Editor’s choice: Knit your own Dog!
Our wonderful pet themed week is drawing to a close, and we’ve had great fun sifting through our animal patterns! Merion’s choice this week reflects a very special breed of dog, the miniature Schnauzer…
This is Finzi. I have two dog-nephews, both Miniature Schnauzers, Finzi and Troon, and they are hilariously kooky dogs. Both have played a huge part in our family life, as beloved pets do, one is convinced he isn’t a dog, and the other, we suspect of being a double agent (half dog, half secret agent). We love our dogs, and we’re always on the lookout for “merchandise” that celebrates the Schnauzer breed… knitted, crocheted or felted, we don’t mind!
Best in Show!
I love these fabulous Best in Show pattern books by Joanna Osbourne and Sally Muir! Just about every popular dog breed is covered across the two books, and although these dogs are small, and often knitted on DPNs, they are worth every stitch! The challenges and stitches involved make each pattern huge fun to knit! Every dog has clear, step by step instructions with stitch guides added to help too!
Breeds covered in the first book include (deep breath): Afghan Hound, Basset Hound, Border Collie, Cocker Spaniel, Corgi, Dachshund, Dalmatian, English Bulldog, English Bull Terrier, French Bulldog, German Shepherd, Jack Russell, Labrador, Miniature Schnauzer, Old English Sheepdog, Poodle, Portuguese Water Dog, Pug, Red Setter, Rough Collie, Scottish Terrier, Siberian Husky, West Highland Terrier, Whippet and Wire-haired Fox Terrier!
The second volume in this cute canine series introduces more breeds (even deeper breath): Chihuahua, Bichon Frise, Shih Tzu, Wire-haired Dachshund, Chinese Crested Dog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Hungarian Puli, Shar Pei, Lurcher, Greyhound, Border Terrier, Cairn Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bedlington Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier, Airedale Terrier, Weimaraner, Pointer, English Springer Spaniel, Golden Retriever, Irish Wolfhound, Beagle, Bernese Mountain Dog, Boxer, and Doberman Pinscher.
Yarnwise, most DK and 4ply yarns work well here – so you could dive into your stash for these relatively small amounts of yarn – but – what you absolutely must not be without are the right accessories to do the job! Trust me – I have done this, you will need DPNs in small sizes, good sharp tapestry needles, stitch holders and toy stuffing. Don’t start without these essentials or you’ll be cursing!
I used Rowan Tweed, in shades Buckden, Malham and Pendle (from left to right below) for my Schnauzers, because the tweed finish brought a rustic mottle to their coats – but there are 22 shades to choose from.
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Last updated: August 26th, 2015.