I mentioned the Cat Mat the other day when talking about my snoozing pets. I had the idea to make essentially a mini blanket for the back of the couch and another one for Barnie’s window seat.
Lucky me – Michael’s had Lion Brand “Thick and Quick” wool blend on sale. It is 20% wool, 80% acrylic – great for easy washing – in an olive color called Cilantro. Normally $6.49, marked down (clearance, actually) to $1.99. This was the only color on sale – hmmmm!? – maybe it doesn’t sell well or people don’t like it, but I would have selected it above all of the other colors. So… not sure what that says about me, but I was happy about that.
Here is the finished mat and the Cat Mat recipients. I have written down the “pattern” below for any knitters out there.
Make your own Cat Mat
I used just a few yards over 1 skein (to make the last 5 rows, ~10 yards) of Lion Brand Wool Ease “Thick and Quick” using size 15 (29″) circular needles. I would recommend casting on fewer stitches and it should be a one-skein project. I plan to make more of these and will try that out. For now, here is what I did to make this Cat Mat.
I am not a pattern-writer, but here goes.
- Cast on 54 stitches. I used a Long Tail cast on.
- Garter stitch (knit each row) for 5 rows.
- Garter stitch first 5 stitches, then stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl the next row), then garter stitch last 5 stitches.
*Note: garter stitch = always knit the first and last 5 stitches to give you the garter stitch side borders
- Continue step #3 until the Cat Mat is as ‘tall’ as you want it, then finish off with 5 purl rows.
Finished size: 22″ x 14″ (unblocked) and 2.5 stitches per inch
For my next Cat Mat
I purchased some 14″ size 15 straight needles for the next go-round. That will make the ‘short’ edge of the Cat Mat, and the stockinette stitch will go length-wise. Just to try a different way (and an excuse to buy another pair of needles).