Enjoy this Valentine Themed Free Knitting Pattern, for your Furry Valentine. Knitting a cute cowl for your dog with hearts is a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Instead of buying a Valentine outfit for your doggy, why not make something? Knitting a cozy and cute Valentine’s Day themed Cowl for your doggy is the perfect way to celebrate. Consider this Valentine Themed Free Knitting Pattern as my gift to you.
I knitted a LOT for Willie; he loved getting something new. We always got compliments on his knitted cowls. Even when they had been worn and worn and worn, people loved seeing him in special knitted cowls and scarves. And he basked in the attention.
For Valentine’s Day, I incorporated a simple heart chart into this basic cowl pattern. I added the hearts by using stranded knitting, but duplicate stitch could also work. Because I knit these cowls in-the-round, I used the stranded knitting technique as opposed to intarsia.
Stranded knitting and intarsia are colorwork techniques. It’ a way to get other colors into a ground of a main color. You will need to carefully manage your floats and tension, but trying out stranded color work with just two colors is a great way to get started.
Stranded knitting means knitting with 2 (or more) strands of yarn at the same time, & carrying the unused strands along with you as you go.
Plus, stranded colorwork knits are SUPER warm! They have an added layer of wool behind the stockinette fabric in the form of floats. It’s not a huge surprise then to learn that we see colorwork techiques originating from Northern Europe and Iceland. The best known stranded colorwork styles are Fair Isle (from the Shetland Island chain off the coast of Scotland), Icelandic (from Iceland which uses Lopi Yarn), Scandinavian or Nordic, and finally Bohus (which comes out of a small town in Sweden).
It gets really cold in those places, so extra warm knitting is a necessity. It’s pretty darn interesting how need gave rise to the beautiful designs.
I used the butterfly bobbin method for the second color, which in this case is the heart.
Here’s that chart I used. There are a ton of great charts for colorwork. If you haven’t worked with charts yet, then don’t freak. I actually prefer a chart to all the words written out. So even though I stick to predominantly simple knitting patterns, I do like a chart in certain instances.
Sometimes written knitting instructions are really difficult for me to follow. I can have a real struggle with the written instructions, but then seeing the picture, it makes sense.
For anything that incorporates cables, I want to see a chart. My eyes glaze over and my brain goes numb reading line after line of written instructions. If you’re not ready to try something like this, then no worries! It comes in time. I’m simply showing you something you can do once you master a few basics.
I used Lion Brand yarn I had in stash and Cast On 52 stitches. I started with K2P2 rib, and did that for 7 rows. I did one all knit row in red (they call it Cranberry). Then I began the colorwork chart provided above. You’ll need to do a little math to get it to work out for your doggy. In Willie’s case, I did two repeats. Then a knit row in red followed by 6 rows of K2P2 and a standard BO. The brownish yarn is from Loops and Threads which is a Michael’s store brand yarn. The colorway is Barley. This is super bulky weight yarn and I used my size 13US 16″ circulars to create this knit.
Willie had a neck measurement of 22″ and so the CO of 56 worked well for his size. My tension was a little bit tight so you can see the cowl pulling in on itself a little bit. He didn’t mind. It was snug and warm.
To make this for a smaller dog, you could either take out one heart on the repeats or go to a worsted weight yarn if you dog is really small. Taking out one repeat should make a cowl for a dog with a neck between 14″ and 18″. The one pictured and knit as shown would fit a dog from 19″ to maybe 24″. It’s a pretty forgiving pattern, and pretty stretchy.
For a Chihuahua sized dog, I would switch to worsted weight yarn and do the same pattern on size 7US needles with the 56 stitch CO.
Here’s an inside peek at the stranding. I have a couple other stranded projects I’ve shared on the blog, and I love to wear them. This one is a challenge because the floats get so long. That’s why my tension was perfect. I will have to find something with smaller hearts so the floats are shorter and easier to manage.
I’m sharing an imperfect knit with you so that you understand it doesn’t have to be knitted perfection to still be loved. The process is sometimes more fun than the actual finished piece. Though in this case, the cowl was so adorable on Willie. I loved when Valentine’s Day came around so I could put it on him again.
I still have this cowl packed away with all of the other knitted and sewn things I made for him. We saved everything except for the most worn out of stuff. Most of it is stored away in a special cedar chest where only our most prized possessions go. Holding those things I made for him brings my sweet dog back to me if only for a minute, and feeling like he’s still so close is the best Valentine I could ask for.