Cat applique

Cat applique


I love cats!
The ones in the photo are Pompeo and Minerva 🥰

So, since I love cats, I wanted to make a crochet Cat Applique to attach to some projects.

Pompeo and Minerva

I checked online among free and paid patterns, but I didn’t find exactly what I was searching for, so I decided to create my own pattern and I’m happy to share it with you.

This pattern is totally free, but it’s intellectual property of Elendipity.
You can use it and, of course, you can sell the final products you create, but you cannot sell the pattern or any alteration of the pattern. 

If you can share the pattern for free, but remember that you should also always credit Elendipity (as pattern creator) whenever you create and/or sell it and/or share it.

Feel free to tag me on my Instagram if you create it, I would love to see your works!!


The Cat Applique is worked all with one foundation chain, no sewing is involved.

For the tail you will work in the foundation chain as usual, but, for the body, you will need to work on both side of the foundation chain.

In this video that I recorded about how to create an oval, at the minute 02:43 you can see how to work on both sides of the foundation chain.


I used:

  • 3.5mm crochet hook
  • Rainbow Cotton 8/8 n. 57 (Orange) – less than 2gr.
  • stitch marker
  • darning needle

I bought the yarn at Hobbii.


Here below the list of the stitches (US terminology) that you are going to use for this project.

  • CH = Chain
  • SS = Slip Stitch
  • SC = Single Crochet
  • HDC = Half Double Crochet
  • DC = Double Crochet
  • TC = Treble Crochet
  • st = stitches

What you find in brackets “(…)” is all in one stitch.

Ready to start? 

Let’s go!!


Here you can find the pattern written all together.

After this, below, you will see the pattern with the photos step by step.


Slip knot and CH 21.

  • R1

Starting from 2nd CH from the hook, SS 12, HDC 1, DC 1, TC 3, DC 1, SS 1, (2DC, 3CH-SS1, 2DC, 3CH-SS1, 2DC), now, working on the other side of the foundation chain: SS 1, DC 1, TC 3, DC 1, HDC 1.


Here you will see the pattern with the photos step by step.


Slip knot and CH 21.

  • R1 (tail)

Starting from 2nd CH from the hook, SS 12. (PIC)

Cat Applique tail
  • Continuing R1 (body)

Now you will do HDC 1 and insert the stitch marker as your first stitch of the cat’s body. (PIC)

Cat Applique HDC
  • Continuing R1 (body)

Now you will do DC 1, TC 3, DC 1,  SS 1. (PIC)

And the first half of the body is done, you will move to the last CH where you will create the head. 

Cat Applique body
  • Continuing R1 (head)

(2DC, 3CH – SS 1, 2DC, 3CH – SS 1, 2DC).

I will explain better the meaning of “3CH – SS 1”: these are the two ears of the cat.

After you worked the 2 DC in the last CH, you do 3 CH (PIC) and you will join the 3 CH with a SS where indicated by the needle (PIC).

And your first ear is done (PIC), now you go ahead with the pattern.

So 2DC, 3CH – SS 1, 2DC as written above.


Cat Applique head 1
Cat Applique head 2
Cat Applique head 3
Cat Applique body 2
  • Continuing R1 (body)

Now you will work the second half of the body, working on the other side of the foundation chain.

The first st (SS) will be worked where indicated by the needle.

So it will be:

SS 1, DC 1, TC 3, DC 1, HDC 1.


  • Finishing

After you’ve done the last st (HDC), you will cut a little bit of a tail to weave in.

Take the darning needle and insert it where indicated. (PIC)

Cat Applique body 3
Weave the ends (this one and the initial one if you didn’t bring it with you before) and your applique is done! 😍🐈‍⬛

Cat Applique done

You can now remove the stitch marker and sew your applique on your projects: it can be attached to a purse, to a bag, or you might want to make it as a pin for your coat.

I also used it as a base for a Granny Square, you can read the free pattern at this link!

Here some of the ones I did!

Cat Granny Square

I hope you enjoyed this Free Pattern 🥰

I have other many patterns available that you can find at this link.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need any explanation for the pattern – you can write me at

I also offer crochet lessons (both in person or online) if you need some help with crochet creations and reading patterns.

You find all the info at this link.


Feel free to tag me on my Instagram if you create it, I would love to see your works!

Happy Crochet! 

🧶 🐈‍⬛


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  • Shirley
    April 1, 2023 9:57 pm

    Thank you for this pattern. Very easy to follow and mine turned out perfectly! 💜

    • elendipity
      April 2, 2023 9:53 am

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m happy it turned out good for you!

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