Cat’s Eye Stitch

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The Cat’s Eye Crochet stitch is an easy crochet stitch with small openings. It combines basic crochet stitches to form an interesting texture and look.

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What can you make with the Cat’s Eye Stitch

The cat’s eye stitch is a simple stitch with small openings. It’s great for blankets, in garments as a border or for a winter scarf.

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This easy crochet stitch is part of a fun stitch exploration. You can find all 30 stitches here.

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Before you Start


  • 4 mm / US G – 6 hook.
  • Worsted weight yarn.
  • Tapestry needle to weave in the ends. I love this set as it has different eye sizes for different yarn thicknesses and it comes in a small tube which is very convenient so I don’t lose them.


The pattern is written for a 15cm by 15cm / 6” by 6” square.

You can easily adapt the size to your desired project size. The pattern needs a multiple of 3 number of stitches; your starting chain will be a multiple of 3+2 for an extra turning chain.


The gauge for this pattern, in alternating rows of dc, is 20 st by 11 rows for a 10 cm by 10 cm square (4” by 4”).

Confused on how to make or measure gauge? Check out my detailed post all about crochet gauge.

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This pattern uses US notations.

  • st = stitch
  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • skip = miss


Work instructions between [ ] the indicated number of times or until the end of the row / round.

The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the row / round between < >.

The turning ch 1, ch 2 don’t count as stitches throughout the pattern except if mentioned otherwise.

The pattern is written in crochet shorthand.  For example:

  • “sc 1” means to single crochet in the next stitch,
  • “sc 2” means to single crochet in each of the next 2 stitches,
  • and “2 sc” means to single crochet twice in the next st.
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Special Techniques

  • Back loop only: Work the stitch as you normally would but instead of working through both loops, only go through the back loop.

The Actual Stitch Pattern

  • With your 4mm / US G- 6 hook ch 30 + 2,
    Row 1: In the 2nd ch from the hook dc, dc across, turn. < 30 st>different crochet stitch pattern step 1

  • Row 2: ch 1, [ch 2, skip 2, sc] until the end of the row, turn.easy crochet stitch step 2

  • Row 3: ch 1, dc, [dc in the back loop of each of the 2 ch stitches, dc] until the end of the row, crochet stitch pattern step 3

  • Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until you reach 15 cm / 6″, finish on a Row 3.unique crochet stitch step 4

  • Fasten off and weave in the ends.


You’re done with the crocheting part. Make sure to weave in all the ends.

To make your stitch pattern even prettier and help straighten your edges block your project lightly.

Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help.

Cat's Eye easy crochet stitch pattern
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