Kimono Kitty · Creator Challenge Intro

by - January 30, 2021

Dear fellow crocheters,

Welcome to Sweet Softies' fourth annual Creator Challenge, featuring Kimono Kitty!  She's a kokeshi doll that is easy to customize with different color combinations and makes for a lovely, handmade gift.  

We'll start after Valentine's Day in February, and then finish in mid-March, just in time for cherry blossom season! 

The Kimono Kitty is a little cat who wears a traditional Japanese dress.  This sweet amigurumi doll's outfit includes a kimono with the large sleeves and a bow on the back.  She also wears a sakura (cherry blossom) flower on her head.  

Here's a quick video preview of Kimono Kitty! 

In a nutshell, the Kimono Kitty pattern...
  • Is beginner-friendly
  • Is quick to make
  • Uses scrap yarn (yay for stashbuster projects!)
  • Makes for a lovely gift
  • Is easily customizable
  • Comes with video tutorials for some parts

This little feline is very excited to meet all her new sisters very soon.  Interested in making one?  Read on for the FREE pattern, rules, and important information pertaining to this Creator Challenge!  

You can also PIN this pattern for later! 


Creator Challenge is an event made up by Sweet Softies where crocheters can enter to:
  1. Join a CAL featuring one of my new pattern designs (Kimono Kitty!)
  2. Complete the project
  3. Customize their creations however they'd like!  
In this crochet-a-long (CAL), crocheters are encouraged to add their own unique flair to finish the doll.  All acceptable submissions (that follow the rules below) will be shown on my website, and one will be handpicked by me for a prize!

Join the Community!

Participants are encouraged to share work in progress (WIP) photos in the Sweet Softies FB Group!

You can also save this pattern or add your project on Ravelry!

Pattern Links

Kimono Kitty's pattern will be FREE on my blog, but an ad-free printable PDF pattern with photo references is also available for purchase. (Thank you for supporting Sweet Softies!)

  • Part 1: Head, Ears, and Flower
    Post Date: 2/20/2021
  • Part 2: Body and Sleeves 
    Post Date: 2/27/2021
  • Part 3: Neck Collar and Bow
    Post Date: 3/6/2021
  • Part 4: Finishing
    Post Date: 3/13/2021

  • When you're done, please share your finished Kimono Kitty!  Read the "How to Submit Entries" section below.

PDF Pattern

Don't want to wait for all CAL instructions? Want a printable, ad-free, and easy-to-read PDF file with photo references? If so, you can purchase the PDF file for a small fee. Thank you for supporting Sweet Softies!

***Limited time discount!!!*** 

Use the code SAKURA at checkout while this event is running (until 3/20/2021) for 30% off the PDF! 

Click here for the PDF patern!


  1. You must follow the pattern stitches and rows exactly as they are written.
  2. You may use any yarn color you'd like.
  3. You may add any extra embellishments you'd like.
  4. You may submit as many entries as you'd like.
  5. Entries must be submitted by: March 20th, 2021 at 11:59pm PST.

How to Submit Entries

Note: Your entry will not count unless it has the tag! (I must be able to find it to include it!) 


The winner will receive a premium doll pattern!  Winner can choose one of the following dolls:

Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you'll join in on this fun Creator Challenge!

Happy crocheting~

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  1. I am so excited!!!!! I love the kimono kitty!

  2. Gonna join this event for the first time!!! <3