Free crochet pattern

Cats Squared
Designed by Kristy Heath 2006
NOTE: This is my first attempt at writing a pattern. Please forgive any errors and let me know in the Comments section so I can fix them.
 
This website is purely to share the pattern as it has been requested a number of times. I'm no webmaster :)
 Sorry for the fuzzy pictures - can't seem to get them to show up neatly :( If you're on Ravelry, I have better pictures there (username is Sahahne).
A big thank you to Judy for trying out this pattern and letting me know where corrections were needed! Very much appreciated! :)
 
Materials:
F hook or 3.75mm hook
4 100gram balls of 8ply (light worsted) yarn in Black
4 100gram balls of 8ply (light worsted) in White
 

Pattern Notes:
* US crochet terms are used in this pattern
* Pattern is worked from top down, making the cat’s ears first, ending with the tail.
* You will need to work with three balls of yarn attached to each square (2 main colour, 1 contrast colour). This prevents yarn being carried across the back of the work and showing through to the front. I stopped every few rows to untangle, as they tend to tangle easily. 
* Do not carry yarn across unless stated in pattern.
* Do not finish off during work unless stated in the pattern
* Where colour change is required, begin dc, but pause with 2 loops on the hook. Draw through second colour of yarn through the two loops completing the dc. Ensure colour changes are done on the same side of the work, as there is a definite Right side to this pattern.
* I tend to crochet tightly, so require a ch 2 to create the mesh edging, you may only need a ch 1 (this is indicated initially in the pattern with a ## to help you work out which part I mean :) ).


Approximate Size
Square = 10" x 10.5" or 25.5cm x 26.5cm

Blanket = 60" x 64" or 152cm x 162cm (5 x 5 squares)

Cat Square
(
Make a total of 25 in desired colours).

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pattern
Chain 37 with Main colour (MC). You may need to chain loosely so that it doesn't pull the top of the square in too much.

Row 1: Dc in 4th chain from the hook (chain forms first dc). Dc in each chain across making a total of 35 dc. Turn

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc from this point onwards), dc in each of next 3 dc. * ch 2##, skip 1 dc, dc in next dc*. Repeat from * to * all the way across to last 3 stitches. 1 dc in each of next 3 dc. Turn.

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in each of next 3 dc. Ch 2, skip ch-2 sp, dc in dc. (Dc in ch-2 sp, dc in next dc)x 12. Ch 2, skip ch-2 sp, dc in remaining 4 dc. Turn.

Row 4: Ch 3, dc in each of next 3 dc. Ch 2, skip ch-2 sp, dc in next 10 dc, changing to CC on the last dc.

Using CC (and carrying MC yarn across – make sure carried yarn is always on the wrong side of the work), 2dc inc into 1 dc below, changing to MC on last part of inc, 3 dc changing back to CC on last dc, 2dc inc into 1 dc below, changing back to MC on last part of inc. Dc next 10 in dc, ch 2 skip ch-2 sp, dc in remaining 4 stitches. This is the right side of your work (RS). Turn.

 

Row 5: Ch 3, dc in each of next 3 dc. Ch 2, skip ch-2 sp dc, dc in next 9 dc, changing to CC on the last dc. Using CC (do not carry MC from here on) dc 1, dec 2dc into 1, 3 dc, dec 2dc into 1, dc1 changing to MC (add a new ball of MC here so you now have three balls of yarn attached to your work). Dc into next 9 dc, ch 2 skip ch-2 sp, dc in remaining 4 stitches. Turn.

 

Row 6- 16: Work as per chart, using one ball of CC (for the cat), two balls of MC (for the background, one on either side of the cat). This prevents having to carry yarn across the back.

 

Row 17: Ch 3, dc in each of next 3 dc. Ch 2 skip 1 dc, dc in next 9 dc, changing to CC on the last dc. Finish off MC here and weave in ends. Dc (using CC) in next 4 stitches. Ch 20, sc into 2nd ch and all the way back down the chained tail (so that you are working towards the body of the cat), then dc into next 3 sts (tail made), changing to remaining MC on last dc. Finish off CC and weave in ends. Dc in next 9 dc ch 2, skip 1 dc, dc in remaining 4 stitches.

 

Row 18-20 as per chart. Finish off, and weave in ends.

 

Square Edging
With CC, join with slip stitch to top left corner space with RS facing (with cat sitting up).
Sc in side stitch, sc in ch space. Repeat all the way down the side. In corner space, sc, hdc, dc.
Dc in each dc along bottom edge. Corner space – dc, hdc, sc .
Sc in each side stitch, sc in ch space. Repeat all the way down the side. In corner space sc, hdc, dc.
Dc in each dc along top edge. Final corner space, dc hdc and slip stitch to first sc.
Repeat until border is desired width.

Weave in ends on each square as you go, it makes for a lot less to do when the blanket is put together.

Joining Squares
To join squares, attach yarn to corner of Square 1 with sc. Ch 2, sc in corner of Square 2. Ch 2, skip one stitch on Square 1, sc in next stitch. Ch 2, skip next stitch on Square 2, sc in next stitch. Continue until 2 squares are joined on one side.
Join 5 squares together in one strip, making a total of 5 strips. Join the 5 strips together using same joining method.

Border
Row 1: Join in corner stitch (with RS of work facing up) in chosen colour with hdc, hdc, ch 2, 2hdc, hdc in next stitch and in each stitch along. Hdc over the joining stitches between squares in two places to anchor it sufficiently. 2 hdc, 2 ch, 2hdc in each corner. Slip stitch to join to first hdc.

Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as first hdc), hdc, 2 ch, 2 hdc in corner space. *hdc in next 3 hdc. In next stitch, start hdc, but insert hook into stitch below to create an extended stitch, finish hdc like normal.* Repeat from * to * with 2hdc, 2ch, 2hdc in each corner space. Join with slip stitch to first chain. Finish off. Weave in ends. And good luck – there end up being more than you think!!


 

Work from top down (so the cat appears to be upside down as you crochet).

Row1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

inc

 

 

 

inc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dec

 

 

 

dec

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Main colour (MC)

 

Contrast colour (CC)

 

Mesh

 

Each square/rectangle represents 1 double crochet (dc) stitch

with the exceptions in Rows 4 and 5 where increases (inc) and

decreases (dec) are noted. Please see pattern for these particular rows.

 

This is my own design and the pattern is offered for personal use only. Please don’t sell or redistribute this pattern in any way or form.  Thank you. Happy crocheting!
 
Comments