I recently bought a batch of yarn on eBay and it turned out to be a chenille yarn which I had neve worked with before. But, there are some really simple to make and easy projects that come out great with this yarn! Since I’d never worked with it before it felt a little odd, but let me share a quick and simple pattern for a dog towel with you.
Now I bathe my dog year round and he really does hate to be wet - and I really hate using my bathroom towels on him because frankly he loses a lot of hair when he bathes - he’s a pomeranian - so I decided that this stuff might be perfect for him. So here goes a very quick pattern that is sure to make you happy.
First, measure your dog from the base of his neck to the base of his tail and then from his ‘tallest’ point on his back down to about his knees. Once you have this done it’s as simple as a single crochet stitch!
For mine, I used a “L” Crochet hook (this stuff is pretty thick) and I chained 50 across plus one and then turned and used a single crochet row after row. My particular towel used one four (4) ounce skein of off white chenille yarn and when I was done I simply wove in my ends and it was done! This entire project took me a mere 1 hour and here is what I love about this towel:
A) It is very absorbent! I was shocked at how quickly this thing dried the dog! Rather than fighting with him to get him dried with an oversized bath towel, he now has his own personal towel - it’s awesome!
B) It dries very fast! Another shock - with the amount of water that absorbed in there I was amazed to find this complely dry in one hour!
C) It repels hair! After the towel dried I took it to the waste basket and literally was able to shake all the hair into it! It was perfect.
Here’s the best part - the dog loves this thing! In fact he’s taken to napping on it as well (an added bonus). Then I decided that it might be even better if I made a little hood for it - so I did - it was simple - I took my size “L” hook again and I created the hood out of yarn scraps (the same chenille) and a simple single crochet stitch - what I did was make two angled squares (i.e. they’re narrower on the top than on the bottom - read the chapter in Chrochet Mastery to see how to decrease stitches) and I hand stitched them together and simply attached them to the top of the towel and added a small piece of elastic to keep it on his head - now he loves running through the house with it after his bath!
I also made a ladies hat from this chenille yarn (and all single crochet again) so I’ll put that up later on in the week. In the meantime, Happy Crocheting!