What do you have in common when you share your life with animal companions and work with yarn? Both activities can have similar health benefits, including lowering blood pressure and reducing stress. I think that makes me the epitome of good health as I live with a dog and three cats and have been knitting and crocheting since I was six. I consider the time I spend crocheting while lying on my favorite couch with at least a few animals next to me a gift like no other: just me, my animals and some yarn. And like daily vitamins and exercise, it’s important to my health!
If this project inspired you to learn crochet, find someone to teach you. You will be surprised how easy it is once you get started. There are also plenty of guides and resources online with excellent instructions for beginners. For the skilled craftsman, this is a great way to use up leftover yarn.
A simple chain stitch and a single crochet are the only stitches you need to know to make one of these collars. The variation in their appearance depends on the type of yarn used and the embellishments that you add. If you choose a textured yarn that can be difficult to work with until you get used to it, there is nothing else to add. Choose a crochet hook that makes a fairly tight stitch. If you still have the label from your yarn, this will tell you which hook size to use.
Measure your dog’s neck and think about how wide you want the collar to be. Chain stitch to this width plus one stitch, then crochet individually until you reach the correct length. The collar will stretch a bit, take this into account when measuring. You want it to be snug, but not tight.