So I made this leash for my swap partner and her pup Georgie. She had told me that she normally liked 4' leash, but after watching the Dog Whisper, she was keeping Georgie on a shorter leash. I have similar tastes in leashes, but get annoyed with having to hold the extra leash all the time when I want to keep my dog close. I also keep a D-ring on all my leashes for quick latching to/around anything (trees, tables, belt loops, car seat anchors, etc), so I figured I could tie that into the leash design.
I spent a week or so planning this leash out.. doodles at work, conversations with other dog owner friends, testing and research at the pet stores.. I was consumed by it. I found the technique of knitting nylon in the round on two needles on Ravelry, brought crochet nylon and the required hardware and went to town.
The leash in "standard" mode is just over 4' and is just like your typical leash. The nylon on it's own would probably be too light, but the rings weigh the leash down and make it more comfortable for holding. The handle is detachable and can be hooked onto other parts of the leash, or fed through a ring if you don't want to use the D-ring at all.
You can clip the handle to any of the other rings to make the leash shorter in a variety of ways. The below is the easiest for on the go shortening and un-shortening. Pretty much anyone I've handed the leash to has come up with a new way to use it that works best for them.
If you don't want to use detachable handle, you can pull the last section through the 2nd to last ring to make a handle. If you pull it through the last ring, you've got a choke collar with leash (just clip the handle to clip on the other end).
My favorite part about this leash is the storage. It's fantastic for tossing in a bag, clipping on your belt at the dog park, or hanging someplace. Just clip it all together on the ring and go! The nylon is so flexible that it hangs loosely and balls up to a small size without any extra effort.
Can you tell I'm excited about this leash?! I'm thinking this is going to be the theme for Christmas this year, especially because my mom just adopted two new dogs. I'm totally open for more ideas on how it can be used or improved! My swap partner already recommend making smaller ones with no handles that can be attached to the main leash for walking multiple dogs at once. She said it works with a standard leash, but a custom one would be better.
Also, just cause it's in some of the pictures above, I also knitted Georgie this adorable hoodie. Here's my dog, Ichi, modeling it for me.
So yeah. How can I make this leash even more AWESOME?