Crochet Tutorial: Cheshire Cat Hoodie

Crochet Tutorial: Cheshire Cat Hoodie

As winter approaches, the need to bundle up becomes more prevalent. From top to bottom, we pile on layers to keep ourselves from the bitter cold. Although I made this particular hood for my costume this Halloween, once made, I realized how warm this actually is (since I wore it all night long).

Cheshire Cat
Many of my blog followers on Facebook and Instagram inquired about me making a video tutorial for this project. It occurred to me that this would be perfect for the season as winter apparel. It offers a very stylish option, and it is very different than your average winter hat or scarf.

Cheshire Cat

This is a cat hoodie of course, however, it is also very versatile. You do not have to put on the ears, or you can replace the ears with bear ears or fox ears. Custom make this to any animal of your choice! The creativity that is in this project knows no bounds! You could take it to a different level and line the face with fur around row 1. I’m sure you will find this to be a very fun and easy project. These make great gifts, and they are incredibly warm to wear!

Cheshire Cat
When I was looking up inspiration online for the Cheshire Cat, I came across this photo. I could NOT find a pattern, but knew I could make one myself. This photo served as the inspiration to the hood I made. The original designer for this hood shown below is Archaical. You can find her work here on here website or here on her Facebook.

Below are some more photos from this Halloween. You can see Nate and my full length costumes as well as a close-up. I tried to pay attention to the details in creating both ensembles to emulate the characters from Alice in Wonderland.

Cheshire Cat and Mad Hatter
If you are interested in making the full costume, You can find the Leg Warmers pattern here. You can find the Hand warmer Paws Pattern here. You can find the Cheshire Cat Tail pattern here. And you can find the Top Hat that Nate is wearing right here! Enjoy!

Cheshire Cat and Mad Hatter

Follow along with this video to learn how to make the Cat Hood:

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**Click here to get the crochet kit to make this Hoodie**

Lion Brand Hometown USA in Dallas Grey (162 Yards)
Lion Brand Hometown USA in Lake Tahoe Blue (64 yards)
Lion Brand Homespun Yarn in Windsor (less than 50 yards)
Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn in Baby Teal (80 yards)
Size Q-15.75mm crochet hook (Lazy Hook)
Size P-11.50mm crochet hook
Size L-8mm crochet hook
Yarn Needle

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Ch: chain
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
SC2TOG: Single Crochet Decrease
DC: Double Crochet

Row 1: With Dallas Gray, FDC 40 (or ch 42, dc in 2nd ch from hook and across) (40 DC)
Row 2: Ch 2, turn, *FPDC around next st, BPDC around next st, repeat from * across. Change to Baby Teal, (40 DC)
Row 3: Ch 2, Turn, HDC across
Row 4: With Dallas Gray, Repeat row 3
Row 5: With Lake Tahoe Blue, Repeat row 3
Row 6: With Dallas Gray, Repeat row 3
Row 7: With Baby Teal, Repeat row 3
Row 8: With Windsor, Repeat row 3
Row 9: With Dallas Gray, Repeat row 3
Row 10: With Baby Teal, Repeat row 3
Row 11: With Dallas Gray, Repeat row 3
Row 12: With Lake Tahoe Blue, Repeat row 3
Row 13: With Dallas Gray, Repeat row 3
Row 14: With Baby Teal, Repeat row 3
Row 15: With Windsor, Repeat row 3
Rows 16 & 17: With Dallas Gray, Repeat row 3
Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Lace in the back of hoodie: With P Hook
With Lake Tahoe Blue, Ch 200, fasten off. Use the long chain to lace up the back of the hood. (see video for visual instructions)

Front Tassels:
Take 3 strands of each color (total of 12 strands) that measure 48 inches. Attach to each end of the front of the hood and create braids. (See video for visual instructions)

Ears: Make 2 (Optional) With L hook
Outer Ear:
With Lake Tahoe Blue, Ch 7
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn (6)
Row 2: Sc across (6)
Row 3: sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (4)
Row 4: sc across (4)
Row 5: sc2tog twice, ch 1, turn (2)
Row 6: sc2tog, ch 1, turn (1)
Continue to single crochet all the way around the triangle, fasten off with long tail for sewing.

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Inner ear:
With Dallas Gray, Ch 5
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn (4)
Row 2: sc across, ch 1, turn (4)
Row 3: sc2tog twice, ch 1, turn (2)
Row 4: sc across, ch 1, turn (2)
Row 5: Sc2tog, ch 1, turn (1)
Continue to single crochet all the way around triangle, fasten off with long tail for sewing

Attach gray part of ear to blue part of ear, sew ears to hoodie between rows 2 & 3, weave in all ends.

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Change color every 10 Rounds. Work In continuous Rounds, moving stitch marker up each round. Add stuffing as you go, I found it easier to stuff after every 10 rounds.
Ch 2,
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6)
Rnd 2: Sc in each st around. (6)
Rnd 3: 2 sc in each st around. (12)
Rnd 4: Sc in each st around. (12)
Rnd 5: [2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st] 6 times. (18)
Rnd 6: Sc in each st around. (18)
Rnd 7: [2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)
Rnd 8-60 (or however long you want to make it): Sc in each st around, change color after rounds 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50.
Apply fur at the tip of the tail by sewing it on.
Sew end closed and weave elastic through and wear around your waist, or sew the end closed and pin it to your pants!
Weave in all ends


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70 responses

  1. If the 3 pack of crochet hooks are The Crochet Dude brand….the sizes are: L/8mm, P/11.5mm and Q/15.75mm!! Thanks for posting such a cute project…..making one right now for my neice for Christmas!!

  2. The designer for the inspiration picture is Archaical. I actually have one of her original Cheshire creations and had one special ordered for my niece from her etsy store. 🙂 please give her credit for the pic. She is amazing and a very talented person. You can find her on Fb, DeviantArt, Tumblr and Etsy.

  3. Are you using Hometown yarn? Thank you sooooooooooooooo much for sharing this pattern! My niece is going to go bonkers over this and I love making her things because she enjoys them so much!!

  4. I’ve been scouring the internet for this pattern ever since I saw the original, which is made by Archaical- she had an Etsy acct, not sure if she still does. Amazing interpretation of this, thank you so much for sharing!!

  5. So does Amazon, exactly where a search for “ugly christmas sweater”
    returns much more than 5,000 results Nordstrom, splitting the homemade/store-purchased difference, gives a Make-Your-Personal UCS kit
    Or you could rent a UCS as you would a Halloween costume.

  6. Nadia, I cannot tell yoy the excitement I felt when I was scrolling through your posts and came across this Cheshire Cat Hood! My daughter texted me the very photos of your inspiration about a month ago and asked if I thought I could make her something like that. I don’t knit, but I am an advanced crocheter and knew I could figure something out. I was just telling my boyfriend that I needed to pick up materials for her hat since Christmas was getting so close. Not five minutes later I happened upon your video when I looked through your other projects after finishing up a mermaid tail for a client. (They saw your pattern and asked if I could make it for them.)Things have been hectic here with work and kid’s band concerts and birthdays, so I can’t tell you how much easier my life will be being able to follow your pattern instead of having to create my own. You are such a talent and I look forward to seeing alot more come from you.

    All My Best,

  7. I had purchased the same hook in a 2pack with my 11mm hook. It is a 15mm hook. I use it for blankets and scarves. One of my favorites!!!!

  8. I would like to thank you for sharing your talent and creativity it is greatly appreciated. Especially this one I love the Cheshire cat from wonderland. Again thank you so much
    Hope you had a good holiday and hope you have a Happy New Year and may it be healthy and prosperous for you in 2016. Regards tanTannis W McKinnon

  9. For all of you who are as confused as I was the first time reading:
    FDC = Fundation Double Crochet
    FPDC = Front Post Double Crochet
    BPDC = Back Post Double Crochet

    These abbreviation are missing in the notes and I recommend to edit this 😉

  10. Thank you for sharing this awesome and lovely pattern! I can’t wait to make a bunch of these in many different colors <3

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  12. I fell in love with this the instant I saw it! You make beautiful creations. Thank you so much for sharing!
    I’ve completed my first hood and it turned out great if a bit big! Do you happen to know the finished projects dimensions? Length and width? I’ll have to remove a few rows but am unsure how many to do. I’m making a second one for myself soon!

  13. Thank you thank you THANK YOU! I just finished one! I made it fox-like, in orange, amber black and white for my mom who is battling lung cancer. It will make her smile and keep her bald head cozy.

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  15. Hello can someone please tell me if all the yarns used are all super bulky yarns as we do not have lion brand available in new Zealand and trying to sus out a wool I can use here

  16. I made the hood and absolutely loved it! Thanks so much for writing these patterns. I really want to make the tail. Could you tell me how you did it?

  17. The video was great I have photos of the one I made would love to share them in your page. Not sure how to do it .:)

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  21. Love your costume, perfect for hilly Canadian Halloween

    Could you post the of the rectangular piece before you stitched it together?

  22. So creative !!! I love to crochet, but have never created a pattern, except for making Afghans . Thanks for sharing your gift with others. May God bless you young lady .


  23. Nadia, is the yarn for this bulky or worsted weight. Or specifically whats the name of the lion brand.

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  27. Um I don’t have chunky yarn I have smaller yarn so will it look different with different yarn and different hook size?

    • You can use any yarn you want, as long as you make something that measures from one shoulder, over your head, to the other shoulder, and you can use any hook size you want as well. I hope you are able to make this hood. It is very popular! ~Nadia

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  29. Hello, I would like to make this for my 6 year old niece. Any ideas on how I could make a smaller version?

    Thank you!

    • If you measure from shoulder around the head to the other shoulder, you can make this project smaller by making your beginning chain less. I hope this helps and you are able to make it smaller. ~Nadia

  30. Does the first chain at the beginning of the FDC count as 1? I thought I had do forty counting the first one as 1. I ended row 2 with a BPDC and it looks like yours is FPDC.

    • I’m sorry I do not have a pattern for dog ears, but I’m sure there is something on for dog ears. They have a great selection of free patterns. Wish I could be more help! Glad you’re liking the hood pattern so much! Keep it up! ~Nadia

  31. I did this for my daughter and I just finished it. she loves it. I will show you a photo tomorrow. thank you so much for sharing.

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