Hello Kitty amigurumi for a friend






I've been thinking about making an amigurumi Hello Kitty for the longest time but I always ended up making different things.  I finally hunkered down and came up with a pattern for this mini Hello Kitty.  It's part of a Christmas present for a good friend. 

The process ~

I thought about the general shape of Hello Kitty's head first - she sort of has this flat, oval shaped head so crocheting in the round with a magic circle would not suffice.  The normal magic circle + crocheting in the round would work for the rest of the doll.

I didn't want the final doll to be too big so I decided on starting with a chain of 11 stitches and then working in the round from then on.  That's how you achieve the 'oval' shape when you are crocheting in the round.

I ended up using 'baby' yarn (Red Heart's 'soft baby steps' in pink) and (Bernat 'baby' yarn in white)  The yarn is a super find gauge so if you use it for your projects, you will end up with a very neat looking doll.  

I used a 3.5 mm crochet hook for this project.

Materials:
Pink embroidery thread (for the bow)
Black embroidery thread (for the whiskers)
Polyfill stuffing
Yarn needle
3.5mm crochet hook for Hello Kitty, 1.5mm crochet hook for the bow

Pattern: I've made some changes to the pattern for the head - hopefully it will be much easier to read. The technique I used is to crochet in the round and my pattern is written up a la Japanese crochet patterns. I will try to explain the steps as best as I can!
 
Hello Kitty head (white yarn)
 
As you can see below, this is the pattern that I made up - I don't have any fancy software to generate crochet diagrams so use this as a reference to my instructions :)
 
1.  With the white yarn, chain 9, then turn.
 
2.  Row 1: (remember, this is crocheted in the round.  In the diagram above, the first row will have 22 stitches in total.  Start by crocheting 2 single crochet stitches in the previous chain.  Then continue to work along the chain, 1 single crochet per chain for 7 stitches.  In the next chain, make 4 single crochets in one stitch.  You will now be on the 'other' side of the chain.  Continue along the chain, 1 single crochet per chain for 7 stitches.  In the last stitch of the chain, make 2 single crochets.  You will now have a total of 22 stitches.
 
3. Rows 2-6:  You will continue to crochet in the round for the next 5 rows.  You will need to make a single crochet in each stitch.
 
4. Row 7: (there will be 2 decreases in this row to make a total of 18 stitches)  Single crochet in the next 5 stitches, then single crochet 2 stitches together in the next stitch.  Single crochet in the next 6 stitches, then single crochet 2 stitches together in the next stitch.  Single crochet in the last 5 stitches to finish the row for a total of 18 stitches.
 
5. Row 8: Single crochet in each of the stitches for this round. (a total of 18 stiches)
 
6. Row 9: (there will be 2 decreases in this row to make a total of 14 stitches) Single crochet in the next 3 stitches, then single crochet 2 stitches together in the next stitch.  Single crochet in the next 6 stitches, then single crochet 2 stitches together in the next stitch.  Single crochet in the last 3 stitches to finish the row for a total of 14 stitches.

7. Row 10: (this will be the last row as the head will be sewn shut at the end.  There will be total of 12 stitches in this round with 2 decreases)  Single crochet in the next 3 stitches, then single crochet 2 stitches together in the next stitch.  Single crochet in the next 4 stitches, then single crochet 2 stitches together in the next stitch.  Single crochet in the last 4 stitches to finish the row for a total of 12 stitches.

Finished head - front

Finished head - top

Finished head- side

Finished head - bottom
 
Stuff head with polyfill but don`t overstuff!  You want to keep the head relatively flat


Hello Kitty eyes and nose (black and yellow felt)
Cut 2 black ovals for her eyes and 1 yellow oval for her nose.  They should be around the same size.


Hello Kitty`s Body (switch to the pink yarn)
R1: ch2, work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook
R2: 2sc in each st,  repeat 6 times (12 st)
R3: 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, repeat 6 times (18 st)
R4: 1 sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, repeat 6 times (24 st)
R5-R6: 1 sc in next 24 st (24 st)
R7: 1 sc in next 3 st, sc2tg in next st, repeat 6 times (18 st)
fasten off and stuff tightly with polyfill

Hello Kitty`s hands x 2 (switch to white yarn)

R1: ch2, work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook
R2-4: 1 sc in next 6 st
fasten off and leave tail for sewing and stuff with a bit of polyfill

Hello Kitty`s feet x 2 (switch to white yarn)

R1: ch2, work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook
R2: 2sc in each st,  repeat 6 times (12 st)
R3-R4: 1 sc in next 12 st
fasten off and leave tail for sewing and stuff with a bit of polyfill

*EDIT - thanks to the commenter to let me know I forgot about her ears!!

Hello Kitty's ears x2 (swtich to white yarn)
R1:  ch2, work 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook
R2: 2sc in each st, repeat 5 times (10st)
R3: 1 sc in next st, 2sc in next st, repeat 5 times (15 st)
R4: 1 sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st, repeat 5 times (20 st)
fasten off and leave tail for sewing and stuff with a tiny bit of polyfill


*EDIT #2 - thanks to the commenter to let me know I forgot about her tail!!


Hello Kitty's tail (switch to white yarn)

R1: ch2, work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook
R2-4: 1 sc in next 6 st
fasten off and leave tail for sewing and stuff with a bit of polyfill




Hello Kitty`s bow (switch to pink embroidery thread)
I found  lovely tutorial on how to crochet a bow here:



Once you`ve completed all the parts, sew them together.


*EDIT #3 - some clarification on how to attach the parts together.

1)  Attaching the head to the body:


The head piece is not closed off.  Once you finish filling the head with polyfill, use a yarn needle to sew the head shut.  Pull tightly, which will give you a nice cinched effect.

Attach the eyes by sewing them onto the head or gluing them on.  Use some black embroidery thread to sew on some whiskers and you're done!




Comments

Anonymous said…
I have a six year old daughter named Kitty (so of course she LOVES Hello Kitty!) and I have to make this for her. Thank you so much for the directions!
Anonymous said…
I enjoyed making your Hello Kitty
I must say it took a bit to figure out your pattern.
A little more direction would have made the pattern a little easier to figure out.
The only real problem I encountered was no ear directions.
Thanks for sharing your pattern.
Anonymous said…
I see you are monitoring this pattern.
I am very impressed with your quick response to the no ear issue.
It is apparent you care about your work.

After working the pattern I have found some minor concerns.

X X x x x x x x x x X X (4.1: 2 sc in next 2 stitches, sc 8 times, turn, go to 4.2)

X X x x x x x x x x X X (4.2: 2 sc in next 2 stitches, sc 8 times, 2 sc in next 2 stitches, turn, go to 5.1)

should 4.1 & 4.2 be the same with 2 sc in the last sc

In the picture It appears there are a few decrease rows to close the head and give a rounded bottom.
Not sure if you intended to leave 10 sc at the bottom - or how it is to be closed off.

I find the same concern with the body not giving the rounded bottom.

Did you intend for the kitty to have no tale?

I'm eager to make this for a friend in the hospital fighting cancer and she loves Hello Kitty & crochet.
She is unable to crochet anymore and I know this will bring her great joy.

Your pattern is the only one out there this looks like Hello Kitty. YA for you. Great Job.

Thank You for all of your efforts they are appreciated.
Yvonne said…
@Anonymous - I will probably need to work through my pattern again to find out what I wrote down wrong! I've added some clarifications on how to attach the head to the body.

For the body, the opening will be the 'top' and that's where the head will be attached.

Hope the clarification helps! Good luck and let me know if you have more questions!
Anonymous said…
I am going to try this out to give as a gift. But, I was wondering how big this is (the size of the finished product).
Yvonne said…
It's quite tiny - about 4 inches tall :)
Erica said…
Is a stitch missing in 2.2? You have sc in 9 and then in 3.1 you have a total of 10 stitches. I'm a little confused.
Anonymous said…
I am trying to make this right now & I understand all the directions except the head part, which is written differently. is there anyway you can write it the way you did the rest so I can understand it? I would really appreciate it and I would also like to say thank you for posting this pattern for everyone to enjoy I'm having a blast working on it.
Yvonne said…
Hi - sorry, I haven't been managing my blog for a while. The method is similar to the head of my Tarepanda pattern (http://randomassortment.blogspot.ca/)

I will try to update the pattern so that it is more readable! Thanks for your patience :)
Anonymous said…
thank you so much! would it be possible to use tarepanda head on the hello kitty body or should i just wait for the update?
tan said…
Hi~~Thank you for your sharing.
I love this mini kitty very much and want to make one for my friend.
I have spent too much time but I can't understand the meaning of the pattern of the head.
I really can't to catch the meaning of the symbols.
So, would you please to tell me how to crochet the head in words as other parts..
Thank you so much !
Yvonne said…
Hi Mong Tan-Kwai,

I finally made changes to the diagram so please have a try!
Yvonne said…
Hi Everyone - thanks for your patience, I've made an update to the pattern for the head. I hope it is easier to understand now!
Anonymous said…
This looks like a lot of fun for my daughter who loves Hello Kitty! Thanks for the pattern!
Anonymous said…
hi. for head row 7, how did you manage to get 18 stitches. row 6 is 22 stitches. even with 2 decrease, it only 20stitches. could you elaborate more on how to achieve 18 stitches? thank you
Yvonne said…
Hi, you are right - I made a mistake in the instructions! Good catch, 2 decreases will get you 20 stitches only, not 18. I will make the corrections.
Unknown said…
No you were right it is 18 because in a decrease you use 2 stitches and if you have 2 decreases that will use 4 stitches total. So it would be 18 not 20. If it were 20 that means you would have only done 1 decrease.
susan q said…
thanks for sharing this detailed tutorial! I have several family members who love hello kitty and will attempt to crochet this for them! Thanks again:)
Anonymous said…
There are 20 stitches left (2tog =1 remaining, so 2tog twice = a reduction by 2). If we are to have 18st remaining we'd need to do 2tog four times so that the rest of the pattern will follow. So, Lunenfant should we decrease x4? Thanks for this stunning pattern and for your generosity in sharing it for free.
Yvonne said…
Yes, you need to decrease 4 times :)
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Yvonne said…
@Silvia Jacinto - thank you for your kind words
Anonymous said…
Too many errore in this pattern:-(
Yvonne said…
Hi, perhaps you can let me know where the errors are? I made this a long time ago so any advice would help!
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Yvonne said…
Hi Sarah,

Thank you for your kind words. I hope you had fun making it!

Yvonne
Anja said…

Dear Sir, Madam,

My name is Anja Van der Spiegel and I am the owner of the group "haak-, brei- en naai-creativelingen" en url which is dedicated to people who enjoy to create crochet, knitting, sewing, ...

A lot of the members are Dutch speaking elderly people and therefore not understanding English very well.

To help them to realise the pattern of their dreams, I would like to offer them some Dutch translations. Hereby I am requesting your permission to translate your pattern. Of course, I'll mention the name of the author and the original URL were I have found the pattern.

Thanks in advance for your kind reply.

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Jeni said…
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Jeni said…
Thanks for the pattern. Even I'm still struggling to understand the way your explanation. I wish I could translate your Charting in Words ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

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