Item description for Dogs in Knits: 17 Projects for Our Best Friends by Judith L. Swartz...
Designed for dog lovers and passionate knitters, this book offers a unique and beautiful collection of sweaters and blankets for dogs only. Brilliantly combining ethnic knitting traditions and a clean, modern sensibility, this guide offers projects for sweaters that dogs can wear with dignity. It includes appealing yet practical canine styles for all knitting skill levels, basic knitting and crocheting patterns, and instructions on sizing patterns for a perfect fit.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 8.25" Height: 8.75" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2002
Publisher Interweave Press
ISBN 1931499055 ISBN13 9781931499057
Availability 0 units.
More About Judith L. Swartz
Judith L. Swartz is a designer for yarn companies, publishers, and private clients, as well as a knitting and crocheting teacher. She is the author of Dogs in Knits, Hip to Crochet, and Hip to Knit. She lives in Spring Green, Wisconsin.
Judith L. Swartz currently resides in Spring Green, in the state of Wisconsin. Judith L. Swartz was born in 1953.
Reviews - What do customers think about Dogs in Knits: 17 Projects for Our Best Friends?
Dog Sweater Addict Mar 7, 2008
These patterns are quick and easy to make and look great on my little dog. They alo use mostly worsted weight yarn which is easy to find. Great patterns that look great and are easy to understand.
My Dog is the Best Critic Feb 23, 2008
The best critic for "Dogs in Knits" is my dog, Mishka. She loves her new Icelandic Beauty sweater. The sweater was easy to make, fits great, and really has a lot of style compared to many other patterns and books I've looked at.
There are so many great patterns in this book. While there are only a few basic patterns they are done in such unique and different styles, your dog or dog friends could have a whole wardrobe.
My only question is, "How many sweaters does one dog really need?" I don't know, but I'm on to the Peruvian one next, and then maybe the Navajo blanket.
Stylish sweaters that fit the dog! May 7, 2007
I love this author. LOVE. I've made two of the sweaters and plan to make another. Her designs range from something basic a beginner could tackle to projects advanced knitters enjoy producing. She explains how to get the right fit if the three sizes she offers aren't quite right. The dog I was knitting for is a hard fit in *everything* my friend tries to buy him because he's not really a large and not really a medium. After taking the various measurements and adjusting the pattern in just the right places, "Andy" now looks great. This was an exercise for me in "adjusting" patterns before I tackle an Aran for my husband so the little Aran in the book was perfect for my needs. Can't wait to make the party dress.
The only warning I would give is that these patterns aren't for truly big dogs. The patterns can be adjusted, but most folks with a big dog aren't going to find a pattern ready to go in here. A beagle is her medium size.
Keeping Your Dog Warm (and fashionable) Oct 29, 2006
The book features a variety of styles to suit all tastes and to fit different sizes of dogs. There's a cable stitch sweater, an Icelandic design, and others plus some blankets and a pillow for your dog. The directions seem very detailed. The book starts off with instructions for measuring your dog and adjusting the patterns. It continues with a glossary and 5 pages of basic techniques before plunging into the actual patterns. The photos are charmers showing dogs modeling the outfits. The author even throws in a recipe for a flea shampoo and doggie snacks. Sprinkled throughout the book is trivia about dogs (popular dog names, quotations, background on the models). The dogs modeling the knitted projects are just adorable. I'm giving this as a gift to a neigbor who is talented with handwork. Her two dogs will look adorable in these outfits.
Sloppy Writing/Proofreading Jul 31, 2006
This is a sloppily written book full of errors. I had to rip out most of the basketweave cardigan on page 29 because the number of stitches instructed by one section of the pattern does not match the number specified in another paragraph. The patterns seem written to save print space at the expense of clarity and accuracy. I am an experienced (15+ years)knitter, and I found the instructions to be very complicated to follow, requiring the knitter to write the pattern out in longhand so not to miss any steps. This pattern was even described as "perfect for a beginning knitter". Buy this book for the cute pictures if you like, but if you decide to knit from it, work the pattern out on paper first.