Heart Cats – A Valentines Challenge to do all year round!

On Valentine’s Day I posted a challenge on Instagram. Even though it was called a Valentine’s Day Challenge it’s good all year round!

There is a little charity called “The Heart Cat” or “Hjärtekatten” and it’s such a lovely initiative. They engage prople to crochet these little cats, name them and send them to different hospitals around Sweden. The cats are given to any baby och child who has undergone heartsurgery. It’s to provide them with a little extra comfort during what is, to call it lightly, a really tough part of their life. There is also the option to crochet sibling-animals as this also effects the familymembers.

The pattern is free both on their website in Swedish and in US terms

So! The challenge was this; crochet a Heart Cat and in turn challenge 3 fellow crocheters. This in the hope that we could spread the word and get loads of crocheters involved. Even though this is a Swedish charity, children from all over the world come here to have surgery and therefore I’m hoping that it will spread internationally and I’ve also said that I can help out with information and support in sending the cats to the right place. Especially since the website is in Swedish.

Now let me introduce you to Rosita, my heart cat that I’ve made. Inspired by the most amazing film “Sing” I named my cat after one of the main characters and also gave her dancing clothes – Sings Rosita is not a ballet dancer however I thought that was the cutest thing to do!
I changed the pattern around a little bit, only in the details – like the clothes and also minor things like the ears and nose. After a while I noticed that her face is more in the shape of a lion now, but then that made me think of the “heart like a lion” saying and then I thought that was pretty ok too.

I used Rainbow Cotton yarn from Hobbii – I actually started out with a different cotton yarn but changed as I like this yarn a lot better. Crocheting amigurumi makes my hands really tired so finding a yarn that I’m comfortable with becomes crucial. The change was very welcomed by my hands.

My daughters love the finished cat and M is really proud that it’s for a child with heart problems, and every time anyone has visited us in the past few days she brings Rosita and tells the person all about the challenge. Bless her heart!

Speaking of hearts, every cat has a little heart, I improvised and must say I think it turned out really sweet. And on the heart you embroider a scar.

I really hope that you feel inspired and charitable enough to join in the challenge. As I’ve mentioned it’s good all year round, but Valentines Day – a day to celebrate love and heart was the perfect time to launch the challenge!

Tag your pictures with #valentinesheartcat and start making some cats!!


Peace, love and crocheting