Crochet a Cat’s Cave

Even kitty needs a playhouse and a cosy nest to curl up for a nap so if you can do basic crochet you might want to give this fun project a try.

by Mindy Cook

Easy Crochet Project

We fell in love with this gorgeous kitty home and one of our team members is even trying to work out how she can make it for her 30kg dog!

Thanks to Hanne Katajamäki at eilentein.com for sharing this pattern and to Gwen at Hoooked Zpagetti for editing the instructions for us. Visit their website to buy your t-shirt yarn online or to find a stockist near you.

We would love to see your cat caves when they are finished – please send pictures to info@intocraft.com.au so we can post up an online exhibition! We’ll also have some gifts for the coolest cat house pictures so make sure you email us with your address details too.

You will need

  • Thick t-shirt yarn or Zpagetti yarn, a little bit over 2kg (about 5 lb)
  • Hook 8mm or 10mm (the hook should be one number too small to make the basket as tight as possible)
  • A cat or two

Abbreviations

Nest size: 37cm x 37cm wide x 20cm high
Entrance size: 15cm wide x 11cm high
The size of the cat cave can differ slightly depending on the thickness of the yarn.

The stitches used are chain stitch, double crochet and double crochet (UK crochet terms).
Mark the first stitch of each round with a piece of yarn in a different colour. This will help you to keep track of rounds and stitches.

• dc = double crochet
• st = stitch
• ch = chain stitch
• rnd = round

Directions

Starting chain: 4 ch, 1 slip stitch to close the chain
Rnd 1:
8 dc in starting chain loop
Rnd 2:
*2 dc in each st* repeat the whole round = 16
Rnd 3:
*1 dc, then 2 dc in one st* repeat the whole round = 24
Rnd 4:
*2 dc, 2 dc in one st* repeat the whole round = 32
Rnd 5:
1 dc in one st, repeat the whole round (no increase in this round)
Rnd 6:
*2 dc, then 2 dc in one st*, repeat the whole round until 2 stitches left: 1 dc, then 2 dc in last st. = 43
Rnd 7:
1 dc in one st, repeat the whole round
Rnd 8:
*2 dc, 2 dc in one st* repeat the whole round. 1 dc in last st = 57
Rnd 9:
1 dc in one st, repeat the whole round
Rnd 10:
*2 dc, 2 dc in one st* repeat the whole round = 76
Rnd 11:
1 dc in one st, repeat the whole round
Rnd 12:
*4 dc, 2 dc in one st* repeat the whole round, 1 dc in last st = 91
Rnds 13-16:
1 dc in one st, repeat the whole round

Entrance to the nest**:

Rnd 17: Continue crocheting 1 dc in one st, about half round. Cut the yarn (leave a little tail for finishing it) and skip 10 st. Continue the crocheting with double crochet stitch.
Rnd 18:
Continue crocheting: 1 dc in one st, until you are about 5 dc from the point where you cut the yarn last time. Now fasten off the last round’s yarn tail by pulling the yarn over the edge so that when you do the last 5 dc, the tails stays inside the stitches. Then cut the yarn again, skip 10 st and start crocheting from the same point as you did last round (fasten off yarn tail again by leaving the tail inside the stitches).
Rnds 19-23:
Continue until the entrance is 7 rounds high.

NOTE!
Be sure to start and finish the stitches exactly at the same point as you did on the last round, so the entrance doesn’t start widening.

You may need to make two…

Rnd 24: On the eighth round, continue crocheting 1 dc in one st, then crochet 8 ch over the entrance. Continue 1 dc in one st until in the end of the round.
Rnd 25:
1 dc in one st, repeat the whole round. Above the entrance, crochet 8 dc around the 8 chs.
Rnd 26-28:
1 dc in one st, repeat the whole round
Rnd 29:
*4 dc, decrease by skipping 1 st* repeat the whole round
Rnds 30-31:
1 dc in one st, repeat the whole round
Rnd 32:
*3 dc, decrease by skipping 1 st* repeat the whole round
Rnd 33:
1 dc in one st, repeat the whole round
Rnds 34-35:
*3 dc, decrease by skipping 1 st* repeat the whole round
Rnds: 36-37:
*2 dc, decrease by skipping 1 st* repeat the whole round
Rnds 38-39:
*1 dc, decrease by skipping 1 st* repeat the whole round

Cut the yarn, or if the hole is still too big, continue decreases by skipping one or two stitches. Fasten off.

Finish the entrance:
Work double crochets around the entrance. Stitch around for two rounds to make the entrance stronger.

**If it turns out that the entrance does not stay in place or isn’t firm enough, you can undo the double crochets and put a strong wire inside the entrance to give support. Then redo the row of double crochet again around the edge of the wired entrance. The entrance should now remain upright even if the roof collapses during the playtime.

Your cat’s cosy new home

Hoooked Zpagetti uses the latest fashion material offcuts. Zpagetti is available in many fashionable colours and trendy designs and is the exclusive point of sale for Australia and New Zealand. Due to the large collection of Zpagetti, there is always something for everyone.

Original pattern and all images: Hanne Katajamäki at eilentein.com


 

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37 thoughts on “Crochet a Cat’s Cave”

  1. I finished my cat cave today, but the top doesn’t stay smooth and collapses a little. I used Hoooked Zpagetti yarn and a 10mm hook. The cats still seem to like it though!

    1. I made this with some very heavy, leftover yarn, 2 stranded, it totally collapses all the time, my cat does not care. I used a cross stitch hoop for the opening and crocheted around it. Lays flat as a pancake, opening on top, she always manages to get in there. Thanks, she LOVES this.

  2. Well done Dawn! I think the originator of this pattern suggested we could thread a wire around the opening to give it some strength and shape. Previous feedback suggests there are lots of lucky cats out there who are loving their new home :-)

    1. We hope this helps, it’s from the maker of the Cat Cave – Hanne from Finland: Hi and sorry sorry for the late response !! Actually I do not know how many yards I used, I would need to measure and weight the yarn first to tell it for sure :) The thickness of the yarn That I used, varies a lot, so even the manufacturer can not tell how many yards there are in one yarn skein … But I think, that my yarn is little bit thicker than Hooked Zpagetti, Hoopla looked like my yarn, but it is hard to tell for sure. The problem with this pattern is exactly this: it is Difficult to find yarn That is like mine yarn … therefor the number of stitches May need some adjustment. I hope I was able to facilitate :)

    1. We hope this helps, it’s from the maker of the Cat Cave – Hanne from Finland: Hi and sorry sorry for the late response !! Actually I do not know how many yards I used, I would need to measure and weight the yarn first to tell it for sure :) The thickness of the yarn That I used, varies a lot, so even the manufacturer can not tell how many yards there are in one yarn skein … But I think, that my yarn is little bit thicker than Hooked Zpagetti, Hoopla looked like my yarn, but it is hard to tell for sure. The problem with this pattern is exactly this: it is Difficult to find yarn That is like mine yarn … therefor the number of stitches May need some adjustment. I hope I was able to facilitate :)

  3. 5 lbs of yarn is a LOT of yarn! It works out to about 15 balls of yarn at $5 each! Another copy of the pattern seen on line wants 2 and a half pounds of yarn! Same exact pattern.
    Seems to me 5 lbs of yarn will make a bed suitable for you pet cheetah……
    Any thoughts on these amounts?

    1. Hi Carol – if you know you can get more of your yarn as you go, perhaps it’s best to start with about 2lbs and order as you go? The pattern was provided by a Finnish designer and unfortunately she wasn’t sure how much yarn she ended up using in this project. Additionally, there’s variance in the thickness of yarn you choose. Let us know how you go and we will happily amend the instructions.

  4. I don’t see why the necessity to constantly cut the yarn at the entrance. Why not just turn the work and crochet the other way?

    1. I created mine by turning and crocheting the other way rather than cutting and starting a new section. The only difference I can see is the last of a single crochet along the side edges of the entrance, but i can add those when I finish it off. I made mine out of 2 threads of bulky weight ribbed yarn used together for the bottom section and 1 strand of extra bulky weight soft baby blanket yarn for the top. It collapses too, but my cats don’t care.

  5. This may be an odd question but with each row, are we closing off the row with a slip stitch before moving on to the next one or is it working like a spiral where its continuous? I hope that makes sense.

    1. Hi Cheri
      We haven’t made it with anything else other than the tshirt yarn but if you give it a go, please let us all know how it works out!

  6. I want to thank you for this wonderful pattern. I haven’t made the cave as yet. I did notice that in the instructions, it’s noted to use a piece of yarn to mark rounds. I found it easier to use a bobbie pin looped in the stitch. Since it has smooth ends, it’s easy to insert and remove from the stitches and it won’t snag like a regular safety pin would.

  7. I have a ton of rug yarn. I wonder if that would make it more sturdy. I could crochet a removable mat to put inside with soft yarn
    That way the mat could be washed periodically. Any thoughts?

    1. I’ve not made this yet, but think that any bulky yarn would work. Sites like Ebay and Etsy have listings for t-shirt yarn. Shop around for best prices and shipping for your area. YouTube.com has videos on how to cut up tee shirts in continuous strands and if you can find good deals on shirts, it might be cheaper to make your own yarn. There are also sites that show to crochet using scrap fabric, but I’ve not looked into that as yet.

    2. Hoooked zpagetti available from woolwarehouse.co.uk. I’ve just started this project I’ll let you know how I get on.

  8. I plan to make this out of about 4-6 strands of worsted acrylic yarn, left overs. The cats, my clutter of 3, won’t know the difference and I’ll be able to finally use up those bits of yarn from older projects. I am also thinking about putting cutout plastic canvas at the opening, but, may switch to the needlepoint circle if I can locate one in my craft cave (also known as a clutter). Thank you and thanks to the original designer for this fun and fast pattern..

  9. I’m fairly new to crochet, so that may be the problem, but the base won’t lay flat and kt’s driving me crazy. I’m about halfway throygh the opening rounds and I’m hoping that I can wash and block it to shape?

    Oh, and hoping I have enough “yarn”. I’m using knit fabric from a closing sale, 1m cut in strips approx 2cm wide and pulled. Plus a 10cm hook.

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