Monday, January 24

Kitty Cuddler & Pet Snuggler

The Kitty Cuddler is a comfy bed to crochet for your favorite feline. I used a total of 5 oz (about 300 yards) of acrylic worsted weight yarn and a size H (5 mm) hook for the bed. You'll need a main color for the bottom and 3 or more contrasting colors for the sides. The bottom is worked as a hexagon and the sides in an interlocking stitch. Crochet the sides twice as tall as you want the finished cuddler to be and fold them down to form a tube. You can stuff the tube with an old T-shirt, polar fleece, or quilt batting if you like. Mine measured 15" across and 2" tall with the sides folded down. It is sized for kittens and small cats. You can easily enlarge it by working more rows on the bottom before you begin the sides. The pattern is a free download on Ravelry. Click the bolded pattern name above to download a copy of this free pattern.

The Pet Snuggler is a pet bed knit using 3 strands of acrylic worsted weight yarn (or one strand of bulky) on size 11 (8 mm) circular knitting needles. (10 oz/about 530 yards of worsted weight or 176 yards of bulky weight.) Begin by knitting a garter stitch square. Pick up stitches around the edge of the square. Join and knit the sides in the round. End with a little ribbing or I-cord. The bed should fit a cat or a little dog. Make the bottom bigger for a larger bed. I tried to get Solitaire to sit down in the bed for a picture. She wouldn't cooperate. So here's one of her standing up in the bed. She's a timid little beastie even at the ripe old age of 17! Click the bolded pattern name above to download a free copy of this pattern from Ravelry.

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