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Crochet Dog Harness

Difficultly Level:Intermediate Beginner -Time to complete:4 hours

I have a small dog - he's a Pomeranian and weighs 8 lbs.I prefer to use a harness when walking him because he loves to run ahead of me.I have had a variety of harnesses for him and I was always discouraged because they simply were not wide enough, nor did they wash all that easily.Another interesting thing is that while you can purchase bright orange or green harnesses for larger dogs you can't find them for small dogs - and since this dog is black it was even more important to me to have a harness that showed up visibly when we were walking at night or in gloomy weather.

Supplies:

Yarn: 1 5 oz skein of your favorite color (I used orange for one and bright green for one)

Hook: Size F crochet hook and Size G Hook

Additional:"D" Ring (to attach leash later)

O-Ring with slots for putting on tags

Darning needle

Base:

Chain 10

Create one more chain turn and work 1 single crochet into each loop all the way over (10) chain one and repeat.Make 20 rows in total.My finished piece is 2 inches wide and 5 inches long.

Leash Attachment

Using the "D" ring carefully put 6 single crochets using the straight part of the D ring as your base.Chain one, turn and create 5 rows of single crochet and carefully tie off making sure that all ends are very tight.

Attach to Base

Beginning at 3rd row from the bottom and beginning in the 3rd single crochet carefully using a darning needle tightly attach all sides of the leash attachment to your base.Make sure this is very snug as you'll be depending on this to keep your dogs leash attached!

When it is fully attached it should look like this:

First Strap/Fitting

This part will go around your dogs belly.You should continue using your Size F Crochet hook for this.

Beginning at the end of Row 5 of your base piece you are going to begin single crocheting up through the 10th row.Chain one and turn you work.You're now going to make a strip that will wrap around your pups belly and come up to attach on the back (this will prevent you having to reach under his belly to attach the harness, it will attach very easily on top.

Begin single crochet strip across your base row (5 rows) and make the proper length to go around your dog and join up at the top of his back (center).In my case I used a total of 63 rows of single crochet. This creates a strap that is approximately 17" long (depending on how tight you've been crocheting).

Final Row - your final row on this piece is going to be your button hole as well.Turn as in prior rows beginning with single chain, single crochet in next loop, then chain 10, single crochet in remaining two loops, tie off and weave in ends.

On the opposite side you're going to need to create an anchor for the strap.Do this by lining up your first row the exact same way you did on the initial strap by crocheting 5 single crochets beginning at row 5.After you've established this base row, you should chain one, turn and then chain 5 and attach to the 6th loop from your hook, fasten off securely and weave ends in.

Create a button: 

I prefer to have a button on top of the dogs back to allow for easy removal of the harness. To create the button make a loop of 3 chain stitches and join them with a slip stitch.Single crochet on the inside of the loop until the loop is filled (I used 5 single crochet stitches).Once you've completed this go to the top of the single crochets and work a set of single crochet stitches *up* on top and then close this by single crocheting them closed (this will make a bit of a 'ball style' button.Remember this has to be done very snugly because you're going to be depending on this to keep your dogs harness on!Place the button just above the tab where you put the D Loop tab centered.

Second Strap/Fitting 

This part will go around your dogs neck so while you want it to be snug you don't want it quite as tight as you've made the prior parts of the harness.For this part I recommend switching to a Size G hook (though you can stay with the F if you'd prefer).

Beginning at Row 2 of your base part, single crochet in each row to Row 6 (4 rows).Continue single crochet until you have reached a proper length to fit snugly (but not too snugly) on your dogs neck.(I wound up with a piece that was 11.5 inches long).For your final row you're going to chain one, single crochet (remembering to start in 2nd loop from hook), chain two and complete single crochet to the end of the row, tie off (tightly) and weave in ends.

On the opposite side you're going to need to create an anchor for the strap.Do this by lining up your first row the exact same way you did on the strap by crocheting 4 single crochets beginning at row 2.After you've established this base row, you should chain one, turn and then chain 4 and attach to the 5th loop from your hook, fasten off securely and weave ends in.

Note: the last single crochet makes a small loop that will allow you to put the ring on it that holds your dogs tags.

Additional Information:You should feel free to use standard buttons if you'd like to create the button tops of your harness. If you find that you have too much 'give' in either of your straps you can simply and quickly correct that (before adding the button) but simply moving the button off the center of the harness.