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Cat Lady Afghan
Cat Lady Afghan
This image courtesy of yarnspirations.com

Embrace your inner cat lady by crocheting the Cat Lady Afghan! Featuring cat squares and three dimensional ears. Crochet this fun and cute granny square afghan for yourself or another cat-lover just like you. This free pattern is an easy crochet pattern that girls will love too.

Easy

Crochet HookJ/10 or 6 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Crochet GaugeOne Square measures approximately 5 1/2 x 5 1/2"/14 x 14cm

Finished SizeApprox. 32"/81.5cm wide x 43"/109cm long, including edging

Materials List

  • Caron Simply Soft (170 g/6. oz;288 m/315 yds) - Contrast A White (9701) 2, Contrast B Soft Pink (9719) 1, Contrast C Soft Blue (9712) 1, Contrast D Sunshine (9755) 1, Contrast E Soft Green (9739) 1, Contrast F Sage (9705) 1, Contrast G Light Country Blue (9709) 1
  • One size US J-10 (6mm), or size to obtain gauge
  • Stitch markers
  • Yarn needle

INSTRUCTIONS
NOTES
1. Squares are worked in continuous rounds with RS facing throughout. Do not join and do not turn at the end of a round. Place a marker to indicate the beginning of the round and move the marker up as work progresses.
2. To change color, sl st in next st and fasten off old color. Join new color in indicated st and work next round as instructed. When working next round, do not work into the sl st, instead work over the sl st and directly into the same st as the sl st.
 
SQUARE 1 (make 6)
With C, ch 2.
Round 1: Work 8 hdc in 2nd ch from hook; do not join—8 hdc.
Round 2: [Sc in next hdc, (sc, hdc, sc) in next hdc (corner made)] 4 times—16 sts.
Round 3: Hdc in next 2 sts, [(hdc, dc, hdc) in next st, hdc in next 3 sts] 3 times, (hdc, dc, hdc) in next st, hdc in next st—24 sts.
Round 4: Sc in next 3 sts, [(sc, hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next 5 sts] 3 times, (sc, hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next 2 sts—32 sts. Sl st in next st. Fasten off C. Note: When working next round, do not work into the sl st, instead work over the sl st and directly into the st immediately below.
Round 5: Join D with sl st in center hdc of any corner, ch 2 (counts as first hdc), (dc, hdc) in same st, hdc in next 7 sts, [(hdc, dc, hdc) in next st, hdc in next 7 sts] 3 times—40 sts.
Round 6: Sc in next st, [(sc, hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next 9 sts] 3 times, (sc, hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next 8 sts—48 sts.
Round 7: Hdc in next 2 sts, [(2 hdc, dc, 2 hdc) in next st, hdc in next 11 sts] 3 times, (2 hdc, dc, 2 hdc) in next st, hdc in next 9 sts—64 sts.
Round 8: Sc in next 4 sts, [(sc, hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next 15 sts] 3 times, (sc, hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next 11 sts—72 sts.
Sl st in next st. Fasten off D, leaving a long tail for sewing.
 
SQUARE 2 (make 4)
Make same as square 1, working Rounds 1–4 with B and Rounds 5–8 with E.
 
SQUARE 3 (make 12)
With D, ch 2.
Rounds 1 and 2: Work Rounds 1 and 2 of square 1—16 sts. Sl st in next st. Fasten off D.
Round 3: Join E with sl st in center st of any corner, ch 2 (counts as hdc), (dc, hdc) in same st, hdc in next 3 sts, [(hdc, dc, hdc) in next st, hdc in next 3 sts] 3 times—24 sts.
Round 4: Sc in next st, [(sc, hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next 5 sts] 3 times, (sc, hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next 4 sts—32 sts. Sl st in next st. Fasten off E.
Round 5: Join B with sl st in center st of any corner, ch 2 (counts as hdc), (dc, hdc) in same st, hdc in next 7 sts, [(hdc, dc, hdc) in next st, hdc in next 7 sts] 3 times—40 sts.
Round 6: Sc in next st, [(sc, hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next 9 sts] 3 times, (sc, hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next 8 sts—48 sts. Sl st in next st. Fasten off B.
Round 7: Join C with sl st in center st of any corner, ch 2 (counts as hdc), (hdc, dc, 2 hdc) in same st, hdc in next 11 sts, [(2 hdc, dc, 2 hdc) in next st, hdc in next 11 sts] 3 times—64 sts.
Round 8: Sc in next 2 sts, [(sc, hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next 15 sts] 3 times, (sc, hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next 13 sts—72 sts. Sl st in next st.
Fasten off C, leaving a long tail for sewing.
 
SQUARE 4 (make 4)
With C, ch 2.
Rounds 1 and 2: Work Rounds 1 and 2 of square 1—16 sts. Sl st in next st. Fasten off C.
Rounds 3 and 4: With B, work Rounds 3 and 4 of square 3—32 sts. Do not fasten off at the end of Round 4.
Round 5: Hdc in next 2 sts, [(hdc, dc, hdc) in next st, hdc in next 7 sts] 3 times, (hdc, dc, hdc) in next st, hdc in next 5 sts—40 sts.
Round 6: Sc in next 3 sts, [(sc, hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next 9 sts] 3 times, (sc, hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next 6 sts—48 sts.
Round 7: Hdc in next 4 sts, [(2 hdc, dc, 2 hdc) in next st, hdc in next 11 sts] 3 times, (2 hdc, dc, 2 hdc) in next st, hdc in next 7 sts—64 sts.
Round 8: Sc in next 6 sts, [(sc, hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next 15 sts] 3 times, (sc, hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next 9 sts—72 sts.
Sl st in next st. Fasten off B, leaving a long tail for sewing.
 
KITTY SQUARE (make 9)
With A, ch 2.
Round 1 (RS): Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook; do not join—6 sc.
Round 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around—12 sc.
Round 3: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—18 sc.
Round 4: [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc] 6 times—24 sc.
Round 5: [Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—30 sc.
Round 6: [Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—36 sc.
Round 7: [Sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—42 sc.
Round 8: [Sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—48 sc.
Round 9: [Hdc in next 5 sc, dc in next 3 sc, 5 tr in next sc (corner made), dc in next 3 sc] 4 times—64 sts.
Round 10: Sc in next 10 sts, [(sc, hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next 15 sts] 3 times, (sc, hdc, sc) in next st, sc in last 5 sts—72 sts.
Sl st in next st. Fasten off.

EAR (make 18 – 2 per kitty)
Inner Ear (make 18 – 1 per ear)
Beginning at tip of ear, with B, ch 3.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, turn—2 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc across, turn—4 sc.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in last sc, turn—6 sc.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.
Fasten off.
 
Outer Ear (make 18 – 1 per ear)
Beginning at tip of ear, with A, ch 3.
Rows 1–5: Work Rows 1–5 of inner ear—6 sc. Do not fasten off.
Note: The outer ear and an inner ear are now joined together by working through both pieces, while working all the way around the outer edges.
Round 6: Ch 1, place an inner ear on top of outer ear, working through both thicknesses, (sc, hdc, sc) in first sc, sc in next 4 sc, (sc, hdc, sc) in last sc, do not turn; work 4 sc evenly spaced across side edge of ear; working across opposite side of foundation chains, (sc, hdc, dc) in first ch, (dc, hdc, sc) in next ch; work 4 sc evenly spaced across other side edge of ear; join with sl st in first sc.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
 
EYE (make 18 – 2 per kitty)
With F, ch 5.
Row 1 (RS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next 2 ch, sl st in last ch. 
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
 
NOSE (make 9 – 1 per kitty)
With G, ch 5.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each remaining ch across, turn—4 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, [sc2tog] twice, turn—2 sc.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc2tog—1 sc. 
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

FINISHING 
With RS facing, arrange squares as shown in assembly diagram and whipstitch together. Sew ears to top corners of kitty squares. Sew eyes onto kitty squares. With G, embroider whiskers and sew noses onto the kitty squares, centered under the eyes.
 
Edging
Join E with sl st in any corner.
Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 4 dc in same corner, work 15 dc evenly spaced across side of first square, work 16 dc evenly spaced across side of each square to last square on this side of blanket, work 15 dc evenly spaced across side of last square on this side of blanket, *5 dc in corner, work 15 dc evenly spaced across side of next square, work 16 dc evenly spaced across side of each square to last square on this side of blanket, work 15 dc evenly spaced across side of last square; repeat from * across remaining 2 sides of blanket; join with sl st in top of beginning ch—396 sts.
Rounds 2 and 3: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, working 5 dc in center dc of each 5-dc corner; join with sl st in top of beginning ch. 
Fasten off.
Round 4: Join B with sl st in center dc of any 5-dc corner, ch 3, 4 dc in same corner, dc in each dc around, working 5 dc in center dc of each 5-dc corner; join with sl st in top of beginning ch.
Rounds 5 and 6: Repeat Rounds 2 and 3. 
Fasten off B.
Round 7: With D, repeat Round 4.
Round 8: Ch 1, sc in same st as join, sk next st, (hdc, 2 dc, hdc) in next st, sk next st, *sc in next st, sk next st, (hdc, 2 dc, hdc) in next st, sk next st; repeat from * around; join with sl st in first sc. 
Fasten off.
Using yarn needle, weave in all ends.

Pattern Chart

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Abbreviations

hdc
half double crochet
sc
single crochet
Sc2tog
Draw up a loop in next st) twice. Yoh and draw through all loops on hook
st(s)
stitch(es)
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Wow this cat lady afghan is so cute! It reminds me of my friend who loves cats. She has a collection of everything cats. This is really an appropriate gift for her. But those who hate cats will of course abhor this afghan.

I think this is the same blanket from yarnspirations.com - here is the link to the actual pattern on site. http//www.yarnspirations.com/patterns/kitty-blan == ket-2.html?id=195727

Hello wpmachine, we have updated the pattern to match the information found on Yarnspirations.com. Thank you for your patience. -Editors of AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns

So nice of you to provide a pattern WITHOUT a picture - really inspires me to jump right in and make this!!!!

Hello jeanneambro 598044 4, there was a temporary glitch in our system and the image for this pattern was removed. It has now been restored. Thank you for your patience. -Editors of AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns

I was thinking the same thing, picture still not showing

Hello rhawkins6 0061649, thank you for your comment. The correct image for this pattern is now available. -Editors of AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns

This is the first complaint I have ever posted about one of your items. It's a really cute idea but t is lacking in so many things. I agree with all the other posters. It could have been done much better. I am not even going to try to figure this one out.

I'm not in love with the colors but I love the little cat faces. So charming!

I too am trying to get the complete instructions. I even tried going to the Caron site with no luck it's such a cute afghan, it's really to bad we can't get the instructions.

I have read all these comments and yet I don't see any responses? The chart for the afagan could have been put on another page to get the information, it is way to small, so I copy and pasted it to a word doc and increased it that way! YES! I agree, some more info about how much yarn would be very helpful! I have not yet made this beautiful blanket but I am willing to give this a try! I love cats! So, we will see what happens! I have the creator of this pattern will respond to these questions!

Has anyone made this? When I try to make square 4, it doesn't seem as if the center portion is centered.

how much yarn / what size is it?

Loving, and appreciating your free offers.So very nice. Doris B.

how much yarn and what colors?

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