Marsha

Free lunch: Dog-related knitting

Who knew there were so many free patterns for stuff to knit for dogs? I have to wonder, though, just how many dogs are compliant when people try to make them wear this stuff.

Here are some doggy mukluks (with matching socks for a person to wear). If coordinated dog-and-person outfits aren’t nauseatingly cute, I don’t know what is.

This vintage balaclava pattern from 1916 wasn’t originally intended for dogs. But hey, this page has a photo of a dog wearing one, so it counts for this list.

If I had a dog, and if said dog wouldn’t object to wearing handknits, and if I had more time and yarn than I knew what to do with, I might actually knit this little Hearts and Bones* dog sweater.

And for those of you who are so nutso for your dog that you want to wear handknits made from your dog’s own hair, look no further. Here’s a page that tells you how to stockpile the hair for this endeavor and offers links to instructions for spinning and places that will make the yarn for you.

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*This is also the title of one of my favorite Paul Simon songs, with one of my favorite lines ever: “Mountain passes slipping into stone.” I’ve been in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of New Mexico, and that phrase describes them perfectly.

5 Responses to “Free lunch: Dog-related knitting”

  1. Shannahon 28 Feb 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Nice list!

    Although I’ve never actually knit my dog something, she does enjoy her sweater. She sits and waits for me to put it on her. But Rox is a strange dog.

    I absolutely draw the line at knitting with her hair.

  2. Pixieon 28 Feb 2009 at 2:10 pm

    If my dogs were smaller, I’d definitely knit specifically for them. Though they do enjoy being my dog models!

  3. paulaon 03 Mar 2009 at 12:18 am

    Yeah, I couldn’t get anyone in my knitting group interested in St. Bernard hair, LOL

  4. Marshaon 04 Mar 2009 at 10:40 am

    I could see knitting something for a dog but not something out of dog hair. You know how wet dogs smell? I can only imagine that a sweater made out of dog hair would smell the same way when wet. Ewww…

  5. ariannaon 27 Mar 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Yeah…there’s a woman in my knitting group who is knitting a sweater that has cuffs and collar knit out of the hair of her recently-deceased dog. She’s surprisingly otherwise very sweet & normal, haha. –Sorry this comment is so late! I’ve been WAAAY behind on my blog-reading lately!! I’ll try to keep comments to a minimum. :)