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i like ’em chunky.

Comment below if you know the movie reference! 🙂

I’m all about chunky yarn always, but it’s especially appropriate for Fall. It’s so cozy looking.

I saw these giant yarn balls in the sale section at Michaels and had to resist buying the whole shelf. (They were $10 versus $30 each!)

I decided to practice some hand crochet and found a project online for a cat bed. I don’t have a cat, but it’s such a cute project. I used two pounds of chunky yarn, a pair of scissors, and a clip to mark my stitches.

Here’s the tutorial I used by Be Cozi. I’m in no way a crocheter, but this tutorial is super easy to follow. Note: Since I used less yarn than in the video my cat bed ended up with less height.

How to:

  1. Create slip knot.
  2. Make a chain stitch of three stitches.
  3. Crochet the first ‘row’ of the base: Create six single crochet stitches into the first chain stitch. Mark the sixth stitch with a clip.
  4. Crochet the second ‘row’ of the base: Double crochet each of the six stitches in the first row. Crochet through the back half of the stitch. You will have 12 stitches total. Mark the 12th stitch with a clip.
  5. Crochet the third ‘row’ of the base: Alternate between double and single crochet stitches. Create one double stitch in the first stitch of the second row; create one single stitch in the second stitch of the second row. Continue the pattern going through the back half of the stitch until you have 18 stitches. Mark the 18th stitch with a clip.
  6. Crochet the fourth ‘row’ of the base: Create one single stitch in the first stitch of the third row, one single stitch in the second stitch of the third row, and one double stitch in the third stitch of the third row. Continue the pattern going through the back half of the stitch until you have 24 stitches. Mark the 24th stitch with a clip.
  7. Build up the sides: Create single crochet stitches in each of the 24 stitches, going through the whole stitch (not just the back). Continue until you have 3 rows of wall (or until you run out of yarn!).
  8. Finish the ends: Insert the tail of the last stitch into the last stitch and pull to secure. Crochet the starting and ending tails into the cat bed.

So fun, I made two! This is a good starter project for beginning crocheters. I used the same pattern for both baskets, but they turned out a little bit different. Whoops. I’ll have to work on my yarn tension. If I had indeed bought the whole shelf of chunky yarn I could spend the whole day making these!

So far the cat bed is Panda-approved. Perhaps these cozy beds could also be used to hold more cozy yarn!

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