Editor’s Note: This pattern is an easy loom knitting pattern, but it does assume that you are somewhat familiar with loom knitting and understand the basic terms.
designed by Robin Celli of KnittingwithSchnapps.blogspot.com
Since Schnapps loves to wear a cowl in the cold weather, I have now made him a few of them so that I can change them to suit different occasions without buying holiday collars. This pattern takes about 30 to 45 minutes to make and can be adjusted for dogs of any size.
Sizing: To ensure that you are making the correct size, take your dog’s collar and hold it to a circle loom. The collar should be the same size or slightly smaller than the inside of the loom. I use the blue preemie hat loom for Schnapps. Larger dogs would need larger looms. But I think, using the Knifty Knitter set you could make a cowl even for a Saint Bernard.
Please Note: No matter what size you make, you MUST knit this cowl loosely. Remember this as you work the pattern, especially when binding off, as you want the finished cowl to be stretchy enough to fit comfortably over the dog’s head.
Use two strands of worsted weight or bulky yarn held together as one. You could also just use one strand of super bulky yarn. I prefer seasonal colors. The one shown here is done in earthy, fall shades, but Schnapps also has an orange and black one for Halloween, a Christmas one, a red and white one for Valentine”s Day, a green one for St. Patrick”s Day and a blue one for everyday.
Loom Knitting Pattern Instructions – Dog Cowl
Make a slipknot and attach it to your anchor peg.
E-wrap the entire loom. Start with Peg 1 by bringing the yarn towards the inside of the loom and wrapping it around the peg in a counterclockwise direction. Repeat for each peg. There should be one loop on each peg when you are finished.
E-wrap the entire loom again, being sure that there are 2 loops on every peg when you are finished.
Knit off each stitch by bringing the bottom loop up and over the top loop, taking the bottom loop off the loom. When finished, there will be one loop on each peg again.
Repeat the above two rows, e-wrapping and knitting off until your piece is about 5 inches long. Make this longer for larger dogs.
Bind off very loosely, using the basic bond off, as follows:
1. Knit the first 2 stitches.
2. Move the loop from peg 2 over to peg 1. Knit off.
3. Move the loop from peg 1 over to the now empty peg 2.
4. Knit the next peg
Repeat steps 2 through 4 until you have only one stitch left on the last peg.
Cut your working yarn, leaving about 6 inches and e-wrap the last peg. Knit off and pull the tail through the stitch.
Your cowl is complete!
About the Designer: Robin Celli runs Delaware Head Huggers, making handmade hats for chemo patients that are shipped to hospitals and cancer centers throughout the United States. She also runs Kozy Kovers for Kids, providing handmade blankets for foster care chidren and other children in need.