Knitting for Dogs: Irresistible Patterns for Your Favourite Pup, and You! Paperback – 27 Oct 2005
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Kristi Porter is a knitwear designer, technical editor, teacher and author Her work has been featured in books and television programmes She has been involved with online magazine knitty.com since its inception and is a regular contributor of features and patterns She lives in California
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Lots of fun stuff, and pictures throughout of a variety of dogs wearing the knitted items.
There is also a size guide, so that you can measure your dog and adjust the patterns accordingly.
The designs in this book use a range of knitting techniques. Dog coats, being typically smaller than a human garment are an ideal way to try or practice new skills. There are designs that use lace, fairisle, cable... and ought to provide something for knitters of all experience levels.
The book is actually a collection of designs from different designers, and the 96 colour pages are broken into sections. The introduction explains why a dog might need a sweater and also includes useful information about choosing a yarn suitable for a dog coat. Essentially it also includes information about customising the fit of the sweaters, how to put the sweater on even the most fidgety of dogs, and handy tips for caring for the sweater.
The everyday sweaters are the sweaters that a dog might wear for a walk round the block on a chilly morning, or a play in the park, and include a range of fixing types and styles. There is even a rain resistant coat and Hoodie! This section includes instructions on how to monogram your handiwork!
The `haute' coats are extremely fancy coats for special occasions. These are adorable designs including a sequined coat - modeled by two delightful Yorkies, and coat knitted in bobble stitch modeled by a poodle. The fancy lace capelet is gorgeous and could be adapted so it wasn't just for dogs!
Matchy-matchy is the section where dogs and their lucky human can have matching designs. Who hasn't had the urge to go out walking with your dog wearing matching poncho's - or perhaps a hat to match your dogs sweater...
The final section of designs is the accessory section and includes many different accessories. A favorite has to be the disco leg warmers - but one mustn't overlook the doggy saddlebag or the New Age flea collar etc.
Any dog lover will appreciate the `meet the dog' pages which features a picture of all the dogs in the book. The resource section gives lots of links to websites which is probably more useful today than listing just a handful of postal addresses. There are also links to websites which give knitting instruction.
This book assumes knowledge of knitting - but once a few basic stitches are learned then there is something here for even the most novice of knitter, whilst also providing patterns which will challenge the more experienced knitter.
I have several friends who own dogs and can't wait to show them this book; they will think I'm even more eccentric than they do already.
I was particularly amused by the dog and owner poncho set; my friend will love that for when she's walking her bearded collie in Delamere Forest.
Some of the patterns are practical - the flea collar is good and I liked the devilish cat-shaped toy. The studded collar / wristlets combo for a punky pooch and owner was also fun.
The patterns are undeniably cute but it's a very American concept to dress your pet in a daft outfit. This book doesn't go as far as showing dogs wearing stupid hats but I'm not sure how many pooches could carry these knitted creations off with their doggy dignity intact.
Let him/her be the best dressed Pooch on the block.. with these lovely cute little numbers..
a real must for any pampered princess or prince.. !!
there are even some toys to knit.. if you like that kinda thing...
little shruggs, scarfs...jumps and belly warmers... right funny and funky... love it.
I DID NOT GET THIS ITEM FROM AMAZON though.. !! it never arrived.. I ended up buying it from a pet shop in Australia... !!
HOWEVER amazon did email me every month to say that they were still trying to get this for me.. but that was over a year ago.. !!
Probably best to buy it elsewhere.. !! as a year is a long time to wait Amazon.. !!
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