I spent my evenings last week secretly knitting dogs for the boys

and last night I put them in their beds whilst they were sleeping.

I remember my Mum doing that for my sister and I.

I haven’t forgotten how exciting it was to wake up to a totally unexpected treat.

It’s pretty exciting waiting for the surprise to be discovered too! 




I knitted a Jack Russell and a Corgi from ‘Best in Show’. They suggest knitting the dogs in 4 ply, but I knitted mine in aran weight and they are still only 20cm long. They aren’t hard to make- but you do need to be confident about increasing and decreasing stitches as there is a lot of shaping to do.

14 Responses to “Dogs”

  1. trash Says:
    March 28th, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I got this book for Christmas from my mum. How cool is the Afghan?

  2. trash Says:
    March 28th, 2011 at 9:40 am

    What size needles did you use?

  3. monica Says:
    March 28th, 2011 at 11:39 am

    what a gorgeous thing to do!!! I bet your boys were totally delighted…

  4. Ali Says:
    March 28th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    D’you think I could get away with knitting one the next time the ‘Can we get a dog’ plea goes out?

  5. Debbie St. Germain Says:
    March 28th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Those are so wonderful and a nice surprise for the boys.


  6. Laura Says:
    March 28th, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Perfect! I take so long to knit things that I am full of admiration that you were able to do it as a surprise!

  7. Kit Lang Says:
    March 29th, 2011 at 4:13 am

    what a lovely surprise!

  8. Jen Says:
    March 29th, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Lovely 🙂

  9. Christine Says:
    March 29th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I swore I was never going to knit another toy but these are so gorgeous, I’m going to have to buy this book – thanks for the “pointer”, Janet!

  10. Dad Says:
    March 30th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    That is just the type of dogs you want Janet. No ‘walkies’, pooper scoopers or paw prints on the carpets.
    I wish I was getting one!!

  11. wonderwoman Says:
    March 30th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    they are brilliant and what a fantastic thing to do, they are going to love them!!


  12. Kristina Says:
    April 1st, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    I like your dogs, they look very good. I’m sure your boys loved them!

    I noticed the “Best in Show” blog last year and decided that I want a dog like that for myself. It’s just that I wanted a husky and I don’t think they’ve got one? So I experimented. Mine can be found here:

    Of course yours are much more professional 🙂

  13. margie Says:
    April 6th, 2011 at 6:51 am

    oh sooooooooooo fantastic…lucky lads…

  14. Lisa Says:
    May 3rd, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Very cute. I am sure that the boys were thrilled!

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