This crochet dreidel works up quickly with just small amounts of yarn, fiberfill, and dried catnip. You will make the four sides and fill the shape as you stitch the pieces together. This is a fun and unique gift to give your cat for Hanukkah, to give to the cats of friends and family, or to donate to an animal shelter.
White, worsted-weight yarn
Small amount of blue worsted-weight yarn
F-3.75 crochet hook
Dried catnip, 1 or 2 tablespoons
Optional, jingle bell
Dreidel Crochet Pattern
The completed dreidel will be approximately 2″ across and 3″ tall. Exact gauge isn’t important. If the sides aren’t exactly the same size, don’t worry as you can hide small differences as you stitch the pieces together.
Sides, make 4
Row 1: Ch 3 into the 2nd chain from the hook
Row 2: Sc across
Rows 3-4: 2 sc into the first and last st of the row; sc in the other st. You should have 7 st
Rows 5-11: sc in each st (you can make this shorter by a row or two, if desired). Fasten off and weave in ends.
Top, make 1
Row 1-7: Sc across (create enough rows so the piece is square)
Sew the four sides together, joining at the points. Stuff with fiberfill, catnip, and jingle bell before sewing the top to the sides.
To make the handle, crochet into the top of the dreidel, working around stitches, so that you make a circle of stitches. Sc into each st around (you just need 4 or 5 sts worked into the top) until you have ½” to ¾” stem-like handle. Fasten off, knot, and weave in the end.
With the blue yarn, embroider the letters onto each side. You can find the letters on the side of any dreidel or online. Keep your stitches small and well anchored.
Crochet Chanukah Gelt
For a funny, final touch, make some small crocheted disks that can act as the gelt for your cat’s game of dreidel. With some yellow or gold color worsted-weight yarn and a J-hook, ch 2
Make 6 sc in the 2 st from the hook. (If you know how to create a magic circle, do so with 6 st)
Round 1: 2 sc in each st
Round 2: (1 sc in next, 2 sc in next) repeat 6 times for a total of 18 stitches. Fasten off and weave in the ends. Make as many pieces of gelt as you want. These work well on wood and tile floors, they slide across the floor like a hockey puck over ice.
As with all cat toys, homemade or store-bought, check the toys frequently for wear and tear. Loose pieces should be removed so your cat stays safe.