Tutorial: Super Bulky Crocheted Cat Bed

Tutorial: Super Bulky Crocheted Cat Bed | The Zen of Making

Looking for a quirky, modern cat bed for your four-legged favorites? Crochet a super bulky cat bed with cozy jersey knit fabric! Your kitties will love it, and it will fit right in with the rest of your DIY decor.

Tutorial: Super Bulky Crocheted Cat Bed | The Zen of Making

Pixel cat loves that he can curl up however he wants because the bed stretches and changes shape with him. Whether he’s upside down, balled up, or long cat-ing, the slight stretch in the fabric definitely allows for maximum coziness. I think he’s only left his new bed for about five minutes total since I gave it to him last week! (Unrelated: Just look at that sweet little face!)

Supplies:
* Cotton jersey knit fabric, 4 yards white patterned and 2 yards solid red (or your favorite contrasting colors)
* Scrap piece of yarn, 2-3" long (to use as a stitch marker)
* A small cushion or pillow for the bottom of the cat bed (optional, but it’s a nice touch)

Tools:
* Large plastic crochet hook, 15.75mm (US size Q)
* Crochet hook, size K (to help you weave in ends)
* Ruler
* Fabric scissors or rotary cutter and cutting mat

If you need a refresher on the basics of crochet before you get started, check out the Crochet 101 video tutorial that I made for CRAFT!

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Tutorial: Super Bulky Crocheted Cat Bed | The Zen of Making

Step 1
Cut the jersey fabric into long strips that are about 3" wide.

Tutorial: Super Bulky Crocheted Cat Bed | The Zen of Making

Step 2
Tie the fabric strips together to make a ball of fabric yarn.

Tutorial: Super Bulky Crocheted Cat Bed | The Zen of Making

Step 3
Crochet the cat bed using the pattern below.

Tutorial: Super Bulky Crocheted Cat Bed | The Zen of Making

Tip: Use a scrap piece of yarn as a stitch marker to mark the first stitch in each round.

Tutorial: Super Bulky Crocheted Cat Bed | The Zen of Making

Super Bulky Crocheted Cat Bed

Pattern abbreviations:
ch: chain
sc: single crochet
sl: slip stitch
st: stitch

Ch 3 and join with a sl st in first ch.
Round 1: Ch 1, work 8 sc in ring, sl in first sc to join. (8 sts.)
Round 2: Ch 1, work 2 sc in each sc, sl in first sc to join. (16 sts.)
Round 3: Ch 1, *work 2 sc in sc, sc in next sc; repeat from * around, sl in first sc to join. (24 sts.)
Round 4: Ch 1, *work 2 sc in sc, sc in next 2 sc; repeat from * around, sl in first sc to join. (32 sts.)
Round 4: Ch 1, *work 2 sc in sc, sc in next 3 sc; repeat from * around, sl in first sc to join. (40 sts.)
Round 5-10: Ch 1, work 1 sc in each sc, sl in first sc to join. (40 sts.)
Round 11: With contrasting color, Ch 1, work 1 sc in each sc, sl in first sc to join. (40 sts.)
Round 12: Work 1 sl in each sc, sl in first sl to join. Fasten off and weave in ends. (40 sts.)

Tutorial: Super Bulky Crocheted Cat Bed | The Zen of Making

Tutorial: Super Bulky Crocheted Cat Bed | The Zen of Making

Tutorial: Super Bulky Crocheted Cat Bed | The Zen of Making

Step 4
Untie any visible knots in the fabric and weave in the ends using the smaller crochet hook.

Tutorial: Super Bulky Crocheted Cat Bed | The Zen of Making

Tutorial: Super Bulky Crocheted Cat Bed | The Zen of Making

Step 5
Add a comfy cushion to the bottom of the cat bed and give it to your favorite kitty!

I think every cat needs a crocheted cat bed, don’t you?


Tutorial: Super Bulky Crocheted Cat Bed | The Zen of Making

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26 thoughts on “Tutorial: Super Bulky Crocheted Cat Bed

  1. Beautiful kitty photos FTW!! This is an awesome design, Haley, and it’s clear from the nasty looks I’m getting over here that Pushkin needs one of these, stat. You must have developed some Popeye forearms crocheting this! :-)

  2. Hailey suggested I put this tip here: For less bulk when attaching the fabric strip ends together, put a vertical slit in each end. Slip one end through the slit of the other. Slip the opposite end of the piece you slipped through, into the hole at the end of the piece. Tug on the attached strips gently, this will lock them together. As you make your ball or need to add more length, loop new a new through the end of the previous strip. This is a great way to change colors easily too. If you need a visual, go here: http://tottietalkscrafts.com/2010/05/13/how-to-make-a-join-in-fabric-strip-yarn-or-tarn/

  3. I absolutely love this because it is so simple even I could crochet this! I’d have to make it bigger for my Maine Coons, but they would love this bed. I posted one finished photo of your cat bed, a photo click through link to your blog and a written link to your blog on truebluemenadyou. Please contact me if there is a problem :)

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  5. It looks adorable but the 1st thing that popped into my head is what a PITA that must be to clean the cat hair off of. It wouldn’t just be the surface you’d need to get the hair off, it would get all tangled in between too :(

  6. I finished mine. It’s awesome. I made mine from t-shirt yarn and used the slit method to join strips. I made it by hand since I didn’t have the larger crochet hook. It still worked!

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