I don’t mention this often, but my 3yo has been in speech therapy since he was 21 months old. At two years old he had NO words. So I am sure you can imagine the communication barrier we struggled with. Fortunately, he has been diagnosed with nothing more than a speech delay and ever since he turned 3, he has been catching up quickly. I credit a lot of his progress to a speech therapist we see every Tuesday and most recently to a wonderful government funded Early Childhood Special Education school he attends on Thursdays. The program encourages language development and he receives focused attention. For the past two weeks they have been reading a book called “Pete the Cat: I love My White Shoes” by Eric Litwin, art by James Dean. I had never heard of this book, but my son made sure to tell me all about it when he got home. It was the first time I’ve heard him tell me the entire sequence of a story and attempt to sing the song that went with the book. He usually only sings songs he is comfortable with (like ABC’s and Twinkle Twinkle). This prompted me to look up the book on youtube where I came across this adorable video of the author and illustrator giving a live narration of the story.
I pretty much freehanded this doll but took some notes as I went along. So I apologize if you find this pattern incomplete or confusing.
Pete the Cat Crochet Doll
– Medium worsted weight yarn in blue, red, light blue, brown, and white
– Size H (5.0) Crochet Hook
– Tapestry Needle
– Felt for eyes and nose & hot glue gun for attaching (or you could sew these on)
SC in 2nd chain from hook, SC 14, SC 14 on other side of chain (do not join)
Rd 2: 2 SC in first chain, Sc 13, 2 SC in next, Sc 13,
Rd 3-8: SC around
Rd 9-13: SC around but when you get to each end, start making SC Decreases. Start with 1 SC decrease on each end, then 2 decrease on each end for the next row, etc. This doesn’t need to be an exact science. Crochet is very forgiving.
Eyes and nose were cut from felt and hot glued on on, the black whiskers were tied on using black yarn.
SC in 2nd chain from hook, SC 10, SC 10 on other side of chain (do not join)
Rd 2-24: Continue to SC around but increase by making 2 SC when you get to each end. So for instance, Rd 2 would look like: 2 SC, SC 10, 2 SC, SC 10 and Rd 3: 2 SC, SC 11, 2 SC, SC 11, and so on. Depending on how you want the body to look, you may want to switch between increasing and doing rounds of just SC’s. You could even just SC around for awhile to get a longer, straighter body like how the artist has drawn him.
3 SC in magic ring
Rd 1: 2 SC in each (6 SC)
Rd 2: 2 SC, 1 SC around (9 SC), do not join
Rd 3-23: SC in rounds without joining until desired length (my was approx. 23 rows long)
Sew all limbs closed and then sew seems together.
Don’t crochet? You can purchase a Pete the Cat doll from Amazon! I also encourage you to add this book to your collection. I am sure you will love it as much as we do. It currently sits at #5 on the The New York Times Best Seller List!
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Looks like your son is enjoying his Pete the Cat very much!! Wonderful job!!
Tutus & Tea Parties says
My daughter happened to be sitting next to me and shouted that she wants one. Of course we had to watch the video about a million times too! It looks great. I guess I'll be making one for her bday coming up…along with the book which is now one of her faves! We never heard it until we went to a library class last month and they read it. Thanks!
Jenni Renee says
This is such a cute cat and story! Great Job!
Kara at Petals to Picots says
Love this little guy 🙂
Thanks so much for this. We LOVE Pete the Cat here! I am going to have to make one.
Sarah, you always post the neatest projects! I featured you on my blog today, you can check out my post here:
Thanks for being such an inspiration 🙂
You have an adorable blog! I love Pete the Cat! Found you through One Artsy Mama and following now via GFC. Would love for you to stop by for a visit!
Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.
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Sarah Bevier says
I just had to comment on this because its amazing! I am an SLP and avid crafter so when I saw this I died! I just introduced Pete the Cat to my preschool students and I, like you, am in love with Pete. Thank you so much for sharing you thoughts and pattern! As soon as I have the time (and yarn) I am going to start one for myself!!!!
Thank you sooooo much for this pattern!!!!!!!!!!!! My grandaughter loves Pete the Cat!!! She was also speech delayed and went to speech therapy, and is now attending Early Childhood Developement. She has done wonderful, considering last year this time she only said two words, and now she talks constantly. I love your patterns, keep up the great work!!!!!!!!!!
abc baby says
my sons class loves pete the cat i think ill make a couple for his class to go with the books !!!!!
Jan Harrison says
Again I cannot thank you enough for this pattern…. My daughter bought Pete the Cat from her book fair a couple weeks ago & has not put it down lol…. After asking you where to find the pattern & looking it over, I spoke to the teacher & am going to take the Pete the Cat doll I crochet along with my daughters book (and maybe another one in the series!) & we're going to have a "Pete the Cat" reading circle & maybe make some crafts after I read the book during circle time. My daughter is absolutely thrilled with this & wants me to start NOW lol but I have a few hat orders I have to complete along with Christmas presents to finish too so her patience is wearing thin…. :p I will post pics from her classroom as soon as I get home the day we read… Thank you again for being so inspiring & creative!!!!!! Because of you I get to be even more involved with my daughter at school… to me that is priceless & words alone cannot express my gratitude!!!!!!
CJ Chad says
This is wonderful! One of the classes in our ECSE Center has this theme for their classroom! I am sure they would love to have one of these kitties!
Oh my gosh, oh my gosh!!!!! I have to make this! so cute so cute so cute!
So awesome I'm going to make this for my nephew! Thank you so much!
he is so awesome!!! Will definitely have to make one of these!!! Thank you for sharing!
Miriam Walter says
When making the legs, what do you mean when you say to do 5 sc on the other side of the chain? Does that mean the bottom of the chain? Thank you!
On the legs; I'm having a hard time between rows 5 and 6. Row 5 shows ending with 24sc. Row 6 calls for 6sc then 6sc dec then 6sc. I looke up Doug the sc dec and I still have 6 st left over. I just wanted to know if I'm missing something.
Thanks so much for sharing your story about your son. My 3 year old son was diagnosed with speech delay as well and attends an early education preschool 3 days a week and speech therapy on all three of those days as well as occupational therapy once a week. It was in preschool where we also learned about Pete the Cat. He won a book in a contest they had and he's IN LOVE with Pete. This pattern is awesome and I appreciate you sharing it for free! Going to make it for him for Christmas with a new book and give one to my niece for her birthday with a book as well! Thank you thank you! Jennifer
This is amazing. My four year old has speech issues. And Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons has helped SOOOO much! Our story with Pete is very similar to yours. It was the first time my son actually conveyed a story to me completely.
Thanks for making this pattern 🙂
ZOMG totally making this for my nephew for Xmas. Thanks so much for the pattern 🙂
Sonja Loyd says
Wonderful book and The cat,Any way we can help our Children is the way!!
Colleen Bove says
Does anyone make these and sell them? I would love to purchase one.
robin wilder-hamilton says
Do you have this pattern written out completely tried to do head and what you say.makes no sense tried it 4 different ways [email protected]
Colleen, you can find a handmade Pete the Cat on Etsy.com.
Thank you so much for the pattern. So cute. I will make it for my daughter who LOVES Pete the Cat.
Hi, first off, i LOVE that you shared this pattern 🙂 I was super excited to start it! but i’m having trouble with the head. I noticed someone else had asked about it too. So was wondering if you had it written out better.
My 5 year old grandson Bubba Sal loves Pete the cat. I just got him 2 books for valentines Day. He also has a speech problem. His sister is 5 1/2 years older then him and we all thought he didn’t talk because Veronica talked for him. When he finally started talking he could not speak clearly and stuttered. My daughter got him into a pre school program for children with learning disability’s. He also went to summer school and is now in kindergarten. He is speaking clearer but still has a long way to go. Sometimes when he gets so excited he stutters and then breaths heavy which is what happened when I gave him the books. He was trying to tell me that he read the book in school. At least now I can understand him even if its not that clear. My son in law is great and really works with him. I love it when he reads to me.
I baby sit every Wednesday night so I will get him to read the book to me. I won’t tell him that I am going to make Pete. He will love it. They were selling one at Barnes and Noble for $20 but I have so much yarn stash this will be easy. Best of luck to you and your family. I will keep you in my prayers. I love your web site. I have been crocheting since I was 7. I made minion hats, sock money, aligator, hello kitty, Thomas the tank engine, and I am now in the process of making ear flap hats for our local shelter.
Thank you and God Bless.
You have the best projects! Im starting a Pete today to make for my daughters preschool classroom then ill make one for her too!
I love this and am in progress of making 3! Wondering about finishing up the body, am i just to sew it closed or end it like the head with the gradual dsc’s? TIA!!
Thank you for the pattern. My 2 daughters love Pete the cat. I plan on surprising them with this guy!
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