How to Make a DIY Dog Scarf

A free dog scarf is easily made from leftover fabric or yarn! There are three ideas presented on this page:

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Crocheted Free Dog Scarf

crocheted dog scarf

I had some spare yarn from crocheting an infinity scarf with cowl for my younger daughter and decided it could be turned into a free dog scarf.

The basic pattern, which creates a warm and dense weave, is as follows:

Chain 8 to 12 stitches, depending on how wide you plan to make the scarf. (SC = single chain; HDC = half double chain)

I made the scarf by alternating two rows:

Row 1: 1 SC in each chain, CH 1, turn

Row 2: 1 HDC in each chain, CH 1, turn

Finishing: Keep crocheting and measure periodically by looping the scarf snugly but not too tightly around your dog’s neck – you can loop the scarf once and overlap the ends in a V pattern, or loop it twice and either use the V pattern or align the ends straight on. Sew together when done, or add a button or two for fastening. Weavethe remaining yarn ends into the piece.

Add decoration if desired. I simple made a long chain of SC stitches and then used a separate length of yarn to hook the chain onto the top of the scarf. I was aiming for a heart pattern and think these would have looked better if I’d used a piece of sewing thread and sewn the chain onto the scarf instead.

Note: You can use any crochet stitches you like – I’d love to see your variations!

Knitted Free Dog Scarf

Nicki, from Ohio, U.S. submitted the following infinity scarf idea:

“Hi there, I’m glad that I found your website. I love to knit, and I make blankets for my local animal shelter.

I just started a new project, making scarves for the dogs. I just take a knitting scarf pattern, measure it for a small, or large dog and sewthe two ends together. It makes a nice scarf/collar for the dog, and keeps their neck warm. I’m anxious to try the sock pattern. 

P.S. Thank you for posting my scarf pattern, I hope others enjoy it as much as I do. I tried your sock pattern, for a dog at my local shelter, and it turned out so well, that it will be part of his Halloween costume.  Thank you again.”

Thank you, Nicki! – and readers, please remember that you can use an endless variety of knitting patterns to make one of these.

Fringed Fabric Handmade Dog Scarf

Sydney and Courtney from Canada provided us with the following instructions:

  • We cut fabric the length we wanted and then fringed it. The fabric was about 8 inches wide and 30 inches long. 
  • We cut slits at the end of each side and they were about 3 and a half inches each. We made about fourty-five slits on each side. 
  • We used a type of fabric that was a little fuzzy and did not unravel at all.
  • We made it for a big dog so if you want to make it for a smaller dog then you just use half the amount of everything.

Well, that’s it for our handmade dog scarf ideas.