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Boho Crochet Dog Collar Sleeve

This collar sleeve has a subtle texture created using the spike stitch and single crochet, made with one cake of Lion Brand Mandala yarn. The pattern includes two sizes: a narrower overlay to cover a 0.5-1” wide pet collar and a wider overlay for a 1-1.5” wide pet collar. A great way to spruce up a dingy collar, the durable acrylic overlay works up quickly and can be made using scraps of any 3 weight yarn.

Skill Level: Beginner

Size: 2 (3)” x 19 (20)” wide collar

Gauge: 20 sts and 17 rows = 4” [10 cm]


Light weight yarnYarn: Lion Brand Mandala (100% Acrylic; 590 yards [540 meters]/150 grams): 215 Warlock (1 ball)

Hook: US size 7 (4.5 mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle

Special Stitches

Foundation half double crochet (Fhdc): *Ch 3, yo, insert hook into first ch, yo, pull up a lp (3 lps on hook), yo, pull through first lp on hook to create the first ch st (optional: pinch this st between the thumb and forefinger of your non-hook hand to hold it open and make it easier to work into; it is the space below the first and 2nd lps on the hook), yo, pull through all 3 lps on the hook to complete the first foundation hdc st, yo, insert hook into the ch st you were pinching to begin the second foundation hdc; rep from * to complete the required number of hdc.

Pattern Notes

The pattern shows the instructions for an overlay to fit a ½-1” wide collar, followed by instructions to fit a 1-1.5” wide collar shown in brackets.  The colors are changed every six rows; cut the cake of yarn to separate each color before beginning. The ch 1 to begin a row counts as a stitch.


Row 1: Fhdc 10 (15). Alternatively, ch 12 (17) and hdc into the 3rd ch from hook and across.

Rows 2-4: Turn, ch 1, sc across, placing the last st in the ch 1. (10 (15) sts).

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in next 3 sts, *(to make the first spike st, insert hook in sp between posts of sts in the row below, yo, bring hook up to the working row, yo, pull through, spike st in sp between the posts of the sts 2 rows below, spike st in sp between the posts of sts 3 rows below, sc in next st; rep from * 1 (2) more times, sc in next 1 (3) sts.

The first spike st is made in the sp between the posts of the st in the row below the working row.

The second spike st is made in the sp between the posts of the st 2 rows below the working row.

The third spike st is made in the space between the posts of the st 3 rows below the working row. 

Placement of the first spike st. 

Placement of the second spike st.

Placement of the third spike st.

Finished spike row for the 1.5” wide collar. 

Rows 6-10: Rep Row 2.

After row 10, fasten off yarn and switch to the next color. To switch colors, make a slipknot with the new color on the hook, insert hook into first st of row, yo, pull through.

Rep Rows 5-10, 18 (19) times, or to reach the length needed to cover the pet collar.


Place overlay around collar and sew the long edges together, placing the seam along the center of the inside of the collar and tucking the yarn tails under the seam.

Weave in any remaining ends.

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