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Easy to Make Yarn Kittens: Pattern and Instructions

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Yarn kittens

Yarn kittens

This is a pattern that my father-in-law used. The white cat in the above photo was made by him for my daughter about 18 years ago. The pattern is very simple, can be used by adults and children alike, and requires a few simple materials:

  • Category 4 medium Worsted Weight yarn
  • Felt squares for ears and tongue
  • Pom-poms for nose and eyes (wobble eyes can also be used)
  • Optional fishing line for whiskers
  • Either Elmer's glue or a hot glue gun
  • Set of templates (instructions below)

Template for Your Yarn Kitten

Templates for Head and Body, Legs and Tail can be made out of either stiff cardboard or plexiglass (shown).

Dimensions for the Head and Body Template are: 4 x 3 inches. On one 3-inch side, cut a slit 1 3/4 inches.

Dimensions for the Legs and Tail Template are: 1 1/2 x 3 inches. On one 1 1/2 inch side, cut a slit 1 1/14 inches.

For the Ears, cut a triangle 2 inches at the base and 1 inch high. Slightly curve your cuts so it will more resemble an ear.

The Tongue is basically a half-inch rectangle with a curve on one end.

Note: Cut the template for the ears and the tongue out of a lighter-weight cardboard to simplify cutting.

Completed 45-wrap HEAD pom-pom

Completed 45-wrap HEAD pom-pom


The kittens are made of a series of different sized pom-poms:

  • Head: 3, 45-wrap pom-poms, using the Head and Body template
  • Body: 8, 50-wrap pom-poms, using the Head and Body template
  • Legs: 9, 20-wrap pom-poms, using the Legs and Tail template (Need 4)
  • Tail: 12, 20- wrap pom-poms, using the Legs and Tail template

Make the Pom-Poms:

Instructions apply for both sizes of templates: Cut a 6-inch piece of yarn. Insert it into the slot on the template. Pull that piece of yarn aside and begin winding from your ball of yarn, keeping count of how many wraps depending on which size you need to make. Once wraps are made, cut the yarn.

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Using the original 6 inch piece of yarn, tightly tie the pom-pom. and remove it from the template. DO NOT CUT the tie-off tails! Leave them long because these will tie your kitten together.

Completed LEGS AND TAIL pom-pom

Completed LEGS AND TAIL pom-pom

Continue making pom-poms until you have made the number required for a complete kitten.

  • Head: 3
  • Body: 8
  • Legs: 36 (9 per leg)
  • Tail: 12

Tie Together

Using the leftover tie tails, tie the body parts together. Stack one pom-pom on top of another. Bring the tails of the lower pom-pom above the other and tie securely.

Tie each body part together separately. The end result should be this:


Using the long ties, tie the parts together as would line up appropriately on a real kitten.



Carefully trim through all the loops. This will make a very shaggy kitten.

DO NOT however trim through the loops of the final pom-pom on each leg! Leave these so they will make a sort of pad for each paw.


Finishing Your Yarn Kitten

Trim your shaggy kitten to your desired fur level. Now all that is left is the face.

Cut ears and tongue from your desired color of felt. Suggestion: use pinking shears for ears.

Using either Elmer's glue or a hot glue gun, glue ears, tongue, eyes, nose, and optional fishing line whiskers in place.

Beyond this, use your imagination! You can add collars, bows, bells, ribbons, anything you want. Just be sure to use caution when giving this toy to young children because of small parts.




Karen smith on December 06, 2019:

Instructions unclear, dog stuck on sealing

Loraine Brummer from Hartington, Nebraska on October 14, 2014:

Very cute. I'd like your permission to include this hub in my All Cats Crafts article. Making this kitten looks like so much fun.

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on February 24, 2014:

An unusual technique! I look forward to trying out a yarn animal of somekind myself. Voted interesting.

Tolovaj on February 24, 2014:

It doesn't look too complicated and I am sure kids can participate at the project too. In last years libraries in our city started to promote such crafts and children are very happy when they make their own toys and take them home.

Thanks for detailed instructions. They will come handy!

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on February 24, 2014:

Oh how precious! As so easy! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. :)

Priyanka Estambale from United States on March 02, 2013:

Cutee!!! Loved the kittens...!!! Voted up!

SimpleJoys (author) on February 09, 2013:

So glad you like them. They really are fun to make and you can have a lot of fun with different colors of yarn! Thank You!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 09, 2013:

i love your pom-pom yarn kitten. They are easy to make and lovely for kids. Would definitely make a great gifts for kids. Voted up