This is a felted kitty bed pattern (free). But I thought...hmmm....some cats are bigger
than a Shih Tzu! This could work for my Katie!
Anyway, I made small changes with regards to my yarn weight, and my needle size, and my number of cast on stitches! You can't really tell if you're on the right track with felted projects when you're winging it. But, as it turned out...I was right on track! BTW, here is a photo of a sweet kittie, sitting in her kittie bed! You should look at all of the 140 projects over at Ravelry! Most are kittie beds, and they are adorable! Hilarious!
Here is a chihuahuain her kittie bed!
The bottom of Katie's bed is 17" across. The sides are 14" full height, but when turned down the sides are about 7" tall.
Before I go on too much...here are my Ravelry notes if you care to knit (and felt) one of these kittie-doggie beds for your loved one! I wrote out all my numbers abd modifications for the doggy-sized kitty bed.
[COLOR=Black][B]BTW: this is knit entirely with STASH YARN![/B][/COLOR]
I knit it in November, but had to wait until our Seattle area got a full week of hot weather!
I want it to DRY (not mold!) before the millenium is done! Now's the time to knit and felt a bed like this!
Still outside, drying....
Yesterday, we pulled it over the top of an upside-down (new) garbage can for shaping. My main concern was pressing out the ripples in the center of the bed (the tan area). After I stretched the bottom out as much as I could...I put a big square piece of wood on top of it, then a 25 lb barbell weight, and then a 15 lb crock lid. Let it all sit there like that from early evening until this morning. Removed all the weights this morning, and let it begin drying:
Below: this will be the center of the bed. In this photo, it was still pulled down over the garbage can. I couldn't get all the ripples pressed out with the weights, but I notice that other Ravelers have the same issue. I guess it's part and parcel of the knitting design, and the rapid decreases. The rippling was much much worse right out of the washer.
My Shih Tzu, Katie...the recipient of this felted doggy bed. Maybe I'll place it on my bed, maybe I'll dragit along in the cab of our truck in cold weather, maybe I'll take it back and forth to our mountain property for her. Undecided....