Crochet Cat Ears Pattern

Updated on April 8, 2016
How to Crochet Cat Ears Headband
How to Crochet Cat Ears Headband

Cat ears headbands and hats are great for costumes, keeping warm, or just being cute. Here is a very simple pattern to make the perfect cat ears for your crochet hat or headband.

I have written a pattern for a two coloured cat ear and a single colour cat ear. Use the pattern for the ear you like best.

The pattern here is for just the ears, but I have included resources on how to crochet a headband or hat as well.

If you would like to make a Hello Kitty hat, scroll down to learn how to make a bow!

For this project I used:

A F/5 Crochet Hook &

Medium Weight/4 Yarn

Crochet Headband or Hat

You'll want to start your project by crocheting either a headband or a hat. This is a pretty basic thing, so I haven't included a pattern--but if you don't feel comfortable doing this on your own, here are some video tutorials to teach you how!

Crochet Hat (Baby to Adult)

Crochet Headband (Baby to Adult)

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The 4 pieces for the cat ears.One direction to sew the ears.  Very cat like.Turning the ear gives it a different look.  This may even be used for a fox/kitsune.Finished crochet headband with cat earsCat ear headband
The 4 pieces for the cat ears.
The 4 pieces for the cat ears.
One direction to sew the ears.  Very cat like.
One direction to sew the ears. Very cat like.
Turning the ear gives it a different look.  This may even be used for a fox/kitsune.
Turning the ear gives it a different look. This may even be used for a fox/kitsune.
Finished crochet headband with cat ears
Finished crochet headband with cat ears
Cat ear headband
Cat ear headband

2-Colour Cat Ears

This first pattern is for those who want to make more realistic cat ears with an inner ear/skin colour and an outer fur colour. This pattern also works for wolf or fox ears too, if you use the right colours.

It is made up of 4 triangles--2 for each ear, an inner ear colour and an outer ear colour.

Triangle Pattern

Chain 13

Row 1: Turn and HDC 12 starting with 2nd ch from the hook

Row 2: Turn, HDC-2-TOG, HDC 10

Row 3: Turn, HDC-2-TOG, HDC 8

Row 4: Turn, HDC-2-TOG, HDC 6

Row 5: Turn, HDC-2-TOG, HDC 4

Row 6: Turn, HDC-2-TOG, HDC 2

Row 7: Turn, HDC-2-TOG, HDC 1

Fasten off.

Repeat once more with the same colour, then twice more with the other colour.

Lay the inner ear colour on top of the outer ear colour. Then single crochet around the edges of the triangles, using the outer ear colour. Fasten off and leave a long tail to sew.

To sew on your ears, figure out where on the headband you would like to place them, then pin them on. Once you have placed your ears where you want them, sew them on using a yarn needle.

Depending on how you sew on your ears, you can give your headband or hat a different look. Try using orange yarn for a fox and grey for a wolf.

This Hello Kitty Hat was crocheted using the single cat ear pattern.
This Hello Kitty Hat was crocheted using the single cat ear pattern.

Single Colour Cat Ear

This ear pattern is one I used for my Hello Kitty Hat. It is a very quick and simple pattern if you just want a cute hat with ears without putting in too much time or effort. Or if you are a beginner, just getting comfortable with a hook.

Start with a long tail for sewing, then chain 20 and slip stitch in first stitch.

Round 1 - 4: HDC 20

Round 5....: HDC-2-TOG, HDC, repeat around until there are on 4 stitches left.

Then slip stitch, fasten off, and pull thread into the ear.

Sew the opening of the ear closed with the long tail from the beginning.

Repeat with the second.

Pin the ears on to your hat or headband then sew them on using a yarn needle.

How to Crochet a Hello Kitty Hat or Headband.
How to Crochet a Hello Kitty Hat or Headband.
Crochet Hello Kitty Hat with Crochet Bow
Crochet Hello Kitty Hat with Crochet Bow

To make a Hello Kitty Hat or Headband start by crocheting your basic headband or beanie hat in white. Then crochet two white ears using the single colour cat ear pattern.

All you need to do next is add the bow!

How to Crochet a Bow

I made my bow a bit big, so feel free to cut down on the length of the initial chain to make yours a bit smaller.

Chain 50, slipstitch in first stitch.

Round 1 - 12: HDC around

Slip stitch, then turn piece so tail is in the center, then wrap yarn tight around the middle of the piece and fasten it with a couple of knots. Cut off yarn, leaving a tail long enough to sew the bow on to the hat.

If you want to add a face I suggest sewing or using fabric glue to add on felt pieces for the best look. Cut two black oval eyes, six black skinny rectangle whiskers, and one yellow oval nose.


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      2 years ago

      uhhhhhhhh..... THX!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      6 years ago

      That's just adorable. Nice work!

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      Liz Elias 

      6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Thanks so much for that explanation. Much appreciated.

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      Samantha Harris 

      6 years ago from New York

      DzyMsLizzy, I will make this pattern a bit more newbie friendly. TOG means together. So in 2-sc-tog you are pulling yarn through one stitch, then the next stitch before pulling yarn through the loops you've created. It's a method of decreasing.

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      6 years ago

      Congrats on your Hub of the Day award for this useful and fun crochet tutorial!

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      Carrie L Cronkite 

      6 years ago from Maine

      You're very talented. I love your work. Congratulations on HOTD!

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      Liz Elias 

      6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Congrats on HOTD!

      I might venture to try this for my granddaughters. I think I might crochet around a purchased plastic headband, much as you do around an elastic for those "scrunchies" the kids use for their ponytails. (Or at least, they did when my kids were in school..LOL)

      I'm no good at reading patterns, though. (I don't know what "TOG" means, for example.) I've only done straight rectangles, squares, or granny squares. Every time I try to deviate from those shapes, I find myself in trouble.

      Voted up, interesting and useful.

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      Marie Flint 

      6 years ago from Jacksonville, FL USA

      I love those cute ears. I don't crochet myself, but I do hand quilting (still working on that Love Ring quilt that I started; it'll be finished around August, I think).

      I never had the patience for knitting, either (all thumbs with that). Crochet is a bit easier, I think, and I love the feel of soft, stretchy closing, which includes yarns, both knitted and crocheted.

      Congratulations on Hub of the Day!

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      These wimminz in the photos, they sure are purdy :D

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      6 years ago

      This is a very adorable article! I don't have the patience to crochet a hat, but I am so inspired by those who take the time to do so. Very beautiful and creative! Voted up!

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      6 years ago from USA

      Oh, how cute is that?!? I like the Hello Kitty version too! Voted up and pinning!

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      Angie Power 

      6 years ago from North Cali

      Great Hub! I am re-learning how to crochet. My daughter would love a handmade beanie with kitty ears. I shall try! Thank you for the hub and congrats on HOD. !!!

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      Natasha L Polak 

      6 years ago from Indianapolis, IN

      It just so happened that my daughter was asking me earlier this week to find a headband that has fox ears on it for her to wear! Now I can make one instead :-) Thanks!

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      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Great idea and simple enough, even for me! Thanks.

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      6 years ago

      I love love love this. I can't crochet, but I think I might beg my mom to make this for me!

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      Samantha Harris 

      6 years ago from New York

      You're never too old to have a little fun! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      This is the cutest idea I've seen in crochet patterns in awhile. I love the cat ears and the headband ideas. I only wish I were young enough to wear them!

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      Priyanka Estambale 

      6 years ago from United States

      Beautiful and easy :-)


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