Sunday, February 21, 2010

A Dog in Sheep's Clothing - A New Kristin Nicholas Handknitting Sweater Design for Dogs and Other Animals

Announcing my new PDF pattern "A Dog in Sheep's Clothing!" which is now available on my website for instant download. I previewed the pattern last week on our little lambs. It is knit in my beautiful Julia Wool/Mohair/Alpaca Yarn which you can find at your local yarnstore.
I started this design last summer at the Farmer's Markets. I've had the idea in the back of my head for a few years now. As I had plans to show the dog coat on our newborn lambs and our friends' Clara and Peggy's sweet little Rat Terrier Junie, I really got knitting after Christmas. I had a few false starts, first planning a fancy Fair Isle design. When it came down to it though, I decided to keep the sweater easy to make so it wouldn't intimidate the beginner knitter who really wants to make their dog a sweater. The shaping, although not difficult, is something you need to watch and I decided it would be best to leave out lots of Fair Isle patterning. I think I made a good choice.

Garter stitch seemed the best option for the "Dog in Sheep's Clothing" pattern - it lies flat and is neat on both sides where the shaping occurs. There are 3 designs included in the pattern and the pattern is written in EIGHT sizes with notes and suggestions for fitting your particular dog.

This is the solid version shown on the white lamb with the floral crocheted collar:


The simple two color garter stripe is shown on our good friend Junie the dog:


The 4 color multi-stripe version is shown on the black lamb:

Thanks to my friend Clara who added some lovely color and style to the photos of her walking Junie.


You can purchase "A Dog in Sheep's Clothing" handknitting pattern on my website here now. Check out the pattern specifics here on the Julia Yarn Page!

What a huge hit my lamb in sweaters photos were! Thanks for all the postcard orders too. I'll be working on getting them out all this week. If you missed ordering them, you can find them on my Shop Page just below the PDF Patterns.

15 comments:

devonaz said...

That has to be the cutest thing I have ever seen,,a baby lamb in a knitted sweater..very cute...thanks for telling us about the book...

Jane Prater said...

These lambs in sweaters almost bring tears to my eyes; they are so sweet. I'm buying the pattern mainly for the pictures. There is a lesson in there for designers.

Deborah said...

Cuteness 100%!

DebbyJ said...

These are so great. The problem I always have with dog sweater patterns is my dog. I have a dachshund, which means she's got the length of a medium size dog but not the girth. Plus, her front legs are too short for sleeves. A hard to fit girl.

Virginia said...

Love these sweaters. Wish I had a dog (or a lamb) to put them on. :)

Penny said...

I love you! This has completely made my grey and icky Monday smile and happy. (1) post/notecards ? (2) need to go measure my neighbour's new-to-them 3-yo puppy. i think my cat would never forgive me. :)

Penny said...

i should read the whole page... yes you have postcards. SQUEE!

living la vida buena said...

these are just too cute! I have big hair balls with feet so they will never have the need for these outfits, but the whole idea is just too sweet. Those little lambies look adorable. aw!

Betsy said...

Wow, the lamb sweaters are almost as good as your neighbor standing on the steer! Now, I have to keep up with your blog because I think I might miss something! I have a new Moorit ewe lamb who may just need a coat to go visiting at the library next week. Betsy

Saffron said...

I have a rat terrier that needs a sweater! so cute!

Green Kitchen said...

Brilliant! We have sheep now, so I'm tempted to make one for next year's lambs. Then there's my pet goat...

bullion gold bars said...

this blog is perfect, i like it.

shoe shopping said...

hi cool dog must wear the same way I also had a small dog, I bought her clothes and dressed every day

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