Knit a Dog Coat – Calling All Knitters and Crocheters!
Brrrr… a lof us having been tweeting this week about how chilly it is getting here in the UK. The Dogs Trust are gearing up for their annual distribution of special canine Christmas hampers now, through their Hope Project.
The Dogs Trust are calling upon all Knitters and Crocheters to get involved by making lovely,woolly, warm coats for dogs. So if you enjoy knitting, knit a dog coat and for Crocheters, why not crochet a dog coat?
Non Knitters and Non Crocheters can also get involved by donating doggy treats such as toys and Christmas doggy stockings.
For crocheters, here’s a cute dog coat pattern to crochet a dog coat for the Dogs Trust.
For Knitters, here is a basic knitting pattern to follow to knit a dog coat, along with the following advice since the pattern was created by a US designer: the wool is 10ply or the equivalent to Aran. UK needles are 5.5mm and 6mm. 1 ball of wool is 7oz or 198gms. Bind off is cast off and skp is slip one knit one then pass slipped stitch over.
A few important tips for your jumper design:
- Please make it simple and practical for a dog to wear; no dangly adornments that a dog might be tempted to chew off and swallow.
- Colours should also be practical (for example no white or cream) – reds and greens could be a nice festive touch!
- Choose a yarn that’s easy to care for; look out for acrylics and washable fibres.
- Many of the dogs on the Hope Project are medium to large in size, so we are particularly looking for jumpers that would fit dogs of stature!
Jumpers can be sent to: Hope Project, Dogs Trust, 17 Wakley Street, London, EC1V 7RQ, no later than the 23rd November.
As ever, we’re so very grateful for supporters who take the time to get involved.
Since 1994, the Dogs Trust has been working to help dog owners who are homeless or living in temporary accommodation gain access to free and subsidised veterinary treatment for their best friends.
Clare Kivlehan, Dogs Trust Hope Project Manager, explains:
“The bond between any dog and owner is a strong one but for homeless people their dog can be their only friend. Each year we’re delighted to be able to distribute these hampers to homeless hounds to help make Christmas happier for them and their owners. We hope this year that we will be able to make the festive season a little brighter with the addition of some cosy dog jumpers and fun toys.”
Don’t forget to share pictures of your makes on our forum and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Please visit The Dogs Trust website