It all started with the Stitch11 Snake Puppet. It wasn't long before my daughter and I also designed the Puppy Puppet. And now a few years later, my daughter still requests the puppy puppet during bath time. <3 When I told her how long she has had her puppet, she agreed that she really LOVES it, and requested I make a cat puppet too.
I hope the children in your life love this free cat puppet pattern too. <3
Medium/worsted weight yarn (I prefer Red Heart brands) I used red.
H-5 mm crochet hook
DK weight yarn (I used Cascade Yarns) I used eggshell, brown, pink and teal.
D- 3.25 mm crochet hook
Body (make 2)
Using Med/Worsted weight and 5 mm hook
Round 1: Magic circle, 10 HDC into magic circle. Join to first HDC. Pull ring tight. (10 HDC)
Round 2: CH 1, 2 HDC into each HDC. Join to first HDC. (20 HDC)
Round 3: CH 1. 2 HDC into first stitch. HDC into next stitch. **2 HDC into next stitch. HDC into next stitch. Repeat from ** around. Join to first HDC. (30 HDC)
Round 4: CH 1, 2 HDC into first stitch. HDC into next 2 stitches. **2 HDC into next stitch. HDC into next 2 stitches. Repeat from ** around. Join to first HDC. (40 HDC)
Now you will start working in rows.
Row 1: CH 1, HDC into same stitch and next 8 stitches ( 9 HDC)
Row 2: CH 8 And then slip stitch into the stitch where you finished off. Slip stitch into next 8 HDC. CH 9, turn. Skip 1 CH. HDC into next 8 chain. HDC into each of the 9 HDC. (over the slip stitch) HDC into next 8 CH. (25 HDC)
Row 3-4: CH 1, Turn, HDC into same stitch and next 24 stitches. (25 HDC)
Row 5: CH 1. Turn, Slip stitch into same stitch and next 6 stitches. CH 1, HDC the same stitch and into next 10 stitches. (11 HDC)
Row 6-14: CH 1, turn, HDC into same stitch and next 10 stitches. (11 HDC)
Row 15: CH 1, SC around the entire piece. (1 SC for each HDC. 2 SC on the corners. & when you get to the part of the arm that has slip stitches, SC right over the slip stitch- not into it) Join to first SC. Finish off. and weave in your ends.
Repeat steps 1-15 for the other side.
Cat Eyes (make 2)
Using white/eggshell DK weight and 3.25 mm hook.
Round 1: Magic circle. Ch 1, 8 HDC into magic circle. Join to first HDC. (8)
Round 2: CH 1. 2 HDC into each stitch around. Join to first HDC. (16)
Using your yarn needle and the other DK weight colors, embroider the eyes to look like cat eyes.
Weave in ends and attach them to the face of the puppet.
Embroider the nose and mouth, and whiskers onto the face of the puppet.
Attach both sides of the puppet together. Make sure the clean sides of the puppet are facing out. Attach the red yarn to any outer stitch. Using the 5 mm crochet hook, CH 1, SC around to join the pieces. I put 2 SC into the corners of each arm. DO NOT crochet the bottom of the puppet closed.
Cat Ears (make 2)
Using med/worsted yarn. I used red. Use a 5 mm hook.
Row 1: CH 6, skip 1 CH. HDC into next 5 CH.
Row 2: CH 1, turn. 1 SC into each of the 5 SC.
Row 3: CH 1, turn. 1 SC into each of the 5 SC.
Row 4: CH 1, turn. HDC DEC. HDC. HDC DEC.
Row 5: CH 1, turn. HDC 3 together.
Using your yarn needle, attach the ears to your kitty puppet.