Crochet Club: Cat mat!
Kate Eastwood’s cat mat is a big hit with the moggies! Crochet your cat a fishy treat that keeps your kitchen tidy too.
This week’s make is perfect for the cat who needs just that little bit extra. After all, what could make them feel more special than having their very own dinner mat?
Made in 100% cotton aran it is hardwearing yet soft on the paws, and can be popped in the washing machine whenever necessary.
For the mat I used Schoeller und Stahl Record 210, two balls of Yellow 91 and one of Green 103 – it’s a really robust aran weight cotton that comes in 17 shades.
For the main body of the mat I worked with 2 strands and a size 5mm hook. The green spots are made with 1 strand and a size 3.5mm hook. This tutorial is written in UK crochet terminology – to convert to US, check our handy conversion chart!
The fish shape is worked in one piece starting from the tail end.
Using 2 strands of the yellow and a size 5 mm hook make a chain of 18.
Row 1: Starting in the 2nd chain from the hook work a row of DC. 17 sts. At the end of the row turn (do not chain 1)
Row 2: DC. Turn.
Row 3: Decrease one stitch at each end of the row, 15 sts. Turn.
Row 4: DC. Turn.
Row 5: Decrease one stitch at each end of the row, 13 sts. Turn.
Row 6: DC. Turn.
Row 7: Decrease one stitch at each end of the row, 11sts. Turn.
Row 8: DC. Turn.
Row 9: Decrease one stitch at each end of the row, 9 sts. Turn.
Row 10: DC. Turn.
Row 11: Decrease one stitch at each end of the row. 7 sts. Turn.
Row 12: Decrease one stitch at each end of the row. 5 sts. Turn.
You have now finished the tail shape and will start increasing again to make the body of the fish.
Rows 13 to 23: Continue working in rows of DC and increase in the first and last stitch of every row. At the end of row 23 you will have 29 sts.
Row 24: DC. 29 sts.
Row 25: Work a row of DC and increase in the first and last stitch. 31 sts.
Row 26: DC. 31 sts.
Row 27: Work a row of DC and increase in the first and last stitch. 33 sts.
Rows 28 to 36: DC, chain 1 and turn at the end of each row. 33 sts.
You are now going to start decreasing again as you work towards the head end of the fish.
Row 37: Decrease one stitch at each end of the row. 31 sts.
Row 38: DC. 31 sts.
Row 39: Decrease one stitch at each end of the row. 29 sts.
Row 40: DC. 29 sts.
Rows 41 to 54: Decrease one stitch at each end of the row. At the end of row 54 you will have 1 stitch. Finish off and sew in the ends.
For the spots I used Green and worked with 1 strand and a 3.5mm hook.
Begin your spot by making a Magic Ring. To make a Magic Ring, loop the yarn over your hand (Pic 1) and hold the yarn with your thumb. Now bring the yarn up from behind your hand, and make an X with the yarn you are already holding with your thumb (Pic 2). Slide your hook under the top right hand of the X, catch the top left hand of the X with your hook, (Pic 3), and then loop it back under the top right hand of the X, (Pic 4).
Now chain 1, (Pic 5 and Pic 6). That is the start of your Magic Ring completed.
Round 1: Now work 6 DC in to the ring, working over the ring and the yarn tail. Carefully pull the yarn tail to close the Ring. 6 sts.
Round 2: Continuing on around the circle now work 2 DC in each stitch. 12 sts. Sl St to join at the end of the round, finish off and sew in the ends.
I made a total of 11 spots for my fish.
For the border of the fish I used one strand of the green and a 3.5mm hook. Join the green yarn back in to the edge of the fish and work a round of DC all the way around the fish. Because of the curved shape of the fish you will find that you will need to work 2 DC in to some of the stitches as you work, to avoid the fish losing its shape.
At the end of the round, join with a Sl St, finish off and sew in the ends.
The final step is to make an eye. This is worked in exactly the same way as the green spots. Using a small amount of black yarn make a Magic Ring and work 6 DC in to the ring. Close the Ring , Sl St to join and finish off with the black yarn. Join in a small amount of white yarn and work 2 DC in to each of the black stitches from the first round, 12 sts. Join with a Sl St and finish off.
Using a needle and thread stitch the spots and eye in to place.
And there you have one very special cat mat, and as you can see, Itsy thoroughly approves!
Next week – a mat for the precious pooch in your life!
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