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.
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.