Crochet Pattern: Maneki Neko

A small crocheted Maneki Neko (Lucky cat), resting on top of a small red wooden block, next to a crank-style pencil sharpener. The cat has one arm in a raised position, and is wearing a red collar with a tiny bell.

Hey, everyone, Happy Lunar New Year!! This crochet doodle came to me all at once, so here’s a pattern that you can try out.

As you may have been following so far, I have been on a purchasing streak for a ton of craft supplies; a pack of 20 small bells had been one of those items. The rest of this doodle was made with my old stash of crochet threads (red & white), a 2.00mm crochet hook, and some black sewing thread.

Abbreviations

MR = magic ring
Ch = chain
sc = single crochet (American)
dc = double crochet (American)
tc = treble crochet (American)
inc = increase by doing 2 single crochets into one space
dec = decrease by skipping over one crochet space
BPS = back post stitch (I used to call this “crochet on the outer edge”)
T.O. = turn over

The body of the crocheted Maneki Neko/Lucky cat, which appears to be a white lumpy figure.
It all starts with a lump

Body (work in rnds)

1. MR 6… (6)
2. inc 6 … (12)
3. [ inc 1, sc 1] x 6 … (18)
4. [ inc 1, sc 2] X 6 … (24)
5. [ sc 24 ] x2 … (24)
6. dec 6, sc 12, … (18)
7. BPS 6, sc 12… (18)
8. Sc 18 … (18)
9. [ inc 1, sc 1 ] x 6 … (24)
10. [ sc 24 ] x2 … (24)
11. dec 12 … (12)
12. dec 6… break yarn & slip through loop.
* BPS = back – post stich

Arm (work in rnds)

1. MR 6 …(6)
2. inc 6 … (12)
3. Sc 12 … (12)
4. dec 3, sc 6 … (9)
5. inc 3, dec 3 … (9)
6. dec 5; break yarn & slip through loop.

Ears (make 2)

1. Ch 5, T.O. … (~ 4)
2. Sc 1, dc 1, tc 2; break yarn & Slip through loop.

Inner Ears (make 2)

1. Ch 4, T.O. …(~3)
2. Sc 1, dc 2; break yarn & slip through loop.

Collar

1. Ch 25, T.O. … (~24)
2. Sc 24; break yarn & slip through loop.

Once I made all the pieces, additional details were added, including:

– placing the small bell onto the collar.
– embroidery onto the paw of the arm
– embroidery of the face

Overall, this doodle makes for a great keychain! Hopefully a little more luck comes your way if you make one. 

A small crocheted Maneki Neko (Lucky cat), resting on top of a small red wooden block, next to a crank-style pencil sharpener. The cat has one arm in a raised position, and is wearing a red collar with a tiny bell. The angle is slightly further from the cat.
A small crocheted Maneki Neko (Lucky cat), resting on top of a small red wooden block, next to a crank-style pencil sharpener. The cat has one arm in a raised position, and is wearing a red collar with a tiny bell.

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