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Make an Adorable Needle Knit Pet Bandana Today!

Make an Adorable Needle Knit Pet Bandana Today!

Inside: Free needle knit Pet Bandana pattern in 3 sizes with tutorial videos.

Last week I launched the loom knit Pet Bandana pattern showcasing our Golden Retriever, Ranger. Then something BIG happened over the weekend.

We brought home a new foster pup! Meet Rudy.

needle knit pet bandana modeled by Rudy

Rudy is such a sweetie and those eyes! Well, since I was knitting Pet Bandanas like a boss for this week, Rudy had to have one to welcome him to our family.

This easy, knit Pet Bandana will keep your pup (or cat) in style!  The triangle shaped bandana is worked in one piece and includes a casing to slide it right onto your pet’s collar. No knots. No ties. No fuss.

I decided to use a wool/alpaca blend for a couple reasons. First, I had some in my stash and this year I’m being purposeful about using what I have on hand. Second, wool holds it shape really well, even if it gets wet. It’s less likely to soak up water so when Rudy gets messy in his water dish his bandana still looks great.

Now if you don’t happen to have wool on hand you can use any bulky (#5) weight yarn and it will still look great.

needle knit pet bandana 3 sizes shown
Small, Medium and Large Bandanas

I included 3 sizes in the pattern: Small, Medium and Large so the pattern will work for variety of breeds. The small would be good for some small breeds, but it may be too big for some mini breeds. To get a smaller one you may want to switch to a small gauge loom and #4 medium weight yarn.

needle knit pet bandana
And a pic of Ranger because his smile is contagious!

Needle Knit Pet Bandana

By Kristen Mangus

A downloadable PDF of this pattern is available in my Etsy store and from Ravelry at the links below:


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Bulky (#5) yarn
Red Heart An Italian Story Vera (100 g/3.5 oz, 123 meters/135 yards
Colors Notte (shown above), Pietra and Caffe used in samples. 

US 9 (5.5 mm) circular needle
Knitter’s Pride Karbonz Interchangeable Needles with 16” cord used in sample.

Stitch marker
Tapestry needle


CDD = Center double decrease
K = Knit
K2tog  = Knit 2 together
P = Purl
Rem = Remain(ing)
Rep = Repeat
RS = Right side
St(s) = Stitch(es)
WS = Wrong side

16 sts x 31 rows in 4” in garter st



S (M, L)

6.75” x 5.5” (8.5” x 6.5”, 9” x 7.25”)  [17 x 14 cm (21.6 x 16.5 cm, 23 x 18.5 cm)]
Fits collar .5” (1”, 1.5”) wide


Center Double Decrease (CDD):  

  • Slip 2: Slip the first 2 stitches on your non-working needle knitwise.  (Slip your working needle into the second stitch as if to knit and slide both stitches onto your working needle.)
  • Knit: Then knit the next stitch on your non-working needle.
  • Pass slipped stitches over (psso): Finally, pick up the first two stitches with the tip of your non-working needle and lift them over the stitch you knit and drop them off the working needle.


Cast on 27 (33, 37) sts.

Row 1 (RS): Knit
Repeat Row 1 until 2.5” (3”, 3.5”) about 20 (24, 28) rows. End on WS row.

Casing for Collar:

Row 2 (RS): Insert KW through 1st st and pick up 1st st from cast on pulling through as to knit. Repeat knitting next stitch and picking up next stitch from cast on until all knit stitches are worked; may need to pick up twice through a cast on stitch if one missed.

Row 3 (WS): Knit
Repeat Row 3 five (six, six) times.

Row 4: K1, k2tog, knit to end of row.
Rep Row 4 until 3 sts rem.

Row 5: CDD

Knit last st, cut tail and pull through.  Weave in ends.

Slip stitch crochet on surface to create initial, name or a design!

needle knit pet bandana with slip stitched paisley design
What do you think of my slip-stitch crochet paisley design?
Needle knit pet bandana with monogram
Rudy gets a monogram!


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Tutorial Videos

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