DROPS Extra / 0-1381

The Cat Cave by DROPS Design

Felted house and balls for your cat, knitted in DROPS Eskimo.

Tags: baskets, felted, pets,

DROPS Design: Pattern no ee-591
Yarn group E or C + C
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CAT HOUSE:
Will suit a cat of height 22 - 28 cm / 8 3/4"-11''.
Measurements before felting: Height: 37-46 cm / 14½"-18"''. Circumference: 112-136 cm / 44"-53½''.
Measurements after felting: Height: 20-25 cm / 8"-9 3/4''. Circumference: 87-104 cm / 34 1/4"-41''.
Materials:
DROPS ESKIMO from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group E)
400-500 g color 46, medium gray

DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES AND CIRCULAR NEEDLE (60 or 80 cm / 24'' or 32'') SIZE 9 mm/US 13 – or the size needed to get 10 stitches and 14 rows stockinette stitch on 10 cm / 4'' in width and 10 cm / 4'' in height before felting. After felting: 13 stitches and 26 rows.

BALL:
Measurements: The ball will be almost the same size before and after felting.
Materials:
DROPS ESKIMO from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group E)
50 g in the following color suggestions:
color 35, lime
color 05, petrol
color 31, pastel blue

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Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in American English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from inches to cm - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in American and British English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in British English, please click here.
CAT HOUSE:
The piece is worked in one piece and top down.

TOP:
The piece is worked in the round with double pointed needles – change to circular needle when you have enough stitches. Cast on 8 stitches with double pointed needles size 9 mm / US 13 and Eskimo. Work 1 round where you knit 2 stitches in each stitch = 16 stitches. Insert 8 marker threads in the piece with 2 stitches between each marker thread. REMEMBER THE GAUGE!
Continue in stockinette stitch and increase as follows: Increase with 1 yarn over after each marker thread (= 8 stitches increased), on the next round knit the yarn overs twisted to prevent holes. Repeat the increases every 2nd round a total of 2-3 times and every 3rd round a total of 10-12 times = 112-136 stitches. The piece measures approx. 51-61 cm / 20"-24'' in diameter. THE PIECE IS NOW MEASURED FROM HERE!

EDGE:
Work stockinette stitch in the round with circular needle until the edge measures 9-11 cm / 3½"-4½". Then work stockinette stitch back and forth on the circular needle. Work the next row (= from the right side) as follows: bind off the first 10-14 stitches for the opening, knit 2 together, knit the next 98-118 stitches, knit 2 together = 100-120 stitches. Purl 1 row from the wrong side. The next row is worked as follows: * Knit 2 together, knit until there are 2 stitches left, knit 2 together (= 2 stitches decreased). Purl 1 row from the wrong side *, repeat from *-* a total of 3-4 times = 94-112 stitches. Continue with stockinette stitch back and forth until the piece measures 22-28 cm / 8 3/4"-11''. Continue with stockinette stitch and cast on 1 stitch at the end of the next 8-10 rows = 102-122 stitches. At the end of the next row from the right side, cast on 10-14 new stitches = 112-136 stitches. The piece measures approx. 28-35 cm / 11"-13 3/4''. Continue working stockinette stitch in the round over all stitches until the piece measures 37-46 cm / 14½"-18''.

BOTTOM:
Now you are going to decrease stitches inwards to the middle of the bottom – continue working in the round with circular needle – change to double pointed needles when you need to. Insert 8 marker threads in the piece with 14-17 stitches between each marker thread. Continue working stockinette stitch and decrease as follows: Decrease by knitting 2 stitches together after each marker thread (= 8 stitches decreased). Repeat these decreases every 3rd round a total of 10-12 times and every 2nd round a total of 2-3 times = 16-16 stitches. Then knit 2 and 2 stitches together = 8-8 stitches. Cut the strand, pull the strand through the remaining stitches and pull tight. Fasten the strand well.

FELTING:
Put a beach ball inside the cat house and place it in the washing machine using a detergent without enzymes and optical bleaches. Wash hot at 40C/104F with the usual centrifuge and without pre-wash. Afterwards, shape the cat house to the right measurements while still wet. Later, wash the cat house as a normal woollen item.
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BALL FOR YOUR CAT:
The yarn is wound into a ball in the desired size. Place the ball in the toe of a nylon tight and tie a knot so that it stays put and does not move. If the tight is long enough, place one more ball inside and tie another knot so that the ball stays put and does not move – maybe more. Now you can felt (see the description below), the tight with the balls inside and then cut the balls free and they will have been perfectly felted.
If you wish to use the tight more than once for felting, you can tie a thread around the tight after each ball instead of making a knot.

FELTING:
Place the balls in the washing machine using a detergent without enzymes and optical bleaches and wash together with a towel. Wash hot at 40C/104F with the usual centrifuge and without pre-wash. Afterwards, shape the balls while they are still wet. Later, wash the balls as normal woollen items.

Carol 11.08.2019 - 03:02:

Just finished reading about using a beachball in the washer. I purchased some heavy duty rubber balloons that can be inflated to almost beach ball size and was going to hot water felt and then insert the balloon after and more than one if necessary. Any comments about how this might work (or fail)?

DROPS Design 12.08.2019 kl. 11:22:

Dear Carol, you can try but we recommand a beach ball. Happy Felting!

Maryann Cavlier 15.04.2019 - 02:22:

How do you possibly fit a beach ball into a washing machine??? I have a top loader, and there is no way something that large would have enough room with the agitatir in the middle.

DROPS Design 15.04.2019 kl. 21:17:

Dear Maryann, instead of the beach ball, you can full the piece with crumpled nylon bags, or the popping plastic uused for packaging, just make sure you have them in a way that would stay inside. Also you can air the agitation if you put an old plasic slipper, a towel or even a pair of jeans to the washing, but the average washing cycle is usually enough. Happy felting!

Irena 22.10.2017 - 12:02:

Cudny koszyk!!!!! Chciałabym zrobić taki, ale mam pytanie odnośnie prania - czy nie da się po prostu włożyć do pralki i wyprać? Czy ta piłka jest bezwzględnie konieczna?

DROPS Design 22.10.2017 kl. 18:57:

Witaj Ireno. Robótka jest dosyć duża przed filcowaniem. Bez wsparcia może się nieładnie powyciągać. A chodzi nam o ten piękny krągły kształt dla kociego pupila :) Powodzenia!

Marion 01.06.2017 - 18:11:

Kann die Katzenhöhle ohne Wasserball gefilzt werden? Ich denke nicht dass der Wasserball in die Waschmaschine passt...

DROPS Design 02.06.2017 kl. 10:21:

Liebe Marion, so haben wir verfilzt, aber wahrscheinlich können Sie mit Luftballon versuchen, oder die Höhle vielleicht so gut wie möglich mit Plastiktüten ausstopfen und diese mit Sicherheitsnadeln befestigen. Ihr DROPS Laden kann Ihnen sicher damit auch helfen. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

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