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Dog Bandana


Knit Dog Bandana

This knit dog bandana is a good project for a person as well.

Sarah White

Style for Dogs:

Dressing up your dog is a lot of fun, but many dogs won't put up with full-blown costumes. A knit bandanna is a good compromise because it doesn't bother the dog much, as long as it is not tied too tightly, and it still looks really cute.

The pictured bandanna is huge, but can be made much smaller for a smaller dog, or even for you to wear as a bandanna or do-rag. Why not make two so you and your best friend can match?


  • 220 yards of a 100 percent cotton yarn (I used Debbie Bliss Cotton DK in color 21) or less for a smaller dog
  • one pair size 7 US needles
  • scissors
  • crochet hook or yarn needle


22 stitches and 28 rows per four inches in stockinette stitch. Gauge is not critical.


Finished size of project shown is 24 inches across at the widest part and 16 inches long. It would fit a large dog. To fit your own dog, measure his or her neck and add a couple of inches to help tie the bandana in place.


  1. Cast on three stitches.
  2. Row 1: Knit one, knit into the front and back of next stitch (kfb), knit one (4 stitches).
  3. Row 2: Knit one, purl two, knit one.
  4. Row 3: Knit one, kfb the next two stitches, knit one (6 stitches).
  5. Row 4: Knit one, purl four, knit one.
  6. Row 5: Knit one, kfb, knit two, kfb, knit one (8 stitches).
  7. Row 6: Knit one, purl six, knit one.
  8. Continue in this manner, increasing on the second and second-to-last stitch on the right side and knitting the first and last stitch on the purl side, until project is desired length.
  9. Bind off. Cut remaining yarn. Weave in ends.

About the Pattern:

The first stitch of every row is knit in order to help decrease the curling that happens with stockinette stitch.

The increases are done one stitch in from the edge to make the edges a little smoother. If you don't mind a rougher-looking edge, you can make your increases on the first stitch on the right-side rows instead.

About the Yarn:

Debbie Bliss Cotton DK is a 100 percent cotton, worsted weight yarn. It is machine washable in warm water on the gentle cycle. It is available in 30 shades and comes in balls of about 95 yards per 50 grams.

Any 100 percent cotton yarn would be a good choice for this project.

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