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Crocheted Cat Toys

Note: Gauge isn't essential, but I recommend using a yarn that's on the thicker side and crocheting tightly to keep polyfill/fiberfill from coming through. As with any pet toys, supervision during play is important, as well as monitoring the toys for wear and tear.

Play Ball

Rnd 1: Using a G crochet hook and size 4/worsted weight yarn, chain 2. 6 sc (single crochet) in second chain from hook. Do not join. Continue to crochet in the round. Mark your ending stitch each time around, in order to keep your place.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc (12 sc total).

Rnd 3: Sc in sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat around (18 sc total).

Rnd 4: Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next; repeat around (24 sc total).

Rnds 5-7: Sc around.

Rnd 8: Sc in next 2 stitches, sc2tog (single crochet two together decrease); repeat around (18 sc total).

Rnd 9: Sc in stitch, sc2tog; repeat around (12 sc total).

Rnd 10: Sc2tog around (6 sc total).

Finishing the Ball

1) Cut the yarn, leaving a tail.

2) Stuff the ball firmly, but try not to let stuffing show through.

3) Use the yarn to gather the remaining 6 sc together and firmly finish off the yarn.

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Hockey Puck

This fun sliding and gliding alternate to the above pattern is best used on slippery floors. It's great for cats who like to swat at objects.

Make as above, but do not do the "Finishing the Ball" section. Follow these steps instead:

1) Cut the yarn, leaving a tail.

2) Center the beginning stitches on top of the hockey puck, and the bottom ones on the bottom side. Flatten the puck completely out, keeping these centered.

3) Place a small amount of fiberfill inside, so that the puck is still flat. About three crocheted rows will make up the edge.

4) Use the yarn to gather the remaining 6 sc together.

5) Use stitches to tack the top to the bottom, going through both thicknesses and keeping the piece fully flattened. Do not allow the puck to pucker where these stitches are made.

6) Firmly finish off the yarn.

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Sunshine Ball

Follow the instructions for the ball. However, rounds 6 and 7 are changed.

Rnd 6: Sc in next stitch. Chain 5. Sc into the back, foundation stitch in second chain and next 3 chains (a total of 4 sc). Skip the next sc. Do all of these steps all the way around. You will have a total of 12 sc, 12 skipped sc, and 12 sun rays. From now on, ignore the sun rays. They are no longer worked into.

Rnd 7: Push the rays forward and down to work behind them. Chain into the 12 sc and 12 skipped sc, bringing the total back up to 24 sc.

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Hacky Sack

The hacky sack is made exactly as the ball. There is one change: At all times, have two colors attached to the ball (you can officially cut off and switch colors, too, but always have two attached). Work over the yarn of the color that is not being used, encasing it in your stitching.

When you wish to switch colors, pull the color you are switching to through as the last step in your final single crochet.

You can really try a lot of different techniques here, like stripes, zig-zags, polka dots and triangles. The pictured ball shows polka-dots and triangles.

Says:

These toys are really easy to make, and one of the nicest things about them is that they're a great way to use up scrap lengths of yarn. Run out of one color? Just continue with another.

The hockey puck may seem like an unusual toy for a cat since it doesn't roll, but I designed this for my cat years ago, and it's one of his favorite toys! Cats especially like trying to hit it under various furniture so that you'll have to move the furniture to get it back out. Yeah, it's that kind of toy.

Have fun!

Providing crafts since October 2011. Cat toy instructions designed earlier, but posted in December 2012. Copyright 2011- and all contents by Melissa. Resulting products can only be kept or given away as gifts. Always keep safety in mind.