I designed this pet mat after visiting Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in the winter of 2010, inspired to use leftover yarn to make mats to donate to Best Friends.
The square mat can be made to pretty much any size - for cats, puppies, large dogs - with any yarn or yarns. Donate it to your local shelter if they're taking donations, or to Best Friends, or keep it for your pet.
For me, this project was a stash buster, and I used two yarns held together throughout, swapping one yarn out at a time for relatively subtle colour changes. You can adapt the pattern for use with other yarn weights, but I recommend making it bulky just for the cushiony factor.
My dog's too big to model this cat-sized mat, so I'd love to see your finished projects with cozy animals included!
About 8 stitches and 5 rows = 4" (10cm) in ehdc. Gauge is not very important in this pattern.
Kim Werker is a writer and freelance editor who tries to make something anything every day. The former editor of Interweave Crochet magazine, she has written or co-authored six crochet ...
Kim Werker is a writer and freelance editor who tries to make something anything every day. The former editor of Interweave Crochet magazine, she has written or co-authored six crochet books and is the founder of CrochetMe.com. In addition to passionately championing crochet, she manages a project called Mighty Ugly, nudging people to love-hate their creative demons and have more fun making stuff. Her latest book, Make It Mighty Ugly, is, as you have surely surmised, based on this. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, she lives in Vancouver, which means shes both loud and polite and she cant wait to chat with you about getting crafty.View all patterns by designer (5) »