Make a Tube for Your Cat Using a Knit Loom

Blogged under Free Craft Projects,Loom Knitting by Tammy on Thursday 15 September 2011 at 8:21 am

One of the four round looms in the Knifty Knitter includes a fairly large one, 11.5 inches (29cm). While I think it would be a good size for a bag, I think it’s a little large for a hat, and it also occurred to me that it would be a good size to make a long tube for my cats to play in. Pictured above is Lola checking it out after I put a mouse toy in it. While my experiment didn’t turn out exactly as I had hoped, my cats are enjoying hanging out with the tube, so I decided to go ahead and post photos showing how I constructed the cat tube.

First I doubled the yarn by holding two strands together: Red Heart Super Save yarn in Soft Navy and Cherry Red. I just used the straightforward loom wrap, which I believe ends up creating stockinette stitch (alternating knit and purl stitches). I made this about 4 feet or so long.

Then I folded the entire tube in half and inserted a sheet of interfacing between the two layers of stockinette.

Then I pulled the second loop of yarn over each peg so that I just had one loop over each peg on the loom.

Finally, I pulled off each loop on each peg and used a crochet hook to slip stitch the tube closed.

This is the tube standing up, and as you can see, it does have some body to it. However, here it is on its side.

It kind of collapses a little. Originally, I was thinking of opening it back and sticking something more stiff inside of it, but the more I have seen my cats play with it, the more I think it is just not wide enough, even if the sides were stiffer.

I was putting toys in there, and it has some interest for the cats as far as playing with when I do that. However. I have noticed that they tend to almost use it more like a pillow. They lean on it for sit on top of it. So now I’m thinking of stuffing the whole thing with fiber fill and stitching the ends closed. I’m not sure yet.

1 Comment »

  1. Comment by Eileen — September 18, 2011 @ 5:28 am

    Is there a big enough size of PVC pipe that would fit in there? Just a thought. I’m sure you’ll figure out some way to finish it to your liking … and to theirs 😉

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