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Pet Collar

 
Pet Collar
 
 

Description:  This Pet Collar is a nice way to adorn your cat, dog, or other animal with something handmade. The design features a buttonhole clasp. A D-Ring can be added if you plan to use a leash.

This is one of my special "flexible" Macrame patterns, where you get to choose the decorative knots used for the overall design.

There is a Pet Leash pattern listed separately, and both can be made using the same type of knot, so they match.


 
 
Supplies Needed:
 
  • 4mm cord material
  • Project Board and pins
  • One small D-Ring (optional)
  • One Shank-style Button (1 inch)
  • Glue
 
 
 

Step 1:  Determine your pet's neck size with a tape measure.  It should be loose, so you can fit your fingers under it easily.  

Cut 1 working cord, 8 times the finished size you came up with. 

Cut 1 holding cord 6 times the finished size.

Prepare the ends with glue or tape to prevent unraveling as you work on the Pet Collar.

 

 

Buttonhole Clasp

 
 
Step 2: Locate the center of the cords. Lay them on your board vertically, so the longest cord is on the left.  Secure them at the center.

The Buttonhole Clasp is made starting at the center, moving towards one end.
 

 
First Half of Knot  

Make the first half of a Vertical Larks Head knot by moving the working cord over - under the holding cord, to make a counter-clockwise loop.

As you pull it left, it passes over the working cord to form the crossing point.

 

 
Second Half of Knot   Tie the second half of the knot by passing the working cord under the holding cord, and then over it.

As you pull it left, it goes under the working cord to make the crossing point.
 

 
Tie Additional Knots  

Step 3:  Repeat the last two steps several times, until the sennit measures at least 1.5 inches.

 

 
Turn Design Around  

Step 4:  Turn the sennit around, and repeat the process to make the second half of the clasp.

 The working cord will now be on the right, so the loops will be clockwise.

Stop when this half is the same length as the first.

 

 
Bring Ends Together  

Step 5:  Bring all the ends together, forming a circle with the Larks Head knots. Secure it to your board.

 

 
Tie a Square Knot   Tie a tight Square Knot, using the two working cords.

The other two are the fillers.



 
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Decorative Knot Options

 
 

Step 6: Choose one decorative knot you wish to use for the remaining portion of the Pet Collar.  

Start just below the clasp.  Stop when you have tied enough knots to create half the finished length of the collar. So if you are making a 12-inch collar, stop at 6 inches.


Below are details about several knots suitable for this design.

They are all listed in the Learn Macrame section, or you can click on the links and photos below to go to the page indicated.

 

 

Vertical Larks Head Design

 

Vertical Larks Head Sennit  

 
This knot will match the ones used for the clasp, so is the best choice.
 
 
 
Use Right Working Cord   Use the working cord on the right. Tie the Vertical Larks Head knot in a clockwise direction, passing it around both holding cords:

First Half: 
Over - under - over

Second Half: 
Under - over - under
 

 
Right Cord  

Now use the working cord on the left. Tie the knot rotating counter-clockwise, around both holding cords. 

The over - under pattern is the same as the in the previous step.

Continue on, alternating back and forth between the two working cords, until the Pet Collar is half the size you want.

 
 

 
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Alternating Half Hitch Design

 
  Alternating Half Hitch  


Divide the cords into two sets to make this pattern. 

 
 
Use Two Cords on Right  

Tie the first Half Hitch with the two cords on the right. The cords on the left will hold the knot.

This Half Hitch is tied by making a clockwise loop with the working cords  over - under - over as shown.

 

 
Use Two Cords on Left  

Use the two cords on the left to make the next Half Hitch, onto those on the right. Rotate counter-clockwise.

Continue on, alternating back and forth between the two sets of working cords, until the Pet Collar is half the size you want.

 


 
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Half Hitch Design (with holding cords)

 
  Half Hitches With Holding Cords  


This type of Half Hitch pattern is similar to the Larks Head design.


 
Half Hitch with Right   Use the right working cord to make a Half Hitch onto both holding cords.


This Half Hitch is tied by making a clockwise loop with the working cords over - under - over as shown.
 

 
Half Hitch with Left  

Use the left working cord to make the next Half Hitch, onto both holding cords.  Rotate counter-clockwise.

Continue on, alternating back and forth between the right and left working cords.

 


 
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Square Knot

 
  Square Knot Sennit

 


 
Make sure you know how to tie this knot before you start.

 
 
Left Cord   The working cords are furthest to the right and left.

For the first half of the knot, move the left working cord to the right, passing over the two cords in the center (fillers).
 

 
Right Cord  

Bring the right working cord over the left working cord, under the fillers, and over the left again.

For the second half, repeat these 2 steps.  Start with the working cord on the right, followed by the left.

 


 
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Other Decorative Knots



Here are links to several other decorative knots suitable for the Pet Collar: 
 
 
Coyote Trail   Jagged
Ladder Bar
  River Bar   Interlaced Plaits
Coyote Trail   Jagged Ladder Bar   River Bar   Interlaced Plaits
Start at Step 1   Start at Step 4   Start at Step 4   Use Woven Plait
 

 

Endless Falls
Mystical Chain
Blaze Bar
Bush Bar
Endless Falls

Mystical Chain

Blaze Bar

Bush Bar
Start at Step 2
Start at Step 1
Start at Step 1
Start at Step 2



 
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Cords 1 and 4 Through Ring  

Step 7: After you have made the first half of the collar,  position the ring as shown (optional).

Mentally number the cords 1 - 4.

Cords 2 and 3 go under the ring, and cords 1 and 4 pass through it.

 

 
Working Cords are 2 and 3  

Step 8: The new working cords for the second half of the Pet Collar are cord 2 and 3.

The two that were passed through the ring (1 and 4) will now hold the knots.

Tie the second half using the same decorative knot.

 



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Finishing Touches


 

Step 9:  Place the collar around the neck of your pet, to make sure it fits properly.  You should be able to slip two fingers under it easily.  You will need to adjust the size if this is not the case.

Tie a tight Overhand Knot with the working cords, so it rests close to the last knot tied.

Another finishing option is to pull the ends through the back of a few knots, and apply glue to hold them in place. Cut off the excess material.


Pass the other 2 cords through the shank of the button (or the hole in a bead), in opposite directions

Pull on the ends until the button rests near the last knots tied in the Pet Collar.  Check to make sure the button fits through the clasp at the other end.  Use a different size button if it doesn't fit. 

Tie a very tight Overhand knot to secure the button, adding glue as you tighten it. When the glue is dry, cut off the extra material.

 




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