Knit a Cat Bed
Since I have gone back to knitting after so many years away from it, I realized the one byproduct from this great craft, is leftover yarn.
It is never quite enough to knit any one thing with, but also didn't want to throw it out. I had a few different thicknesses and colours, and thought, I would create a patchwork knitted cat bed.
I simply started by creating squares in basic garter stitch until the yarn ran out, then created more shapes from other lighter weight yarns. One very lightweight yarn I simply doubled and knitted more squares or rectangles as you can see pictured without really any thought about placement. As I was finished each piece I would lay it out on the table and fit it all together like a puzzle. I wanted it to be fun, so it is not perfect by any means but was a fun way to use up leftover yarn. I kept adding rectangles around the outside to grow the size rather than all squares and also to be a little different.
I decided I needed some more rectangles, and basically used up all my little bits of leftover wool or yarn, and then with the bigger ball that was left over, I created the back piece. I estimated the amount of stitches I needed to cast on based on how wide the scarf was that I had made from that yarn earlier. Beautiful blue scarf (this was my first project getting back into knitting.
Sew Them All Together
I simply used the lighter weight yarn, and using the mattress stitch I managed to sew them all together in a random fashion.
Once I had sewn all the squares together and had tucked in any loose ends to the wrong side, I then put wrong sides together with the one piece back and sewed the cushion together leaving one longer side open for the fiberfill.
I purchased some quilting batting to use in this knitted cat bed. It works really well because you don't want it too puffy or they won't lay on it, and yet you need just a little bit of softness for them to enjoy it.
You can get this online or in your local crafts stores. I got the smallest bag, and just used a couple layers of it. I placed it inside and then sewed that seam. I then thought it still looked a little plain, so I added fringe.
Fringe Gives it a Finished Look
I cut many pieces of yarn from the leftover I had from the back panel of the cat bed and then used 3 pieces together fro each fringe. Armed with a crochet hook it was quite fast to do (yes while I was watching TV). Check out my how to make fringe the lazy way to see how I do it.
Once the fringe was added, I thought this was a cute knitted craft to make. You could get way more detailed than I did, as I am still pretty new to this. If I needed another square or rectangle I simply looked in my knitting bag to see what was leftover and tried to make a size that would fit.
You could make this much bigger than I did. Or even make a blanket of some kind. Yes, I know cats are likely to pick at it, but mine seems quite happy to sit and relax on it. I made it about the same size she is. Plus I didn't have a huge pile of leftovers.
Sprinkle With Cat Nip If Your Cat Needs Coaxing Off Your Good Couch to this Knitted Cat Bed
So, this felt like a great project for leftover yarn. If you make one and your cat is unsure if they will like it, sprinkle a bit of catnip on it, and I guarantee they will make it theirs right away.
If anyone else has any ideas for using leftover yarns, I would love to hear!
I have decided that I am enjoying the simplistic patterns for my evening winding down. This is when I do most of my knitting, is in the evening, after dinner with the computer tucked away and the same with my cell phone. Just me and my TV shows! Since my favourite style is the garter stitch, I tend to get variant coloured yarns to use.
My sleep has been so much better since I took up this hobby in the evenings and got away from the electronics. I am sticking to simple ideas for now, but as I get more practiced I may venture into other patterns.
Another great use for leftover yarns if you have a lot of them, is my knitted knitting bag. I use this all the time now, so my pile of plastic shopping bags has now been cleared away and put in my woven bag. Since you create that project in strips that are woven together, you could uses leftovers.
Just recently I purchased some really lovely yarn on sale for a spring scarf to accent my spring coat, and also found some cotton yarns for lightweight scarves to wear in the warmer months with t-shirts. I am just learning different ways to wear them, so this will be my next few projects so stay tuned!
My name is Diane and I love all arts and crafts including painting, drawing and knitting (I painted the bee above!) I decided after many years to take up knitting again and needed simple patterns that I could do while watching TV or listening to music that would help dial down stress. I hope you enjoy some of my own projects as well as ones I have found.