A free dog scarf is easily made from leftover fabric or yarn! There are three ideas presented on this page:
I had some spare yarn from crocheting an infinity scarf with cowl for my younger daughter and decided it could be turned into a free dog scarf.
The basic pattern, which creates a warm and dense weave, is as follows:
Chain 8 to 12 stitches, depending on how wide you plan to make the scarf. (SC = single chain; HDC = half double chain)
I made the scarf by alternating two rows:
Row 1: 1 SC in each chain, CH 1, turn
Row 2: 1 HDC in each chain, CH 1, turn
Finishing: Keep crocheting and measure periodically by looping the scarf snugly but not too tightly around your dog's neck - you can loop the scarf once and overlap the ends in a V pattern, or loop it twice and either use the V pattern or align the ends straight on. Sew together when done, or add a button or two for fastening. Weave the remaining yarn ends into the piece.
Add decoration if desired. I simple made a long chain of SC stitches and then used a separate length of yarn to hook the chain onto the top of the scarf. I was aiming for a heart pattern and think these would have looked better if I'd used a piece of sewing thread and sewn the chain onto the scarf instead.
Note: You can use any crochet stitches you like - I'd love to see your variations!
Nicki, from Ohio, U.S. submitted the following infinity scarf idea:
"Hi there, I'm glad that I found your website. I love to knit, and I make blankets for my local animal shelter.
I just started a new project, making scarves for the dogs. I just take a knitting scarf pattern, measure it for a small, or large dog and sew the two ends together. It makes a nice scarf/collar for the dog, and keeps their neck warm. I'm anxious to try the sock pattern.
P.S. Thank you for posting my scarf pattern, I hope others enjoy it as much as I do. I tried your sock pattern, for a dog at my local shelter, and it turned out so well, that it will be part of his Halloween costume. Thank you again."
Thank you, Nicki! - and readers, please remember that you can use an endless variety of knitting patterns to make one of these.
Sydney and Courtney from Canada provided us with the following instructions:
Well, that's it for our handmade dog scarf ideas. Again, feel free to share your results with us!