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Published on August 21st, 2015 | by Angie

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Knit yourself a pet: animal toy knitting patterns

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Allergic to dogs? Not a big cat person? Knit yourself a pet to celebrate pet week at LoveKnitting with these fabulous 10 animal toy knitting patterns.

1. Dave the stashbusting dachshund by Penny Connor

Animal toy knitting patterns: dachsund by penny connorClick image to download pattern

This fabulous pattern includes instructions for knitting Dave in the round or knitting him flat on single pointed needles. Dave is bred to sniff out your stash and bust it – so he can be knitted in any yarn weight, and the size will vary as a result. This Dave was knitted up in DK weight yarn – we love Rico Essentials Cotton DK, in case you want an excuse to stock up your stash!

2. Rudy the Cat by The Byrd’s Nest

Animal toy knitting patterns: Rudy the cat by The Byrd's nestClick this image to download the pattern

Rudy is modeled after a real cat, and so he’s just as lifelike as you could want in a toy. The pattern uses increases, decreases, and intarsia techniques, and features Plymouth Yarn Encore Worsted, a workhorse wool blend that’s perfect for toys.

3. Dog blanket by Denizastoyjoys

Knit yourself a pet: read more at LoveKnittingClick this image to download the pattern

Knitted in a bulky weight yarn like King Cole Comfort Chunky, this dog toy blanket knits up at lightning speed. The toy dog is knitted in the round on double-pointed needles, and the blanket is knitted flat using alternating stocking and garter stitch textures.

4. Mother Bunny by Dollytime

Knit your own pet: read more at LoveKnittingClick this image to download the pattern

Even beginners can knit this bunny, using knit and purl stitches, as well as increases and decreases for shaping. With a removable cardigan and dress, this toy is perfect for playing dress up with the little ones – and we love it knitted up in the versatile and machine washable Stylecraft Special DK.

5. Muffin the puppy by Toyshelf

animal toy knitting patterns: muffin the puppy by toyshelfClick image to download pattern

Muffin is the perfect knitting buddy – he’ll keep your yarn warm for you! The pattern includes detailed photography to guide you along the way and uses simple techniques to create Muffin. This pattern uses DK weight yarn – we love King Cole Merino Blend!

6. Lizard by Virginia Sturdy

animal toy knitting patterns: Virginia Sturdy's lizardClick image to download pattern

If the thought of fur makes you sneeze, how about a lovely little lizard to keep as company? It’s knitted in 2 pieces and uses icord and short row shaping. The pattern includes row by row instructions, and we love it knitted up in Debbie Bliss Eco Baby Prints. 

7. Cavendish Cat by Amanda Berry

Animal toy knitting patterns: Cavendish Cat by amanda BerryClick image to download pattern

This darling kitty cat is adorable and won’t ever get into your stash! This pattern includes detailed photography, row by row written instructions, and instructions for Cavendish, a basket, and a knitted yarn ball. This project features Rowan Kid Classic.

8. Christmas bird by Virginia Sturdy

Animal toy knitting patterns Click this image to download the pattern

This Christmas bird could be a tweet pal all year round. It’s worked flat in three pieces, with extensive guidance on personalizing your bird to match your home. You won’t be able to make just one of these simple birds – and if you use Stylecraft Special DK, you’ll have enough to make a whole flock.

9. Stanley snake by Amanda Berry

Animal toy knitting patterns: snake by amanda berryClick this image to download pattern

Any snake enthusiasts? We love Stanley the snake, he makes a great wrist rest when working on the computer. This pattern includes row by row instructions and instructional photographs to help you along. Stanley is knit flat on single pointed needles, using Hayfield Bonus DK.

10. Bernie the Dog by Amanda Berry

Knit your own pet: read more at LoveKnittingClick this image to download the pattern

This dog knitting pattern includes a photographic tutorial, row by row instructions, and a helpful guide to making each piece. All pieces are knitted flat on single pointed needles, so it’s perfect for beginners – and he will stand up to a child’s wear and tear when knitted in Stylecraft Special Aran.

Will you be knitting yourself a pet? Tell us in the comments!

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Jack of all trades, Master of Netflix and video games. A musician by passion, a gamer by choice, and a crafter by chance: I write about knitting and crochet, design fun patterns, and blog at GamerCrafting!


Last updated: June 30th, 2016.

5 Responses to Knit yourself a pet: animal toy knitting patterns

  1. Madeleine Lindsay says:

    So, SO, cute.

  2. Karen shaw says:

    Lovely x

  3. Francesca Martin says:

    Have a look at these ones also proper cute! http://www.purenchic.com/thelittleknitkitcompany/products
    Available at PUREnCHIC

  4. Salligr says:

    I love the pets, very cute!

  5. maureenmarshall says:

    I joined last week and was interested in the 12 toy patterns whichyou could download . could you tell me how to find the page again and if i download i would like to print some of them.

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