Kitty Got my Key - Free Keyring Pattern

Crochet kitty keychain

These were originally made as a keychain for my mother who loves cats. She was looking for one, but didn't find one that she liked and so I decided to make her one =)

Materials

For the larger kitty:

  • Medium weight yarn in two colors of your choice
  • 3,5mm hook
  • 1 pair of 9mm safety eyes

For the smaller kitty:

  • Light weight yarn in two colors of your choice
  • 2,5mm hook
  • 1 pair of 6mm safety eyes

For both versions: 

  • Tapestry needle
  • Stuffing
  • Anchor stranded cotton in 23 for the nose and in white for the whiskers (or equivalent)
  • Keychain

Abbreviations

  • Rnd: round, rounds
  • st: stitches
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • sc: single crochet
  • inc 2: increase by working two stitches in the same stitch
  • inv dec 2: decrease by using the invisible decrease method

Finished size: 7cm (2,76 inches) to 8cm (3,15 inches) tall

Skill level: Easy

About:

The terminology used in this pattern is the US terminology. Gauge is not important. 

This project is worked in continuous rounds. Don't join rounds at the end. You may want to use a marker to indicate the beginning of the round.

All stitches are worked in both loops.

Head

Using the main color.

Rnd 1: 6sc in Magic Ring          (6st)

Rnd 2: (inc 2) x 6                    (12st)

Rnd 3: (1sc, inc 2) x 6             (18st)

Rnd 4: (2sc, inc 2) x 6             (24st)

Rnd 5: (3sc, inc 2) x 6             (30st)

Rnd 6-10: 30sc                       (30st)

Rnd 11: (3sc, inv dec 2) x 6     (24st)

Rnd 12: (2sc, inv dec 2) x 6     (18st)

- Place eyes between rounds 6 and 7 with 4st between them (5 for the larger kitty).

- Begin to stuff and continue as you go along.

Rnd 13: (1sc, inv dec 2) x 6     (12st)

Rnd 14: (inv dec 2) x 6            (6st)

- Sl st, close and leave long tail

Feet (make 4) 

Using the secondary color.

Rnd 1: 5sc in Magic Ring         (5st)

Rnd 2: (1sc, inc 2) x 2, 1 sc    (7st)

Rnd 3: 7sc                             (7st)

- Change to main color

Rnd 4-5: 7sc                          (7st)

- Sl st, needle join and leave long tail.

- Stuff

Ears (make 2)

Using the main color.

Rnd 1: 5sc in Magic Ring        (5st)

Rnd 2: 5sc                            (5st)

Rnd 3: (inc 2) x 5                 (10st)

Rnd 4: (4sc, inc 2) x 2          (12st)

Rnd 5: (5sc, inc 2) x 2          (14st)

- Sl st, needle join, leave long tail and close

Tail

Rnd 1: 6sc in Magic Ring         (6st)

Rnd 2-10: 6sc                        (6st)

- Sl st, needle join and leave long tail

- Optional: insert pipe cleaner into tail

Assembly

- Sew nose and whiskers (tutorial below)

- Attach ears to head

- Attach legs to body

- Attach tail to body

- Optional: Attach keychain to the top of the head (tutorial below)

Nose

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1. Insert needle into the head of the kitty, pull gently until the tail is hidden. Catch a stitch that you know is going to be under the nose and pull.

2. Catch the same stitch once more and pull thread until you have a loop. Insert needle into the loop and pull. The thread in now secure.

3. Insert needle into the top right corner of the nose and make it come out on the bottom corner.

4. Repeat step 3 inserting the needle always a little bit to the left and always making it come out on the bottom corner until you have the desired shape.

5. Secure and weave in ends. Kitty's nose is complete. 

Whiskers

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1. Insert the needle where you want the whiskers to end and make it come out where you want the whiskers to start.

2. Pull thread gently until you have two tails of more or less the same size. Remove needle.

3. Tie a double knot with the tails of the thread.

4. Thread needle with one tail and insert it in kitty's head and pull. Repeat for second tail.

5. One whisker is complete, but kitty needs more!

6. Repeat steps 1 to 4 for remaining whiskers. Whiskers completed.

Keychain

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 1. Thread the tail left from the head into the tapestry needle. Insert the needle into the bottom of the head making it come out on the top and middle of the head.

2. Insert needle into the last ring of the chain and pull.

3. Insert needle into the top and middle of the head making it come out the bottom of the head, between the legs.

4. The chain is now secure. If you want to, repeat steps 1 to 3.

5. Secure end between the legs and weave in.

6. Keychain secured.

Now you can use kitty as a keychain, as an embellishment for your beach bag, bag or backpack, or however you want!

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This pattern is an original pattern by Ana Rosaof BuddyRumi. Please do not claim this pattern as your own. You may keep a copy for your own personal use and feel free to use the items made from this pattern however you wish, but remember to credit me as the pattern designerPlease do not reproduce this pattern anywhere else, if you wish to share it post a link to /blog/2012/8/27/kitty-got-my-key-free-pattern.html

Thank you!