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Nylon Dog Frisbee

Paws for thought: 
When you’re ticked off and things get ruff:
Get a new leash on life and have fun with a dog.
These Frisbees are sturdy and durable: Fun for a dog to catch.
They also have a handle-lip deep enough to play tug.
It’s an easy spiral pattern.
And can be made in in an a couple hours.
So go fetch your hook and yarn and ruff one out in no time.

This pattern is meant to be tough and sturdy.
A few years back, I made one for my daughter’s dog in cotton. 
He was quite a chewer, and it ended up in shreds.
On the other hand, my dad’s dog loved it and took it to bed at night. 
This one, with a double strand of #18 nylon thread, is much stronger.

Pattern Notes:
There are different brands of #18 Nylon Thread/Cord.
Omega La Espiga and Iris seem to be the most common.
They cost anywhere from about $4 to $9 for a spool of 197 yards.
It can be found in most craft shops or Walmart or Amazon.

 2 spools should be enough to make three Frisbees.
But you will still need 2 spools to work with.
You can use the same color for both.
Or maybe mix 2 different colors for a speckled-variegated effect.
I used two strands of Omega La Espiga: color #58 - Var. Feast.

The pattern is worked in a spiral.
Working with nylon is a bit different than cotton.
Leave enough beginning (and ending) thread (about 6” / 15 cm) to securely work over or weave in.
When weaving in, it is a bit easier to weave each single strand separately.

Joining the chain with a slip-stitch in the back-bar of the first chain (see photo), will produce a smoother beginning edge.
Pull the beginning-yarn-end, to tighten the beginning slip knot after joining.

Be sure that the stitches are uniform and not too tight.
Nylon does not stretch like cotton.
So, if the stitches are too tight, on the following round, it may be challenging to insert the hook.

2 spools of #18 Nylon Thread
·         [~ 65 yards each: Using a double strand, the total is about 130 yds for one Frisbee]
6.5 mm / K hook
Large yarn needle

Ch = Chain
Dec = Decrease by crocheting 2 single crochets as one
FO = Fasten Off
Inc = Increase with 2 single crochets into one stitch
Rnd = Round
Sc = Single Crochet
St(s) = Stitch(es)

US Terminology

Gauge: Not critical:  3 sts / 3 row = 1” 

Finished Size: about 8” in diameter

Regarding copyright:
This is a free pattern for your personal use.
Please, do not sell the pattern or reproduce the text without permission.

With a 6.50 mm hook and holding 2 strands of #18 nylon thread together,
and leaving about 6” beginning thread to work over or weave in: 

Rnd 1: Ch 11, join with a ss in the back-bar of the first ch to form a ring.  18 Sc in the ring.  (18)
Note:  Work in Spiral.  Do not join.  Do not ch-1.  Mark the beginning stitch of each round.

Rnd 2: (Sc 2, Inc) around. (24)
Rnd 3: (Sc, Inc, Sc 2) around. (30)
Rnd 4: (Sc 3, Inc, Sc) around. (36)
Rnd 5: (Inc, Sc 5) around. (42) 
Rnd 6: (Sc 3, Inc, Sc 3) around. (48) 
Rnd 7: (Sc, Inc, Sc 6) around. (54) 
Rnd 8: (Sc 8, Inc) around. (60) 
Rnd 9: (Sc 5, Inc, Sc 4) around. (66) 
Rnd 10: (Sc 2, Inc, Sc 8) around. (72)
Rnd 11: Sc even around. (72)
Rnd 12: (Sc 4, Dec) around. (60)
Rnd 13: (Sc, Dec, Sc 2) around. (48)                                            
Rnd 14: Ss all the way around (for a nicer looking and sturdier edging). 
FO and weave in.

© 2015 GPC P Perkins

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