A knitted dog blanket, and a sort-of pattern

Please don’t judge me on the colour scheme. My yarn choices were very limited!

Don’t get excited anyone, this is not a proper professional pattern post. More of a ‘this is how I made it work for me’ kind of thing.

A little while ago I posted about making dog blankets for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. Well, I started the blanket pattern that could be downloaded from their site, but I was having some issues. My ‘squares’ were anything but square and the different paw patterns were yielding different sized rectangles. Obviously I assumed it was my fault, that my tension was off, or varying wildly. Also perhaps the cheap acrylic (Battersea state they want acrylic) was not helping. It felt like the thickness varied a bit. But, seeing as I was going to have to sew the 25 knitted squares together, quite large discrepancies in size was going to be tricky.

Then the amount of sewing involved was putting me off a bit. I wanted a kind of ‘zone out’ project, where I could just knit and get back into the rhythm of needles and knots again. Without wishing to seem uncaring towards the eventual owners, I would rather be able to make three ‘no brainer’ blankets than one thing of beauty. Bearing in mind the thing of beauty might only last a week or two, it might be chewed, or thrown up on…well it seems to me that less finagling and more bulk would be a better option.

After speaking to my mum, who had already made the paws blanket, I found out she had exactly the same issues and, coming to the same conclusion, had made a simpler striped one as her second.

I decided to make a striped one too. And I wanted a border around it, to stop that curling up thing that happens otherwise. Please remember here that my knitting knowledge was never vast, and it is old and neglected. But, in a rare moment of knitting optimism, I decided to work it out for myself.

So, here we have the blanket that I actually wanted to make, if you ignore the colours that were dictated by the minimal array of shades in the shop.

Not many close-ups as my edges were a bit dodgy at first!

Now, I can’t write it up as a proper pattern, but should you want to make such a thing yourself, this is what I did, and what I used.

5mm needles

Baby yarn (thinner than DK, that is all I can tell you): two 50g balls of white, and three 50g balls of other colours. You will have plenty left over and don’t need two full balls of white, but my method of knitting made it easier. If you don’t know how to work different coloured yarn in, it is probably best if you go find out from a professional. YouTube will do the trick. Basically I just wrap the two colours of yarn around each other either side of the changeover stitch.

Cast on 100 stitches*

K rows 1-10 in white

Row 11; K8 in white. Work in colour choice as described unhelpfully vaguely above. K to last 8 stitches, change to white and K last 8

Row 12: K8 in white. Work in colour choice and purl to last 8 stitches, Take a second ball of white yarn, work in as per intarsia method and K8 in white.

Continue rows 11 and 12 until work is desired length, ending on a purl row of colour.

K 10 rows in white and cast off.

Weave in all ends.

That is pretty much it. I just changed the colours and stripes as I fancied – basically trying to make it a bit less like an object that can be seen from space. They will have no problem finding this blanket’s pooch in a power cut!

*As for the number of stitches, I was being guided by the paws blanket which knitted up to 50x50cm sq. I figured this must be a minimum size requirement for Battersea so just aimed for something a bit bigger. The finished blanket is 62x55cm so I could have used less stitches.

I will still finish the knitted squares blanket, as it is a nice diversion and the paw pattern does look really cute. I am in no way criticising it, this is just an honest opinion. I think it is brilliant that the designer allowed their pattern to be used in this way. I thought the intention was to give knitters an interesting project achievable for all skill levels, and it definitely is.

I have now come across a few more proper patterns so am going to use up the rest of the yarn. Maybe I should include some sunglasses when I post them off?

Finally, a gratuitous picture of my lovely Photographer’s Assistant, having a quick bit of shut-eye in the props after a hard afternoon napping…

riley in blanket

 

 

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56 thoughts on “A knitted dog blanket, and a sort-of pattern

    1. Thanks Kathy. He has done his best to make it smell of cat. Not sure what that means, other than I will need to give it a wash before it gets given to a dog!!

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  1. Lovely blanket Puff! I’m sure the new owners won’t mind the “Ruff” edges at all!!! 😀 You’re cozy kitty just reminded me that there is just enough time for me to have a nap before it’s time to make dinner!! 😀

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  2. My eyes! My eyes! Oh my goodness – my vision will never be the same!

    Just kidding! The blanket looks great and even though the colors aren’t what you’d like to pick, I think they still look fine. I’m glad your mum had the same problems with the modular blanket; those always seem like a good idea until I start them and realize how much sewing/seaming is involved. Your blanket is a much better mindless pattern and once you’re done, you’re done (aside from taking care of the ends). You may say your knitting skills aren’t that great and never were, but they look perfectly fine to me! Good job!

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    1. HaHa! Sorry about the eyeballs! Thanks for the encouragement. I will definitely be sticking with blankets that can be knitted in one piece I think. And maybe shopping further afield too. But it is fit for purpose, which is the main thing I guess.

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  3. I loved to read this knitting story! Thanks for sharing. I also like to knit – sometimes and made up some easy patterns for friends who learned to knit and wanted to knit only easy things. 🙂 Your blanket is very nice and I like the soft colours. I guess it would also be perfect for cats. 🙂 Well done!

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      1. Or sometimes quite an impressive, if selective covering. I am sure Riley thinks I look better with furry white calves and ankles.

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  4. Great photos, fabulous ‘story’ of THE BLANKET and how it came to life…. and totally wonderful, soft and snuggly blanket!
    You is soooooo clever Puff. I think you’re bwilliant.
    Please send cat. (this is my second request).
    Love and squidges ~ Cobs. x

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    1. I would send cat but he always wriggles out of the envelope. I could send you a fur ball? No?! Sure? Thanks for the kind words. I am at least enjoying knitting again, which is nice. Yarn burn instead of paper cuts…. Did you get any of the Poundland pearls?

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      1. no… apparently all gone. Not surprised at that price.

        How your mum? Is she out of plaster now? (I wanted to ask: Is she still plastered …. I knew you’d laugh, but was unsure if someone reading might think… well, you know. I didn’t want anyone to think of your lovely mum like that!)

        The blanket really is brilliant Puff, and I really like the colours you used.
        Well done you clever thing you!
        Squidges ~ me. xxx

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      2. I will see if there are any next time I go into town and get you some if you like. I might just clear the shelf! Mum is out of plaster and doing ok thanks. Still aches bit of course though. She’d laugh at the plastered joke! Glad you like the doggie warmer. Xx

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      1. No I would just say a lot of years if practice makes things look 👀 a little better. 😂. I’ve been knitting for over 50 years, so I’ve had a LOT of practice!

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  5. It’s a lovely blanket, baby dk is so nice to work with too. I’m not sure about your assistant’s work ethic though, I’d be having words about break entitlements… (his cuteness would help evade such things as written warnings though!)

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    1. Yes, and the lack of opposable thumbs would make a signed agreement tricky. Paw print, I guess? The blanket isn’t great, but it is fine. It’ll keep a dog warm, or at least make him wonder why it smells of cat….

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  6. You’re very kind to make this for a needy pooch! I totally understand the want to just “zone out” and knit. I’m working on a pair of lace socks at the moment and the yarn overs are driving me loopy (pun intended) 🙂

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  7. The blanket looks lovely! I am sure any doggy that receives it will be most grateful! I think I am going to start my blankets in the next week or so! I am not worrying about colour too much either though. Dogs and cats dont see colour in the same way as us anyway!

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    1. I hadn’t even considered that – you are right. Just today I found out that cats see mostly in Grey’s, but blue and yellow are more distinctive. Never knew that!

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  8. I quite like all the soft colours, makes it feel real homey, and no doubt the doggy who gets it will be highly grateful and Mr Moggy was doing his bit too by adding his scent, in case you take all the credit! 🙂

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