Kimono Kitty · Part 1 of 4 · Creator Challenge 2021

by - February 20, 2021

Dear fellow crocheters,

Welcome to Sweet Softies' fourth annual Creator Challengefeaturing the Kimono Kitty!  She's a sweet, little cat who wears a traditional Japanese dress.  This kokeshi amigurumi doll's outfit includes a kimono with the large sleeves, an obi sash, and a bow on the back.  She also wears a sakura (cherry blossom) flower on her head.  

If you haven't already, check out the INTRO PAGE for rules and important information about this Creator Challenge.

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Pattern Info

For this first part, please read through the basic information regarding this pattern.


Piper the Pixie is an adorable, little faerie that is quick and easy to crochet.  This sweet fae wears a sweet pointy bonnet hat, a cute dress with frills, and has a set of pretty wings.  She makes a lovely gift for little girls or children who adore mythical, fantasy, and fairytale creatures with a touch of magic!  Adults with a penchant for folklore will also love this whimsical design.

Finished Measurement

Height: 6 inches (15 centimeters)


★★☆☆☆  Easy / Familiar Beginner
Requires familiarity with stitches used (below), attaching plastic safety eyes, changing yarn colors, and sewing parts together.

Stitches/Terms Used (U.S. Terminology)

  • FO: fasten off 
  • MR: magic ring 
  • Ch: chain 
  • Sl st: slip stitch 
  • Sc: single crochet 
  • Hdc: half dc 
  • Dc: double crochet 
  • Inc: increase 
  • Dec: decrease 
  • BLO: back loops only


  • Medium weight 4 yarn in your selected colors. (I used Caron Simply Soft Yarn in the colors peach, mint, turquoise, yellow, and white. For more details, scroll down to see my completed Planning Sheet.)
    Note: Use the same brand of yarn in different color variations for a consistent look; avoid mixing and matching different yarn brands for this one project. 
  • 2.75 mm crochet hook or size suitable for the yarn you using. (Make sure your hook is small enough so that gaps cannot be seen between your stitches.)
  • Pair of 7mm plastic safety eyes
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Yarn needle 
  • Scissors 
  • Optional: blush powder and a q-tip for adding blush to your doll (see my 'Adding Blush' tutorial)

Head, Ears, & Flower

Pattern Notes:

  • I have indicated the yarn color I used for my Kimono Kitty, but please feel free to use whichever colors YOU wish! 
  • The full set of photo references is available in the PDF pattern file.


Use cream yarn. 
R1: In MR, sc 6. (6 sts) 
R2: Inc around. (12 sts) 
R3: (Sc, inc) x 6. (18 sts) 
R4: (Sc 2, inc) x 6. (24 sts) 
R5: (Sc 3, inc) x 6. (30 sts) 
R6: (Sc 4, inc) x 6. (36 sts) 
R7-R13: Sc around. (36 sts) 
R14: (Sc 4, dec) x 6. (30 sts) 
R15: (Sc 3, dec) x 6. (24 sts) 
Insert 7mm eyes between R10-R11, 7 sts apart. 
R16: (Sc 2, dec) x 6. (18 sts) 
R17: (Sc, dec) x 6. (12 sts) 
FO; no need to leave a tail. Stuff the head well.

EARS (x2)

Use cream yarn. 
R1: In MR, sc 6. (6 sts) 
R2: (Sc 2, inc) x 2. (8 sts) 
R3: (Sc 3, inc) x 2. (10 sts) 
FO with a long tail for sewing later.


Use dark pink yarn. 
R1: In MR, (ch 3, sl st in ring) x 5. 
FO with a tail for sewing later.

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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! 

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!)

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Happy crafting!

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