Wendy Johnson, the talented woman who designed this pattern, has a wonderful two-page viewing gallery of knitted cat beds in all kinds of colors and variations – as varied, in fact, as the pampered cats occupying them.
Wendy’s Kitty Bed Gallery is well worth a visit, especially if you plan on trying your hand at knitting this felted cat bed!
Lucy’s Kitty Bed — a Felted Cat Bed for the Kitty Who Has Everything!
by Wendy Johnson
I think of this as a Kitty Pi, because the shaping is based on the increases used in Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Pi Shawl. Think of it as a pie shell with your kitty as the filling!
You can use any bulky weight 100% wool yarn that will felt.
Noro Big Kureyon (bulky weight wool, 176 yards/skein) — 2 skeins (I used less than half of the second skein
Eyelash yarn (optional, for trim)
US size 11 (or larger!) dpns and 24″ circular needle
With Kureyon, cast on 9 stitches on dpns
Knit 1 round
Knit 1 round, increasing by knitting into the front and back of each stitch — 18 stitches
And here’s what it looks like at this point:
Knit 3 rounds
Knit 1 round, increasing by knitting into the front and back of each stitch — 36 stitches
Knit 6 rounds
Knit 1 round, increasing by knitting into the front and back of each stitch — 72 stitches
Knit 12 rounds
Knit 1 round, increasing by knitting into the front and back of each stitch — 144 stitches
You can switch to your circular needle at this point.
Knit 30 rounds (or enough to get the prefelted diameter you want)
Next round: (Knit 10, knit 2 together) 12 times
Knit 9 rounds straight.
Next round: (Knit 9, knit 2 together) 12 times
Knit five additional rounds holding one strand of eyelash yarn together with the bulky wool, and cast off on the 5th round
Here it is after knitting — it’s about 28″ in diameter, not including the sides.
At right, you can see the side view:
Weave in all yarn ends.
Felt the bed by placing it in a zippered pillowcase cover and washing it in the washing machine on a hot wash/cold rinse cycle with a bath towel in the washer for added friction, until it reaches the finished size you want. I ran mine through two cycles, then I stretched it over a Tupperware pie carrier with a bath towel folded up and taped around it (photo at left).
And put it on top of a box (see photo at right) and left it to dry.
The finished size is approximately 17″ in diameter.
Note: I was a bit over-zealous in my blocking the first time around. But that’s the beauty of felting — after going through another cycle in the washer, it’s at the size I want now — about 15″ in diameter.
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