Today is April Fools Day and Easter is this weekend. Rather than playing a prank on you, dear reader, I thought posting some silly pictures with a bunny theme would be more fun. Try as I may, I just don’t find playing tricks on people all that fun or funny.
But this? Oh yes. Silly is good, and I can definitely get behind a dog with bunny (probably more teddy bear, but we need an Easter theme, so work with me) ears.
Willie really didn’t know what to think about this. I don’t usually pull his cowls up and over his ears, but I wanted to see how it would be if I attached pom poms as ears and pulled it up like a snood. Oh my goodness. I LOVE it! I shared some pictures of him in this design a couple of weeks back when we were still in full on snow mode. I think we’re all getting a bit tired of snow pictures now, so today we are presenting the Bunny Bear Dog Snood in a more spring-like setting.
There are incredible hat patterns out there with really wonderful and elaborate ear designs. They can get really complicated so fast. They are not exactly a beginner’s project. THIS is a beginner’s project. Even small children can make pom poms with a little help. Pom poms make darling pretend ears.
You want a quick project? This is for you. You could even make the pom poms and attach them to a beanie style hat you already own. Voila! You have created your own Bunny Bear Magic!
Here you can see that the pattern is a garter stitch tube knit to hug the head. It has the pom poms attached by threading the ends through and simply tying them in a bow. They are removable, but why would you want to do that?
This is how Willie has been wearing the snood, which is actually a cowl at the time of this photo session. I have since reworked the stitch count and have this in a more snugly fitting snood. Shouldn’t something with ears be snugly anyway?
If you are wondering how to make a pom pom, there are a ton of free videos on youtube talking about this. Personally, I only take my DIY craft but so far. You can do them with cardboard or using your hand, but that’s not going to give a consistent, clean look. I invested in a couple of sets of Clover Pom Pom makers. That way I can make consistent, perfect pom poms every time. With a tapestry needle, you can thread the ends through ANY knitted fabric and simply add ears to a plain hat you already have.
But it you would like a pattern to make this specific snood for your dog, it is in my Etsy shop and available for download. I’ve sized it to fit small to XL dogs. I’m using yarn that is easily attainable at the corner crafts store, so no special trips needed. I buy some of my yarn in the craft store, because my space is limited and I can’t store a giant stash. Sometimes I have to just run out and pick up what I need. I want to switch to all Made in America and eco friendly yarns, but that is not as easy to do as one might think. I’m finding that out in a big way. But, I digress. That’s a topic for another blog post.
You probably have to order the Clover pom pom makers online, but that’s really not a big deal. I got mine here. This is Webs and it’s a great online shop for knitters. It’s a family owned business in the Northeast. If we can spend our money supporting American companies who provide good jobs for our fellow citizens, then I think that’s a good company to support. This is why I did not give a link to a box store. I think buying yarn online is tough, unless you are already familiar with the product, but again that’s off topic. Suffice it to say, you will get many happy years of enjoyment out of your Clover investment.
And you get to make THIS!!! I know I said no more snow pictures, but I couldn’t resist sharing just this one. Happy Easter All!