Scrappy Mats for Shelter Cats

I’ve delivered about a dozen mats to our local shelter and they’re very happy to have them. It’s a familiar item for the cat when they get to go to their furever home. This size also fits the carriers well for vet trips. Though this is a very simple crochet pattern, I want to share this version I make for the Shelter Cat Mats. I previously shared a Tunisian Crochet version here that’s a lot of fun to make with bits & dribbles of leftover light worsted and lighter washable yarn. I prefer the Linen Stitch with heavier yarns as it’s not too heavy for our warm weather and it works up very quickly.

Using 3 separate balls of yarn & working back & forth creates a nice fabric and sometimes some very interesting color patterns.

Linen Stitch Mat – Size I//9-5.50mm Hook for Heavy worsted & Aran yarns.


Ch 46 (for a mat 13″ wide) with Yarn #1

Foundation Row: Make 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. *Ch 1. Skip next ch. 1 sc in next ch. Repeat from * to end of chain. Attach Yarn #2

Row 2:  Ch 1. Make 1 sc in first sc. *1 sc in next ch-1 space. Ch 1. Skip next sc. Rep from * to last sc. 1 sc in last sc. Attach Yarn #3

Row 3: Ch 1. Make 1 sc in first sc. *Ch 1. Skip next sc. 1 sc in next ch-1 space. Rep from * to last 2 sc. Ch 1. Skip next sc. Make 1 sc in last sc. Turn.

  • When working with 3 yarns, there is always the yarn you are working with, and the yarn that waits for you at each side of the work.
  • When you run out of yarn, simply attach new yarn with your preferred method (I use a magic knot) and keep going.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 alternating with the yarn waiting at the end of each row until your project measures the proper length (15″).

The border is optional. I use a simple HDC in each stitch around (3 in the corners) in a dark color.

A quick shout out to the awesome folks that run our local shelter, Friends of Gonzales Animal Shelter. They love every kitty that comes through the doors as if it were their own.


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