Juju Cats
~ free crochet pattern ~

Wow, time flies! I just realized it’s been a month since I last posted the Basket of Eggs pattern! I have been busy crocheting gifts for family and friends who are expecting. These little amigurumi Juju Cats, however, were created when my husband came home with two keys and just placed them on the kitchen counter. He told me he was housesitting for a week or so. Looking at those keys…without a keychain attached, I knew he was going to lose them…

Juju Cats - free crochet pattern by DORIYUMI

And so I wanted to crochet a keychain for those keys! Since my husband was semi house-sitting (mainly taking care of his friend’s cats), I figured I would crochet cat keychains that resemble the two cats. As you can see in the photos, the white(ish) cat has a specific pattern with some beige and black spots. The black cat is, well…just black. I wanted to mix in some grays, but didn’t have any dark gray yarn on hand.

Do you have cats? Would you make a keychain that resembled your cats? I think it’s a cute idea to create our fur babies in yarn form! And wouldn’t it be cool if they can recognize their own face from your creation?

PATTERN


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NOTES

  • Please read through the entire pattern before you start.
  • Adjust the size of the cats by using a larger/smaller hook or heavier/lighter weight yarn.
  • Size: approx. 1.3″ height x 1.4″ wide.
  • Worked in the round, do not join or turn.
  • Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of rounds.
  • Gauge is not essential – just keep your tension consistent throughout.

ABBREVIATIONS

ch = chain
sc = single crochet
sc2tog = single crochet 2 together / sc decrease
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
rep = repeat
* – * = repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed

PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS

Black Cat


  • Working from bottom to top; make a magic ring with color A and ch 1 to secure ring.

Round 1: Work 8 sc in magic ring. (8 sts)

Round 2: 2 sc in each st around. (16 sts)

Rounds 3-5: 1 sc in each st around. (16 sts)

Round 6: * 1 sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog*, rep *-* around. (12 sts)

Round 7: * 1 sc in next 5 sts, [1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 hdc] in next st*, rep *-* once. (16 sts)

Insert safety eyes at round 5, approx. 3-4 sts apart, make sure to line them up with the ears!

Next, embroider snout with embroidery thread or light weight yarn.

Sl st in next st and leave a long tail for sewing. Stuff cat with fiberfill.

Using the long tail, sew together the top edge. Weave your yarn needle back and forth between the back loops to close up the head.

White Cat

  • Working from bottom to top; make a magic ring with color B and ch 1 to secure ring.

Round 1: Work 8 sc in magic ring. (8 sts)

Round 2: 2 sc in each st around. (16 sts)

Round 3: 1 sc in each st around. (16 sts)

Round 4: Change to C. 1 sc in next 11 sts. Change to B. 1 sc in next 2 sts. C, 1 sc in next st. B, 1 sc in next 2 sts. (16 sts)

Round 5: C, 1 sc in next 10 sts. B, 1 sc in next 3 sts. C (you can cut off B now), 1 sc in next 3 sts. (16 sts)

Round 6: * 1 sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog*, rep *-* twice. Change to A, 1 sc in next 2 sts. C, sc2tog. (12 sts)

Round 7: A, 1 sc in next 2 sts. C, 1 sc in next 3 sts, [1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 hdc] in next st, 1 sc in next 2 sts. A, 1 sc in next 2 sts. C, 1 sc in next st, 1 hdc in next st. A, [1 dc, 1 hdc] in same st. (16 sts)

Insert safety eyes at round 5, approx. 3-4 sts apart, make sure to line them up with the ears!

Next, embroider snout with embroidery thread or light weight yarn.

Sl st in next st and leave a long tail for sewing. Stuff cat with fiberfill.

Using the long tail, sew together the top edge. Weave your yarn needle back and forth between the back loops to close up the head.

Optional: I made a loop with thread so that they can be attached to the keys. You can do the same or attach key rings, ribbons, etc.

Juju Cats - free crochet pattern by DORIYUMI  
Enjoy! ♥

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