Simple Cat Pillow

Crochet pillow in the shape of a cat
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I saw a pillow similar to this online and immediately went, “I could totally crochet that!” (Which is a common thought that I have!) And, of course, boy 2 is in LOVE with all things cat so I knew he would be happy to have one or two! 

Knowing that it was going to be kind of big and that I wanted it to be plush and soft I thought the perfect yarn to use was Bernat Blanket. It’s so cozy and warm. I love using it. This pattern takes one of the large skeins almost exactly and a lot of stuffing. But it works up quickly and would make a great gift or accent for your home! 

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Boy 2 immediately claims anything cat-like I make! 

Simple Cat Pillow 

A couple of disclaimers: This pattern is intended for personal use only. You are welcome to use the pattern to make and sell products, to keep for yourself, or to give away as gifts. I would appreciate receiving credit and a link back to the site, however. Please do not republish or distribute the pattern in any way, or use my photos in your listings. 

I am not a robot, so if you find any typos, errors, or places that need clarification, please let me know so that I can fix my mistakes or explain things differently. 🙂

I hope you enjoy this crochet pattern. If you have any questions or comments you can leave them below OR email me at auburnelephant@gmail.com OR through the contact page on this site. I’d also love to see your finished creations! 🙂

You can now purchase a Printable, Ad-Free, PDF-version of this pattern from Ravelry HERE!

Supplies Needed:

Bernat Baby Blanket, Super Bulky 6 (100% Polyester, 220 yds, 10.5 oz) Any color, 1 skein

L/11 8.0 mm Hook

Yarn Needle

Polyfil (16 oz bag)

Stitches/Terms Used:

US Terminology

Ch- Chain

Sl st- slip stitch

SC- Single Crochet

2SC- Single Crochet Increase, do 2 SC in same stitch to increase

DEC- SC 2 Stitches together, Use Invisible Decrease method, Insert hook up through front loops of next 2 stitches, yarn over, pull through front loops, yarn over, pull through to finish decrease.

HDC- Half Double Crochet

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Unless specified all sections are worked in Joined rounds. Each round begins with a Ch 1 and ends with a sl st to the first stitch of the round.

1) Using the Magic Ring technique (OR Ch 3 and join with a sl st to first ch to form a loop) SC 8. (8)

2) 2SC in each around. (16)

3) *SC in next, 2SC* Repeat from * to * around. (24)

4) *SC in next 2, 2SC* Repeat from * to * around. (32)

5) *SC in next 3, 2SC* Repeat from * to * around. (40)

6) SC in next 2, 2SC, *SC in next 4, 2SC* Repeat from * to * around, SC in last 2. (48)

7) *SC in next 5, 2SC* Repeat from * to * around. (56)

8) SC in next 3, 2SC, *SC in next 6, 2SC* Repeat from * to * around. SC in last 3. (64)

9) SC in each around. (64)

10) SC 21, Ch 6, Skip 6, SC 10, Ch 6, Skip 6, SC 21 (64-52 SC, 12 Chains, 12 skipped)

11) SC in each around. (Go into the chain stitches so that you can use the other side of the chain to make the ears) (64)

12-14) SC in each around. (64)

15) *SC in next 14, DEC* Repeat from * to * around. (60)

16) SC 23, DEC, DEC, SC in next 2, DEC, SC in next 2, DEC, DEC, SC in remaining 23. (55)

17) *SC in next 9, DEC* Repeat from * to * around. (50)

18) SC in each around. (50)

19) *SC in next 4, 2SC* Repeat from * to * around. (60)

20-30) SC in each around. (60)

31) *SC in next 13, DEC* Repeat from * to * around. (56)

32) *SC in next 5, DEC* Repeat from * to * around. (48)

33) SC in each around. (48)

34) SC in next 4, DEC, SC in next 4, DEC, Ch 5, Skip 6, *SC in next 4, DEC* Repeat from * to * around. (40)

35) SC in each around. (40)

36) *SC in next 3, DEC* Repeat from * to * around. (32)

I wait until about here to start stuffing. I think it is easier to work in around when it is flat. But you will need a LOT of polyfil. Like the whole 16 oz bag. Make sure to leave a few handfuls to fill in the ears and the tail. 

37) *SC in next 2, DEC* Repeat from * to * around. (24)

38) *SC in next, DEC* Repeat from * to * around. (16)

39) DEC around. (8)

Finish off.

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Ears

Reattach yarn to first of the 6 skipped stitches. (See photo below, the placement will be the same)

1) SC in each around (16- 6 skipped stitches, 2 stitches on the side-in the corner and the side of the SC, 6 on the other side of the chain, 2 stitches on the other corner) 

2) *SC in next 2, DEC* Repeat from * to * around. (12)

3) DEC around. (6)

Add in some stuffing. Finish off. Leave tail to close the hole. Weave in ends.

Repeat for both ears.

Tail

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Reattach yarn to first of the 6 skipped stitches (See photo above)

1) SC in each around (15- 6 skipped stitches, 2 stitches on the side- in the corner and the side of the SC, 5 on the other side of the chain, 2 stitches on the other corner) 

2) SC in next 8, HDC in next 5, SC in remaining 2. (15)

3) SC in next 6, DEC, HDC in next 5, DEC. (13)

4-15) SC in each around. (13) 

Stuff this a little along the way. If you wait too long it will be harder to fill to the base. I also didn’t stuff the tail too full. I wanted it to be able to fold flat to the body easily. You could also add extra rounds here if you’d like your tail to be longer.

16) SC in next 4, DEC, SC in next 5, DEC. (11)

17) *SC in next, DEC* Repeat from * to * around. SC in last 2. (8)

Add stuffing to the rest of the tail. Finish off. Leave a long tail to close the hole and attach the tail to the body.

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Real kitty was not impressed…


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