Cat Bed Fail

So I decided I was going to make this cat bed for my cat for Christmas:

Easy enough, right? Wrong.

I spent ages looking for the ideal yarn to use, but I didn’t even know where to start! I thought my luck was changing when I stumbled upon a blog (sorry I didn’t make a note of whose it was!) about Hoooked Zpagetti yarn.


The yarn was exactly what I was looking for! So I immediately ordered a ball. The ball claimed to be 980g, and the pattern said I needed just over 1kg, so I assumed that if I was careful, I could make the ball last.

Right? Wrong.

I have run out of yarn this far into it:


I am 20 rows in of 41 rows in total.

Epic fail on my behalf! So when pay day comes round, I will have to invest in another ball but until then, progess on the cat bed is halted!


27 thoughts on “Cat Bed Fail

  1. alibobs says:

    I always over estimate (especially with knitting) and ended up with 3.5 extra balls from my last cardigan.
    I hope your cat likes it and doesn’t prefer to sleep in the wrapping paper!

    • Hannah Ackroyd says:

      Thank you! It isn’t actually the colour that I ordered but potentially more practical for a dark long-haired cat! I can’t knit either, this is crochet. I found it a lot easier to pick up than knitting!

      • AJ's Mom says:

        See, I told you I’m no good with hands on DIY haha, didn’t even know what to call this! Ahh, so it’s crochet, not knitting LOL. Thanks Hannah. I was taught how to crochet when I was in high school, but that was with bookmarks, and I can’t even remember how to do it anymore! I’ll stick to blog DIY for now. haha. Good luck with the completion. And look forward to pics with your cat in it. 🙂

    • Hannah Ackroyd says:

      The pattern itself is pretty straight forward, it is just a continuous single crochet spiral with an increase so that was nice and straight forward. I have found the yarn difficult to use though, the packet recommends a 12mm hook but the pattern said an 8mm one and it have been really painful for my wrist because the stitches were really difficult to pull the yarn through! I’m hoping it will all be worth it when it is finished though!

  2. craftgirl78 says:

    Where di you find the pattern for the cat basket? That is so cool! It would be idea for my cats, since Suki loves to hide in the most awkward of places!
    Also, when calculating how much yarn you’ll need when substituting, you need to work out the lengh, not the weight. It’s a pain in the arse, but it does work better than working on weight alone!

  3. K. Marie says:

    Well at least you have something to pick back up on!! Imagine if you hadn’t started until closer to Christmas, then you’d have to rush it for the kitty to have it by Christmas. 🙂

    It’s looking great and if I could crochet I’d make one too.

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