Monday, April 21, 2014

Knittin' Kitten

Hello Krafty Kats! This week my knitting project was so much fun! My husband is always after me about my excess clothes. I have a really hard time keeping them in just a few dressers and really I still only wear my very favorites. Needless to say even after donations I still have a lot of leftover rag type shirts. Now you know I just can't toss them, because they may be useful... and now I know how they are useful! Pet beds and rugs!

I wanted to start with something small in case it didn't work out like I planned so rather than jumping into a rug I decided to make Sam a new cat mat for his box... yes box. He is all cat and loves his box more than any store bought bed we have given him. A few years ago we gave up on it and just let him sleep in a box. 

At any rate, to get started you need gather the shirts you need. To make this small mat I used three adult size large shirts. Cut them long-wise in one to two inch pieces, then cut one side so that it is now a long strip rather than a loop. 


Next make a small hole in the ends of two of the pieces and loop it through itself pulling it tight. It will now hold itself together. Do this for the remainder of your pieces. For this project I kept the colors separate, so I had three yarn balls to work with.

Now cast on 30 and knit a garter stitch, each color stripe was two rows to form the garter ridge. 

Often during the project Sam decided he wanted to help out! 


I didn't count rows, just continue in garter stitch until you get the length you want. I was very happy with the feel of it and will be making a bath mat/runner for beside the tub next. 

It was a perfect fit for his favorite box.

Sam approves!

I am still working a few other larger projects and I will share them with you when I have progress and decide if I will complete them! Have a great week.


  1. I so wish I could do this, I would love to make a bed for my dog. The beds in the stores are so expensive.

  2. I like your cat! How wonderful that he likes sleeping in a box. I am glad that you posted a new item in this for extra entries. I think what you made for your cat is so nice! It is a nice color and Sam seems to love his new mat to sleep on!!

  3. What a great way to repurpose old shirts! And now your kitty has a wonderful place to sleep! Win - Win!

  4. I am very impressed with what you do. I know when you write how you do it, I am still lost but I cannot wait to see your rug you make. Keep up the good work

  5. I wish I could come up with great crafty ideas like you do. Well since I can't I really glad there are sites like yours that do all the thinking for me.

  6. I love this! I wish I could sew. I am very impressed with your talent. I don't have enough patience's to sit down and learn how to sew but I know my kitty would love a knitted blanket.

  7. This is a great idea. Our cat thanks you. - Jen H

  8. I have always wanted to learn how to knit but never seen to find the time. My mom did teach me how to crochet though and she made many afghans

  9. One of these would be perfect in the large crate our 2 puppies sleep in, thanks for sharing your creation!!