A Snood for your Four-Legged Friend

Recently it’s become frigid here in the Shenandoah Valley. Combined with the nearly 3 feet of snow the heavens dumped on us, we’ve been getting down into the single digits overnight and into the morning, and with two little dogs, this becomes a serious problem. Our poor babies have to go outside to go potty, but they are not afraid to register their discontent. Ancho, our Chihuahua, has some serious feelings about this.
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We love our babies. They’re our family and we’d do just about anything for them, so when Ancho came back inside from a trip to go potty and his ears were nearly frozen, I knew I had to turn to my hooks for a solution. His ears weren’t just chilly. They were so cold I could tell it hurt him. I have raynaud’s phenomenon which is a condition that causes my fingers and toes (sometimes my entire foot) to turn white and then purple from lack of blood flow and cold, so I knew that kind of pain he was feeling.
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I got to work that day.  Ancho is luckily very tolerant of clothing (as you can see above) so I knew he wouldn’t mind having his ears snug and warm in the snood. Rufus, my fluffier white dog, however, is not a big fan of clothing. I knew he’d rather have his looser and not have his ears tucked in so I didn’t make his quite as snug. To make them more functional as well I worked a hole, similar to a button hole, for the leash to go through.
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I took my flexible tape measurer and got the measurement for around his head. I positioned the measuring tape to rest on top of the openings to his ears and then around his head. This measurement gives you the circumference of the opening to the doggie snood.
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Then you need to measure from the point between their ears down to the center of their back right above their shoulder blades. This gives you the length of your snood.
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 What you will need:
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4.5 mm crochet hook
Worsted weight yarn (Yardage depends upon size)
            For the medium snood I used Vanna’s Choice Sapphire and for the XS I used Brick.
A small amount of worsted weight yarn in a complementary color.
            Medium: Red, XS: Navy
Flexible measuring tape
Yarn needle
Scissors
Abbreviations:
Sl st: slip stitch
Ch: chain
DC: double crochet
SC: Single crochet
DC BLO: double crochet back loop only
SC BLO: single crochet back loop only
I strongly suggest measuring the dog (or other animal) for whom you are making this. Even more so than humans, our furry friends come in many shapes and sizes. A snug, but not too tight fit is imperative for the function of these snoods.
Instructions are written for XS size with Small, Medium, Large, and XL appearing in the parentheses in that order.
WITH PRIMARY COLOR:
Chain 36 (46, 56, 66, 76) **Measure this chain against your measurement of your dog’s head. Ancho’s head was 9” in circumference, thus 36 chains.**
Without twisting, slip stitch into the first chain to form a loop. The rest of the snood is worked in the round.
Round 1: Ch. 2, DC in the same chain you slip stitched into to form the loop. DC in each ch around. Slip stitch into the top of the first STITCH.
Round 2: Ch. 1, SC in the back loop of the same stitch as the sl st from the previous round.. SC BLO around, sl st in first stitch.
Round 3: Ch. 2, DC BLO  in the same stitch as the sl st from the previous round. DC BLO around, sl st in first stitch.
Repeat Rounds 2 & 3 once (2, 4, 7, 10 times)
Next round: Ch. 1, SC BLO in the same stitch as previous round’s sl st. . SC BLO in next 16 (21, 25, 29, 34) sts. Ch 2 (3, 4, 5, 5), skip next 2 (3, 4, 5, 5) sts, SC BLO in the next st, SC BLO around, sl st into first stitch.
Repeat  Round 3, DC BLO once in each chain.
Repeat Rounds 2 & 3 once (once, once, twice, three times) more. Finish off.
WITH SECONDARY COLOR:
Attach yarn where you finished off with the first color. Ch. 1. SC BLO around, slip stitch into the first stitch and finish off.
Do the same on the other end into the starting chain, being sure you have the right side facing you as you work.
Using your yarn needle, weave in ends securely.
And there you have it!
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