Free Amigurumi Pattern: Kitty Got my Key

Crochet cat keychain amigurumi pattern

These crochet cuties were originally made as a keychain for my mother who loves cats.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 =)


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


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

Skill level: Easy


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.


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


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


– 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)


Kitty crochet keychain pattern

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. 


Crochet cat charm pattern

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.


Amigurumi kayring kitty instructions

 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!

Download PDF version

You can also watch the video tutorial here!

Enjoy and try it on Pinterest!

This pattern is an original pattern by Ana Rosa of 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!

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  1. Thank you so much for this gorgeous pattern! That was so kind of you. He is the cutest little cat I have ever seen 🙂

  2. Thank you for this little kitty, my elderly neighbour has recently lost her fav ginger tom, he was more like a dog than a cat & I wanted to make her a striped ginger key ring so this is ideal, I know she misses him sow anted her to have a keepsake. Best wishes

  3. Hi Wendy!
    What a beautiful thought! I am very happy and honoured that you chose this pattern to make the keepsake for you neighbour! I hope she likes him!


  4. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern, I'm making goody bags for my children's teachers and this is just the right size to slip in the bag. I know they will love it. And since I call my children my 'kittens' and their teachers have started calling them my kittens as well, these cats are perfect!

  5. Hi Marcia!

    You are welcome! I'm very happy and honoured that you chose this pattern for the goody bags you're making for your children's teachers! I hope they like them!
    Best wishes for you and your kittens! =)


  6. Thank you so much for this great pattern Ana. My friend will love her birthday present.
    I have never made an amigurumi toy before
    I'm now inspired to start designing
    Happy crochet

  7. Hi Susi!

    You are welcome!
    I'm so happy that you've chosen this pattern to make your friend's present! If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.
    It's wonderful that you are inspired to start designing! It's fun and addictive too hehe =D
    I hope that your friend will like her kitty!
    Happy crocheting!


  8. I love this little kitty pattern. I am a bit confused….where are the instructions for the body? Have I missed something? Thanks

  9. Hi Beth!
    I so happy that you love the kitties!
    The instructions are at the top, right after the "About" section under the title "Head". The head also works as the kitty's body, he doesn't have a separate body.
    If you have any more questions don't hesitate to ask!
    Happy crocheting!

  10. hello again ! I am in the process of making this pattern but I am confused about a few things. What are the differences between slip stitch close and slip stitch, needle join. I don’t understand the close part and the needle join. On the bright side, I finally after spending a day struggling got the magic circle part. I am left handed and looked at several instructions but watched a video for left handed and got it. Thank you! Thank you

  11. Lovely project, I enjoyed making her very much. Not sure about her tail though. Is it a tad too thick? Will try one with a few less single crochets. However, that being said, she is a little smasher. Thank you.

    • Hi Perry,

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed making her! ^^
      For the tail you may try using fewer sc, as you said, or making it with a thinner yarn! If you make it with a thinner yarn you’ll need to make more rows to get the same length.
      Thank you! =)

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