A year and a few days ago, we welcomed a puppy. He’s a cute, ever changing, pain in everyone’s butt. All puppies are. I equate it to childbirth – you forget how much it hurts just enough to do it again.
After we brought our little fur bundle home, I set about making him some toys. This caused some serious nay saying from some very retail pet people. Yarn toys don’t hold up, blah, blah, blah. I’ve made lots of little dog toys over the years. (Okay, some of them have been large. My other pup is 72 pounds.) In my opinion, experience, it is all about the yarn. You know that nasty stuff your mother and grandmother had? Use that. If you don’t have a seemingly never ending supply of yarn that was sold at Kmart, JC Penny’s, and Venture like I do, buy the cheapest, roughest yarn you can. These are the ones I made last year.
After a year of games of tug, fetch, solo play, spins in the washer and dryer, they look pretty awesome, right???
There was also a ball that I made. While super cool and fabulous, it is now way too small. I got all these from Pinterest.
Now, to design my own! My pup is now very close to his adult size and there are things about him that I’ve noticed. Because of his slightly less than desirable eyesight, he plays with his light colored toys the most. He loves the wiggly pieces of his fish toy. And finally, he likes toys he can play with on his back with all 4 paws!
Armed with a skein of white, old, rough Wintuk brand yarn. (Yikes!) and an H size hook, here’s what I did.
Chain the desired length of your toy.
Row 1. Hdc in 2nd chain from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 2. Fphdc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 3. Bphdc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 for pattern. It creates a horizontal ribs on one side and vertical ribs on the other. Continue this until piece measures around 2 inches.
Join the piece to form a tube.
Hdc through the each stitch of the first and last rows together. Continue this all the way across.
Ch 40, turn and slip st in each ch back to the tube.
Slip st next to the beginning ch 40.
Repeat the previous 2 steps, working around the tube.
Now you have made some corded loops.
Slip st in each of the Hdc used to join your tube.
Now we will do the fringe-y edge.
Pinch your tube end together. Pull a loop from one side of the tube to the other. Ch 40
Using any combination of sl st, sc, Hdc and twisting you wish, work each ch.
Repeat the two previous steps until you have worked this end of the tube closed. Fasten off and weave in a long end of your yarn!
I hope your pup loves it as much as mine does!