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1 Skein Pet Bed [Pattern]

05 Feb
My little orange kitty had need of a pet bed. We moved into a larger house this last summer and now she likes to sleep in various rooms, depending on where the family is. There are a couple rooms that just left her with few options. While making her quite a comfortable mat, I thought to myself “why stop with making beds for my lil orange kitty when there are hundreds of shelter animals in need of homes and warm places to sleep.”

I decided that I would not “skimp” on a pet bed for a shelter animal. This pattern has a few different options and are noted within the pattern itself.

The pattern below is for 1 skein of yarn, which will make a single round bed and a single layer square mat OR making a double thick pet bed. I will make notations within the pattern for these options.

1 SKEIN PET BED
By Cris

Items Needed:
Crochet Hook – size I
1 skein Red Heart Super Saver acrylic yarn (5oz multi-color or 7oz solid skein)
Tapestry Needle

Abbreviations:
ch – chain
sl – slip stitch
st – stitch
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
btn – between
prev – previous
rpt – repeat

Making the Round Pet Bed (bottom)
ch 5, sl to join into a ring

Row 1
ch 2 (counts as dc), 11 dc into the center of the ring
sl to join

Row 2
ch 2, dc in the same st as the ch 2
2 dc in all st from prev row
sl to join (24 total dc, counting ch 2 at start)

Row 3
ch 2, dc in same st as the ch 2, dc in next st
*2 dc, 1 dc*
rpt btn * around the circle
sl to join (36 dc total, counting ch 2 at start)

Row 4
ch 2, dc in same st as the ch 2, dc into the next 2 st
*2dc, 1 dc in next 2 st*
rpt btn * around the circle
sl to join (48 dc total, counting ch 2 at start)

Row 5
ch 2, dc in same st as the ch 2, dc into the next 3 st
*2 dc, 1 dc in next 3 st*
rpt btn * around the circle
sl to join (60 dc total, counting ch 2 at start)

Row 6
ch 2, dc in same st as the ch 2, dc into the next 4 st
*2 dc, 1 dc in next 4 st*
rpt btn * around the circle
sl to join (72 dc total, counting ch 2 at start)

Row 7
ch 2, dc in same st as the ch 2, dc into the next 5 st
*2 dc, 1 dc in next 5 st*
rpt btn * around circle
sl to join (84 dc total, counting ch 2 at start)

Row 8
ch 2, dc in same st as the ch 2, dc into the next 6 st
*2 dc, 1 dc in next 6 st*
rpt btn * around circle
sl to join (96 dc total, counting ch 2 at start)

Row 9
ch 2, dc in same st as the ch 2, dc into the next 7 st
*2 dc, 1 dc in next 7 st*
rpt btn * around circle
sl to join (108 dc total, counting ch 2 at start)

NOTE: If you are going to do a double thickness round pet bed, finish off the first circle at round 9 and make a second circle. Do not finish the second circle off at row 9. Put both circles together and sc around the 2 circles to join them together and then move on to row 10. If you are making a single thickness round pet bed, do not finish the first circle at row 9. Continue to row 10.

SECOND NOTE: If you want your bed to be bigger around than what this one is, you can do so by adding rows between Row 9 and 10, working 1 more dc between the increase (2dc in same st). Of course, if you do this, you will be using more yarn meaning you will not be able to complete the square mat or do the double thickness round bed. Just buy 2 skeins of yarn if you want to go bigger (this one holds a standard house cat).

Row 10 (begins making the side of the pet bed)
ch 2, hdc around the circle in the front loop only
sl to join

Row 11
ch 2, hdc around the circle in both loops (like normal)
sl to join

Row 12
ch 2, dc around the circle
sl to join

Row 13 and 14
rpt row 12

Finishing the Round Pet Bed
Fold the “flap” of the pet bed over towards the outside (folding outward, not inward) to the row of hdc that went through the front loop only. You should be able to line up the stitches from the top of the mat to the back loops only. sc around the bed going through both loops of the dc (last row) and the back loop left open from row 10. Once you go around the pet bed, finish off.

SQUARE FLAT MAT (single layer)
If you did not make a double thickness round pet bed, you should have approximately 1/3 of the skein left over. You can make a matching mat by following the pattern below. If you have two skeins, you can make a second quare flat mat and stitch the second to the first, going around the outside with sc. Doing this makes a very thick pet mat. This pattern only makes one – you need the second skein to make the thicker square mat.

ch 39

Row 1
dc in 3rd “back bump” from the hook (note the first bump is almost right under the hook)
dc across the starting ch to end (total of 36 dc with a ch 3 at the beginning of the row)
ch 2, turn

Row 2
dc in all st across in back loop only
the last dc will be in the turning ch from prev row – put last dc in both loops (for a more secure turn)
ch 2, turn

Row 3 – 17
rpt row 2

Row 18
dc in all st across in back loop only
the last dc will be in the turning ch from prev row – put last dc in both loops (for a more secure finish)
finish off and weave in ends

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99 Comments

Posted by on February 5, 2012 in Original Patterns

 

99 responses to “1 Skein Pet Bed [Pattern]

  1. Jasmine

    October 21, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Hi. I'm going to donate to the shelters too and love the pattern but I'm confused with the mentioning of 2 circles the same size. Why do we need 2 circles and not one? Am I making two beds? help :)

     
    • Lynda

      December 27, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      one bed..double thickness

       
  2. Cris

    October 21, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    The second circle is ONLY If you are doing a double thickness pet bed; otherwise, just stick with the one circle with the edge.

     
  3. Trishy12

    October 24, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Jasmine – It is my understanding that you are making two bottom circles the same size, which will be sewn/crocheted together to give the bed extra cushion and weight. It also allows you to add batting in between the two circles to make it even more cushy.

     
  4. Trishy12

    October 24, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Chris – thank you so much for this pattern! I've just started working with a new rescue group and all 4 of us have been crafting like crazy to make things to sell at fundraising events to make money for the rescue. I'm so glad you've given us permission to use the beds we make for such purposes! I can't wait to get started!

     
  5. Cris

    October 24, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    It is the LEAST I could do. I think its great what you are doing and wish you the absolute best success

     
  6. lala

    November 12, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Thank you for this pattern. Have so many partial skeins. Have made the round already and working on the rectangle one. Am planning on after I get a few done giving them to the SPCA.

     
  7. Lorraine

    November 18, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    This came out really small. Tore it apart, will keep looking. Thanks for posting anyway.

     
    • CycleAZLindyB

      December 2, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      Just make it bigger, you don’t have to look for something else. Just keep increasing til you get the size you want.

       
  8. Mike M.

    January 22, 2014 at 3:21 am

    Your gauge must be really large. I'm getting about a half-inch a round. To hit the 11″ size stated above for 9 rds, I'm going to have to do more like 22rds (probably shoot for more, my cat is fairly big). Just a note to help those who crochet fairly tightly, like myself.

     
    • Jean

      July 7, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      I have to add alot more rows also. No way would this fit with my 14# cat

       
  9. Cris

    January 22, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    That is odd because I actually crochet extremely tightly (as in sometime my hook will squeak) … very very odd.

     
  10. stefaniel

    January 31, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Looks great. Another idea would be to do it in t-yarn (yarn out of old t-shirts) I love recycling and have started one in that because I use odd wool for toy making. Thanks for the pattern :)

     
    • Jennifer

      September 28, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Good idea! I was thinking that a washable, color-fast yarn would work well, too. For example, Lion Brand kitchen cotton. I think this would be a good project to make for my guinea pigs, and it would need to be washable.

       
  11. Vie

    February 14, 2014 at 1:28 am

    First of all, thank you for thinking of all the rescue cats and small dogs for this project. A perfect project for a group or one to donate to shelters. Acrylic yarns make them great for laundering.
    Can you do these in wool yarn and 'felt' them? If so, how would you make the pattern larger to allow for the shrinkage when felted?

     
  12. Cris

    February 20, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Great idea!!!

     
  13. Cris

    February 20, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    I think you would be able to felt them – I would think you would just need to add a couple rounds to the base of the pattern to give it a wider diameter – then add 1 row to the “edge” of the bed.

     
  14. Carolyn Murray

    March 11, 2014 at 2:43 am

    If you pick up magazine “Crochet 1 – 2 – 3 magazine and to to pg 16 you will find the pattern and other essentials you need. I just started it yesterday and it seems pretty easy. It's just that I am relearning crocheting and I am having trouble seeing what is single crochet stitch and what is 2 singles in a stitch. I haven't got my eyes trained yet and I keep getting lost where I am. Any help anyone> I took classes Sunday, but I need a few more. But, if you want to make this bed check out the magazine. I'm working on it, but I need a trick to see what I am looking at, I have to count stitches.

     
  15. Cris

    March 11, 2014 at 11:38 am

    What do you mean “make this bed check out the magazine” …. is it in the magazine????? If so, I think I have some emailing to do LOL

     
  16. Carolyn Murray

    March 12, 2014 at 12:14 am

    I am not planning on selling any of the beds I plan on making, just giving them to the shelters. But, I am slow since I am relearning to crochet. And how is this your pattern when it is already in a magazine, Crochet 1 – 2- 3, and associated with “for the cause” and “Comfort for Critters”?

     
  17. Cris

    March 13, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Because I wrote this pattern on my own and posted it well over a year ago…. when I looked at the magazine entry online (it was 1 issue ago), it is NOT the same as my pattern. If it was, then I would have a case against them because it is obvious I wrote this quite a while ago. It would be copyright infringement against them – not me.

    There is nothing stopping anyone from selling any finished good from a pattern – so if people wanted to sell it they could legally – but I like that the people using this pattern are either creating it for their own pets or for donation.

     
  18. Linda Bevier-Vian

    March 20, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    SECOND NOTE: If you want your bed to be bigger around than what this one is, you can do so by adding rows between Row 9 and 10, working 1 more dc between the increase (2dc in same st). Of course, if you do this, you will be using more yarn meaning you will not be able to complete the square mat or do the double thickness round bed. Just buy 2 skeins of yarn if you want to go bigger (this one holds a standard house cat).

     
  19. Linda Bevier-Vian

    March 20, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    I think instead of makeing 2 circles I would just double the yarn. Use two skeins. It would be fun to mix and match colors.

     
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  21. Denise

    June 6, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I used two skeins, doubled up the thread. Then I cut up some old sheets and used them inside the side flaps. Makes it not floppy and gives the kitty something firmer to lay her head on, and also something to rub on. Thanks so much for the pattern!

     
  22. Shirlsi

    August 10, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    I crochet these in various (mostly larger) sizes out of tarn (t-shirt yarn) and donate to shelters. They send them home with the dogs, etc., and gives them a bit of comfort of something they know in going into a new home. They love 'em.

     
  23. Gina Tonne

    November 27, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing these patterns. I will be making some for my 6 cats and also making as many as I can to donate to the central vermont humane society. I know the kitties need them and I will be very happy to make these for them.

     
    • Cris

      December 3, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      Definitely my pleasure! I know that I would love to make them and donate them regularly but I just can’t with my schedule. Knowing others are using this pattern to donate makes me feel great – like I had some small role in helping each lil fur friend. Have a Merry Christmas!

       
  24. Martha S

    January 6, 2015 at 12:51 am

    Love this pattern. It’s easy and fast enough to be able to make them for the shelters. I also work with a group that takes care of the homeless with pets. We get a lot of donations for the people but we need blankets, strollers and mats for the dogs and cats so they don’t have to sleep on the cold cement. Someone gave me some chunky yarn and it works great for what we need.

    Thank you so much for 2 great patterns.

     
    • Martha S

      January 6, 2015 at 12:53 am

      I’m also planning on making these with cotton yarn for the summer. It gets hot here in Phoenix.

       
  25. Tracy King

    March 1, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Thank you so much for this awesome pattern! I hope I can manage to make it and when I do I will start making them to donate. Super pattern and idea.

     
  26. Kendra Shook

    March 3, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful pattern! I am planning to make many to donate to my humane society for them to either sell for profit to fund the humane society or use for their animals, I have already made one and I love it! I think I am going to try one in double thickness with the top layer being camo and the bottom plain black, then having a matching blanket with alternating rows of camo and black. :) This pattern was very easy to follow! I think I might also try adding crocheted flowers to a corner of the blankets. Thanks again for this pattern, I was searching for hours and yours is exactly what I was looking for and more. I am sure the cats in my local humane society will truly enjoy them. I am trying to do anything I can to show support to the wonderful new changes our humane society has made recently, they are one of the best in the country now in my opinion! :) Thanks again!

     
  27. Kendra Shook

    March 3, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    And also I noticed people said the pet bed came out too small for them but I never had this problem, it actually turned out quite a bit larger (which is not a problem especially since the cats in my local shelter are usually quite large). This is probably because I crochet stitches on a large scale, I crochet with a looser hand. :)

     
  28. Suzanne

    April 6, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    I’ve made 4 of these now, trying to figure out which type of yarn is best. Finally on bed number 4 I found it, woohoo. It’s an acrylic yarn, bulky 5 weight, Premier Yarns Serenity Chunky Weight. I do think any chunky/bulky #5 weight would probably work great.

     
  29. Kimberly

    May 12, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    I’m confused on red 4. 2 dc, 1 dc in 2 st. It doesn’t make sense to me. Can you explain? When I so it I get more than 48

     
    • Mia

      June 22, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      Every row you are going to basically increase your stitches by 12. So you are going to slip stitch and then chain 2 (I chain 3). Then you are going to dc in that same stitch. From there you are going to do ONE double crochet in each of the next two stitches. Then in the next stitch you are going to do TWO double crochets in that one stitch…then you will repeat that pattern until the end of the row. Then when you do row 5, you will do your slip stitch, chain 2, do a dc in that same stitch, then you will do THREE dc in the next 3 stitches, then TWO dc in the next stitch and repeat from there. On youtube there are videos on how to make the round bottom. Its from about 3 or 4 years ago but she explains it really well. The round bottom part has been around forever for various crocheted items (beanies etc) :) Hope that helps!

       
  30. Kimberly

    May 12, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Sorry about the typos… Auto correct.

     
  31. Tina Van Arsdale

    September 21, 2015 at 9:48 am

    I have been making these beds in Bernat Chunky yarn and donating them to the shelters here. The cats just love them!

     
  32. Tina VA

    September 21, 2015 at 9:58 am

    I also single crochet the ring so that I can add a little stuffing to make the ring cuddly for them which they like as it adds a feeling of protection for them. I work the bed for 9 stitches in between the 2 dc as I find this makes the bed 18 inches using 6mm crochet hook which is a good size to accommodate most of the cats in the shelter. I go into the humane society and they say “There is our favourite cat bed lady” and I have to say it is so nice to see the cats sleeping and laying in the beds! I put one in the kitten cage and yes 4 kittens did fit in the bed… lol

     
  33. Barbara M

    November 23, 2015 at 11:29 am

    This looks like a fairly straightforward pattern but I wondered what your gauge is? We have two dogs, one medium (terrier mix) and one large (Lab). Looking forward to trying this out with the larger suggestions for our terrier and seeing if I can enlarge it for the Lab. Planning on going very ‘scrappy’ to get rid of a bunch of ‘left over’ balls of yarn. Thanks for the pattern.

     
  34. Kara

    December 30, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your pattern! I made for friend that fosters cats and I think she will love it! I am fairly new to crochet but I thought it turned out great…I improvised by stuffing plastic grocery bags in the sides to make them stiffer…seemed to work well!

     
  35. Connie

    February 13, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    This is a nice pattern. Ty! I will make this for the animals at the shelter here in snowy ohio. Love connie

     
  36. Phyllis Mosby

    March 21, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    How can I get this pattern?

     
  37. Diana Singer

    May 31, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Love the ease of this well thought out pattern. Was looking for something simple but nice to crochet for shelter kitties in my town.
    Thank you so much for putting this on your site. I have already made 2 of the beds, one I crocheted one row larger (based on my 10lb cat), the second one per the pattern. I’m one the 3rd bed now and will made several more before using up all the leftover yarn to make another.

     
  38. Natasha

    June 12, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    I’m wondering where you are doing the slip stitch; is it on the furthest of the chain or in the space?

     
  39. Claire

    June 28, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Do you have a pattern for these pet beds that can be copied? Or downloaded? I tried copying and pasting, but it is illegible.

     
    • Pat

      July 2, 2017 at 7:10 am

      I too tried to copy & paste; however, comes out formatted with black boxes of illegible type. Copy & paste into Word (you can do this in sections or all at once; it may copy the picture too.) Then right click in the black area; then on “styles”, clear formatting. You should now have legible, normal print. You will have to do this for each section; i.e., row. A little slow, but much faster & better than jumping back & folrth from pattern to Word trying to remember while retyping. :)

       
      • Cris

        July 2, 2017 at 7:23 am

        Thank you for this! I am looking for the original pattern so that I can save it as pdf and get it stored for use.

         

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