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If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram (@littlemonkeyscrochet), you know that we’ve recently added a very unlikely member to our family. And when I say “unlikely”, I mean that never in my life did I ever think I would own a cat. My older sister was allergic to them, so I never had one growing up; and, I have always been a big dog person. Like, literally, big dogs. Not cats. While I love animals of all kinds, I just never had an interest in owning a cat. So a month ago, if you’d told me I was going to be publishing a pattern for a cat bed, I would have given you a very strange look.

But, here we are!

And that’s all thanks to Simba, the little orange cat that coughed and sneezed his way into a permanent place in our family.

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He came to us with a bad upper respiratory infection, ear mites, and eyes so red and gunky he couldn’t hardly open them after a nap. And I tried really hard to stay unattached. But this kitty is impossible not to love. When I was crocheting on the couch one morning not long after we brought him home, he came over, wrapped his paws around my arm, laid his head on me, and fell asleep; and that’s pretty much how he is all the time — cuddly and sweet, and just wanting to be with people. When we didn’t receive any leads on our “lost kitty” posts for a week, I finally admitted to myself that even though I’ve never been a cat person, I really wanted to be his person. And we decided to keep him.

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A few days after that decision, I hosted our church’s Women’s Life Group at my home as I do every week. One of the women who attends owns a large horse farm a few miles from our church (where my husband found Simba), and the moment she saw him, she immediately recognized him as one of her barn kitties that had been missing for a while. My heart sank. But when I told her we’d give him back (after all, my children had known from the beginning that his owners might show up), this wonderful woman didn’t even hesitate to say “No, he’s yours. I think he chose your family. God meant him for you.”

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And that’s the story of how Simba chose our family!

Of course, I decided pretty early on that I needed to make him something. I thought a bed would be the perfect thing, and I wanted it to have a rustic look to it, so I headed to Michaels to find a thick, rustic yarn, and Loops & Threads Chunky was the perfect fit. I also designed a cute little tag for it and ordered the finished item from MemorableLand on Etsy. Dmitry did a wonderful job putting my vision on these wooden tags!

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About the Rescued Tag – and a GIVEAWAY!

Now, I guess Simba isn’t technically a rescue pet. We now know where he came from, and had we not wanted him, he would have been welcomed back to his farm with open arms. But I had ordered these wooden tags from MemorableLand before we had that information… and given the fact that I was in a bit of a rough patch when this little kitty came into our lives, it’s safe to say that Simba sort of “rescued” me out of the funk that I was in.  Anyone who has a pet knows how healing they can be for the soul, and Simba has most definitely been that for me over the past few weeks!

The word “Rescued” holds a lot of meaning for me, in more ways than one; it’s also a meaningful reminder of how Christ rescued me, and that’s a wonderful thing to be reminded of, especially as we celebrate Easter this weekend!

Do you have a rescue pet? (Or did your pet rescue you?) Enter the giveaway below to win one of these beautiful tags made by MemorableLand on Etsy! There’s no purchase necessary, and anyone can enter. I’ll choose and email 5 winners after the contest closes at 11:59pmEST on Wednesday, March 30 2016!

Tabby Chic Cat Bed Crochet Pattern | Free Cat Bed Crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

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Tabby Chic Cat Bed Crochet Pattern

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Level: 
Easyish

Size: 17" wide x 5" tall 

Materials:

  • S hook (19.00mm) 
  • Yarn needle
  • Approximately 140 yards of Loops & Threads Chunky (<6 skeins). Sample shown in "Oatmeal" (currently sold out online, but my store had plenty). Loops & Threads Chunky is a #6 super bulky yarn, HOWEVER, if you are substituting, I would strongly recommend using a #7 Jumbo yarn. (The yarn I used really should be classified as a #7, as it's significantly thicker than any #6 yarn I've ever used.)
  • Stitch marker or bobby pin

Gauge:
Your first 4 rounds should measure 7" across.

Abbreviations Used:
MC (magic circle) - view my tutorial here
CH (chain)
ST/STS (stitch/stitches)
SL ST (slip stitch)
SC (single crochet)
HDC (half double crochet)

Special Terminology:
3rd Loop - Some rows call for the stitches to be completed in the "3rd loop". Instead of putting your HDC in the top loops, reach your hook past the back loop where you'll find a 3rd loop on the side of the stitch. Insert your hook there to create your HDC. This forces both of the top loops to rest on the front of your project, creating a ribbing effect. In other patterns it is also referred to as a Camel Stitch or RibHDC.

Notes:
(1) This pattern is written in American Standard terms.
(2) This pattern is worked mostly in a seamless round. At Round 10, you will chain and turn, and then continue on in a seamless round in the opposite direction. This is all noted in the pattern.
(3) Starting CHs do not count as stitches.

How To Make It Larger:
It's relatively simple, so hopefully my explanation won't sound too complicated. What you'll want to do is continue increasing your base until it's about 1-2 inches smaller than the size you want the bed to be. On the very last repeat of the last round you did, use SC instead of HDC for all but the last two stitches; use slip stitches for the final two stitches. (This is the equivalent of Round 9 in the pattern.) So for instance, if you did 10 increase rounds, your 10th round would be:

(2 HDC in next, 1 HDC in each of the next 8 STS) 7 times. 2 SC in next, 1 SC in each of the next 6 STS, 1 SL ST in each of the next 2 STS. (80)

Then, CH1 and turn, and do a final increase round in HDC (this is the equivalent of Round 10 in the pattern). Continue on with Round 11 and follow the pattern as written (your stitch counts will be different).

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To begin:
Using S Hook, make a magic circle.

Round 1:  CH1. 8 HDC in MC. (8)

Round 2: 2 HDC in each ST around. (16)

Round 3:  (2 HDC in next, 1 HDC in next) around. (24)

Round 4: (2 HDC in next, 1 HDC in each of the next 2 STS) around. (32)

Round 5: (2 HDC in next, 1 HDC in each of the next 3 STS) around. (40)

Round 6: (2 HDC in next, 1 HDC in each of the next 4 STS) around. (48)

Round 7: (2 HDC in next, 1 HDC in each of the next 5 STS) around. (56)

Round 8: (2 HDC in next, 1 HDC in each of the next 6 STS) around. (64)

Round 9: (2 HDC in next, 1 HDC in each of the next 7 STS) 7 times. 2 SC in next, 1 SC in each of the next 5 STS, 1 SL ST in each of the next 2 STS. (72)

Note: The end of round 9 should smooth down your round to blend in, instead of ending with the jagged edge that working a seamless round causes. This will enable us to chain up in the next round, turn our work, and begin working seamlessly in the other direction.

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Round 10: CH1, turn your work. (2 HDC in next, 1 HDC in each of the next 8 STS) around. Do not join. (80)

Rounds 11-14: In 3rd loops, HDC in each ST around. (80)

Round 15: In 3rd loops, SC in each of the next 75 STS. SL ST in 3rd loops of each of the next 5 STS. (80)

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

 

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: I’ve just given birth to my 3rd little monkey, a baby boy named Henry James, on 12/28/16. I may be slow at responding to messages and greatly appreciate your patience during this time of transition. I’m not disappearing, but I may not be able to help you as quickly as you need it. – Rebecca 🙂

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  • Leanne Hiebert March 26, 2016, 1:19 pm

    I’ve had many rescue critters and they all made such wonderful pets. Members of the family really. My dog Abby is the latest and most loving.

  • Amy March 26, 2016, 1:41 pm

    Hooking this right now!!! My rescue baby needs this!

  • Diane Dicke March 26, 2016, 1:43 pm

    I have a rescued cat also. She is the first cat I have ever had and has become my best friend. She has been through so much with me.

  • Elaughn March 26, 2016, 2:30 pm

    This is such a nice idea. We were down to just 2 rescues (in the house) and 2 outside (no interest in coming in), when just last month a fine, grey boy showed up on our door step. He has made a lot of progress gaining trust, now allowing a little petting. I’m not sure if he was ever someone’s kitty, or a feral (we’ve had both). It warms my heart to know that there are other people out there who are helping give homes to homeless cats.

  • Melinda Weber March 26, 2016, 3:39 pm

    HA HA Reading your story sounds a bit like ours. My husband is a cat person and I was a dog person yes big dogs. My mom was allergic to cats so didnt have them growing up. I was on fb in a garage sale site and there was this post. This kitty cat needed a home my husband was looking at it a few times and no one was commenting so I decided to see if we could come and look at him. That was 2 yrs ago and he is a very happy cat here with us. Finding out the story of him we were his 5th home.

  • Pamela Everhart March 26, 2016, 4:00 pm

    Bless you for taking in a lost, sick kitty! He will repay your kindness with his whole heart for years. And, thank you for the kitty bed pattern. I was looking for one to make for my sister’s birthday, and this pattern is perfect! Enjoy the kitten!

  • Dara March 26, 2016, 4:18 pm

    Both of my kitties are rescues. My first came from a local animal shelter; she and her brothers were fostered by another mama cat at the shelter. We’ve had her 8 years.

    My second kitty was found in an abandoned barn by a former coworker as a teeny kitten. We got him at around 5 weeks old and I still had to feed him kitten formula. He’s almost 6. Both cats are my shadows and follow me around everywhere. They’re the best!

  • Janet Fry March 26, 2016, 5:00 pm

    I have Rourke (i didnt name him) the ragdoll he was 12mths old when he came to me, his previous owners decided he wasnt for them so gave him to a bad cat breeder that put him in a cage for for 6 mths and he was forgotten. When i chose him and brought him home he had no social skills and was very timid. i let him out of his carrier and he hid i ,tried to get him out from behind the lounge but got slashed in the process, no one had cut his claws or looked after him, he was all matted and dirty. 9 years on and lots of cuddles he is the nicest , sookest cat you wiill ever meet

  • caroline March 26, 2016, 5:21 pm

    Mine is not rescued but I now work in a shelter that neuters stray cats. We did over 400 last year and found some great families for some. Brings me joy each time! 🙂

  • Tammy Rollston March 26, 2016, 5:28 pm

    That so awesome 😉 My daughter takes in rescued dogs, rehabilitates them, and finds them loving homes, but 2 of them , she just couldn’t give up…Charlie, is a Pitt Bull, and is the biggest loving teddy bear I have ever seen, and Ranger, well we have him 🙂 he is so full of energy 🙂 and is a American Pitt Bull Terrier ..yet another loving and caring dog 😉 so I know first hand how animals can “choose” you 🙂 can these two certainly have 😉

  • Jason March 26, 2016, 6:01 pm

    CUTE! What would be your formula to enlarge the bed? Cat is an adult cat and may need a bigger bed. Thanks.

    • Rebecca March 29, 2016, 2:23 pm

      Good question! I’ve just added an explanation up in the notes are of the pattern. Hopefully it helps!

  • Ashley March 26, 2016, 7:11 pm

    This post warmed my heart. I always thought I was a dog person too. And now we have 2 rescue cats and 2 rescue dogs. So, we pretty much live in a rescue zoo! 🙂 So happy for Simba and your family!! Cannot wait to make 4 of these for our fur babies! (We have tiny dogs. The cats are pretty much the same size!)

    Happy Easter to your home from mine! 🙂

  • Betsy March 26, 2016, 7:16 pm

    We have a 10 year old rescued British Lab named Chloe. She is the light of our lives now that the children are grow and gone. We’ve had her for 8 years and can’t imagine life without her. She is my constant companion. We had a rescue cat named George for 14 years. He came to us in much the same way as your Simba. We had never owned a cat either and I was hesitant at first, but when we lost him I was the most heartbroken of all. He was the most affectionate cat I have ever known. If I could be guaranteed of another as loving as George, I would get another one tomorrow! Happy Easter!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

  • Mayumi March 26, 2016, 7:37 pm

    Thank you for this sweet pattern!! I look forward to making it for my cats (3 of them, all rescues; they also have a rescued dog brother) & for the cats at the local shelter, where I volunteer every Tuesday morning.

    Thank you again!!

  • Mary Ann Atzrott March 26, 2016, 8:12 pm

    We have 4 rescue dogs…. 3 weigh less than 15 lbs each and one is a shepherd/lab mix. My daughter also has 3 rescue cats (she has her own apartment, thank goodness…lol) so I think I’ll be making some for my grandkitties!!

  • Lisa Budd March 26, 2016, 10:22 pm

    We have two cats and two ‘big dogs that are rescues. Thank you for the cat bed pattern.

  • Denise March 26, 2016, 10:23 pm

    My son, who is a senior at ULMonroe Louisiana, recently rescued a kitten and named him Dash. I want to crochet this for Dash, as I’m sure he is a welcome distraction from the stress of finals. His finance’, who is also a senior, has rescued 3 kitties. We love them all. Thanks for your cool patterns.

  • Carol March 27, 2016, 12:37 am

    I have 2 rescue kitties & 1 rescue dog…and, honestly, all 3 rescue me everyday!

  • Malene March 27, 2016, 4:05 am

    I have two cats (Sacred Birman) and they are the reason I am alive today! My life hasn’t been easy. I am Autistic (and have 4 other diagnosis too). I was diagnosed late (I was 19), but luckily for me I have always had me parents support and they really respect my boundaries and me as a person ?
    Isabella moved in almost two years ago and it was love at first sight! She was 4 years old and came from a wonderful breeder! I was amazed by how well she dealt with my stress level which was pretty high at that time. Instead of pulling away when I started to panic, she would come and comfort me. I have been so far out, that life just seemed too hard, but Isabella reminded me of the responsibility I had said yes to when I adopted her, and I couldn’t just leave her! I was so lucky that the breeder actually offered me the opportunity to adopt Isabella’s daughter, who had just been neutered. I was about to move, but was able to say yes, and Ida then completed our little family ❤️ She has the same wonderful gift as her mom. I call my cats my therapist because the calm me down when I am stressed, they comfort me when I am sad and crying and they give me a reason to choose life even though it is filled with more down then ups… Luckily my two beautiful girls are worth every single punch life throws at me and I feel blessed that I have been given these two furry healing miracles ❤️❤️ I decided long ago that I don’t want children, but as I little girl I dreamt of having two girls. What I now know is that my two cats are actually those two girls ? I love my girls as if they where my biological children and they have truly rescued me from ending my life ❤️
    I wish you and your family (including our newest little furry member) all the best ? And I hope you’re little guy will be by your side for many years to come ??
    (I’m sorry for the long story and if I have made any grammatical errors ? But I am from Denmark…)

    • Cheryl Riley March 29, 2016, 11:08 am

      Aren’t Birmans beautiful? I have been blessed to have been owned by two; one a gorgeous blue-point, who sadly passed away at the far-too-young age of 10 from lymphoma. I have a 14 year-old seal-point neuter who is such a momma’s baby and loves to wrap his front paws around my neck and cuddle under my chin. Both of these fur-babies were/are show cats and I’ve loved them every bit as much as the many rescue animals I’ve had.

  • Marie/Underground Crafter March 27, 2016, 8:47 am

    What a great story. And, I do know how cats can rescue us, too!

  • Misty March 27, 2016, 2:33 pm

    We have 3 rescues. A dog and a cat from shelters and a beautiful Ragdoll kitty from an individual. Our managerie of animals consists of 2 dogs, 3 cats, 1 rabbit and a few fish.

  • Rebecca March 27, 2016, 4:01 pm

    Hi Rebecca! I came over to print out your cute pattern for the cat bed, but when I read your story, I had to smile. I grew up in Las Vegas and growing up, my family never liked cats, and my parents always said I was allergic. Well, same thing…I always loved dogs and had dogs, then sadly my 16 yr old dog died. My friend knew someone that was giving away orange kittens and I was told if it didn’t work out, I could give them back. All I wanted was the orange tabby with the white nose but got talked into taking his sister too because two cats keep each other company! Yes, I never wanted cats but came home with 2! Ok, too long of a story but I had to share! Fetzer & Shatzie are now 14 this April, and they have turned me into one crazy cat lady! I never knew cats could be so sweet and lovable. So here we are now living in Seattle and before we left Las Vegas, we adopted Lucy…she was our latest addition. You can see photos on my IG if your interested. I love your crochet patterns and now you have a sweet orange tabby to help you with your designing endeavors. Thanks again for sharing such lovely patterns! Can’t wait to hear more about Simba too. 🙂

  • SHARON Parcel March 27, 2016, 4:43 pm

    My sweet Bella is a rescue cat! She is a beautiful Ginger with long hair. Simba is blessed to have you…

  • Sherrill March 27, 2016, 9:33 pm

    Such a wonderful story. Simba does look very happy in his new bed in his new Forever Home. We lost our first rescue dog, Gentle Ben, 2 years ago to old age. He was such a wonderful, faithful, gentle giant. We miss him so much. We presently have three more rescues – Molly we adopted @ 6 weeks and she is now 12, Riddic as a 5 week old kitten who barely filled your hand and is not a 22-lb 7 year old and Chomper, who was rescued originally by my daughter, but when the twins came, Chomper didn’t like them, so a year ago, he came to Gramma’s house (he is also 7 yrs old). LOL. They have all had their issues but all have been such wonderful additions to our family. I hope you have many, many happy years with Simba.

  • Doreen March 28, 2016, 10:07 am

    We have 4 rescue cats and two rescue dogs! i’m going to try this as one of the cats needs a new bed!

  • Eidilia Thomas March 28, 2016, 2:27 pm

    My daughter and I rescued a kitten only a week ago and we are very happy with her. She was in a deplorable living situation and a very nice lady from Planned Pethood took her away and saved her life. She is a therapy animal for my daughter and a really sweet girl. I once had a cat just like your Simba but a deeper ginger and he was the best snuggle buddy you could ask for. Captain Marmalade will always be in my heart!

  • Jennie March 28, 2016, 8:58 pm

    We just rescued a kitten last summer! He was only about 5 weeks old, and was mewing when we walked past the AC units outside our church. My DH said, “That’s a cat,” but I thought it was just a mockingbird. Then it mewed again, and DH said, “No, that’s a cat!” We went looking for it, and I was terrified we’d find it hurt and cut from the fans on the AC units! But it wasn’t by the fans. It took a little while, but we finally located him under one of the units! He came to my hand right away when I reached under!
    I located a large box for him, went next door to the convenience store to get some food for him (they only had people-food), and left him alone and crying in our Sunday school room during the church service. He was very glad to see us when church was over!
    Pippin is an active cat! Loves jingle balls and strings of any kind, but will also cuddle when he’s ready to rest. He’s a gray tabby with mostly white underneath. He has gold eyes, and they don’t miss anything! I’m teaching him that string attached to knitting needles or crochet hooks is off-limits!
    We’re glad he decided to mew when we walked by!

  • Flossie Benton Rogers March 28, 2016, 11:49 pm

    Similar happened to me 16 months ago, after suddenly losing my husband a year and a half prior and our 14 year old basset hound Daisy Josette soon after. A calico showed up by my front door–weak, sick, and hungry. Her nature was sweet, gentle, and loving. Come to find out, her owner had moved away and left her. She had a huge bulge that appeared and disappeared on one side that turned out to be a hernia. I named her Marigold, and we became best friends. I believe my husband sent her to me. After surgery, medicine, nourishment, and a loving home, she is happy and healthy. We are best friends.

  • dawn hinnenkamp March 29, 2016, 2:38 am

    4 rescues here soon to be 5. I will have to make 3 of them since none of my 3 will sleep together. Then I will have to make a couple of larger ones for my dog (since he seems to think he can go wherever they do). My dog is from the humane society will be getting a friend soon hopefully from the same place (he needs a playmate to work off some energy). 2 cats from a lady moving into no pet apartment, one cat wandered onto porch at 6-7 weeks old. I could not find any others from the litter and no idea who dropped off in the country – lucky the coyotes did not find first.

  • Keirstyn March 29, 2016, 3:24 am

    Love your story! Little Simba is so lucky, and I agree that God sent him straight to you and your family! Last year our dog passed away, leaving our 2 year old cat really sad. We decided to start looking for another cat, and shortly after being Reccomended to get a boy cat around her age we saw a craigslist ad of someone who was basically going to just let their cat loose when they moved if someone didn’t take him. At first I knew nothing about the cat (age, health, etc) so I went to take him overnight just so I could at least get him to the local SPCA and keep him off the streets. Turned out he was only 10 months old and we instantly fell in love with him. We took him to the vet the next day ( had fleas, but other than that was totally healthy) and that was it! It’s amazing how these little lives come to us exactly when they are meant to ! Hugs for Simba !!!

  • Veronique Lopez March 29, 2016, 10:44 am

    my cat is HUGE,
    to make the basket bigger, do i just continue the logic of the circle (2 HDC in next, 1 HDC in each of the next 5 then 6, 7, 8, STS) to make it bigger? will the borders still work with the same logic?

    • Rebecca March 29, 2016, 2:23 pm

      Good question! I’ve just added an explanation up in the notes are of the pattern. Hopefully it helps!

  • Michaeline March 29, 2016, 10:49 am

    We have four rescue cats. Two are from the Humane Society, Pita and Peanut, one is from another rescue group in our area, Puff, and one, Sweetpea, we kept when my daughter rescued four kittens while she was in California. She was visiting in California and staying with friends of a friend. They had a mother cat the put down for no good reason. She had six kittens. Two of those had already died. These people just left them out in the yard with no food or water and expected that they would wonder off. They were only about six weeks old at the time. My daughter tried to find a shelter for them out there but at that time there were fires in the hills and the shelters were filled. So, when she came home after a couple of weeks she brought them with her. We adopted out two of them out. And we kept two. The runt my daughter kept and the only female adopted my husband. That was about seven years ago. Love all my babies.

  • Wendy March 29, 2016, 10:51 am

    A few years ago I had to put my cat down that I had for 14 years. It was horrible. A few months after that I got 2 kittens from a farm. It was Thanksgiving and really cold and they were outside. My idea was that I wanted life in the house but they would have each other to bond too and not me. Now I have two kitties that stole my heart (didn’t think that was possible after my baby of 14 years died.). Love those tow!

  • Michaeline March 29, 2016, 10:55 am

    We have four rescue cats. Two, Pita and Peanut, are from the Humane Society and one, Puff, is from another rescue organization in the area. Our fourth was rescued out in California by my daughter. She was visiting a friend of a friend and found four kittens that had put the mother cat down and left the kittens to fend for themselves figuring they would go away. They were only about six weeks old at the time. My daughter tried to find a shelter to take them but they were pretty full due to fires there. Two of the kittens were adopted out, one my daughter kept and the fourth, a female, adopted my husband. Love them all.

  • Alice Darter March 29, 2016, 10:59 am

    My Mickie turned 16 in February. She’s a rescued Lab from NC – a high kill state. We think that she is ‘nose-impaired’ and wouldn’t make a good hunting dog and simply left her out in the woods! She’s the sweetest, silliest and puppiest 16 yr. old black lab I’ve ever met! Even though she sheds multiple dogs per day, we love her absolutely! Rescues Rule!

  • Patti Rourke March 29, 2016, 11:01 am

    Saturday is my 39th wedding anniverssry. I married a man with a house thank backs a 30 mile parkway so there are cats dumped habitually. Over the years I’ve took care of 4 diabetics and had 3 that needed surgery for FUS as well as several fairly healthy ones. They’ve all become wonderful indoor cats–top many to count. Presently we have a mom and her 3 kittens who are 13 years old, a gold tabby and his black and white sister and a grey tiger who is “as dumb as a box of rocks”! My husband has dementia now so I spend a lot of my time crocheting in the living room , loving him and loving my furbabbies.

  • Cheryl March 29, 2016, 11:02 am

    Many, MANY cats have rescued me as many as I have rescued.. Crochet rescued me, from a depression I never thought would end, it did. With a hook. & a book.. The Lords book, my crochet hook & in my life time, hundreds of cats, rescued, saved, some returned but all loved. Amazing story about your Simba. Cats are amazing , enjoy your new family member.

  • Cheryl Riley March 29, 2016, 11:02 am

    Have had many rescue kitties over the years and every one has enriched both my and my family’s life in some way. God loves all his creatures and we owe it to Him to help in providing homes for the many animals who so desperately want someone to love them and that they can give their unconditional love to. God Bless you!!
    (Love your patterns, too!)

  • Angela Faulk March 29, 2016, 11:05 am

    I have 4 cats that we rescued when they were kittens from under a pile of junk on the property of our new home. We also just adopted another cat that showed up and needed a home! This cat bed will be perfect.

  • Rose March 29, 2016, 11:07 am

    Loved the blog on Simba. We also have been rescued by the unconditional love of our pets. Nothing is more relaxing to me than sitting on the sofa knitting or crocheting with our kitty asleep next to me or the pup asleep on my lap.

  • Rita Miller March 29, 2016, 11:18 am

    We rescued our cat, Amber, shortly after Hurricane Katrina. She was so tiny and meowing very loudly in our next door neighbor’s yard. When I went over to see her, she came running into my arms. She was covered in fleas and very hungry. I had other cats so had some flea medication for her, but I kept her on our enclosed porch for the night til I could get her to the vet the next day. She came up healthy and flealess when we brought her. Nobody every came looking for her, so we just kept her. She’s been our indoor cat since then, 10-1/2 years now.

  • Kathy Steele March 29, 2016, 11:25 am

    Got my Rhodie from gods rescue in Texas …he is with me in Oregon..love him to pieces…thank you for the patterns and opportunity of contest…the tags beautiful.

  • Liz Hege Kaaby March 29, 2016, 11:32 am

    What a super cute kitty and a great story! I am sure that he choosed you as his family and that’s a huge compliment! Thanks for the pattern and a great giveaway. I am sure that you’ll forever be thankful for the day Simba made his way into your family’s life and became a member of your pack ??

  • Sara March 29, 2016, 11:35 am

    We have a beautiful rescued orange tabby. He’s about 6 years old now. He was found in -30° weather with his siblings. Someone dumped the whole litter and they were taken to the animal shelter. Jimmy was very very sick, with a fever and runny eyes etc, and one of the ladies at the shelter took him home and bottle fed him for three weeks. Can you imagine? I love our shelter, they go above and beyond! I had lost my cat and needed a furry fellow so I went to the shelter. I carried him around the shelter for 25 minutes, playing with other cats. But he snuggled up against me right into my neck and it was clear: I had been picked by this cat. He melted my heart. They guessed he was about 5 mo old when he was rescued and 8 mo when we adopted him. He loves beds too!

  • Vicki March 29, 2016, 11:36 am

    I have a couple cats that just showed up and adopted us so they stayed with us. One of our cats was actually dumped in the recycle bins at our recycling center when he was just a wee little kitten. My husband brought him home and he is a permanent fixture now. He had huge ears and looked like a little bat. Thus we named him Batty Coda (from the movie Fern Gully), he is simply called Coda now.

  • Carole Henell March 29, 2016, 11:37 am

    Our last dog was rescued from a puppy mill and we enjoyed her for 14 wonderful years!

  • Margie Smith March 29, 2016, 11:42 am

    We rescued 2 Chihuahua Puppies from our local shelter 4 years ago. There isn’t a day that goes by that they don’t have us smiling or laughing at something they are doing. They seem like little mice scurrying around the house! They are our kids and we are proudly ‘Daddy Dog and Mommy Dog.

  • Jody N March 29, 2016, 11:42 am

    What a fabulous kitty, and a fabulous kitty bed!

  • Tracy Adkins March 29, 2016, 11:43 am

    At the time I was in school working on my associates degree to become a veterinary technician. We adopt dogs and cats from the shelter, we spay/neuter them, de worm them, vaccinate them, and of course love and play with them. At the end of the semester we adopt them out. Well the day we went to pick up the dogs from the shelter, 3 dogs were dropped off that morning in a wired caged on the side of the road by the shelter. So we took those and several others that day, when we brought them back to school, I immediately fell in love with this 20# black dog, that we had named, Clover. I claimed her that day and couldn’t be more blessed with such a sweet, loving dog. I’ll never understand how someone could give her up like that.

  • Lynda Nelson March 29, 2016, 11:44 am

    I have two rescue kitties and am currently making a bed for the big guy (20 lbs) and and your pattern is perfect for my little lady (6 lbs). They are both 7 years old and I rescued them within two weeks of each other. Big guy from dumpster at 5 weeks old and little girl about 2 months old from parking lot by my work.

  • CynthiaL March 29, 2016, 11:44 am

    all 3 of my cats are rescues. They’re all tiger striped but look different and are spoiled rotten.

  • Jessica D March 29, 2016, 11:50 am

    I personally don’t have any pets at the moment. But there are two rescues in my life that I consider mine. One is my sister’s cat. She came from a friend who was moving to a new home where pets were not allowed and was going to be put in the SPCA. My sister said no that’s awful and brought her home 🙂 The other is my best friend’s dog. A coworker of hers found the dog roaming the streets of Pittsburgh. After a month of no one claiming her the doggie became part of their already pet friend home 🙂

  • Karen Carroll March 29, 2016, 11:55 am

    I have a rescue golden doodle. After her breeder was done with her, and I must say she came from an excellent breeder, she need a loving family to spend her well earned “retirement” yrs in. She found that with us. I adopted her when she was 5 and she is now 11 1/2. She is the sweetest most loving dog I have ever owned.

  • Jocelyne March 29, 2016, 12:00 pm

    I love the fact that you found a pet to love! I have a ‘rescued’ puppy as well from the pound in my town! He is so sweet and I love him ALOT..truly pets are a gift from our loving Heavenly Father! Thanks for sharing ❤️

  • Julie Ball March 29, 2016, 12:01 pm

    I have had a few cats that I have not so much rescued as they decided to adopted, but one day 3 years ago my Hubby came home with the cutest black and white kitten. He was about 3 months and had shown up at my brother in laws and no-one had claimed him. It was love at first sight, he was in a rough way, dirty, fleas and mites. A quick visit to the vets got him sorted. He was my soul mate, no cat has ever affected me as much as Loki did. I have always loved my cats but he was something extra special. The first night he fell asleep wrapped around my neck and it was the best feeling in the world. Sadly we had him for less than a year before we lost him. I was devastated, he has left a massive hole in my heart and I still miss him so much. I doubt I will ever feel like I did with him again, but I have fantastic memories of the cat who stole my heart.

  • Kyla March 29, 2016, 12:06 pm

    I have a puggle who showed up on our front porch and like you, we tried to find her previous owners but no luck, so she became ours. 7 years later she really has “rescued” me instead of me rescuing her!

  • Charlotte Brown March 29, 2016, 12:07 pm

    I have a rescue cat, too. A coworker found him 2 years ago on Good Friday in a cemetery. She was there to clean up winter debris around their family plot. He is black, was barely old enough to be weaned, was skinny & all alone. She fostered him for me until I moved to my current apartment. I named him Poe, after Edgar Allan. Seemed appropriate. He’s a bit of a stinker, still into mischief, but also cuddly and playful. Kind of dog-like. He plays catch, turns around 3 times before he lays down. I don’t know what i’d do without him.

  • Barbara March 29, 2016, 12:08 pm

    I have a Siamese I rescued four years ago (actually, she rescued me).
    She is my fur baby and I jokingly refer to her as the Queen. People who
    say cats are not affectionate truly do not know what they are talking about.
    When I return home, she stays with me and only wants to sit in my lap or on
    my shoulder.

  • Barbara McTyre March 29, 2016, 12:12 pm

    I rescued a Siamese four years ago and I would be lost without her. Anyone who says cats are not affectionate truly do not know what they are talking about. When I return home at the end of the day, she only wants to sit in my lap or on my shoulder. I fondly refer to her as the Queen and tell friends she is my owner. I would be lost without her.

  • Janice March 29, 2016, 12:23 pm

    I’ve also recently had a rough patch in my life and my rescue Ethel, a 5 year old black cat, also found me during this time! I’m so glad she showed up when she did, i absolutely adore her! She is going to love this bed 🙂

  • Kathleen March 29, 2016, 12:24 pm

    My “family members” have all been rescues but in many ways they have have given back a million times over what we could ever do for them. I think I should wear the rescue tag!

  • Michele Orr March 29, 2016, 12:28 pm

    I love this! The story the bed, just all of it ?Thank you for sharing ♡♡♡ I have 3 cats myself. I found it touching ♡♡♡

  • Rachel March 29, 2016, 12:31 pm

    I’m so happy for you and Simba! That will be a lasting friendship to stand the test of time! My Favorite breed has always been Rescued! Currently I share my heart and my home with 2 rescued snakes (1 purchased), 2 rescued bunnies, rescued hedgehog, rescued cat, even the dog I’m hoping to train as my service dog is a rescue! (he’s doing pretty good so far!) And there have been many others over the years from mice and guinea pigs on up to more cats, dogs, and even a flying squirrel named Pumpkin! Give Simba a few extra cuddles for me tonight and congratulate him on finding such a great human to rescue!

  • MaryEllen March 29, 2016, 12:34 pm

    I’ve had several rescue cats! My current 3 are all rescues!!

  • Rae March 29, 2016, 12:35 pm

    I was feeding a feral that decided I was the human she wanted to adopt. I went to get her some food one day and when I opened the bag I found an adorable little grey kitten looking up at me. After posting flyers at every house within walking distance and calling all shelters, I too adopted this little guy. The feral who would not come close to me adopted him as her own as well. Now all of us have a happy home.

  • Marlene March 29, 2016, 12:42 pm

    We have two rescue kittens, two kittens gifted to us, four rescue dogs , two rescue guinea pigs and 4 kids. I will be making this kitty bed for all of our kittens.

  • erica j-r March 29, 2016, 12:43 pm

    It seems I have inadvertently become a rescue mom to several living creatures – cats, dogs, fish, guinea pigs, and even children. Every time I help someone or something, my heart fills a little more. I can’t help myself 😉 Thank God my husband is as patient and understanding as he is! I just can’t stand to sit and know someone or something is suffering. It is my calling to help!

  • Theresa March 29, 2016, 12:45 pm

    Over the past few decades I have rescued many feral cats. I have always been rewarded with lots of snuggles and hugs from them. The first one also was sick with a respiratory illness but a trip to the vet quickly remedied that. Last month I took in a mother and her 2 month old kitten. She is about a year old and tested positive for FIV but she is still a welcomed member of my family. She has now been spayed and vaccinated. In a few more months, her son will be neutered. He is not old enough yet. I feel my cats have rescued me as much as me rescuing them since they provide me with their company and warmth. It is amazing how much body heat comes from a cat!! I love your “rescued” tag!!!! And thanks for giving us the bed pattern. My cats will love it.

  • Ginny B March 29, 2016, 12:47 pm

    Sweet little kitty! I love his bed and the tag on it. My kids are all allergic to cats so we have a puppy. Miss little kitty’s !

  • debra klein March 29, 2016, 12:59 pm

    I have a rescued Orange Maine coon mix and his name is SIMBA. We rescued him 4 years ago and he is the best most loving cat we have ever had. We love him more than he can possibly love us and believe me, he loves us a lot. He is the kind of cat that absolutely loves being with us. Either on our laps or sharing my pillow with me during the night. He just wants to be near us at all times. Rescued pets are almost as lucky as the people that adopt them. We have a Keeper.

  • Ann G March 29, 2016, 1:01 pm

    We have a little flock of rescued chickens! With the big trend of backyard chicken keeping, some people get into it without thinking things through or have an emergency come up and can’t keep their chickens. Right now we have two chickens that came from another family that had multiple human medical emergencies, one from the city shelter (her whole flock of 11 was abandoned – we took in three of them, but two had to be euthanized last year due to ovarian cancer), and one from another family that didn’t feel equipped to care for her (she has a wonky beak and needs special food and water containers). We also have 3 baby chicks that our co-op bought day-old for a spring chick sale, but these 3 arrived with most of their feathers picked off, so the co-op manager asked me to foster them because she knows I’m a softie (and home all day). It turned out to be the right place for them, as we had a massive storm a couple weeks back and people lost power all over the city, but ours stayed on so the chicks didn’t lose their heat lamp. I’m trying not to get too attached to them (so hard!), but we’re pretty sure the littlest one will stay with us forever because I’m a sucker for the underdog.

  • Karen Sicus March 29, 2016, 1:14 pm

    My husband and I have a “rescue” kitty. Her name is Kamaryn. She is a calico and was adopted from a shelter. She will be 2 yrs old on May 8. It’s hard to imagine life without her. We are so attached to each ot

    • Karen Dicus March 29, 2016, 1:26 pm

      Correct spelling of last name is Dicus. I posted twice in error.

  • Karen Dicus March 29, 2016, 1:19 pm

    My husband and I “rescued” a calico cat from a shelter. She will be 2 yrs old on May 8. This is my first cat, but I can’t imagine life without her. We are so attached to each other.

  • Heather March 29, 2016, 1:46 pm

    Both of my pups were rescues. Roxie (who has gone over the rainbow bridge) chose me, and Lola, well, we chose each other. I wouldn’t trade my rescues for ANYTHING. They rescued me just as much as I did them. <3

  • Anne March 29, 2016, 1:59 pm

    Our rescue cat passed away a few weeks ago but we were able to have her in our lives for 13 wonderful years.

  • Teresa Berry March 29, 2016, 2:12 pm

    I love the tags, the bed is awesome too

  • Teresa Berry March 29, 2016, 2:16 pm

    Love this pattern! And the tag is too adorable

  • Amber March 29, 2016, 2:18 pm

    All of our cats my whole life have been rescue kitties! They’re the best! And thanks for pointing us in the direction of Memorable Land, I think I found the key rack for our new home that we have been looking for!

  • Sylvia March 29, 2016, 2:22 pm

    I have a rescue granddog named Doug. He’s THE most handsome beagle on earth!

  • Andi March 29, 2016, 2:34 pm

    We have two rescued pets. Smudge was a Humane Society find. She is a petite tuxedo cat. Our Jack, a Jack Russell/Beagle, was found by my college roommate. Jack was wandering the streets of Pittsburgh when the city was paralized by a terrible winter storm. My friend posted a picture on FB looking for Jack’s owner. We offered to take him if she could not find his family. A fews days later she found Jack’s family ut they told her they could not give him the life he deserved and Jack was ours if we wanted him. The next day my friend drove Jack from Pittsburgh to us in rural Ohio.

  • Jennifer March 29, 2016, 2:48 pm

    Both of my dogs are rescues. I always say that Bailey rescued my fiancé, and Mack rescued me!

  • Megan March 29, 2016, 2:52 pm

    What a heart warming story!! Ive always been a dog person myself too, but there’s just something about a sweet cuddly kitty that tugs at the heart strings. I’d probably have one if i wasnt allergic.

  • Mandy Vermillion March 29, 2016, 2:57 pm

    We just got a black cat that we named Oliver. He is from our local humane society. He’s about 2 years old. Very cuddly and VERY needy for attention. But we love him.

  • Sondra Rosencrantz March 29, 2016, 2:59 pm

    I receive emails from Lion Brand & I saw the “Shawl in a Ball” yarn. You’re right it did make me want to try it right now. I am going to check around & see if it has hit the stores near me. I am definitely going to try it & I really like your “Providence Scarf”. It is very pretty & the color you used is just right for my sister.
    She is a purple person. Thank you.

  • Jean Chasin March 29, 2016, 3:07 pm

    What a wonderful story. I’ve rescued and been rescued before. Right now I’ve a Boston terrier whom we chose but she rescued me as she’s me unconditional companion when my husband works nights and weekends as a paramedic. I’d be really lonely otherwise. Can’t wait to make the bed though as my dog will love it – she’s cat size – and my eldest has cats at her house. Win win!

  • Dawn March 29, 2016, 3:07 pm

    I have our girl, Kitty Ashlyn.
    We actually found her in Texoma Craigs List.
    Poor little girl lived in a home with 2 wolves, 3 other kittens, her mama & drugged out humans.
    As we walked out the door with our girl, the female human said “if you really don’t want her, bring her back”. I told my husband “No Way”
    She’s been with us for almost 3 yrs now.
    She’s my kitty girl

  • Leslie Mansfield March 29, 2016, 3:10 pm

    We have a grey tabby cat we rescued a few years ago. She has bring my husband and I so much joy.

  • Carman March 29, 2016, 3:30 pm

    I currently have a pit bull and 4 kitties. The pit was found on the side of the road when he was a baby. One of my cats was abandoned by her mother and the other 3 were taken in to help out friends that had to many. I love my babies!!

  • Trina Wells March 29, 2016, 3:35 pm

    I am totally one of those crazy crocheting cat ladies lol. I currently have 3 rescue kitties and 1 rescue dog. I am super excited to have found this pattern and I am starting on it today. These would be great for the local animal shelters too 🙂

  • Judy March 29, 2016, 3:46 pm

    I rescue dogs and cats, and right now I have 4 foster dogs plus 2 dogs and 2 cats of my own–all rescues too–who are very gracious about sharing their home with these dogs waiting to find their forever homes. I crochet crafts under the name Kennelkrafter to sell to help pay their vet bills. Thank you for the chance to win one of these beautiful tags.

  • Myrna Pouyatt March 29, 2016, 3:48 pm

    I was rescued, too. I found Fluffy giving birth under the neighbors van. All the feral cats in the neighborhood were converging. So, I crawled under the van, not an easy task for this 65 year old with a herniated disc and scooped her up with the first kitten born. She had three more, they all died with in a week from distemper, but mom was well. She went to the vet and was spayed and given necessary medical treatment and now she is my little girl. Love her, she is a joy and doesn’t chew on my yarn, but lays quietly in my lap when I knit or crochet. I have to make her this bed. Thank you so much for the pattern.

  • Karen March 29, 2016, 3:51 pm

    I love the story of how Simba chose you and your family! I do believe that God led him to you, for you needed him as much as he needed you. I am a cat lover, my favorite kitty ever is an orange tabby, they are wonderful! God bless!

  • SusanCrochets March 29, 2016, 4:30 pm

    I actually work for a rescue and have 4 rescues who live with me permanently. I’ve had rescued dogs/cats for 18 years now. I don’t know how anyone survives without a 4-legged furbaby to brighten their lives.

  • Sue March 29, 2016, 4:33 pm

    All of my animals have been rescues. The dog I have now, Jhett, was brought into the vet clinic I worked at. The guy said he found her in a cage on a large store’s parking lot. He couldn’t keep her as he lived in an apartment and the local humane society was closed. So I took her home and the rest is history!

  • Julie S March 29, 2016, 5:14 pm

    We currently have 4 cats, and ALL are rescued cats ages 14 down to 1 year. I remember reading somewhere that cats don’t like to be petted. Well, that must not apply to ours, because they’d let us pet them 24/7! Thanks for your cute patterns!

  • Tami Costello Hickey March 29, 2016, 5:14 pm

    My lady cat Nala snuck out and became pregnant two years ago. She birthed early 5 stillborn kittens. She was miserable and paced the house for two days howling and could not be consoled. The vet said it would take a while. On day 3 I came home from work and my daughter who worked at a pet store had brought home a teeny newborn kitten someone found in a ditch! It still had its cord! We gave that kitten to Nala and she loved it and nursed it and raised it as her own. Our rescue cat rescued OUR cat! We believe in Divine intervention and miracles, we believe the Lord gave our Nala the baby she so needed and He gave that baby the mama he so needed. Nala and her Baby (now 14 pounds) are very happy to this day!

  • Kate March 29, 2016, 6:45 pm

    You and Simba are clearly meant for each other. We have three black and one black and white rescue cats – Dizzy, Dotty, Paws and Andromeda. They look after us all!

  • Nancy March 29, 2016, 7:26 pm

    Yes, my Sunni girl was rescued. She is always there for me, I love her so much!

  • Terri Clemons March 29, 2016, 7:29 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this article about how a cat found you. I had to put my cat down in Jan at the age of 16 years. He was an amazing little cat and I miss him terribly. I know another cat will come into my life at the right time. Until then, I’m going to crochet several of these beds for friends of mine who operate an animal rescue group. Those tags will be perfect!

  • Patricia B March 29, 2016, 7:59 pm

    I have three felines that rescued me. My first is a male grey tabby named Sam, my second is a beautiful calico named Ellie and my third is a “brown” tabby, she actually shares the colors of Ellie and the stripes of Sam, named Sienna. Sienna was the only kitten of the three when she adopted me. They are all very special to me for many reasons, Sam was my first, Ellie calms me if I get too excited, medical conditions, and Sienna, she’s my baby and wants to be held like one too! Thanks for the pattern.

  • Yvonne Armstrong March 29, 2016, 8:17 pm

    After many years of buying puppies, my present furbaby is a rescue. She has been a joy to my family and me.

  • Jennifer Plowman March 29, 2016, 8:33 pm

    Starting one now. My grey tabby rescue needs this, as we have just bought a new lounge suite and he’s feeling left out( he slept on the old one).

  • Tammy McGregor March 29, 2016, 8:56 pm

    I rescued a cat that looks exactly like the cat you rescued, mine is named Oliver. I am not a big cat person, but since he has been raised with my Maltese mix he thinks he is a dog. I am happy that I adopted him.

  • Bonnie March 29, 2016, 8:57 pm

    /Love the orange kitties (well all of them, truth be told). Have one called Beau and not strictly a rescue, since he was one of 3 litters that my son’s barn cats had. He is not a cuddly as your Simba, so enjoy! I will have to make one or two of these beds. I have another cat called Baby who is a furry tortoiseshell. I guess she would be called a rescue. I adopted her from a shelter. She and her littermates were left w/o a mother and was were found by some people who brought them to the shelter. I would only ever adopt and not buy a pet.

  • Marsha March 29, 2016, 8:59 pm

    I’m so pleased you said that Simba rescued you! I have 3 rescued dogs & through them I found the answer to the question ‘ what do you want to do when you grow up?’ I now volunteer for a dog rescue charity, run fundraising auctions & get to make loads of gorgeous things to help raise funds with. We occasionally help cats too & lots of our supporters have both cats & dogs, so I’ll definitely be giving this bed a go. Thank you for sharing. Xx

  • Sandra March 29, 2016, 10:28 pm

    Your “rescue” is adorable! I have five rescues, and love them all dearly! Bottle fed three of them. Love the bed and can’t wait to make some for my furbabies!

  • Lenora whan March 29, 2016, 11:33 pm

    I have 6 recued cats ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,but have had so many ,,,,,,,,,, love them all !

  • Irma Hendricks March 29, 2016, 11:50 pm

    Love your Simba. Two Bassett hound puppies rescued my husband and me last year, Lucy & Ethel. Our girls keep us on our toes.

  • Sally March 30, 2016, 12:26 am

    Felix is our ‘foster fail’. Someone at my last church came and got me right before church one Wednesday night. He took me & showed me a small kitten, about 5 weeks old that he had ‘rescued’ from the brush near the church (he clearly was a feral, and probably should have been left where he was. His momma was probably nearby). I took him home with the intent of giving him away. We already had 2 adult cats. It turns out the person I was going to give him to was going to let him be an outdoor kitty. As small as he was, he wouldn’t have lasted. Now, at 4 years of age, he has turned into a beautiful black kitty, with velvety fur. Sadly, he seems intellectually challenged, and is pathologically afraid of almost everything. He spends most of the day hiding under the couch or our bed, but does occasionally come out at night, and loves to be brushed.

  • Sheila Mulwane March 30, 2016, 12:48 am

    We have several cats and they are all rescue kitties. I love cat children with all my heat and cherish for their own individual nature. I am a confirmed cat holder.

  • Kim Stone March 30, 2016, 2:08 am

    Oopss..I commented on your Facebook page…sorry. My rescue is a cute little boy dog named “Captain Riley”.

  • Regina March 30, 2016, 8:39 am

    What a beautiful story and such a nice bed. I will be making 4 of them, as I have 4 rescues of my own. They are all so loving and I think they are awesome.

  • Dulcy March 30, 2016, 8:44 am

    I would consider all of our pets “rescue” pets, in that we’ve gotten all 3 dogs and 2 cats from our local shelter… They are all special in their own way and really adopted us, more than we adopted them! I still remember us going to the shelter to look for our first dog, and all of them were barking and going crazy…all except for Charlie (a yellow lab). My daughter (she was 3 at the time) and I walked over to his cage where he was laying down; as we approached, he rolled over on his back for us to scratch his belly. We knew then, he just had to come home with us! He was 2yrs old at the time, and he will be celebrating his 10th birthday this June!

  • Tiffany March 30, 2016, 9:50 am

    This is so sweet!! We have had our rescue kitty for 4 years. She is the sweetest cat ever, loves to cuddle and purr :). We recently also rescued a Dalmatian bully mix. We went to the adoption fair not expecting to adopt, but when I put my hand in that pen and Zoey licked and loved on me that was it. Something happened that I can’t explain but it was instant and I had to have her!! She’s definitely my baby, she follows me everywhere, I can’t even take a shower without her right beside the tub with her head peeking around the curtain keeping watch over me :).

  • Lois March 30, 2016, 12:48 pm

    We rescued a kitty from the animal shelter and this will make the perfect bed for her. Thank you so much for sharing. Off to Michael’s I go!!

  • Mary Werner March 30, 2016, 1:39 pm

    Between my two grown daughters and myself we have 4 rescue cats! We’re all living together right now, so they have needed to adjust to their kitty cousins.

    We have a ginger-haired boy named Toulouse that looked a lot like your Simba when he was a baby. He and his litter mates were found abandoned by a landlord when his tenants moved out and took the mother cat. They were fostered by a local cat shelter and all found good homes. We have Toulouse and his sister Marie, who are just as cute as there Aristocat (Disney) namesakes.

    My baby Katie came from a farm 11 years ago and is my constant companion. The last member of out kitty family was adopted from Miami when my daughter was a student there.

    Both of my daughters feel they were “rescued”, as their cats came into their lives during rough patches. They’re all spoiled rotten, so I see some of these cute lounging spots in their future!

  • Corina April 1, 2016, 10:55 am

    Hi Rebecca,

    I was just wondering… in your instructions, you said we should use a 19mm crochet hook, but the recommended hook size for this particular yarn is 11.5mm. Isn’t a 19mm hook too big as compared to an 11.5mm one? I hate it when my crochet work has “gaps.” I crochet VERY tightly (if it’s got holes, I unravel my work and start all over). So if I use the recommended hook size, will the cat bed turn out smaller — or at least, significantly smaller?

    I won’t be able to order Loops & Threads Chunky since we don’t have this particular brand in the UK. I’ll have to choose a different brand, such as Sirdar Hayfield or Robin Super Chunky… The recommended hook size for most brands I’m currently looking at is 10mm, so I’ll probably need more than 140 yards (around 130 meters) of yarn. I’ll also need to tweak the pattern a little bit.

    I’ve been rescuing kitties my entire life. Last summer my fiance and I saved a tabby. We already have a cat, Lucrezia van Necker Bouville (short version: Lucrezia :D), who doesn’t tolerate other cats, so we couldn’t keep him. He was adopted in September. Last year he has rescued 3 kittens from a cemetery (those 3 kittens were the cutest, most adorable I’ve ever seen), and I myself rescued 2 kittens in the summer of 2014. They all got adopted. My entire family has been rescuing kitties and cats as well. My dad saved a fluffy little one who got bitten by dogs; my sister saved 3 kitties from a local park. I also saved some kitties when I was a kid (most got adopted; I kept one, who died a few months later…). My boyfriend tried to rescue a few newborn kitties. They were just one week old or so. I tried to feed them, keep them warm, and make them pee, but they eventually died. My fiance and I cried a lot, but I guess those poor little ones couldn’t survive without their momma cat.

    I’m glad you’ve rescued Simba. He looks just like one of my old cats, who was stolen from me about two years ago. He was the most loving cat ever — he would wake me up in the middle of the night with his wet muzzle, wanting to be caressed. So did his sister.

    One more reason to read your blog. I hope you’ll post LOTS of cat patterns!

    • Rebecca April 4, 2016, 12:27 pm

      Yes, it will turn out smaller. I don’t know if you can tell from the photos, but when I used the S hook, there were no holes in the work. Everyone’s tension is different though. There are instructions for resizing up in the Notes section if you wish to use a different hook and are concerned about it coming up the right size.

  • Rosemarie Gattuso April 5, 2016, 4:46 pm

    Dear Rebecca,
    I love your patterns and I have crocheted many of them! Your story about Simba is so touching. I have 5 “rescue” kitties… 2 rescued from under my back porch!! I too know the healing power of God’s little creatures. I also know I am the rescued one! Thank-you for sharing your story!

  • Linda April 26, 2016, 7:50 pm

    I love this! I wanna substitute yarns, what is the stitch gauge?

    • Rebecca April 27, 2016, 8:48 am

      Your first 4 rounds should measure 7″ across (it’s up in the pattern info). Also up in the pattern info are instructions on how to make the bed larger, and that info would also help you to be able to adjust with whatever yarn you choose. Instead of trying to find the perfect hook size, you can simply increase until the bed is the size you want it to be, and then follow those instructions to complete it. 🙂

  • LAURA April 30, 2016, 10:07 pm

    I have 77 year old eyes and can barely read the light grey and light aqua type on this web page. Would LOVE to crochet this for my daughters cat but cannot. What ever happened to back and white? I “fussed” at AOL once for using yellow on white and that has since changed. Otherwise I love the pictures.

  • Patricia Seaton May 2, 2016, 11:57 am

    What a cute name for this! And it’s a great looking cat bed. Thank you so much.

  • Jill May 29, 2016, 6:35 pm

    Ok, this post left me a little teary-eyed. I love a happy ending. Thanks for being open to a kitty who just needed a family to love. God bless.

  • Janet June 9, 2016, 3:33 pm

    Yellow Tabbies have a loving nature that is greater than most cats. You are so fortunate. I have had cats for most of my life (I am now a great grand mother). With just a few exceptions most have been super cats; but the best were my yellow cats. I am looking forward to making your cat bed.

  • Tina Van Arsdale November 10, 2016, 2:19 pm

    I am going to make these for my rescue kitties counting three now… Two were from the Humane Society and the one was a feral cat that had kittens in my shed and after I tamed down and found home for the kittens (after shots and fixing 🙂 ) I then found out that mama would let me pet her and started trusting me. She has now been in my house for a year and has no desire to go outside. I also trapped and fixed the feral male but he has no desire to be close to humans….

    I have designed cat beds that I make for the local Humane Societies here. It is made out of Chunky yarn so it is not as expensive as these. The cats love them and the staff at the places love when I come in for a visit.

  • storkpcl December 14, 2016, 4:41 pm

    An S hook is way to big. In the photo the hook looks to be about L? Please help. Using the S hook makes the holes way too big.

    • Rebecca December 14, 2016, 5:54 pm

      It actually is an S hook in the photo. If you’re using the same yarn I did, it should be fine. If you’re substituting, then please see my note under the “materials” section of the pattern.

  • Manda February 9, 2017, 11:29 am

    What a lovely story! I hope Simba is still doing well, and I am so touched you decided to welcome him as a permanent member of your family. I volunteer at a cat rescue that helps place cats in their “forever homes,” and your story was wonderful to read. I love your patterns, and have made two of your hats for myself and one of your scarves as a gift for my mother, but somehow I missed this beautiful story until today! Thank you for sharing Simba’s story and your beautiful patterns.

  • Elizabeth McCullough February 12, 2017, 9:06 am

    Hi!
    I want to say that you did in fact rescue Simba, she was sick, tired, hungry, and most of all homeless when you found her. Just as our Lord has said and I know that I am not quoting the verse as said in the Bible, but what I took it to mean. If you feed, nurse a sick person or animal back to health, give a safe place to rest, and give a home to a person or animal, you have done so to God.
    So thank you for taking Simba into your home. All of my cats have rescue stories.