I wonder how many of you have similar problems to me with pets and knitting / crochet projects?
Problems like; your pet wants to be on your knee whilst you are trying to knit, making it incredibly hard to move your elbows, or when you put your project down briefly and your pet decides that gives them to perfect opportunity to sit on top of it, to stop you doing anymore knitting so you have to stroke them with at least one hand,, or when you lay something out on the floor to measure it the dog decides you have put it there as a blanket for them to lay on!
Well, she does always seem to want to lay on my projects. I don’t know if it is the feel of them, or the fact that I have made them, or what, but it gave me an idea recently.
Red, my dog (see picture above), hasn’t really had a specific bed of her own for a while. She used to have, but stopped using it some time ago, so we got rid of it. She generally sleeps wherever she fancies. The kitchen windowsill, the spare bed, the sofa, behind the door, the middle of the floor, on my knitting… So, I thought that maybe if I made her a bed of her own, which was crocheted, then she might use it. I have an old duvet, which to be fair, has seen better days and sometimes Red uses this for a bed. When she had some surgery, she slept on it on our bedroom floor and if I put it on the living room floor then she often decides to use it. So, I thought I could crochet a cover for it and then it could become her bed permanently. A perfect bit of upcycling if you ask me!
So I began. I found a very large stash of super chunky yarn in various colours in my wardrobe and thought it would be ideal. Nice and thick and soft, with a bit of wool in it, she is bound to like it and it would use it all up nicely.
I started making squares, to use up all of the colours and because it would be really quick and easy to do. Red didn’t seem to want to wait for me to finish…
But I carried on and did finish it of course.
I then realised that actually, it was a great project for beginners. it is made in individual squares stitched together at the end, can be made to any size you need, Great Dane, Chihuahua, or cat, and it’s great for using up lots of oddments. So, I have written it up into a pattern, aimed at beginners. There are very detailed instructions in the pattern, with pictures to help, or just the plain straightforward pattern for those of you with enough experience to not need the pictures. To be honest, you don’t even need to turn it into a dog bed if you don’t want, it could just be a blanket. It’s very versatile.
Here it is stuffed and turned into a dog bed.
And, here is Red dog on her finished bed. She loves it!
If you are interested in the pattern, it can be found on Etsy, by following the link below:
Happy crocheting folks!