from previous round), DC in next 4 stitches, *skip a stitch, DC in next 4 stitches, cluster v-stitch (in v-stitch space from previous round), DC in next 4 stitches. Repeat from * around. Change to color D.  Join to first stitch. (6 cluster v-stitches, 48 DC stitches)

Round 7: Sl st to next stitch, ch 2, DC in first 5 stitches, cluster v-stitch (in v-stitch space from previous round), DC in next 5 stitches, *skip a stitch, DC in next 5 stitches, cluster v-stitch (in v-stitch space from previous round), DC in next 5 stitches. Repeat from * around. Change to color C.  Join to first stitch. (6 cluster v-stitches, 60 DC stitches)

Round 8: Sl st to next stitch, ch 2, DC in first 6 stitches, cluster v-stitch (in v-stitch space from previous round), DC in next 6 stitches, *skip a stitch, DC in next 6 stitches, cluster v-stitch (in v-stitch space from previous round), DC in next 6 stitches. Repeat from * around. Join to first stitch. (6 cluster v-stitches, 72 DC stitches)

Round 9: Sl st to next stitch, ch 2, DC in first 7 stitches, cluster v-stitch (in v-stitch space from previous round), DC in next 7 stitches, *skip a stitch, DC in next 7 stitches, cluster v-stitch (in v-stitch space from previous round), DC in next 7 stitches. Repeat from * around. Change to color D.  Join to first stitch. (6 cluster v-stitches, 84 DC stitches)

Round 10: Sl st to next stitch, ch 2, DC in first 8 stitches, cluster v-stitch (in v-stitch space from previous round), DC in next 8 stitches, *skip a stitch, DC in next 8 stitches, cluster v-stitch (in v-stitch space from previous round), DC in next 8 stitches. Repeat from * around. Change to color A.  Join to first stitch. (6 cluster v-stitches, 96 DC stitches)

Round 11: Sl st to next stitch, ch 2, DC in first 9 stitches, cluster v-stitch (in v-stitch space from previous round), DC in next 9 stitches, *skip a stitch, DC in next 9 stitches, cluster v-stitch (in v-stitch space from previous round), DC in next 9 stitches. Repeat from * around. Join to first stitch. (6 cluster v-stitches, 108 DC stitches)

Round 12: Sl st to next stitch, ch 2, DC in first 10 stitches, cluster v-stitch (in v-stitch space from previous round), DC in next 10 stitches, *skip a stitch, DC in next 10 stitches, cluster v-stitch (in v-stitch space from previous round), DC in next 10 stitches. Repeat from * around. Join to first stitch. (6 cluster v-stitches, 120 DC stitches)

Round 13: Sl st to next stitch, ch 2, DC in first 11 stitches, cluster v-stitch (in v-stitch space from previous round), DC in next 11 stitches, *skip a stitch, DC in next 11 stitches, cluster v-stitch (in v-stitch space from previous round), DC in next 11 stitches. Repeat from * around. Join to first stitch. (6 cluster v-stitches, 132 DC stitches)

Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

Kitty Head

kitty lovey head with eyes, nose, mouth, and ears attached

The head is worked from the bottom up. Remember to use your 3.5mm crochet hook for this part.

Add stuffing as you go. Make sure you’ve added enough stuffing to the head before the opening gets too small when you’re working the decrease rounds.

Round 1: Magic circle, chain 1 and make 6 SC stitches into ring (6)

Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (18)

Round 4: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2, repeat around (24)

Round 5: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 3, repeat around (30)

Round 6: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 4, repeat around (36)

Round 7: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 5, repeat around (42)

Rounds 8-17: SC in each stitch around (42)

*Insert safety eyes between rounds 14 and 15, approximately 8 stitches apart. If you’d like to 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. You can also stitch on the nose and mouth at this point, or you can do it at the end if you prefer. I did mine after the head was finished.

Round 18: INV DEC, SC in next 5 stitches, repeat around (36)

Round 19: INV DEC, SC in next 4 stitches, repeat around (30)

Round 20: INV DEC, SC in next 3 stitches, repeat around (24)

Round 21: INV DEC, SC in next 2 stitches, repeat around (18)

*Make sure you have added enough stuffing to the head by this point.

Round 22: INV DEC, SC in next stitch, repeat around (12)

Round 23: INV DEC around (6)

Fasten off and sew bottom of head closed. Weave in ends and then cut your yarn.

Use some pink yarn to stitch on the nose and mouth.  I placed my nose 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 head photo to help with where to place your nose and mouth stitches.

Ears (make 2)

Round 1: Magic circle, ch 1, 6 SC stitches into ring (6)

Round 2: SC each stitch around (6)

Round 3: 2 SC in each stitch around (12)

Rounds 4-5: SC each stitch around (12)

Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew onto the head.

Use your yarn needle to sew the ears on the head. I lined mine up starting in the 3rd round from the top of the head.  See photo of head above for reference.

Arms (make 2)

arms for kitty lovey

Gently stuff the arms, mostly towards the bottom portion of the arm.

Round 1: Magic circle, chain 1 and make 6 SC stitches into ring (6)

Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (9)

Round 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2 stitches, repeat around (12)

Rounds 4-6: SC in each stitch around (12)

Round 7: INV DEC, SC in next 2 stitches, repeat around (9)

Rounds 8-17: SC in each stitch around (9)

Finish stuffing and the sew the top closed. Leave a long enough tail to sew on to the blanket (instructions to follow).

bow to sew to top of kitty lovey head

Bow

Make a magic circle, chain 3. Work 3 treble crochet stitches into the ring, chain 3 and make a slip stitch to the center of the ring. Chain 3 again, make 3 treble crochet stitches, chain 3, and slip stitch to center ring again.  Wrap the yarn ends around the middle of the bow a few times. I wrapped one of the yarn tails around one way and then went the opposite way with the other yarn tail. Use your yarn tails to make a knot at the back of the bow. Weave one of the yarn tails in and cut yarn. The other tail will be used to sew the bow onto the kitty’s head later.  

Check out my video tutorial for making these crochet bows!

Assembling the Kitty Lovey

Step 1: Sew on the Arms

Now it is time to complete the lovey by sewing the head and the arms to the blanket. We will start by sewing on the arms and then the head. Start by laying the blanket flat and picking the side you’d like to use for the front and center of the lovey.  Next, sew the arms to the blanket directly across from each other, one on each side of the center round of the blanket, leaving a little space to sew on the head in the middle.  Make sure to sew in and out of each stitch at the end of the arms, passing in and out of a stitch on the blanket with each stitch.  Keep an eye on the back of the blanket to make sure that the stitches aren’t showing up too much on the other side.

kitty lovey blanket laid out with arms attached

Step 2: Sew on the Head

To attach the head, I used a piece of the same pink yarn that I used for the first few rounds of the lovey.  This was to hide the stitches a bit better on the bottom of the blanket, but you can also use the same white yarn you used for the head.  Place the head in the middle of the blanket and line it up so the kitty’s face centered to where you’d like it to be.  Use your yarn needle and sew around the stitches of the bottom of the head, in the 2nd or 3rd round from the bottom, and passing in and out of the stitches in the middle round of the blanket.

Step 3: Sew the Bow on the Head (optional)

Lastly, sew the bow on top of the Kitty’s head, close to one of the ears (or in whatever position you desire). Weave in ends and cut yarn.

You’re all finished! I hope that you love the adorable little kitty lovey you made! I can’t resist adding a few more photos below because I just love how she turned out!!

close up of kitty lovey
photo of kitty lovey being held by a child's hand
Kitty lovey being held with a hand

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If you are a cat lover like me, check out my other cat related crochet projects!

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2 Comments

  1. Brenda Holttum says:

    This is something I really want to make. I have a good friend and she is expecting her first baby! A little girl!

    Thanks

    1. Loops and Love Crochet says:

      Aweee that’s so sweet! I’m glad you like it! Baby girls are so fun to crochet for!:)

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