Wednesday, December 07, 2011

New! A Baker's Dozen of New Patterns!

With the fall shows behind us, Peggy Gaffney has been busy creating a bevy of new dog portrait patterns to add to the collection. The first group is now available to be ordered at the Kanine Knits website. There are many more in the design stage now which will be released soon. 

The first group consists of thirteen popular breeds: American Staffordshire Terrier, Basenji, Bedlington Terrier, Chihuahua, Chinese Crested, Chinese Shar Pei, Smooth Collie, English Toy Spaniel, Italian Greyhound, Papillion, Saluki, Shiba Inu and Tibetan Terrier.  

The beauty of these patterns is that though they come with a sweater in all the men’s and women’s sizes, the charts can be worked into a number of different items such as the pillows in the previous posts.
All these patterns plus more of the 100 plus patterns are available at the Kanine Knits Books & Patterns website. To check out and purchase any of these patterns or one of the other breed designs, simply go to

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Christmas Is Coming
Knit A Quick Gift for the Dog Lover on Your List 
 A Puppy Pillow to Rest its Master's Head!

Here is a Pattern to Make the Pillow.

By doing the simple steps below, you can quickly create a pillow which will make an excellent holiday gift or a lovely decoration for your home that shows pride in your dog's breed.

Cast on 70 stitches in Main Color, placing a stitch marker at the center point following stitch 35. Using the chart information for stitches and rows, subtract the number of rows from 84. When you get that number, divide by 2.  The number you get will tell you how many rows you will knit before beginning the chart of the dog and the number of rows you will knit when you’ve finished working the chart.

Mark the center point on your chart and then mark every 5th stitch either side for the number of stitches the chart requires. As you work the plain rows leading up to the beginning of the chart, place stitch markers on your work to either side of your original center stitch marker to correspond with the chart. When the knitting is complete, simply tuck in all the loose ends neatly on the back of your work.  To do this, overcast around the edge of each color with a yarn needle.

The back of the pillow can be either knit using the same 70 stitches and 84 rows, or if you are in a hurry, simply back with fabric sewn on three sides, the pillow inserted, and then sewn together on the fourth side.

Enjoy the Holidays!