I admit, I’m teetering on the edge of crazy cat lady. There are probably only two things that keep me from finally falling into the abyss of fanatical feline fandom, and those are: 1. I do not live alone/am not single 2. Equally important, I have been told that only two cats are not enough to cross the line.
Now that I have my defense in place… let me tell you what I made! A crochet house for my cats!
It involves very few tools:
- Crochet hook
- Wire hangers
- 2 needle nose pliers
- Slightly loose screws in head
Create a large flat crochet circle, big enough for your cat to lay on. To keep its shape, take apart a wire hanger and carefully bend it into a circle. This is where those two needle nose pliers come in handy. Use them to help twist to two ends of the circle together to complete the circle. Attach the wire circle to the outside of the crochet circle by enveloping it in a row of stitches. This is the bottom of the house. To create the dome portion, crochet the same number of stitches as the outermost row of your circle. I did about three rows to give it a slight lip at the bottom of the opening to the house. Your next row won’t go all the way around, stop it at how wide you want your opening. Continue on, slowly decreasing the number of stitches in each row to slowly start curving the dome in. Eventually you want to start making the opening taper in as well by adding stitches onto the ends of your rows. You should end up with a fairly floppy house.
Now it’s time to go tent style! Grab another wire hanger and create two separate semi circles. Slip them into the house crossing at the uppermost point of the “ceiling.” I attached the ends to the base by twisting/hooking them around the wire circle. Use some of the same yarn the house is made from to secure them to the ceiling, and about halfway down the walls to keep them from slipping out of place. I ended up needing to use one more wire support for the back of the house that stopped at the ceiling and hooked into the ‘X’ of the other wire supports also secured at the middle and top with yarn.
It’s a pretty sturdy little thing. The rabbit actually spends more time in it than the cats, but they like it too. Here’s an awesome low quality video of Mustafa playing in it. Lex likes to pounce on top of it and crush it, but it’s super easy to bend back into shape.
Am I a crazy cat lady, or is it just that I wanted to crochet but didn’t know what to make? Perhaps a little bit of both my friend.