A Free Pattern to Crochet for the Animals!

A trip my friend Lisa and I took last year to volunteer at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the largest no-kill animal shelter in the U.S., inspired me to put on my rarely worn designer hat. The work Best Friends does toward their goal of No More Homeless Pets is so inspiring, see, that Lisa and I came home determined to continue working toward that same goal in whatever small way we can. And we thought inviting the crafts community to work with us would make it all that much more fun. So last week we launched the For the Animals! campaign to raise handmade donations of pet mats, blankets, beds and toys to donate to animal shelters, and to encourage people to share stories of how shelter animals have touched their lives.

Wearing my designer hat resulted in the Bullseye Pet Mat, which we're offering up as a free pattern. Here it is, modeled by Sally the sock monkey because my dog Cleo is way too big for the sample I made. I sent this sample, along with another mat I crocheted (more on that in a separate post) and a bunch of mats Lisa made, to Best Friends last week.

Bullseye Pet Mat – Free Pattern! 

It's a very quick project to whip up, and it's a great stash buster. I held two strands of Red Heart Supersaver together and used a 10mm hook. Since the pattern is just a circle within a square, you can make it to any size you want, and I included tips to alter the size in the pattern.

Do you have favourite patterns you crochet for your pets or to donate to animal shelters? Share links in the comments and I'll add them to the main campaign page!

Be sure to comment when you crochet something to donate as part of the campaign, and don't forget to share a story about a shelter animal that's touched your life. I wrote about two dogs I love over on my blog.

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