Dog toys!

So, I mentioned yesterday crocheted dog toys and a fellow blogger inquired after the pattern. There are a lot of them out there for more showy ones, but here’s the really simple one I use. My mom ordered six of these not too long ago, three with rope and three without and they have been very well received by the puppy and the older dog. I should also note, that this design is also cat approved (use soft stuffing for when making for a cat…unless it’s a rescued Maine Coon breed like size then yeah you might want to use a more sturdy stuffing).  Also, leaving these balls to soak in the catnip bag guarantees you days of entertainment long after the ball is in play. 😉

I use 100% cotton for these, because it seems like it would stand up best to the chewing of a young dog and not be abrasive on the teeth of an older dog.  If anything is not overly clear, please feel to comment or point a spot that could use a bit more elaboration.

Pattern for the humble Crocheted Dog Ball.

Code for the following is:
sc is single crochet
ss is slip stitch
scd is single crochet decrease

Chain 2.

Row 1: 6 single crochet in second chain from hook, slip stitch to join, chain 1. (do not turn, work in rounds)

Row 2: 2 sc in each stitch, slip stitch to join, chain 1.

Row 3: *1 sc in stitch, 2sc in next stitch* repeat ** until end of row, slip stitch to join, chain 1

Row 4: *1 sc in next 2 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch*  Repeat ** until end. ss, chain 1

Row 5: *1 sc in next 3 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch* Repeat ** until end. ss, chain 1

At this point you can stop increasing if it’s a small dog, for a larger dog use the following two rows.

Big dog row A: *1 sc in next 4 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch* Repeat ** until end, ss, chain 1.

Big dog row B: *1 sc in next 5 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch*  Repeat ** until end, ss, chain 1

Main Body of the ball: (row count for if Big Dog is in parenthesis)

Rows 6-9 (8-11): 1 sc in each stitch to end, slip stitch joining and chaining 1.

Row 10 (12): *1 sc in next 3 (5) stitches, 1 scd in next two stitches*  Repeat ** until end, ss to join.

Row 11 (13): * *1 sc in next 2 (4) stitches, 1 scd in next two stitches*  Repeat ** until end, ss to join.

At this point, for the small dog, stuff with stuffing. You can use dried beans or something similar if you’d like to give it a bit more weight.  Single crochet is great for because you don’t need to use a lining.

Row 12 (14): *1 sc in next 1 (3) stitches, 1 scd in next two stitches*  Repeat ** until end, ss to join.  (At this point for big dogs, stuff!)

Now for the small dogs, the last row, which is row 15 for small dogs you are single crochet decreasing 2 stitches together. Finish off.  Use the tail to weave in the last stitches and gently pull them tighter. Stuff end into the ball and done!
Instructions for a “rope” will follow after finishing the big dog rows.

Big Dog row C (15):  *1 sc in next 2 stitches, 1 scd in next two stitches*  Repeat ** until end, ss to join.

Last row: Do the same as what you would on the small dog.

Now for a version with a rope, slip stitch join at the top (where you finished) and chain 1. At this point, if you can do a foundation single crochet or any of the other foundation rows, knock out about two-four feet long section. When you get to a length you like, go back along the row and slip stitch join into the ball. If you want a stronger rope, merely a few more rows, slip stitch joining them in the ball. Finish off, pull the end into the ball and you my friend now have an crocheted dog toy.

May you and the Doggie, have many hours of fun!

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