Trouble’s Kitty Bed
Size G hook (4.25mm)
Worsted Weight Yarn. This was a stash busting project for me, I would guess about 20 ounces of yarn was used in total.
Pillow Form or Polyfil to fit the cushion.
Darning needle and scissors
Gauge: not too important — just make sure your kitty can sleep comfortably on the pillow size.
Mine ended up being – 14 inches (35.5 cm) in diameter.
Stitches used: (U.S. terms)
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
sc = single crochet
Base (make 3)
Start with Magic Ring:
Round 1. 12 dc in ring (12 sts)
Round 2. 12 dc-inc (24 sts)
Round 3. dc-inc, 1dc (36 sts)
Round 4. dc-inc, 2dc (48 sts)
Round 5. dc-inc, 3dc (60 sts)
Round 6. dc-inc, 4dc (72 sts)
Round 7. dc-inc, 5dc (84 sts)
Round 8. dc-inc, 6dc (96 sts)
Round 9. dc-inc, 7dc (108 sts)
Round 10. dc-inc, 8dc (120 sts)
Round 11. dc-inc, 9dc (132 sts)
Round 12. dc-inc, 10dc (144 sts)
Round 13. dc-inc, 11dc (156 sts)
Round 14. dc-inc, 38dc (160 sts)
*don’t break your yarn, continue as described below for each of the 3 pieces*
Continue for First and Second:
Rounds 15-17: 160 hdc (160 sts)
On first one break yarn; work on second. After second, don’t break yarn and continue:
With wrong sides facing each other, edge in a sc,
(I crocheted the front loops of each side together, technically the outer loops of each), the leaving a small opening to stuff with polyfill or similar stuffing to make the pillow for inside of sack; continue with sc until opening is completely sewn up, break yarn and fasten off.
Cut several pieces of yarn at about 18 inches in length, and pull through the pillow evenly spaced to quilt the stuffing loosely in place.
– now knot them up and run the ends through the cushion.
– set aside.
On third, don’t break and continue:
Work first round in Back BAR of Stitch Only!, slip to join and chain 2. (the chain 2 does not count as a dc)
Work in additional 46 joined rounds with the ch 2, do not spiral. (on the 46th round just join and break yarn, do not chain up 2) 😛
Get creative with the sides portion using any graph pattern, plain, applique with felt, embroider, colourful stripes — Have fun with it!
(I used a graph from an afghan pattern made by Sandra Miller Maxfield, featured in Hooked on Crochet Magazine copyright 1997. ~ This is NOT my pattern or idea, I simply used it to enhance my design of the cat bed):
Place pillow that you made into the bottom of the sack and fold down the top in half, or to whatever height your kitty likes for
a kitty bed…
Alternately, place the sack on its side and place pillow on the bottom side for a cave.
It is smoosh-able, warm and friendly. Best of all it is machine washable 😉 This pattern would lend itself well to small dogs as well.
© 2014 Cass Dodge
Do to individual crafting techniques, I am giving instructions in good faith. Your results may differ from mine – and to me that is brilliant! Please be kind and do not reproduce this pattern or sell pattern. You are free to sell items made using this pattern, I only ask that you include my design name and link to my blog: www.knitfree.cassdodge.com in your online listings. Thanks!