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Bullseye Pet Mat

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I designed this pet mat after visiting Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in the winter of 2010, inspired to use leftover yarn to make mats to donate to Best Friends. The square mat can be made to pretty much any size - for cats, puppies, large dogs - with any yarn or yarns. Donate it to your local shelter if they're taking donations, or to Best Friends, or keep it for your pet. For me, this project was a stash buster, and I used two yarns held together throughout, swapping one yarn out at a time for relatively subtle colour changes. You can adapt the pattern for use with other yarn weights, but I recommend making it bulky just for the cushiony factor. My dog's too big to model this cat-sized mat, so I'd love to see your finished projects with cozy animals included! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Chain (ch) Slip stitch (sl st) Extended half double crochet (ehdc; explained in pattern) Extended double crochet (edc; explained in pattern) GAUGE About 8 stitches and 5 rows = 4" (10cm) in ehdc. Gauge is not very important in this pattern. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS About 19.5" (49.5cm) square

Recommended with this pattern

  • About 400 yards of worsted weight yarn (held double) OR about 250 yards of superbulky yarn
  • 10mm (L) crochet hook
  • Removable stitch marker

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Kim Werker Designs
Kim Werker is a writer and editor, and also like a camp counselor for grownups who helps people have way more fun making stuff. She's written six crochet books and served as the editor of Interweave Crochet magazine from 2006-2008. Her latest book, Make It Mighty Ugly, is a handbook for vanquishing creative demons. Kim lives in Vancouver, Canada.