If you are someone who loves dogs and loves to crochet it's inevitable that your two passions will mix at some point. There are a lot of pet items that can be custom made using crochet, and a leash and collar set may be the easiest to do.
I decided to create this pattern because I couldn't find a set that really inspired me. To complete this project I used a variation of the “mat” stitch pattern, and some other basic stitches that include;
- Chain (CH)
- Single crochet (SC)
- Double crochet (DC)
You do not need much to finish the crochet portion of this project, but to complete the leash and collar you will have to purchase some special hardware. Here are the tools and materials you will need for this project.
- Yarn: The yarn pictured here is “Caron: simply soft, tapestry - color #0001.”
- Yarn needle
- Scissors: Or, something else to cut your yarn.
- Crochet hook: F/5-3.57 (Using a different hook will result in your piece being bigger or smaller than the piece shown.)
- Two silver swivel claps (or claps of your choice)
- Two silver “D” rings (or rings of your choice)
Most crafts stores have claps and "D" rings available for under $2 each.
As with a lot of crochet patterns you need to start by forming a slip knot, and once you've done that you can start the pattern.
- Chain 8 (Giving you a width of about 1 ½ inches.)
- Row 1: SC in the second chain from the hook, skip 2 chains, DC in the next chain, CH 1,
- (DC, CH 1, DC) in the same ST (stitch), skip 2 chains, SC in the last chain, turn
- Row 2: CH 4, skip 3 ST, SC in the next ST, CH 3, SC in the last ST, turn
- Row 3: CH 1, SC first ST, DC on in the next SC, CH 1, (DC, CH 1, DC) in the same ST, skip 2 chains, SC in the last chain, turn
- Rows 4-?: Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you reach your desired length. Ending on row 3.
Note: I did a total of 60 rows for a collar, which resulted in a completed length of 15 inches after I added the hardware. The leash ended up being a total of 280 rows with a completed length of 68 inches including the clap and handle.
- Bind off, and weave in your ends.
Assembly is fairly straightforward. Simply slip your hardware onto the leash or collar, and fold the end over it. Then, use a strand of yarn and the yarn needle to sew it in place. The handle is formed by folding a length of yarn over you hand long enough to pass your fingers. Then, use your free hand to hold the yarn in place, and secure the folded piece to the leash. Once everything is secure, you've finished your project and the pieces are ready to use.
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