How to Crochet Cat Ears

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How to Crochet Cat Ears
This holiday season whip up a pair of animal ears for your favourite trick-or-treater. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Whether it's Halloween and you're scrambling for a costume or you simply want to give your child's dress-up wardrobe a little boost, put your crochet hooks to work and work up a pair of cat ears in an afternoon of crafting time. Modify the pattern to make ears for other animals as well, including bears, pigs and rabbits. You will need a basic understanding of crochet stitches and terminology in order to crochet a pair of cat ears.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Worsted weight yarn, black
  • Crochet hook, size US H
  • Scissors
  • Worsted weight yarn, pink
  • Embroidery needle

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Crochet a headband to make the foundation for the ears. Chain 51 stitches using black yarn, then single crochet in the second chain from the hook and in each chain across. Chain one and turn; single crochet in every stitch across. Fasten off with a slip stitch and cut the working yarn, leaving a 4-inch tail.

  2. 2

    Join your yarn with a slip stitch to the headband. Place the headband flat in front of you and count to the 20th single crochet stitch from the right edge toward the centre. Insert your hook into the front or top loop only of this stitch and pull your working yarn through it, then yarn over and pull through the stitch once more to attach fully.

  3. 3

    Chain one stitch, then single crochet in each of the next four chain stitches. Chain one and turn, then single crochet in every stitch across. Chain one and turn, then single crochet two together twice across the row. Chain one and turn, then single crochet two together once more. Finish off and cut the yarn, leaving a 4-inch tail.

  4. 4

    Join your yarn with a slip stitch again; skip two stitches to the left of the first ear you made and join in the third stitch over. Repeat the process in Step 3 to make a second cat ear.

  5. 5

    Crochet the inner ears. Using pink yarn, chain five. Single crochet in the second chain from the hook and in each chain across. Chain one and turn; single crochet two together across. Chain one and turn; single crochet two together again. Fasten off, then repeat this for a second inner ear.

  6. 6

    Assemble the cat ears. Position one inner ear in front of an outer ear. Thread your embroidery needle with pink yarn and use it to stitch the inner ear onto the outer one. Repeat with the other ear, then use the embroidery needle to weave in any loose ends on the headband.

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