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Adventure Dog Cowl

Winter can be harsh and accessories can be fun.  This simple to scale cowl will help keep your dog warm when the wind starts to howl.  Crocheted using a hdc through the back of the loop the piece has a soft hand easy to slip over your dog’s head.

To maximize the fit, measure the circumference of the neck and widest part of the head to make sure at gauge you can slip the cowl over his/her head without a fuss

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Finished size: 9″ / [23 cm] diameter x 6″ / [15 cm] height

Gauge: 20 sts and 16 rows = 4″ [10 cm] square in hdc tbl, not blocked


Medium weight yarnYarn: Universal Deluxe Worsted Tweed Superwash (90% Superwash Wool, 7% Acrylic, 3% Viscose; 218 yards [199 meters]/100 grams): 920 Camel (1 hank)

Hook: US size H/8 (5.0 mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle, 2 locking markers

Pattern Notes

Do not use a single crochet foundation chain, it will be too bulky; use a simple chain for the foundation and work first row as presented.

Designed to fit a 25-40 pound dog. A cowl height of 6″ was chosen. For longer necked breeds, increase the number of stitches chained to begin. For smaller breeds, chain fewer stitches.

For a wider necked breed such as an English Bull Dog, increase the length of the work before joining.

If the diameter of the cowl is modified, adjust the location of the leash hole to keep it in the middle of the work. For example, should the desired diameter be 30″, place the leash hole into the work when the work measures 15″ rather than the 9″ as stated.

Worked flat and joined in Finishing.

Ch2 does not count as a stitch at the beginning of each row when counting stitches however it is included in the height of the cowl, as cast on at gauge, the ch 2 will add about .2″ to the height to achieve the 6″ height as stated.


Ch 31.
Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in each ch to end of row, turn. (29 sts)

Row 2: Ch 2, hdc bl in each hdc to end of row, turn.

Rep Row 2 until work meas 9″ or desired diameter, continue as foll:

Leash Hole

Row 1: Ch 2, hdc bl in each next 5 hdc, ch 4, sk 4 sts, hdc bl in each hdc to end of row, turn.

Row 2: Ch 2, hdc bl in each hdc to ch-4 sp, hdc into each ch, hdc bl in each hdc to end of row.

Row 3: Ch 2, hdc bl in each hdc to end of row, turn.

Rep Row 3 until work meas twice the length of the section before the leash hole.

To join, with tail of starting ch opposite to that of the working yarn, fold the piece in half, *hdc through fl of hdc of previous row, catching back bump of beg ch to join, yo, pull lp through, sl st; rep from * to end of row.

Fasten off.


Make square knot to join the tails.

Work tails back into the work along two different rows to reduce the potential for your dog to chew at the tails. Hiding them in the selvedge edge is not recommended.

Wash per ball band instructions.

Allow to air dry.

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  • I have two dogs living at my house: Sammy-the Pekinese and Dakota-a very young (4-6 months old-still a puppy who is a Black Lab-PitBull mix). I can probably make the cowl big enough for Dakota. What do I do with Sammy, the Pekinese? I have never been able to find her neck. Both dogs belong to my daughter and son-in-law who live with us. I may never get the cowl on the Black Lab because she is still in her biting phase and not very happy without biting about whatever it is. Do you have any recommendations?

    • Nicola P.

      Hi Susan, Your dogs sound silly and adorable! I think your fluffy dog may require some extra wiggle room when it comes to making this cowl. Does she wear a collar? That might be a good place to start for finding an approximate circumference starting point. Hope that helps a little bit!


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