Happy Cat Candy

A week or so ago my lovely kitten Rogetts reminded me that every once in a while kitties need a new toy. Or they might riffle through your purse, steal you headphones out and pull the insulation off while leaving a big mess in at least 3 rooms of your house. Oh well I reward the little brat with a new set of toys made that day before she could find anything else to destroy.

cat toys

I had been thinking about making toys for a while now and had been doing some research on the way the cats see and interact with the world. Cats do not see colors the same as people. Contrast and pattern are more important so I picked colors that contrasted with each other. I read that acrylic yarn taste bad to cats from some website of unknown credentials. But the idea stuck in my head and I have noticed that the cats only run off with wool and cotton. So they get cotton toys because it is so durable. Oh and the cats love to move there toys around so I topped it all off some monk cords on each end. The cats seem to love them. I am sure that catnip stuffing has something to do with it too

Want to make your kitty a set of toys and save your headphones? Here is a free pattern to help out.

Materials
• Small amount of two colors of cotton sport weight yarn (the photos is show with saucy sport yarn and sinfonia)
• size c crochet hook, or the smallest size hook you can use with your yarn (you want the stitches to be very tight so the cat nip does not fall out)
• yarn needle
• cotton balls
• catnip

cat toy ball chart

Ball
Rnd 1. In MC tie a split knot around your crochet hook leaving a 10-inch tail. Wrap the tail end of the yarn around 2 fingers directly below the hook to form two large loops. SC 6 times through both loops placing a marker in the last ST. Pull both loops tight. These 6 stitches are your first round. (Need a picture tutorial?)
Rnd 2. Join with cc, sc twice in each st replace maker in last stitch throughout the pattern (12 sts).
Rnd 3. Pick up mc again and *sc, sc twice in same st rep from * to end (18 sts).
Rnd 4. Pick up cc again and *sc in next 2 sts, sc twice in same st rep from * to end (24 sts).
Rnd 5. Pick up mc again and *sc in next 3 sts, sc twice in same st repeat from * to end (30 sts).
Rnd 6. Pick up cc, sc around (30 sts).
Rnd 7. Pick up mc, sc around (30 sts).
Rnd 8. Pick up cc, sc around (30 sts).
Rnd 9. Pick up mc, *sc in next 3 sts, dec 1 rep from * to end (24 sts).
Rnd 10. Pick up cc, *sc in next 2 sts, dec 1 rep from * to end (18 sts).
Rnd 11. Pick up mc, *sc in next st, dec 1 rep from * to end (12 sts). At this point stuff the toy with a 50/50 mix of cotton balls and catnip.
Rnd 12. Pick up cc, *dec 1 rep from * to end (6 sts). Break yarn leaving a 6 inch tail. With yarn needle weave in tail trough tops of the sts twice, pull tight to close ball.

pill cat toy chart
Pill
Rnd 1. In MC tie a split knot around your crochet hook leaving a 10-inch tail. Wrap the tail end of the yarn around 2 fingers directly below the hook to form two large loops. SC 6 times through both loops placing a marker in the last ST. Pull both loops tight. These 6 stitches are your first round. (Need a picture tutorial?)
Rnd 2. Join with cc, sc twice in each st replace maker in last stitch throughout the pattern (12 sts).
Rnd 3. Pick up mc again and *sc, sc twice in same st rep from * to end (18 sts).
Rnd 4-13. Alternating cc and mc, sc around (18 sts).
Rnd 14. Pick up mc, *sc in next st, dec 1 rep from * to end (12 sts). At this point stuff the toy with a 50/50 mix of cotton balls and catnip.
Rnd 15. Pick up cc, *dec 1 rep from * to end (6 sts). Break yarn leaving a 6 inch tail. With yarn needle weave in tail trough tops of the sts twice, pull tight to close ball.

Monk’s Cord Ends
Cut off 2 8” pieces of yarn in mc and cc for each toy. Take 1 piece of each color, hold them together and fold in half to form loop. With crochet hook pull loop trough a stitch on ending row of toy. Hold one end of the yarn loop and twist the other end until it begins to fold in on itself. Not letting go of the twist, fold yarn so the ends touch. You yarn should wrap around itself and make a pretty cord, if not try again this time twist more. Tie the ends together so the twist stays then cut so the ends are even. If necessary move the body of the toy around on the cord so it is at the end. Repeat the process for the other side of the cat toy.

he loves his toy

Marshal would like you to know he endorses this toy. Oh and that he is much cutter than Rogetts. And that is why it is ok for him to jump in front of the camera while I am taking pictures of Rogetts.

16 comments


  • Hi¡
    I have liked much your blog, a greeting

    September 17, 2007
  • […] feature is from Full of Fluff with a free crochet pattern: Happy Cat Candy I had been thinking about making toys for a while now and had been doing some research on the way […]

    September 24, 2007
  • Hi!
    I loved that kitty toy, gonna make one for my own kitty! Hope he likes it, he usually goes for plastic thingies instead of toys…
    I wanted to subscribe to your blog via RSS or ATOM but couldn’t find the feed. Do you have one?

    Cheers
    CV

    November 29, 2007
  • Carey

    Thanks CV! Here is the feed. I will put it in the side nav too.
    http://fulloffluff.com/wordpress/?feed=rss2

    November 29, 2007
  • Thank you for these free instructions and great information. I got your site from someone on a forum who is donating them to a humane society. I am donating items and money to the humane society also for a wedding favor for my wedding this year. I am so glad I can make something with love for all the homeless animals. Thank you again for sharing.

    February 13, 2008
  • Carey

    I am glad to hear that they are being used for a good cause. Thank you for taking the time to think of animals in need.

    February 13, 2008
  • Michelle

    These are super cute, I have some leftover year and will probably make these for my kitties. Thanks for posting!

    September 13, 2008
  • Pamela

    Thanks so much for publishing this free pattern. I am hoping to find a few friends with whom to make a boat-load of them for the humane society for which I volunteer. We only use washable hard plastic toys now and I think the cats would love to have something soft they can move around and play with
    (which would be inexpensive enough to send home with them when they’re adopted). By the way, your cat is beautiful! Thanks again.

    October 23, 2008
  • Meme

    Many thanks for sharing this pattern – there don’t seem to be many crochet patterns for cats that are also free! Mum is making them as little Christmas presents for all the cats in our family!

    December 19, 2008
  • Christina

    Thanks very much for sharing your great patterns–found you through “Crochet Pattern Central”. After making a couple of the “Happy Cat Candy” toys for my cat, I used up almost all my scraps of varigated yarn and made 20 of them for our Humane Society. They were very much appreciatiated. Your pattern is going in my “keeper” file for future use and benefit of many cats to come. Thank you again, I admire your creativity as well as your generosity in giving out the directions. Take care.

    April 24, 2009
  • Cynthia Cockrell

    glad to finally find some cat toys to crochet.i hope i’m able to find some more.my cat luvs her candy toys,i put a bell in it to rattle when she shake it.tks

    October 17, 2009
  • These look wonderful!! I just made some crochet mice and put them up on my blog today. I tweeted out your post so others can share in the cat candy. :) I’m going to work on these next. :)

    January 6, 2010
  • Those where very awesome toys, wonderful too for collections or for gifts for cat lovers. Cats may learn tag-a-war with this cool stuff.

    January 13, 2010
  • He Ma Baby

    My cat would love this!

    December 31, 2010
  • TracyMB

    Thanks so much for sharing your pattern!! :)

    December 13, 2012
  • […] toys have to be some of the quickest projects I’ve whipped up. The first one I made was this ball. I also made the pill-shaped one for a friend of mine, but I only put a tail on one side. When I […]

    February 10, 2013

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