I’m one of those knitters that never really progressed beyond scarf-making. I love to buy yarn, however, and have an entire bin of the fuzzy stuff in storage that quietly waits to be used. Recently, I decided that my friends and family had been subjected to my scarves long enough, so it was time to move onto the dog. I’m not sure he thinks he looks quite as fashionable as I think he does, but it is a great, festive accessory for winter. Just wait ’til you hear all the “Look, Mom, that dog is wearing a scarf!” comments. It is pretty darn cute.
I fashioned this scarf from plain old, dirt cheap Red Heart acrylic yarn, in basic knit stitch. I casted on 18 for the proper width for my dog’s neck, but you can adjust your width accordingly. The only fancy thing this scarf has is a keyhole built in so it won’t fall off. All you do is after you’ve knitted enough to wrap around your dog’s neck (about 90 rows in my case), you begin your next row and at the halfway point, in my case after nine, you tie on a second skein.
Knit both sides at the same time, rejoining the sides with one skein only when you have about a 2.5 inch opening (or whatever is big enough for the width of your scarf.) Continue for another 2.5 inches to finish and bind off. Cut and add tassles to end opposite of keyhole for some extra pizazz. Try the scarf on your dog and sew on a button to secure keyhole end of scarf. Personally, I think the button is what makes this scarf so darn cute!
Finished dimensions for my 20+ lb Jack Russell: 3.5 inches wide, 22 inches long (not including tassles), 2.5 inch keyhole, 2.5-3 inch tassles, 6 inch neck opening when buttoned.
If you need a good handbook for basic knitting, I like Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook. The Windy City scarf on page 159 has a keyhole, if you need additional help.
Doesn’t he make the best doggie model?