Sweaters & Accessories for Your Best Friend
by Corinne Niessner
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Co. (July 1, 2008)
I admit... chances are if its a knitting book of dog sweaters, it is more than likely a part of my collection. I'll also admit that I've bought many of these books, taken a look through, thought "how cute" and then never grabbed them off the bookshelf again. However, as soon as I received my advance copy of Doggie Knits, I knew this would be one that I will use over and over again!
This book truly contains start-to-finish instructions, beginning with the basics of knitting for your pooch - including how to measure your dog, tips of creating a sweater your dog will actually want to wear and ideas for playing with color (there's even a short tutorial on dying your own yarn). Basic knitting instructions follow, with large, clear, easy to follow illustrations, including a section on knitting in the round on DPNs. A bonus to this doggie book are instructions on creating legs holes for sweaters knit flat, as well as in the round.
The book is full of 18 splendid patterns - all of which have been rated 4 paws up! You will find simple sweaters, striped sweaters, hoodie sweaters (I'm thinking my Sophie needs one of these!) and sweaters for the challenging dog sizes (what to knit a tiny chihuahua pup?). The Snood just might be the cutest turtleneck/ear holder ever and I don't think I've ever seen a dog hat as cute and dare I say, practical, as the Cocoa Hat. There's also the very functional Libby Kerchief, which is perfect for those of us with droolers on the ends of our leashes.
Does your pup hate the feel of his nylon collar against his sensative neck? Perhaps a Collar Cozy needs to be added to your WIPs. Have a dog who likes to cover up? The felted, cocoon style Wally Bed is right up your alley.
Perhaps the most stunning of all projects is the Yoda Sweater, a modular knit using diamonds. What a great stash buster this one could be - just think of all those scraps of yarn you have lying around and what a beautious - or crazy - quilt effect you could make for your furbaby to show off the next time he's strutting down the street!
As I said, this book won't be collecting dust on my shelf - I've already stuck post-its on several projects! The photographs throughout the book will keep you ooohing and ahhhing with each turn of the page ... and bonus, they truly do show off the wonderful knits, not just the adorable fluffy babies wearing them! If you knit for pooches, be sure to add this one to your collection - patterns start with the simple and continue from there. Several moderations are included as well, which means your creativity is endless!
About the Author: Corinne Niessner taught herself to knit as a child and hasn't stopped yet! After decades of knitting for herself and family, she adopted her first dog - and had to knit for her (the Yoda sweater is named after her). Her obsession for knitting for dogs continued and spawned Lucky Penny Hand Made. Corinne resides in Chicago with her furbaby, Piccolo.
CONTEST! I have a copy of Doggie Knits to give away to one of you! To enter, simply leave a comment here telling me what your favorite doggie knit (or crochet) item is that you have made -or what you would like to make- and to whom it was for (make sure to leave a means of contact if your email does not automatically attach to your comment). Deadline to enter is Wednesday, July 16th at midnight. Winner will be selected by random number generator. Thank you to Sterling Publishing for providing the books for review and giveaway.