Kitty Weed Cat Toy

Jan 3, 2006
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by Marlo D. Cairns


Cannabis Cat ToyThis pattern was designed for my cat Rufus. He is a lover of catnip and will fight anyone who tries to take his toys that are filled with it. I have often called catnip Kitty Weed, so I thought he should have his own Cannabis leaf. Your cat will want more than one toy so buy a large bag of catnip! This toy was tested on animals, but no cats were harmed in the use or making of this toy. J They only enjoyed it!

Materials List

  • One cat who loves catnip
  • Size G (4mm) hook
  • small amount of green acrylic worsted weight yarn
  • sewing needle
  • small amount of fiberfill and dried catnip.


US Notations used throughout

Ch = chain
Sl st = slip stitch
Sc = single crochet

Special notes
This pattern has a front and a back. The catnip is stuffed in to the largest leaf in the center. The two leaves are sewn together so the catnip will not come out of the leaf. My cats have used their toy for several months and it is still in good shape. Use any acrylic yarn and the toy will hold up to thrashing and biting by your cat. Make sure all of the ends are woven in well so your kitty doesn’t choke on loose yarn. If you have more than one cat you will need to make multiple toys. Cats don’t like to share their stash-filled toys.

Each side of the toy has 7 leaves.

The Pattern

Leaf #1

Ch 5, sl st in 2nd chain from hook and in each remaining chain, DO NOT fasten off, continue with leaf two.

Leaf #2

Ch 7, sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each remaining chain, sc in each stitch on the backside of the chain, join with a sl st to the 1st sc and fasten off.

Leaf #3

Attach yarn to the bottom (the 1st ch) of the chain 5 on Leaf #1. Ch 9, sc in the 2nd chain from the hook and in each remaining chain, sc in each st on the backside of the chain, join with a sl st to the 1st sc and fasten off.

Leaf #4

Attach yarn to the bottom of Leaf #3. Ch 13, sc in the 2nd chain from the hook and in each remaining chain, sc in each st on the backside of the chain, join with a sl st to the 1st sc and fasten off.

Make another Leaf #1, #2 and #3. This completes one side of the toy.

Repeat all of the above directions for side 2.

Sewing and stuffing the leaf

You now have two sections for each side of the leaf, one with 4 leaves and one with 3. It should look like this:


After sewing the two pieces together you will have a leaf that looks like this:


You now need to stuff a small amount of catnip into the fiberfill.


Take the two leaves and match them up with wrong sides together. Join together with either a slip stitch or whipstitch, beginning with leaf #1 and working your way up to leaf #4. Stuff leaf #4 with the catnip-stuffed fiberfill.


Finish joining the rest of the leaves together. Your leaf will look like this:

after sewing

Gather the bottom of the leaf up and stitch all the leaves close together. Attach yarn in the middle of the base of the leaf on the bottom and ch 7. Single crochet in 2nd chain from hook and in each remaining chain. Fasten off and weave in all ends.


Toss the toy on the floor and watch your cat enjoy it!

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Anonymous wrote
on May 26, 2006 6:26 PM

Love it!

Carole wrote
on Jun 19, 2006 12:03 PM
I think I'd give Rufus what ever he wanted - and quickly.
Really enjoyed your sense of humour - Canadian spelling
Will be making one for our Herck - who is a Bombay


Beverly B. Wallace wrote
on Jul 12, 2006 9:03 PM
I have 2 cats. Tigger and Eeyor. And I plan on makeing the Cat Weed Toy. Thank You,
God,s Peace,


Anonymous wrote
on Aug 6, 2006 3:01 PM

We call catnip 'Kitty Dope'. I may have to make a couple of these. Thanks, they're cute.

hajni wrote
on Sep 8, 2006 7:42 AM

wow that is fantastic!... can you make a crochet marijuana leaf pattern too? i am crocheting a rasta hat and that would go so well on top of it!!....

Ramona Mitchell wrote
on Oct 31, 2006 10:31 AM
Marlo, I was directed to this site by another crocheter. I LOVE it! (I love the picture, your wit, and your pattern.) I have printed the pattern (and added your site to my "Favorites"...just in case I lose my printed pattern). My daughter & her hubby cannot have their housecats ARE their children. Every Christmas I try to come up with a different toy for them. I had been "straining my brain" for this Christmas. Now I have found it! Thank you so much!


Sarah O'Brien wrote
on Nov 14, 2006 8:00 PM

I have been after a marijuana leaf forever. This is so great thanks a bunch! :)

Kathy wrote
on Feb 6, 2007 1:25 PM

I love it. I'll have to give it to a friend of mine that has 5 cats and 2 dogs. They'll love it and so will she.

lalala wrote
on Feb 6, 2007 5:17 PM
cool lookiing toy!

i hope itll be just easy and challenging enough!keep up the good work!

God bless you!

RIP to others.

Hope wrote
on Jun 16, 2007 11:36 AM
does anyone know KNIT pattern for this?

Ive been looking forever.

jacob12 wrote
on Dec 24, 2008 2:49 AM

cool looking toy, i love it .


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debber wrote
on Feb 25, 2009 1:44 PM
I made the weed for two cats.

Reports are: They love it!

OFTS wrote
on Sep 2, 2009 2:51 PM

Aaaaw. He's so cute. I've heard it does have a very similar effect to the real thing on cats. My cat loves his catnip toys and I think he's going to fall in love with this one too as soon as I get it made for him. :)

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pateiwah wrote
on Mar 30, 2010 1:38 PM

I am having trouble going to the other side of the chain,I usually just do an odd # at the end then go on around. but this is different and I got all perflunct. it looks a mess.   I have retried several times. never had a pattern do this.

I open to ideas on how to do it correctly. also I thought about doing each leaf alone and just sewing together but I am not sure it would hold up to Carlin,Jones and Suzzy's enthusiastic play.

I also thought about adding a crinkle material to the  other leaves. like the windows from envelopes. it's free so the cats will play with it, as opposed to buying something they won't play with. [kitty murphy's law]