Friday, February 10, 2017

Furry Knits: 10 free knitting patterns for pets

designer: Jacqueline Cieslak
Who loves us more than our pets? From dogs and cats, to guinea pigs and ferrets, we welcome all kinds of furry creatures into our families... so why not show them how much they mean to us with some hand knit gifts? I've made it even easier by puling together 10 great patterns that are adorable, quick to knit, and best of all... FREE ;D


Have I sold you yet? OK! Then take a look below, I've compiled a list of amazing patterns from some awesome designers on ravelry.com . Before we jump in, of course I have to disclaim a few things... While I am a pattern designer myself, these are not my patterns. I haven't actually completed all of them, so I can't answer questions about the designs or techniques in the instructions. The patterns are generously shared for free, by the designers (just click on the title to link to the patterns). However, I don't know any of these designers personally, nor have I been compensated for this review. I simply love patterns from independent designers, and want to share their great work! That being said... let's jump in ;D

 

Dog ear hat

by Lucy Liebenstein
"Do you have a dog? Do you want to make it look silly? Then this is the hat for you! Crazy colors and a simple design make this an easy but fun project, and your dog will sure look dapper while frantically trying to take this off its head!"cost: free download
designer: Lucy Liebenstein

 

Cosmic cozy


by Susie Gourlay
"This cozy will be a nice soft bed for your small pet to snuggle in. The base is crocheted and then you pick up the edges and knit the rest of the cozy. This project is knit densely so it holds its shape."cost: free download
designer: Susie Gourlay

 

Spiked dog collar


by Melissa Turner
"Seriously, this is why I started knitting. I wanted a knitted spiked collar for my dog after I saw a dog with one while vacationing in Berlin."
cost: free download
designer: Melissa Turner

 

Junebug's kitty bed


by Wendy Engstrom
"A round, high-sided, felted wool cat bed. Features a welt at the base to keep its shape, and tall sturdy sides - my cat loves her privacy! "
cost: free download
designer: Wendy Engstrom


 

Rock my Pilou


by Nathalie Gueniche
"Un modèle bien tendance pour un petit chien moderne. Facile à faire, un pull sur mesure !" Easy to make, for the modern dog!
cost: free download
designer: Nathalie Gueniche


 

Cat hoodie


by Kristin Roach
"Now I know that a lot of cats would have serious objections with any kind of hoodie being put on them, even if knit with the most love. So some other ideas for the hoodie - Big Panda Plushies, A willing stout puppy dog (a little pug maybe?), you get the idea :)"
cost: free download
designer: Kristin Roach


 

Nicholas sweater


by Jen Bianchi
"This is a really neat pretty easy pattern to knit up. Super fun and great entertainment for all. Don’t forget to post pictures of your piggies in their sweaters :)"
cost: free download
designer: Jen Bianchi


 

Knit Snuggle Tubbie


by Rae French
"This bed is worked from upper edge of rim to form sides, then decreased (eventually working on DPNs) to form base."
cost: free download
designer: Rae French


 

Pennys bandana cowl


by Adrian Gergler
"Penny’s Bandana Cowl is a pattern written to be adaptable for different weights of yarns for different sizes of animals, so that any animal can wear their own bandana cowl in a fabric that is comfortable and seasonable."cost: free download
designer: Adrian Gergler


 

Raiis Bed


by Jacqueline Cieslak
"This dog bed features a depressed center with a squishy pillow and big, sturdy, stuffed sides that the dog can rest its head on."
cost: free download
designer: Jacqueline Cieslak


Once again, I want to thank all the independent designers out there who not only dream up these patterns, but take the time to document them so we can all enjoy them!

OK, that's all for now; on to the next project! Want to know what it is? Follow me on twitter for sneak peeks and updates! If you're just looking for DIY inspiration, stayed tuned @ dawntoussaint.com for more on my DIY projects through the year! If you're looking to get some of the items you've seen here, on twitter, or on my boards, check out my etsy shop!

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