The world is divided into two big categories. Sometimes there are rare individuals who can span the expanse and live comfortably in both worlds. Yes my friends, it’s time to talk about a big issue.

Are you a Dog Person? Or are you a Cat Person? Or do you go both ways?

I’m personally a Bi-Animal person. I absolutely love dogs AND cats. They each bring unique qualities to the table. But when it comes to knitting, I pretty much stick to dogs. This doesn’t mean there aren’t cats out there who love to wear hats and cowls and scarves and all sorts of things. It does, however, mean I don’t have one of those cats.

But wait. It gets soooo much worse.

When I try taking pictures of my cat, this is pretty much what I get.


The classic cat picture
Can you relate to this sort of cat picture?

I, however, do have a perfectly fantastic Golden Retriever who adores having his picture taken, and who loves to play dress up. Lucky for all of us!


my golden retriever in the knitting pattern dog cowl that is the subject of today's blog post
Just look at this handsome guy!

So this is why I stick to knitting for and taking pictures of my doggy. It’s easier for me, and he loves it. You can’t fake a smile like that one!

Tyra says to smize (smile with your eyes) and Willie sure does.

I only recently started knitting with Wool and the Gang yarn. I wrote a review about it earlier this year. You can read about it by clicking here. Let’s just say, I really love this yarn! It’s soft and luxurious and really knows how to show off a stitch pattern.  I learned how much I adored this product when I knit my initial gauge swatch. So I knew I would definitely be designing a few pieces using this yarn. This is my first pattern release in Crazy Sexy Wool.

Without further delay……Everybody say hello to my newest knitting pattern, the Canine Consort.


my golden retriever in his hand knit dog cowl from my own knitting pattern
Hey good lookin’. Whatcha got cookin’?

This cowl is knit in Crazy Sexy Wool and the color is called Sherpa Blue. It is the most amazing blue. Blue pigment is supposed to be the most difficult to get saturated, so I don’t know how they did this. But let me tell you this. It’s stunningly beautiful. Anything you make in this Sherpa Blue colorway is going to get you noticed.

Willie has worn this out only a couple of times, and people have gone literally crazy. I’m not joking. The gorgeous factor was so much  that some people at the park had to lay down in the cool English Ivy in order to catch their breath and process how handsome one dog can be. And fathom how great one simple knit can look.

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I think this yarn is so amazing that doing anything super complicated would actually detract from the fabulocity Factor of the fiber.


crazy sexy wool from wool and the gang
This basket of yarn is as scrumptious as any dessert.

In case you’re one of those people who needs convincing and wants to know what’s so great about knitting for dogs……well, you know something? This might not be the right blog for you. Maybe you want to find a different set of crafters to hang out with. Cause the rest of us at this party LOVE to make stuff for our dogs.

If you’re someone who is intrigued by the idea of making something for their doggy, then you are in the right place! It’s rewarding to make special projects for your furry BFF. Just in case you’re intrigued but still not sure……

What’s so fun about doggy knits?

  1. They are always fast projects! A dog cowl can be knit in one evening after dinner while doing a little TV knitting. If you need suggestions about what to watch you can read this article about some of my favorite shows on Netflix. If your doggy is little you can whip up a couple pretty easily in a little over an hour.
  2. You can learn a lot of great skills in a small project. This means you can get acquainted with a new technique without the pressure or commitment of a large scale project.
  3. It’s a fun way to learn about using gauge and measurements in a real life knitting project. Plus, it’s a small project and if you make a mistake you can learn quickly what went wrong and how to fix it. Refer to item #2.
  4. Your doggy will look so cute wearing a hand knit. People will comment every time you take your pup out anywhere. They just go crazy for dogs in knits. If you happen to have a social butterfly type dog like my golden retriever, they absolutely bask in the attention.
  5. You get to make people smile. Really, in this crazy world where we’re living, it just doesn’t get any better than that. Spread around all the extra joy you can, because we desperately need that.
  6. You will make your doggy so happy. I have found that putting a warm knit on a dog makes them feel special. They walk a little taller, and they hold themselves with a little more pride. It’s as if they know they are extra special and it will show. I’ve put cowls on dogs who have been through terrible traumas, and they seem to feel safer and more secure in the knit. Maybe it feels like a perpetual hug to them. Whatever it is, it is a wonderful thing to see.
  7. Get your child or teenager interested in knitting by framing it as a project for the dog. 9 times out of 10, adults will participate in activities they enjoyed as children. Knitting for the family dog is a wonderful way to expose younger people to the craft of knitting without it feeling totally grandma-like.

Plus, you get those big brown eyes looking up at  you saying, “Thanks Mom (or Dad). I love this thing you made for me.”


knit a special cowl for you dog in wool and the gang yarn
That face just melts my heart.

This project is more of an advanced beginner or new intermediate level project. The pattern introduces a surprising amount of techniques in a small package. I was kind of surprised by the list of skills needed when I sat down to write up the pattern.

You can learn a LOT by knitting this rather small project for your family pet.

Plus if you knit in the suggested yarn, which you should do, you get to try out a fantastic new product.

Knitting patterns are designed as much to show you how to make a thing as they to teach you a few new techniques. You should always learn at least one new thing when you knit a new project.


knit a special cowl for you dog in wool and the gang yarn
I bought several colors of Crazy Sexy Wool to try out. Willie approves.

I named this pattern “The Canine Consort.” It needed something classy yet snappy. How often do you get to use the term “consort” in conversation these days? Yeah. Not often. It’s a beautiful finished knit and a pattern I’m sure you will love. I’m also pretty sure you will want to make this one again and again. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, I would make up this piece now, and have it ready for fall family pictures and/or Christmas card pictures. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, then this pattern is timed just about perfectly for you! It’s definitely a cold weather pattern. The wool is quite warm, so make sure the temps are chilly before putting this one your doggy.

I have the pattern available for immediate download in both my Ravelry and Etsy store fronts. I think you’ll absolutely love it, and I can’t wait to see your dog dressed up as your best Canine Consort. Be sure to tag me on Ravelry and instagram so I can see!! Any questions? Drop me a note at hello{at}pattymacknits.com and I’ll be happy to answer anything you need to ask.

You, too, can experience this level of precious in your own backyard. (click that little triangle to the left and a video will play for you. Click again in the picture to make it stop.)



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Author: Pattymac

Patty loves figuring out new ways to use pom poms, where to stash more yarn and is always wondering what to bake next...chocolate or lemon? When not dreaming up new things to knit (or bake), she loves riding her beach cruiser on the Boardwalk, escaping to mid week movie matinees, and planting new things in her container garden.