This darling plaid crochet dog bandana features the plaid technique and is made with super easy care Bernat Home Dec, a yarn similar to t-shirt yarn. Your dog will look so dapper in this perfect crochet dog bandana! This post contains affiliate links which means I get a small commission at no extra cost to you.
Confession: This plaid crochet dog bandana was actually supposed to go up during Plaid Week this year, but I had second thoughts last minute. It seemed too similar to my Plaid Bandana Bib for Baby, and I wanted each of the patterns to be fun, new and unique. So I tabled it, and promptly forgot about it. I didn’t think another thing about it until I was going through some half-finished projects and found it!
My dog Goose is too adorable to not share these photos with you. He is every bit as sweet as he looks!
Fun fact: Many people ask why we named our dog Goose (it doesn’t make a lot of sense on the surface!). The answer: Goose is the call sign of a character in Top Gun –Maverick’s navigator and wingman! Since my husband is a pilot, we thought it was a cute name for him. I even painstakingly taught him to bark when we say “talk to me Goose.” It’s a pretty fun trick to show people.
PLAID CROCHET DOG BANDANA – FREE CROCHET PATTERN
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– 7mm Hook
– Bernat Home Dec in Clay, Black and Cream
– Plastic Darning Needle
Abbreviations: US Terms
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Dc3tog – Dc decrease of 3 sts
Sl st – Slip Stitch
St – stitch
Gauge: not important
Measurements: Right angle sides are approx. 11″ x 11″
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1. With Black, sc foundation 32 sts. Turn. (32 sts)
2. Ch 2. Dc3tog. Dc in next st. Switch to Clay. Dc in next 4 sts. Switch to black. Continue alternating between Clay and Black every 4 sts. Turn. (30 sts)
3. Continuing with Clay, ch 2. Dc in next 4 sts. Switch to Black. Dc in next 4 sts. Continue alternating between Clay and Black every 4 sts, leaving last 3 sts unworked. Work a dc3tog across last sts, changing to Black on the 2nd st of the decrease. Turn. (28 sts)
4. Drop Black. Change to Cream. (pull up and carry Clay so you have it when you need it). Ch 2. Dc3tog. Dc in next st. Switch to Clay. Dc in next 4 sts. Continue alternating between Clay and Cream every 4 sts. Turn. (26 sts)
5. Continuing with Cream, Ch 2. (carry Clay). Dc in next 4 sts. Switch to Clay. Dc in next 4 sts. Continue alternating between Clay and Cream every 4 sts, leaving last 3 sts unworked. Dc3tog, switching to Cream on 2nd dc of the decrease. Turn. (24 sts)
6. Drop Cream. Join with black. Ch 2. Dc3tog. Dc in next st. Switch to Clay. Dc in next 4 sts. Continue alternating between Clay and Cream every 4 sts. Turn. (22 sts)
7. Continuing with Clay, Ch 2. Dc in next 4 sts. Change to Black. Dc in next 4 sts. Continue alternating between Black and Clay every 4 sts. Leave last 3 sts unworked. Dc3tog, switching to Black on 2nd dc of the decrease. Turn. (20 sts)
8. Drop Black. Join Cream. (carry Clay). Ch 2. Dc3tog. Dc in next st. Change to Clay. Dc in next 2 sts. Continue alternating between Clay and Cream. Turn. (18 sts)
9. Continuing with cream, Ch 2. Dc in next 4 sts. Change to Clay. Dc in next 4 sts. Switch to Cream. Dc in next 4 sts. Switch to Clay. Dc in next 3 sts. Dc3tog, changing to cream after 1st dc of decrease. Turn. (16 sts)
10. Drop Cream. Join Black. (carry Clay). Ch 2. Dc3tog. Dc in next st. Change to Clay. Dc in next 4 sts. Change to black. Dc in next 4 sts. Change to Clay. Dc in next 4 sts. Turn. (14 sts)
11. Continuing with Clay, Ch 2. Dc in next 4 sts. Switch to black. Dc in next 4 sts. Switch to Clay. Dc in next 3 sts. Dc3tog, changing to Black after first dc of decrease. Turn. (12 sts)
12. Drop Black. Join Cream. (Carry Clay). Ch 2. Dc3tog. Dc in next st. Switch to Clay. Dc in next 4 sts. Switch to cream. Dc in next 4 sts. Turn. (10 sts)
13. Ch 2. Dc in next 4 sts. Switch to Clay. Dc in next 3 sts. Dc3tog, chancing to cream after first dc of decrease. Turn. (8 sts)
14. Drop Cream. Join bBack. Ch 2. Dc3tog. Dc in next st. Switch to Clay. Dc in next 4 sts. Turn. (6 sts)
15. Continue with Clay. Ch 2. Dc in next 3 sts. Dc3tog, chancing to black after first dc of decrease. Turn. (4 sts)
16. Drop Black. Join Cream. Ch 2. Dc3tog. Dc in last st. Turn. (2 sts)
17. Continuing with Cream. Ch 2. Dc2tog.(1 st)
Orient your triangle so the hypotenuse is on the left side and the foundation is straight up-and-down on the right side. Join Black in the corner perpendicular to the foundation, on the side forming a right angle with the foundation (this will allow you to work a row of sc across the straight side and then across the diagonal side, meeting the foundation. After working up the side, work a ch approx. 8 – 9″ long. Sl down down the chain and s st into the bandanda. Continue working across the hypotenuse side of the triangle. When you reach the other corner, work another ch approx 8″ long and sl st down it. Work a sl st into the bandanda and tie off.
Tie the ends around Pup’s neck and you are good to go.
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Hi Bethany! Thank you for the pattern. I will attempt to make it for my smaller dog. What do you mean by sc foundation (step 1)? Is that the more fancier cast on that comes out thicker ?
Hi Carla! A Sc foundation is a ch-less foundation. you can work chs, but I like this method a bit better. I have a video here:
Hello! I am trying to make a smaller bandana,
24 stitches for the foundation. On the second row I am ending with 23 stiches but needing 22. I am not counting the chain 2 for height and did the decrease in the same stich as the chain.
Are you working a dc2tog or dc3tog?
I figured out what I was doing wrong. I was doing 3 dc in the same stitch.
Glad you got it!
Me too! This is such a cute pattern. Thank you for the time you spent making it and still answering questions years later.
You are very welcome!
I’d be glad to test this dog bandana . I hope it’ll be easy and easy to may for different sizes.
Cute pattern!! I haven’t done plaid but would like to try. A couple questions:
1- Could I do this pattern with one color? I’m assuming I would just go through the pattern as is without color changes?
2- I see that decreasing/increasing the pattern is done in multiples of four. I need to decrease the pattern. When working in multiples of four what side of the triangle is that so I can get a feel for the size? Also, how do I configure the color changes with changing pattern size, if that makes sense? Thanks!
1. Yes, you can work it all in one color, just ignore the color changes.
2. If you scroll down, I have a photo with the sides labeled so you can see how the decreases will change the size.
Configuring the color changes would just be trial and error, I do not have a pattern for a smaller size, but it is on my list!
Thank you! I see the triangle with the sides labeled, but if I do a small triangle, how do I configure that– is there a rule of thumb to follow — how to start and end each row so I know I am doing it right? I need to decrease it for the dogs i am making it fore.
hi there! any recommendations for how to decrease the size? I’m making this for a cat, who is about the size of a small dog. I was going to just try and play around with it, but if you had any advice let me know :) this is such a cute pattern and i can’t wait to try it out!
Yes! You can decrease the foundation, just make sure you are working with multiples of 4. Good luck!!
I love this , but I can’t seem to get the Second row right. After you chain two what chain do I start the 3dctog. I always have a couple of chains left. Please help me out. Don’t understand what I’m doing wrong. Thank you
You would work in the same st as the chain. Don’t work into the chain 2, that just gives you height to start the row.
Goosie is so adorable and handsome! I’ve been looking for a doggie bandana pattern to make for Lula, our Boxer/Staffy mix who drools constantly. This would be perfect to keep her (and our sofa) dry and stylish.Thanks so much for the clear instructions, tpp=-I can’t wait to get started.
Yay! You’re welcome!
Omg! I love this! I love all your patterns but this is so far THE best!
Thank you Jessica! <3
I Love Your Dog Bandana! Our big white spotted furry friend will look so cute with one too. Can’t wait to make him one. Thanks for sharing another awesome crochet inspiration pattern with us.
Our son is a Navy Pilot. He can’t wait for the new Top Gun movie to be released next year! Actually, we All can’t wait for it to come out. :-)!
Many Thank You’s!
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