How to crochet a keyboard mat with a wrist rest

I spend a lot of my time on my computer, typing and writing stuff. So naturally I started to feel some pain in my wrists because my keyboard is kind of thick, and typing on it for a long time started to be a struggle for me. So I thought of making a wrist rest, but I was hesitant because I knew the cushion would slip away from the keyboard when typing. After much thought, I imagined this keyboard mat that would be the answer for what I dreaded of. And I must say: it really was THE solution of my problem. Now let me show you how you can crochet this super cute kitty keyboard mat with a wrist rest just as cute!

Material – Crochet keyboard mat wrist rest


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Abbreviations


ch: chain

sc: single crochet

inc: increase

dec: decrease

R: row

sc3tog: 3 single crochet together (it’s a decrease of 3 stitches together)

Pattern Notes – Crochet keyboard mat wrist rest


Chunky yarn gauge: 10 x 10 cm = 14 sc x 16 rows

Medium yarn: 10 x 10 cm = 20 sc x 22 rows

The finished mat (without the ears) dimensions are: 40,5 cm wide for 26,5 cm length.

The wrist rest lay flat is: 36,5 cm wide for 12,5 cm length.

Please note that for the wrist rest, the first and last number of rows (not counting the paw print graph) depend on the thickness you want, if you want a thicker wrist rest add rows, if you want a smaller one, remove some rows. But if you add or remove rows, then you will have to adapt the sides in order for them to fit your wrist rest. My pattern is made for a 3,5 cm thick wrist rest.

Each row ends with a ch 1 then turn.

Crochet Keyboard Mat Wrist Rest


The Mat

Please note that I’ll be using the “yarn under” method throughout the pattern for a better look and to get stitches closer and tight.

Start with the chunky yarn and the 6 mm crochet hook.

Ch 51, starting the 2nd loop from the hook:

Row 1: 50 sc (50)

Row 2: sc inc, 48 sc, sc inc (52)

R3: sc inc, 50 sc, sc inc (54)

R4 to 41 : 54 sc (54)

R42: sc dec, 50 sc, sc dec (52)

R43: sc dec, 48 sc, sc dec (50)

Cut yarn and weave in the ends.

Cat’s ears – Crochet keyboard mat wrist rest

Work with the chunky yarn and the 6 mm crochet hook. For the outside of the ear, ch 14. Then starting the 2nd loop from the hook:

Row 1 to 2 : 13 sc (13)

Row 3: sc dec, 9 sc, sc dec (11)

R4: 11 sc (11)

R5: sc dec, 7 sc, sc dec (9)

R6: 9 sc (9)

R7: sc dec, 5 sc, sc dec (7)

R8: 7 sc (7)

R9: sc dec, 3 sc, sc dec (5)

R10: sc dec, 1 sc, sc dec (3)

R11: sc3tog (1)

Cut yarn and weave in the ends. Make two ears this way. Then sew them at the top of the mat, leave a 4 stitches space on each side (start sewing the ear in the 5th stitches on both sides).

Now for the inside of the ears, you will be working with the pink medium yarn weight and the 4 mm crochet hook.

Ch 12, then starting the 2nd loop from the hook:

Row 1: sc inc, 9 sc, sc inc (13)

Row 2 to 3: 13 sc (13)

R4: sc dec, 9 sc, sc dec (11)

R5: sc dec x2, 3 sc, sc dec x2 (7)

R6: 7 sc (7)

R7: sc dec, 3 sc, sc dec (5)

R8: sc dec, 1 sc, sc dec (3)

R9: sc3tog (1)

Cut yarn and weave in the ends. Make two of them and sew them on the ears we previously made.

The Wrist Rest – Crochet keyboard mat wrist rest

Work with the medium yarn and the 4 mm crochet hook.

Ch 77, then starting the 2nd loop from the hook:

Row 1 to 4: 76 sc (76)

Starting row 5, reproduce the graph below by switching up colors in the corresponding stitches. You must end up with 76 stitches every row.

To get the full size picture, download it on my gumroad page here

When you reach the last row of the paw print design, add 5 more rows of single crochet (without changing color). You must end up with a total of 28 rows. Cut yarn and weave in the ends when you have finished.

Crochet keyboard mat wrist rest

The sides

Work with the medium yarn and the 4 mm crochet hook.

Ch 13, then starting the 2nd loop from the hook:

Row 1 to 3: 12 sc (12)

Row 4 : sc dec, 8 sc, sc dec (10)

R5: 10 sc (10)

R6: sc dec, 6 sc, sc dec (8)

R7: sc dec, 4 sc, sc dec (6)

Cut yarn and weave in the ends. Make 2 of them, then sew them around the edges on each side of the wrist rest we previously made (as shown in the picture down below).

Crochet keyboard mat wrist rest
Crochet keyboard mat wrist rest

Once you’re done sewing the sides, insert the fabric foam inside the wrist rest, then sew the latter on to the mat, at the bottom (leave a 2 rows space under it).

Crochet keyboard mat wrist rest
Crochet keyboard mat wrist rest
Crochet keyboard mat wrist rest

And you’re done! You can now enjoy your brand-new keyboard mat and wrist rest. I’ve been using mine while typing up this pattern and I can tell you it’s making a huge difference for me! I even use it to scroll on my phone, and it’s such a pleasant feeling when you have your wrists laid on it. Not gonna lie, the kitty design is also such a nice sight on my desk, haha!

Crochet keyboard mat wrist rest

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