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Hand made Christmas leash for the dog with jingle!

How to make your own Christmas leash!

I love my dogs and I love to crochet!  I made this super cute Christmas Leash for Lacey.   For my fellow happy hookers I have included instructions on how I made this leash – for those of you that don’t crochet I do have a few of these leashes left at my ETSY store (https://etsy.com/shop/TheRescueMama)

 Xmas leash 002For leashes for small dogs I use a 2 inch swivel snap hook (I usually order them from Hobby Lobby online but you can buy them from any hardware store).christmas leash tutorial 004  For this particular leash I used a G crochet hook.  Leashes made of yarn stretch longer than their original size; the smaller the hook you use the less stretch and vice versa with a larger hook.  I used Red Heart Super Soft Shimmer yarn for this project.christmas leash tutorial 001  My standard size for a (finished) leash is 42 inches.  This is simply what I have found to be comfortable length for walking – you can make it as short or long as you like.

To start the leash I chain 5 stiches.  Turn, do a single crochet row (4 single crochets).  I will repeat this until I have about 5 inches of leash completed.  Thread the end of your leash through the loop of the snap hook and weave it shut with the crochet needle. leash tutorial 001 When I start the leash out I leave a long tail so that I can go back and reinforce the now weaved loop around the snap hook even more securely.   Continue your rows of 4 single crochet’s until you have a 47 Inch piece.  Fold the finished end over such that you have a 5 inch loop at one end of the leash for your handle.  Weave the loop shut with the crochet needle.  Again, I leave pretty long tails of yarn when I tie off so that I can go back with a tapestry needle and weave all my closures really securely with that extra yarn.

For the ruffle; Starting on one side of the leash (you can start at the hook or the handle), begin crocheting with the white yarn.  Single crochet in your first side loop – chain six, single crochet in your next loop.  Repeat all the way down the leash to accomplish the ruffle.  You can chain as many stitches as you want for the ruffle.  My six stitch chains make the finished leash about 2 inches wide.Xmas leash 004.  I added flowers and pom poms to both the top and bottom loops I made on the leash (at the handle and at the snap hook).    The flowers I made are super simple:

1) Chain six and slip stitch into a loop.

2) 15 single crochets in your loop and slip stitch closed.

3) Single crochet in the next row, chain 3, skip the next two single crochets,  repeat four times, slip stitch the row closed.

You will have five loops created when you finish step three.

4) In your first chain loop; 1 single crochet, 1 half double crochet, 3 double crochets, 1 half double crochet, 1 single crochet.  Repeat four times (in each loop). This will leave you with five petals.

5) Single crochet in the first loop of the petal, chain six.  Repeat four more times.

6) In the first chain loop, 1 single crochet, 1 half double crochet, 5 double crochets, 1 half double crochet, 1 single crochet.  Repeat four times.  Slip stitch the row shut.   You will have five petals when you are done.

I attach the flowers and the pom poms to the leash with clear acrylic thread.  I also attached some jingle bells under the flower at the snap hook.  I attach things like jingle bells with 10 lb fish line because I want them to be as secure as possible.

Have fun!

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