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Crocheted Cat Bed

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Easy to crochet cat bed

Easy to crochet cat bed

Crocheted Cat Bed – Our new little kitten Milo is now 12 weeks old and growing bigger with every day that passes.  He’s slowly started exploring the house but generally spends most of his time where his people are. Milo loves to hang out with me in my office and now he’s taken up a semi-permanent residency on my desk beside my monitor and keyboard. He loves to rest his head on my arm while I type away.  Since he always sleeps in the same place on my hard, wooden desk I thought he might be more comfortable in a little bed of his own so I crocheted one for him. It was pretty simple and didn’t take long to make. My cat bed measured 12″ in diameter but you can easily make it smaller or larger if you’d like. OK, no more cat posts after this one for a while… I promise.

Materials:

  • 1.5 Balls of Yarn – Bulky – I used Loops & Threads Charisma
  • Secondary Colour of Yarn – same weight
  • Crochet Hook – US J/6.00mm
  • Stitch marker or scrap of contrasting colour yarn
  • Embroidery needle
  • Scissors

Directions:

Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, sc = single crochet (U.S.)

  1. Ch 2 and then 6 sc in second ch from hook. Place marker.
  2. Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around.
  3. Round 3: 2 sc in the next sc, sc in the next 2 sc. Continue all the way around.
  4. Round 4: 2 sc in the next sc, sc in the next 3 sc. Continue all the way around.
  5. Round 5: 2 sc in the next sc, sc in the next 4 sc. Continue all the way around.
  6. Round 6: 2 sc in the next sc. sc in the next 5 sc. Continue all the way around.
  7. Keep up this same pattern of increasing  by one each round until you’ve gone 20 rounds in which the final round would be: 2 sc in the next sc, sc in the next 18 sc. If you want to make it a bit bigger this is where you’d add a few more rounds until you have the size you’re after.
  8. Rounds 21 – 28: sc in each sc around.
  9. Rounds 29 – 30: Change to new yarn colour. Sc in each sc around for 2 rounds.
  10. Bind off and weave in ends.

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Easy To Crochet Cat Toy

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Easy to crochet cat toy.

Easy to crochet cat toy.

Easy To Crochet Cat Toy – Bare with me a moment while I channel my inner crazy cat lady.

A couple of weeks ago we had the great fortune to be able to give Noelle a kitten for an (early) birthday gift. She’s been asking for a cat for the past few years but since my husband has a mild allergy to cats he’s always told her no (notice I said that “he” said no). After being subjected to drawing after drawing of our family with our old dead cat still drawn in it, Michael had had enough and gave in to his daughter’s dream to have a cat.

We did a lot of research and found out that while there is no completely hypoallergenic cats there are some breeds that carry less of the protein that aggravates allergies. We hunted high and low and finally found a breeder of Balinese cats on Vancouver Island and she just happened to have one kitten left. We went on a road trip and totally surprised Noelle. When she finally saw the kitten and we told her that it’s her’s to take home she totally didn’t believe us. The poor girl had been told for so long that we would never be able to have a cat that she thought we were putting her on. I’m sure it wasn’t until we were home with the little fur ball that it started sinking in that this really was her cat.

Little Milo Fluffy Pasta has been home with us now for almost 2 weeks and he’s so great. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed having a pet. He’s absolutely adorable and highly entertaining. Kittens have so much energy and they play non-stop so I thought it would be fun to make Milo some cat toys. I created this pattern (quite accidentally I must admit because I was going for something completely different) but I love how it turned out and so does Milo.

Materials:

  • Medium weight yarn (I used Red Heart)
  • Crochet hook (5.00mm H hook)
  • Toilet paper tube (I used 1/2 a roll for the small cat toy and a full roll for the large toy)
  • Bell
  • Needle and thread
  • Darning Needle to weave in ends
  • Scissors

Instructions:

Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, dc = double crochet (All U.S.)

  1. (Ch) 20, join with (sl st) to form ring (keeping tension firm but not tight – you want both ends to be a little tighter so they hug around the toilet paper tube).  Make sure to not to twist your stitches.
  2. (Ch) 2  in first chain and then (dc) in each remaining stitch in round. (Sl st) in last stitch in round to join.  Repeat for 7 rounds for 1/2 toilet paper roll size toy or 11 rounds for full toilet paper roll.
  3. Finish off  last round with 1 (sl st) in each stitch and join.
  4. Ch 30 then make 2 (dc) in the 3rd chain from the hook. (If you’d like a  longer curlicue than make the chain longer).
  5. Make 3 (dc) in each chain until you get back to the start of the chain. (Sl st) to join. Fasten off and weave in ends.
  6. Sew bell on end of curlicue.
  7. Fit over toilet paper roll.

Click here if you have any trouble knowing or remembering which stitches these are.

If you’re looking for more fun crochet projects check out this great book: Crochet One-Skein Wonders®: 101 Projects from Crocheters around the World

Toilet paper roll crocheted cat toy

Toilet paper roll crocheted cat toy

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