How To Crochet A Soft and Squishy Pet Mat

Because this project is based mostly on your own measurements and pet size, this isn’t really a pattern per say; it’s more of a walk through on the basics of how it’s made. For example, my cats have a particular window spot that they like to sleep in when the sun is out and shining through. I made this mat to fit in that space. You might have a more open area like in the corner of the living room so perhaps your will want to make your pet mat a little bigger. Mine measures about 19 inches long by 15 ½ inches wide. Let’s begin and make a crochet pet mat.

I like using Bernat Blanket yarn for this pet mat because it’s super washable and it works up fast. Most importantly though, my cats don’t get their claws stuck in it because it’s not made of twisted fibers like a traditional yarn. As always however, please keep an eye on your pets around any handmade items. My cats don’t try and chew this yarn so for them, I know it’s okay.

Let’s get started.

You may sell items completed from this pattern but please provide credit back to Sweet Bee Crochet and if possible, link back to pattern location. You may not sell this written pattern or use my photos without consent. You may not use my photos to sell your completed items.

**I would love see your own creative spin on colours and how you’ve made it unique. Tag me on Instagram (@sweet_bee_crochet) to show off your finished piece!**

Notes:
– Written in US terms

Materials Needed:
– 9mm hook
– Bernat Blanket Yarn (1 large ball for a small to medium size mat)
– Scissors
– Yarn needle
– Measuring tape

Stitches:
SS – slip stitch
CH – chain
FHDC – foundation half double crochet (if not using starting ch)
HDC – half double crochet

To Begin:
Measure the width of your space (if needed), and with moderate tension create a starting chain making whatever number is required to match the width of your measured space. Alternately, you may choose to use a foundation half double crochet instead of a starting chain. Keep in mind, if you wish to add a simple single crochet border, it will slightly add to your width and length. You might want to make your chain a little less than your measured space if you want to add a border.

When you reach your desired width, allow for one turning chain and flip your work to begin the next row.

Rows:
Place 1 hdc into each stitch across. Ch 1 and turn.
Place 1 hdc into each stitch across. Ch 1 and turn.

Continue this method until you reach the length that you need.

When you complete your last stich, ch 1 and place 2 sc into the same space as your last hdc. This will create a slight curve as your move to the next side of the mat. Evenly place 1 sc into each available space around the sides of the blanket, making sure to place 2-3 in the corners to create the curves around. Once you reach the beginning of your sc round, slip stitch into the first sc. Fasten off and weave in ends.

And there we are! A super simple and very customizable pet mat. As I mentioned earlier, the mat I made sits in the sunny window at my house. I’m also going to make a smaller one that will fit inside the cat carrier to add some comfort and cozy when we take the kitties to the vet.

As you can see, one of my kitties has already settled into his favourite spot and is loving the cozy mat.

Bernat Blanket Yarn comes in a variety of colourways. Mine was self striping and I let the colour transitions end up wherever they landed. You can of course make yours the same way or even out the stripes if that’s more your style! Or perhaps make it one solid colour!

However you make your pet mat, I would love to see it! Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram at @sweet_bee_crochet so I can give it a like and a share. Want to save this tutorial for later? Pin it to your favourite crochet Pinterest board so you can find it when you’re ready to make your own.

Happy Crocheting!

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