Meet Spike, my latest knitted dog. He packs a lot of personality into his 5" tall frame! I could not for the life of me understand how to construct his face. Like I said before, the dogs in the book Knit Your Own Dog are adorable but the instructions are difficult to follow. I ended up looking at pictures of bulldogs and then nipping and tucking until I got the desired look. To get the proper bend in his legs, I cut a coat hanger, shaped it into a "U" and then inserted it into the back legs. Of course he needed a spiked collar to complete his tough guy image! He looks just as adorable from the rear.
Meet Curly, my latest knitted dog. The pattern is from the Knit Your Own Dog book. The original pattern is for a curly-coated poodle, but I wanted my poodle to have a topiary-style haircut so I used a combo of worsted yarn and boucle yarn, which turned out to be a bit of a challenge. I just love the way she turned out!
"I liked you better when you were a ball of yarn."