Monday, February 05, 2007

a sweater for Rosie

Knitting dog sweaters is a fun way to add some variety to your knitting. The styles are like those for humans - cardigans, pullovers, turtlenecks - but the shapes are different from ours and vary greatly between species. As an added bonus, you can have as much fun with color and design as you like without any complaints!

Melissa knit this fun dinosaur sweater for her dog, Rosie.

Just great! Melissa used a superwash, which is a great idea for easy cleaning.

There are many great books to guide you into this specialized realm. One of our favorites is Dogs in Knits by Judith L. Swartz. The book begins with a guide to measuring your dog and follows with a basic knitted sweater and a basic crocheted sweater.

The book contains 15 more designs including this adorable basketweave cardigan knit with Blue Sky Alpaca's Sport Weight Alpaca.

Our friend Annie Modesitt worked with Drew Emborsky to add a new dimension to dog knitting in their new book Men Who Knit & and the Dogs Who Love Them.

The 30 designs range from fun and crazy like the matching man's hat and dog sweater shown on the cover, to more conservative everyday garments like the Grey Cabled Vests shown below.

However you approach it, knitting for your pets is fun and rewarding. So keep your canine companions in mind the next time you're looking for a new project!