We all love our dogs. And who doesn’t like their dog to look good. I know I love to keep my Shih Tzu/Pug mix Abby groomed and looking sweet. She usually gets a bandana from the groomer, but I like to make my own, too. In this post, I’ll show you how to crochet a dog bandana with a flower on it.
I used Caron Simply Soft in Mango and Sunshine. I thought those were beautiful, bright, spring colors. A cotton yarn would work up nice as well. Color combo possibilities are endless. Have fun and use your imagination. I used a G (4mm) hook. You will also need a snap for closure.
First, using a tape measure, measure around your dog’s neck in inches.
With your main color, Ch the number of stitches needed to measure 1” less then neck size. Remember, yarn stretches. Make it an odd number so you will end up with an even number of stitches. I used half double crochet for this bandana. Another great stitch to use for this is the herringbone hdc. (YO, insert in st, YO, pull through, do not YO but pull through 1st loop on hook, then YO, pull through remaining loops on hook)
Row 1: hdc in 2nd ch from hook, and in each ch across.(even number of sts) Fasten off.
Hold up to dog’s chest and use stitch markers to mark a stitch on each side the width of the chest. Rejoin the yarn where 1st st marker is and continue with row 2.
Row 2: hdc in each st to the 2nd stitch marker, turn
Row 3: Ch 1,hdc first 2 sts together, hdc across to last 2 sts, hdc last 2 sts together, turn
You will repeat row 3 until you are down to 1 stitch. Fasten off. Weave in any ends.
Three Border options:
Border 1: This is the border in the picture. Join your contrasting color in 1st ch of row 1 (Ch 3, skip next st, sl st next st) around bandana working in chs, sts, and ends of rows. Join with sl st to 1st st. Fasten off.
Border 2: This makes a small shell like border. Join in 1st ch of row 1 (3hdc in next st, skip next st, sl st in next st) around working in chs, sts, and ends of rows. Join with sl st in 1st st. Fasten off.
Border 3: This is a simple border. Join in 1st st, Ch 1, sc evenly around working in chs, sts, and ends of rows with 3 sc in the point of bandana. Join with sl st in 1st st. Fasten off.
With yellow, Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook or use magic circle (6) Fasten off. Join white with sl st in 1st st. (Ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in next 2 chs, hdc in last ch, sl st in next st) Repeat around until you have 6 petals. Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew flower to middle of bandana. This flower may be too big to use on a bandana for really small dog.
Sew the snap ends to each end of the 1st row. If you don’t have a snap, a 1/2 inch button can be used and buttoned through one of the stitches on the other end.
All that’s left is to fasten it around your dog’s neck. Doesn’t she look beautiful?
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