Monday, 3 February 2014

Make it ! Granny Cat Mat !!!



Yap ! I crocheted something for her, my lovely cat Margot !!!!!
She follows me everywhere in the house and she lays her body next to me, both on soft and hard surfaces…. so I thought that she needed something for when I sit at the computer (maybe for a couple of hours…. or more!!!!)….. the table is a nice place for me to work on, but less nicer for Margot (she is even 14 years old…)….. But today everything has changed for the better !!!! ;oD

This post is not a proper photo tutorial, but I'll give you all the informations you need to crochet a cosy mat for your pets with the help of "some" good pictures!!! Note that if your pet doesn't like it, you can use it as a thin cushion for a chair!!!

You'll need for this project :

  • some colourful yarns : I've used my usual indonesian acrylics !!!
  • a hook : 5mm was a good choice for my yarns, you can use any hook that is good for the yarn you choose
  • a pair of scissors
  • a yarn needle
Obviously, before starting, you have to know how to crochet a basic granny square : I wrote my own tutorial, but feel free to follow any good pattern found on internet or crochet books!!!


I've crocheted 50 granny squares ( each one made of 3 rounds) and i've joined them with the "join as you go" method, in order to have a rectangle of 5 grannies x 10 grannies (short side x long side).


Once completed my fabric ( I was trimming the ends each time I finished a granny), I folded it in half, to form a square of 5 grannies x 5 grannies .

To join together the 3 open sides of the mat, I decided to crochet a border of granny shells first, and then I added the pompom trim!


In the above picture, you can see where I started to work my granny border and even the pompoms !!!

My first shell of double crochets ( or trebles, if you follow the UK crochet terms) was worked in the first corner of the granny situated at the top right (consider even the granny in the back of it!), as the yellow arrow shows you (see below!)


When the border made with shells was completed, I decided to add some crocheted pompoms, following a chart found on a Japanese book that I have and that is well explained in this and this photo tutorials !!!!





As shown in the above pictures, I preferred to crochet 3 pompom edges, each with a different colour and I joined them with a little double knot (shown in first two pics and in the 4th one) !!!!

When I was crocheting the first row of shells for my border, each time I reached the top of the joint of two grannies, I decided to crochet 2 double crochets in one corner and other 2 double crochets in the adjacent corner (without a chain-1 space), to create a shell with 4 stitches, instead of the usual 3



This cat mat is really soft and thick and I didn't need to add some stuffing or a pillow in the inside





These are the actual dimensions of the mat : 42 (47)cm x 42 (44)cm, where in the brackets are put the complete measurements with the pompoms !!! Remember that one side doesn't have pompoms !!!!





Now, the big question : Did I convince Margot about the qualities of this mat ?????

Let's see ……






…. YES I DID !!!!!!!!! ;oD

xxxx Alessandra

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30 comments:

  1. I love it Ale - it's pretty and colorful. It looks like Margot loves it too. :)

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    1. Even now that i'm replying to your comment Debi, Margot is sleeping on her new mat!!!!!
      It seems I did good!!!! ;oD
      xxxxxxx Ale

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  2. Dear Ale, it seems like that the cat is happy with his new cat mat. It looks wonderful with happy colors. Love Tinie

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  3. Hello Ale,
    You have a happy kitty kat! Lucky Margot:)

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    1. Hi Andree' !!
      Oh she is really happy and spoiled, too!!!! Quite a lot!!!!! ;oD
      xxxxxxx Ale

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  4. Hi my dear...i think everyone wants to be a cat in your home, me too...hihi...
    xxxo, Martina♥

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    1. Hi Martina !!!!!
      You are so funny ! Your comment is adorable!!!!!
      xxxxxxx Ale

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  5. It's beautiful! Margot is a very lucky cat! :)

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  6. Such an adorable idea, Ale! And what a lucky kitty to have such a gorgeous, soft and colourful mat made specially for her....she does look happy!
    Helen xx

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  7. Lucky cat, you are such a considerate lady! Heather x

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  8. Fantastic this mat specially for Margo, she is really a princess.
    She is a sweetheart! X Chantal

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  9. Your Margot is one lucky cat! But at 14 maybe she deserves some extra pampering, doesn't she ;-)?
    Thanks for the lovely idea, maybe I'll make one ( or two...) for our ladies!
    Love from Mirjam.

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    1. You are right!!!! She deserves this kind of attention and a bit more!!!
      Hope your ladies will enjoy their mats, too!!!!!
      xxxxxxx Ale

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  10. i wish i was a cat ♥ :-) :-)..... love it ♥

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    1. Do you have any pet? Make one for her/him, then!!!!!
      Yesterday I had the opportunity to "meet" your twin sister !!!! You know that even I have a twin sister, too????
      xxxxxxxx Ale

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  11. Lucky margot! She is a grand old lady at 14!

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  12. How beautiful. Your sweet kitty looks so happy perched atop this beautiful crocheted mat.

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  13. Such a bright and colorful mat! Your dear cat looks so lovely on it, peaceful and relaxing :)

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  14. It's very pretty and colorful!! your cat seems to be enjoying it :)

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  15. You are a true animal lover Alessandra, hehe! No other cat will have such a beautiful mat - I love the crochet pom-poms, really cute :) :)
    Alison xx

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  16. Bjeautiful and the cat said "Thanks dear Alessandra"and does an his nap on it with sweet dreams!

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  17. Oh Ale, not only is your cat mat absolutely adorable, but your sweet, sweet Margot!!!! What a pretty girl :)

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  18. Great to have you back on craft schooling Sunday!

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  19. Wonderful!!! ♥ Also the pics in the other post :-). The pompom border is great! Look, Traudi from Drosselgarten has another kind of bobble border here:
    http://imdrosselgarten.blogspot.de/2014/02/diy-gehakelte-bommelborte.html

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  20. Love this!! Both the crochet and the cat are just adorable.
    Kate :}

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  21. What a great idea, and it works!!

    Ellebel

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  22. Hi Ellebel!!!
    this is the thing that makes me so happy : Margot really appreciates it!!!!!!
    Thank you, xxxxxxx Ale

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  23. Love both the mat and the sweet cat. How pretty.

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    1. thank you Taciana!!! Glad you like them both !!!!!
      xxxxxxx Ale

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