People love their dogs like children… so is it any wonder I get a lot of questions about crocheting dog toys?
Above is a photo of a dog toy I was recently commissioned to design and crochet. For the most part, crocheting for a dog is a lot like crocheting for a baby… but there are a few more things to keep in mind.
Here are some considerations:
- Just like for babies, don’t use any plastic parts. Some dogs are avid chewers, and even ‘safety eyes’ can come off when the fabric they’re attached to has been chewed through. I don’t need to give details about the digestion distress a swallowed eye can give your pup… so just avoid plastic parts!
- Select a sturdy yarn. Linen would totally rock, but so would wool or cotton. Nothing too soft (no merino!), because you want it to hold up.
- Pick a machine washable yarn. Uh… because you’ll probably want to wash it!
- Crochet a tighter gauge than usual. I used a size G hook on a worsted weight yarn- giving me a very stiff fabric. This will help almost any yarn last longer and stand up to more chewing.
- Tie firm knots. For all of my amigurumi, I tie strong square knots on the wrong side of the work. Be especially sure to do this with dog toys!
- Select an appropriate size. Don’t make a super-tiny toy. I don’t know what the exact minimum size is, but make a toy that’s about the size of the toys you see sold in shops- that way you know you’ll be safe.
If you follow these tips, you can crochet an adorable toy that your pup will love… and will last through lots of playing!