Shortly after we brought our kitties home from adoption day at our local pet store, I crocheted them each a cat bed. They weren’t interested in the beds at first, much to my dismay, but then I would find them snuggled together in them regularly. They are now a staple in front of the fireplace and in sunny spots around the house. I have received so many requests for a tutorial, but the yarn I used was discontinued. I have tried four other yarns over the past year and either they were discontinued before I could buy more to make a tutorial or I didn’t like them! Anyway, I finally found a yarn that was a winner and it’s still available. So, here is the easy crochet cat (or dog) bed video tutorial and pattern. Finally!
The yarn I finally landed on was Bernat Big Blanket yarn in the color Vintage. I really like the color of this cream (it’s not too yellow or too gray) and I knew the cats would love the fuzzy chenille yarn. It is a little bit more difficult to see the stitches, especially in the first row, but I found it easier to work with than other chenille yarns I tried (one was so fuzzy that it was impossible to see the stitches and know where to work your hook.) The one downside to this yarn is it will snap if it’s pulled too tight. For my other crochet cat beds, I started with the magic loop/circle but that didn’t work with this yarn. It would grip itself and wouldn’t slip through when I pulled on it.
The other thing that was different about this yarn is it ended up looking like a bowl the first couple of rows! (That didn’t happen with the other yarns I tried.) It did settle down once I got to the third and fourth rows, but I just wanted you to be aware in case yours does the same.
The good news is that the cats already love it. They took turns sitting it almost right after I made it. I hope your animals enjoy it as much as mine do!
Easy Crochet Cat (Dog) Bed Materials
- Bernat Big Blanket Yarn in Vintage (I used two skeins)
- 25mm Crochet Hook (I like this one because it has a place to grip with your thumb.)
Easy Crochet Cat (Dog) Bed Video Tutorial
Easy Crochet Cat (Dog) Printable Pattern
And, because they are just so cute, here are a couple more pictures of my sweet cats in their bed…
If you’d like to try other free crochet patterns for beginners, you can find more HERE.