Remember Pet Nets?

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Well, I do. In fact, the Pet Net that I had growing up may still be at Daddy's house in the same spot I left it. ;-) If you don't know what a Pet Net is, you may also have heard it described as a toy storage hammock. It's basically a mesh net that you hang in a corner of a room to store stuffed animals in.

And as soon as we started to be overrun with stuffed animals at the Walkush household, I KNEW that Aidyn and Jaxon needed them, but they were no where to be found. I guess they were a figment of my 1980's imagination.

Anyhoot! Not to fear for you crocheters - you can make them! Behold:



To make these, I used this free crochet Pet Net pattern. I started making the solid sage green one first. You can probably tell from the photos that it turned out smaller than the second green and blue one.

The pattern is written so that you decide how large of a starting chain to start with and what type of yarn and size hook to use. I used worsted weight yarn and a J hook for both.

For the solid colored one, I only chained 125 and the more I motored through, I thought that it looked awfully small. For the second one, I chained 150 and it came out much larger. What a difference those 25 chain stitches made!

I modified the pattern by single crocheting two rows around the edge of each one to give them some stability and to also lend a more finished look.

I finished each in about 2 - 2.5 hours (one was larger and took longer). These are very quick projects and I think they would make nice gifts for the stuffed animal hoarder in your life.

If I were to do this again, I wouldn’t start with any less than a 150 starting chain (and of course, use even more if you're looking to store A LOT of stuffed animals).

Mount them on the wall with simple cup hooks and you're done.

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