When Marie Segares of Underground Crafter invited my to join her Christmas in July Make Along, I knew immediately it would give me a chance to have a bit of out of season fun! So when I saw there was a pet category, I knew that here was my chance to go a little off piste and make something for my sister’s adorable dog, Ando.
The make along features 29 bloggers and includes crochet, knit and sewing projects all to get you inspired for the hand made holiday season.
You can find out more about the make along including how to get involved and be in with the chance of winning some great prizes by clicking here. Make sure you share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #CIJMakeAlong2019 on whatever social media works for you! I’m featuring pretty late in the month so there is plenty for you to get stuck into already!
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Anyone who follows me on instagram will be familiar with my cat Millie, who gets involved in most of my photo shoots, but only when I don’t want her to! However, she is way less less amenable to actually posing for the camera and fancy dress is a big no for her.
Ando however, will do anything for the toss of a tennis ball so I knew it was time to give my attention to the most beautiful loving wonderful good doggo you ever did see! (There’s a chance you might notice I found it very hard to whittle down the photos for this post because he is such a ridiculously cute dog imo!)
I’ve seen a lot of fabric dog bandanas in the past, but not really any crochet ones so I thought I would give that a whirl. This pattern works for a medium to large size dog. Ando is a springador and (as the name would suggest), is around half way between the size of an average working Labrador and Springer Spaniel. I’ve added some suggestions in the adjustments section at the end for changing the size to fit different sized dogs.
Shall we get to it then?
Yarn & Suggested Substitutions:
Approx 50g / 150m Stylecraft Special DK, (100g ball = 295m), in white (held double stranded)
Hayfield bonus Chunky, 100g ball, 170m / 150yds in Red and black.
You will need approximately 40m of the red and 10m of black.
I have listed the yarn I used in the piece you see pictured, but any equivalent yarn can be used. The white yarn is double knit used holding 2 strands together at once. For the red and black sections I have used chunky yarn but you can continue to use double knit held double stranded for these sections too. This project only uses a small amount of yarn so it’s great for stash busting.
I do recommend acrylic here as it is washable and hardy – essential with any pet related make!
6mm Crochet hook:
For this pattern I used my bamboo knit pro hook which gave me plenty of room to work the loop stitch.
15 – 20cm adhesive self fastener / hook and loop fastener / touch fastener / Velcro Brand:
I used some adhesive Velcro I had in my stash. Poppers / press studs will also work well for this as an alternative.
Gauge and finished size
Because of the small size and mix of yarns, I have not included a gauge measurement for this piece but the finished item measures approximately 25cm / 10in wide (around the collar) by 20cm / 8in long (drop down the chest).
If you use different yarns / hooks, this will impact the finished size.
Stitches and Abbreviations (US Terms)
blo = back loop only
ch = chain
dc2tog = double crochet 2 Together (UK treble crochet 2 together): Yarn over (yo), insert hook, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, insert hook into the next stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, pull through all 3 remaining loops to complete stitch.
dccl = double crochet cluster: Yarn over (yo), insert hook, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, insert hook into the same stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, pull through all 3 remaining loops to complete stitch.
ls = loop stitch: Click here for a tutorial
rs = right side
sc = single crochet (UK double crochet)
sc2tog = single crochet 2 together (UK double crochet 2 together: insert hook, yo, pull up a loop, inset hook into next st, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through all 3 loops to complete the stitch.
sk = skip
ss = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
ws = wrong side
You will start by creating a flat piece of fabric which will fold over the collar using the Velcro to secure it in place (added at the end). You will then move on to work the ‘beard’ section using the wonderful loop stitch, then start to decrease the width and work the upper body section, the belt and the lower body to finish.
The pattern is worked in rows from the neck down, turning at the end of each row.
Turning chains do not count as stitches.
Figures in (round brackets) at the end of a row indicate the number of stitches in that row.
Santa’s best friend Dog Bandana Pattern
Using 2 strands of white DK yarn held together and a 6mm hook
Row 1 (ws): Ch29, 1sc in the second ch from hook and each ch to end, turn (28)
Row 2: Ch1, 1sc in each st to end
Rows 3 – 5: As Row 2
Row 6: Ch1, 1sc in the blo of each st to end, turn
Now to start the ‘beard’
Row 7: Ch1, loop stitch in each stitch to end, turn
Row 8: ss in each st to end, turn
Row 9: As Row 7
Row 10: As Row 8
Row 11: Ch1, sk first st, ls in each st to 1 st from end, turn (26)
Row 12: As Row 8
Row 13: As row 11 (24)
Next we start Santa’s Outfit!
Change to red
Row 14: Ch1, 1sc in each st to end, turn (24)
Row 15: Ch1, 1sc2tog, 1sc in each st to 2 from end, 1sc2tog, turn (22)
Rows 16 – 19: Repeat rows 14 and 15 (18)
And the belt…
Change to black
Row 20: Ch2, 1dc2tog, 1dccl into each st to 2 from end, 1dc2tog, turn (16)
Then to finish…
Change to Red
Rows 21: Ch1, 1sc2tog, 1sc in each st to 2 from end, 1sc2tog, turn (14)
Row 22 – 27: As row 21 (4)
Row 28: Ch1, 2sc2tog, turn (2)
Row 29: Ch1, 1sc2tog (1)
Fasten off, sew in ends securely
Take a 15 – 20cm length of Velcro and fasten it to one side to the wrong side of the top or Row 1.
Note that the velcro I used was self adhesive but I added a couple of stitches for a little extra security!
Fold the top of the bandana over along the row where you worked in the blo – this stitch makes an easy fold line. Ensure you have enough room to fit the collar into, mark with a place holder where you need to place the opposing piece of Velcro.
Attach the second piece of Velcro to the end of the sc section.
Make sure you attach the bandana to the collar before placing the collar on the dog!
Adjustments to fit your dog
This pattern was designed for a collar about 1in wide. If you have a narrower collar work fewer rows of sc in the initial section.
If you have a smaller or larger dog then work fewer or more chains in the starting chain. to get the width right. The chain should be just a little wider than the front of the dog’s neck and you don’t want the bandana to be so long that it interferes with the dog’s movement (after all, let’s be honest – this is for us not them!!).
With a different number of starting chains you will also need a different number of decrease rows to reach the point. The notes below will help you work out how to adjust your decrease rows to meet the change in starting stitches.
In this pattern I started with 28 stitches and it worked over 29 rows which included 14 decrease rows. The first 6 were for the fastening and ‘beard’ so did not include any decreases. To work out how many decrease rows you need, you can simply divide the number of starting stitches by 2 (because you are decreasing by 2 stitches in each decrease row). You can then add as many non decrease rows between these as you like – remembering to get the belt in the middle!
It’s pretty tricky to be prescriptive in terms of exact stitch counts as our four legged friends vary so much, but I hope this gives you a starting point to adjust to fit. It’s such a quick project (once you have mastered the loops!) that you can play around with this bit.
Alternatively, for smaller dogs you can work with the same pattern but reduce the size of the yarn you are using to a worsted or single stranded double knit. This might be a simpler approach as the finished bandana will be both smaller and thinner fabric.
I hope you enjoy this pattern. I would love to see your finished projects so remember to tag them using #CIJMakeAlong2019
Give your doggo a belly rub from me too
As you can see, Ando is enjoying his festive training!