No dogs allowed at your digs? No worries! Thanks to British knitwear designers Sally Muir and Joanne Osborne — the clever chicks who created that famous bright red “black sheep” sweater sported by Princess Diana back in the 80s — you can knit your own faithful companion.

The patterns in Muir & Osborne’s spiffy book, Knit Your Own Dog: Easy-to-Follow Patterns for 25 Pedigree Pooches, put a well-behaved pet well within the reach of every fairly capable knitter.

Choose the dog breed that’s closest to your heart, from 25 available patterns.

Knit Your Own Dog knitting book

  • 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 (isn’t that the official Obama family dog?)
  • Pug
  • Red Setter
  • Rough Collie
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Siberian Husky
  • West Highland Terrier
  • Whippet (size it up for a Greyhound, maybe?)
  • Wire-haired Fox Terrier

Clear instructions and beautiful photographs, as well as useful tips on selecting yarn and giving a real personality to your knitted dogs, make the book a real pleasure. Be aware though, that although the dogs are toy in size, these do requires a lot of shaping and piecing together of miscellaneous bits, so you probably won’t want to give the finished product to a kid to play with. Think “collector’s item” instead, for admiration and display.

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