Cat Knitting Pattern and Tutorial

Hello friends, as promised, I have a sweet little cat pattern to share with you today.
His name is Beans and he is a friendly little fellow:)

I have knitted him in the round in the Magic Loop but you can also knit him on dpns in the round or knit him flat and simply sew him up at the back, if you prefer to knit on 2 needles. If this is what you would like to do then just knit the pattern in stocking stitch, flat with 2 needles.

He could also be a cute owl, just give him bigger eyes, a beak and don’t add a tail:)

Oddments of variegated dk wool
4mm circular needle or dpns or 4mm straight needles
Sewing up needle
Fleece for stuffing

kfb: knit into the front and back of the stitch to increase
dpns: double pointed needles
knit 2 tog: knit 2 stitches together

Cast on 10 stitches and join for knitting in the round with the magic loop or on dpns
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: kfb into each stitch (20 stitches)
Round 3: kfb into each stitch (40 stitches)
Rounds 4-15: Knit
Round 16: (Knit 1, knit 2 tog) across the round knit 1 stitch on the end (27 stitches)
Rounds 17-26: Knit
Cast off

Finishing Off:
Hold the top of the cast off edge together flat and sew in and out, closing the top of your cat’s head.

Stuff Beans and make him plump!
Once you are happy with the firmness, sew around the open base of his body and pull tight to close.

Take a needle and wool, sew into the base of Beans, secure the wool and push the needle up through his body and pull it out the top of his head, sew back down again and pull. This is going to make a nice big concave depression that will form his two ears.

Once you have sewn back down, pull the needle and wool out the base of the body, pull tight and sew the wool securely onto the knitting, ensuring the depression remains at the top of the head.

With a felting needle and some black and pink fleece, needle felt on 2 eyes and a nose.

With 2 dpns (double pointed needles) cast on 5 stitches and knit an i-cord for the tail, I knit mine about 5 inches long and cast off.
Sew on the tail at the back of Beans to the side so that it can wrap around his body.

If you would like to add whiskers, just sew some on with a needle and wool in a rug stitch.

You are finished
Happy knitting!

This is a copywritten pattern, please do not sell this pattern, you may sell items knitted from this pattern providing that I, Linda Dawkins am credited as the designer and you link to my Etsy shop
Thank you so much.

Joining in with Ginny for the Yarn Along

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88 Responses to Cat Knitting Pattern and Tutorial

  1. Mummyzilla June 27, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    So cute!

  2. KnittyV June 27, 2012 at 10:30 am #


  3. Lamoureux Family June 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    Another small simple project that will create smiles as well! Thank you!

    • Nana January 28, 2017 at 4:40 pm #

      From SBCA?

  4. Hawthorn June 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    Aww – that is too cute – I love the colouring of the wool 🙂

  5. Tracey June 27, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    Thank you Linda for another great pattern. The little one here loves cats so I think I will cast on one to surprise her for tomorrow morning. This is so sweet of you to share, have a great day!

  6. Svetla Angelova June 27, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    So cute ang purrrfect! I’ll try!

  7. Greer June 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    Beans = terribly cute x

  8. Joy June 27, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    That little kitty is such a cutie! I might have to make a couple for Halloween. 🙂

  9. Natalie Buehler June 27, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    Thanks, might try my hand at this one, you can never have enough kitties can you?

  10. patchouli moon studio June 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    Thanks for the tutorial. So cute.

  11. Alisa June 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    oh, that is just too cute! Thanks for sharing!!

  12. A Faithful Journey June 27, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing this pattern! My daughter LOVES cats and I am definitely going to have to make this for her!! Thanks again! 🙂

  13. Gracey is not my name.... June 27, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    Love him!!!!!!

  14. Ellen June 27, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    Oh how cute! (and this coming from a non-cat lover) Thanks for the pattern.

  15. Ashley June 27, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    This is very cute, thank you for sharing!

  16. Heather June 27, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    Oh my goodness, that is so so sweet! Landon would love this :).

  17. EMMA June 27, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    Thank you for sharing the pattern. I’m having a quiet evening on my own tonight so I think I will make this.

  18. Emma June 28, 2012 at 12:21 am #

    That is awfully sweet – and you do not need to get gauge! I am planning to teach some girls to knit this fall, and this pattern is perfect. Thanks!

  19. Anonymous June 28, 2012 at 1:43 am #

    Hi Linda, Thanks again, so much for sharing, he is so cute, I will be making this for sure! xxBrenda

  20. Leslie June 28, 2012 at 5:12 am #

    Sweet kitty and perfect kitty yarn………item in upper right of header is that a shawl or ………..I like it.

  21. Lori ann June 28, 2012 at 6:10 am #

    dear linda, your kitty is beyond cute, makes me giggle just to look at her, oops, him. if i make him with spots, do you think it’ll look like a leopard? 🙂

  22. Mistea June 28, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Sweet kitty and easily achievable design – Gorgeous.
    Thanks for sharing

  23. The Handmaden June 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    This is so cute, I really want to try it, thanks Linda 🙂

  24. SusanD1408 Crochet Addict June 29, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    Very Cute!!!

  25. Danielle Sheridan June 30, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Hi Linda, thank you for the cute pattern. I have nominated you for a Beautiful Blogger Award, as I have really enjoyed visiting your blog over the past couple of years. I am a fellow homeschooler in Tasmania and also love to knit, thank you very much for a wonderful blog. The address for the Beautiful Blogger Award post I have written is

  26. Anonymous June 30, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    thank you for the cute cat pattern, yesterday I made two of them for my boys. they love them. in the same time I discovered your blog and love things you make. helena

  27. cassie-b - carol scott July 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    I made a little cat from your pattern. It is so cute. I’m planning to make some with catnip in the stuffing for my favorite kitties. Thanks so much for the pattern

  28. Linda July 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    Thank you so much everyone, you are all so kind:)

  29. Marilyn Temple July 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    Has anyone actually stuffed Beans with beans? I was thinking of using it as a doorstop.

  30. K July 12, 2012 at 2:44 am #

    Oh – I was going to TELL you he also looks like an owl. I was too late to be the clever one! He’s sweet and adorable.

  31. Dawn July 12, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    Oh so cute and simple … love it!

  32. Wonder Why Gal July 13, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    This pattern is too cute!
    I really need the Tour de Fleece to end so I can get back to knitting.

  33. SylviaC July 18, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    Love your cat. He is adorable and soooo easy. Thank you very much for the pattern and tutorial.
    I will be making a lot of these to put into the Christmas stockings I am making for the women’s shelter here in Edmonton, Canada.

  34. Dee B November 6, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    I don’t want to sell these, but our local cat rescue (Feline Rescue in St. Paul, MN) where we got two of our three cats is having a holiday boutique to benefit the shelter. May I please have permission to knit these to donate for the auction? Only the Feline Rescue will benefit, I promise!

    Link to the boutique benefit page:

  35. Barbara November 9, 2012 at 4:15 am #


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  37. Barb November 13, 2012 at 4:43 am #

    This is such a cute kitty. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

  38. AAL December 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    Hi there! I’ve never done felting before, and I’m wondering if you can give me a few quick tips about how to felt the nose and eyes onto the finished project?

    • Linda December 6, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

      You just need a felting needle and some black fleece. If you have a look on the internet, there are many tutorials. The needle has little barbs on the end of it and as you push it into the fleece, it binds the fleece to the knitting.

  39. Shalora December 10, 2012 at 2:13 am #

    OMG, my friend sent me this URL the other day and I about died over how cute this cat is. And I happen to have quite a bit of yarn in this weight that I don’t have anything to do with at the moment, so I think people are getting Beans for Christmas. 🙂 I’ve seen other little things like this that are persnickity and hard to do – I was pleasantly surprised that this little guy is actually as easy as he looks to make! I tend to do a 3-needle bind-off for the head, rather than binding off in a circle and then sewing it up – because I’m lazy. 😉 Works like a charm, though. I’m also leaving a long tail when I cast on and using that to first sew up the bottom and then swing up and over the top to make the ears – loving how that works. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern!

  40. AAL December 10, 2012 at 6:39 am #

    Thanks! I just finished the body – love the pattern 🙂 I’m going to add some catnip to the stuffing and make it a cat toy.

  41. Yvonne December 21, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    I love how the one I made came out, I used some very bulky chenille, put two oriental chime balls in with the stuffing and also added legs.

    My grandbaby loves it.

  42. Michelle January 6, 2013 at 3:23 am #

    This was absolutely amazing! I made it for my love as an extra christmas gift since he loves cats! I made him blue but this is an absolutely awesome pattern. Thanks so much!

  43. Lynn Halliday February 21, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    Thankyou so much for the pattern, I only knit for my local hospital childrens ward and Special care baby unit, preemie hats and cardigans mainly.

  44. Lesley May 1, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

    Have just knitted this kitty in black and knitted a lucky horseshoe for his tummy – I will be giving it to a bride this week for good luck. Sure he will be a lucky black cat 🙂

  45. barbaratoja May 13, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    Ekstra !

  46. Pat August 19, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    Just rediscovered this and put it on my “to do” list! I have another project to finish and this gives me incentive to work fast.

  47. Julian November 17, 2013 at 1:09 am #

    Love it. Do you take orders? I’ll buy 30! Serious

  48. MindyZW February 12, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

    How adorable! I have to make these for my cat friends…

    • Pat April 17, 2014 at 12:52 am #

      This kitty is super cute,I am making it for a friend who just lost her kitty, this will be comforting for her,thanks alot.

  49. Judy Barbiaux June 9, 2014 at 11:04 pm #

    OK, how do I join TEN cast on stitches?

  50. Ann Robbins July 24, 2014 at 4:08 am #

    Hi, One of my teenage boys’ cat was killed at Xmas so I made him your knitted cat.
    I hope he likes it, I’m sure he will, it’s pretty cute. Thanx.

  51. Aliselle August 14, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    Magnifique!!!!! Je découvre ton blog et j’adooooooooooore!….
    Merci pour le partage
    Bises de Lyon en France

  52. carolynn October 11, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

    this is so cute… and i appreciate the way you specify how to use other styles. i for one prefer to use 2 needles… thanks for the pattern and instructions.

  53. Stephanie January 31, 2015 at 5:10 pm #

    So I am a self taught beginner knitter who is trying to learn how to knit on dpns. I’ve done two other projects on dpns but they had 10 stitches on each needle, making it much easier to understand and to knit. I’m not really understanding how to cast on only 10 stitches and then to join. If you could maybe help me on that, I’d really appreciate it. I have books and have gone on the web to try and figure it out, but have not been able to. I appreciate your time and would really like to knit this cat and the owl for my kids but am just having a really hard time getting started. Thank you! Stephanie 🙂

    • Linda January 31, 2015 at 6:59 pm #

      Hi Stephanie, I’ve knitted Beans in the magic loop technique. You can google Knit Picks Magic Loop Tutorial, a tutorial will come up and explain exactly how to go about it.
      Happy knitting
      Please let me know how it goes.

      • Stephanie January 31, 2015 at 8:50 pm #

        I will try that, thank you! I will let you know how it goes also, it may take awhile though! Thank you again! Stephanie

      • Stephanie January 31, 2015 at 10:41 pm #

        Ok, so I have done a few beginning rounds, I think, using the magic loop. You knitted this whole thing with circular needles? I think I’m going to find that very difficult since I’m just learning this method and have no idea how you can knit into the front and back of each stitch to increase using circular needles. I am hoping as I learn to use circular needles, I’ll figure it out. However, I am wondering if I wanted to do this pattern on double pointed needles, how would I go about doing that? How many dpns would I need, for example. Thank you again for your time! Stephanie 🙂

  54. terpkristin August 22, 2015 at 3:46 am #

    If this is done flat, how is round 16 done (since you can’t k2tog across the non-existent join)?

    It’s a super-cute pattern, thanks for sharing it!

  55. Jack Rabbit January 31, 2016 at 8:43 pm #

    You recommend needle felting the eyes and nose. Would this stay on well enough for a baby toy?

    • Linda February 8, 2016 at 9:22 am #

      If it’s for a baby toy perhaps sew on the nose with wool or thread, it’s more permanent this way 🙂

  56. sylvie February 3, 2017 at 4:09 pm #

    merci beaucoup pour ces explications !!! il est très mignon !!

    • Linda February 8, 2017 at 8:54 am #

      You’re welcome 🙂

  57. Judi May 6, 2017 at 3:26 am #

    Looks wonderfully cute. I’d really like to make him but the last 2 pictures have gone for a walk. Any chance you could refresh the site.

    • Linda May 6, 2017 at 3:28 pm #

      Hi, Judy, I’ve emailed you but if you click on the missing photo it will pop up in another window 🙂
      I will attempt to fix these missing photos now.
      Happy knitting

  58. Shay July 26, 2017 at 4:43 am #

    I agree — what a sweet little cat!

  59. MARY PONT (Miss) April 22, 2018 at 10:11 pm #

    Hi I like Beans the cat. I can’t find the size of him anywhere, but withno mention of balls of yarn, I think he is too small for what I want.

    I have seen a pattern for another cat, (brownie the cat) but I like the colour beans is made in. Where do I find this yarn – is it expensive?

    Could you also tell me how to get the pattern of Brownie? I have clicked on it. It is in Etsy or Pinterest, and I haven’t got anything from them before.

    I have been looking for the pattern and yarn for months. It is for a friend – an old lady.

  60. Sue May 1, 2022 at 10:52 pm #

    Thought you might like to know that this adorable kitty is going to a Ukrainian refugee child to brighten his or her day.

  61. Hope March 29, 2023 at 9:52 am #

    How do I knit this flat on straight needles?

    Pls respond by email.

    • Linda June 24, 2023 at 9:13 am #

      Hi Hope,
      You would knit this in stocking stitch on straight needles 🙂
      Kind regards


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