Sunday, August 22, 2010
Hermit Crab Net
Yesterday we bought 4 hermit crabs for my oldest son. I haven't had hermit crabs in 7 years. I love them!!! I use to have 22 hermit crabs in a 20 gallon tank. I had made different levels and fun climbing things for them.
So last night I set about crocheting a net for them to climb. I used Vanna's Choice yarn and a size G hook. I chained 43 stitches. Single crocheted into the 2nd chain from the hook, chained 4, sc in 5th chain over, and repeat to the end, sc in last chain. Then I chain 1, turn work around, sc in 1st st, ch 2, sc in 3rd ch over, chain 4, sc in 5th ch, etc. Basically I tried to stagger the loops so that it looked more like a net. I then made a very long chain that I connected to the other side so that I could connect it under the outside of the tank to hold it into place.
One adventurous hermit crab had no problems climbing it. I did need to anchor the bottom down a bit. I need to find a better solution for that (some sort of weights).
He ended up climbing up one of the chains to the top corner of the tank. So I put a heavy book on top of the tank so that he couldn't escape. I want to make a 2nd floor in the tank for them. They are so fascinating. Now to finally get around to knitting a hermit crab. I bought a knitted amigurumi book just for that pattern.