Best Friend Bandana

It’s National Dress Up Your Pet day!

We’ve encouraged everyone at work to participate, with pictures of their pets in our school color (orange!). I’m an equal opportunity pet lover, but I’m surrounded by hardcore dog lovers in the office, so that was the only species we had pictures of today. My kitty, Yobi, is just the sweetest, so I wanted her to represent and get in on the fun. Like most cats, however, she doesn’t like to wear anything.

Enter, the Best Friend Bandana!

I had orange yarn left over from my snowflake ornaments, how perfect. I was bingeing Bodyguard on Netflix, so I wanted something I could knit without taking my eyes off of Richard Madden. I chose a bias garter triangle, with a buttonhole early in the project. Double bonus, it makes it easy to adjust to whatever size to fit your best animal friend. Since it takes only a small amount of yarn, you can use your shawl or sweater leftovers and be “twinsies”!

Here’s what you need:

  • Yarn (I used about 12 grams of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes for my average cat) and appropriate needles (I used size 5). Gauge is super not important. If you like the fabric, go for it.
  • A button, big enough to go through your buttonhole and not too big to be cumbersome on your animal buddy. Needle and thread to attach it.
  • A tape measure to measure your friend’s neck, and a tapestry needle to weave in your ends.

First, measure your friend’s neck, so you know how long to make your bandana (My kitty has a 10″ neck).

Cast on 2 stitches.

Row 1: Knit across.

Row 2: Knit one stitch, knit in the front and the back of the next stitch.

Row 3: Knit across.

Row 4: Knit the first two stitches, knit in the front and the back of the next stitch.

Row 5: Knit the first stitch, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit the last stitch (This is your buttonhole).

At this point, measure how long your knitting is (mine was about a half an inch). This is where the button will overlap in the bandana, add it to your friend’s neck measurement (with my cat’s neck and my button overlap, I needed my bandana to be 10.5″ long).

Row 6: Knit to the last stitch, knit in the front and the back of that last stitch.

Row 7: Knit across.

Repeat rows 6 & 7 until the long-edge measures as long as your pet’s neck measurement plus the button overlap. You’ll end on a row 6.

Bind off, break your yarn, and weave in your ends. Sew your button to the side opposite your buttonhole.

Put it on your pet and make them miserable posing for selfies with you.

And that’s all there is to it! I finished it in two episodes!

I’d love to see your animal friends dressed in their best, so tag your pictures with #fiberadventures so I can see!

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