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Knitting for Daisy

Oct 21, 2011

    
Daisy, my 3-month old cocker/Cavalier mix. (She woke up just a second before I snapped this photo.)


It's supposed to be a hard winter here in Spokane, and I have a new puppy, Daisy, who's going to be cold! Her coat won't be filled in by the time we have our first snowfall, so I think I need to knit Daisy a sweater.

I'm not sure what Daisy's style is yet. She seems equal parts lover and fighter (meaning "hard player"), so it's hard for me to decide which sweater best suits her. I know you, my Knitting Daily friends, love a puppy, especially a puppy in a handknitted sweater, so I'm enlisting your help.

I've pulled four options from our eBook Dogs in Knits by Judith Swarz, and I need help deciding which sweater to knit. I need to get started pretty quick in order to be done by the time the temperature falls, so check out my choices below and click on the survey below to vote for the one you think would be best for Daisy. Thanks in advance for your help!

  
Classic Cabled Aran Sweater

Fetching Fair Isle Jumper
This one might be my favorite. I could knit it in a peachy color to match Daisy!

This one is just classic, isn't it? Fair Isle is so much fun—I love choosing color palettes for these projects.

                                            
The Party Dress The Jean Jacket
Is this the cutest thing ever, or what? I'm not sure how practical this one is, but it sure would be a head-turner. Daisy is a bit of a tomboy, so this might be the one. I love the yarn, too, and I have several skeins in my stash!
Time to vote: Here's the survey!

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Cheers,


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SusanMurray wrote
on Oct 29, 2011 9:54 AM

I voted for the cable sweater because I know it will most likely keep Daisey the warmest, however, my first thought was the fair isle. The reason I didn't choose

the fair isle is because I thought there may be a problem physically getting baby girl Daisey into this sweater with all the color changes on the "wrong" side of the garment. Your puppy is beautiful so whichever sweater you choose I'm sure she will look great in it! Enjoy her!!!

zunimax wrote
on Oct 28, 2011 1:05 PM

Daisy would look adorable in the Jean Jacket.  You've already got the yarn in your stash so I say go for it!

UrbanMT wrote
on Oct 25, 2011 9:49 AM

Definitely the Classic Cabled Aran!  I am going to knit this as a Christmas gift for my sister-in-law's little sweetheart.

Jodiclegg wrote
on Oct 23, 2011 6:16 PM

I also have a puppy named Daisy. She's a 6 lb Multipoo and wears sweaters all winter...I live in Iowa where it gets truly cold (below zero is not uncommon) and Daisy is trained to go outside to take care of business. I would definitely knit the party dress for her and would recommend it for your little girl.

newterry wrote
on Oct 23, 2011 12:56 PM

Definitely the classic aran cable one!  It will look adorable on her.  

Terry

SueInOregon wrote
on Oct 23, 2011 11:44 AM

Ohhh! Fair Isle would be so gorgeous on her! Make that & the jean jacket. On for dressy and one for romping in the rain ;)

Mary Etter wrote
on Oct 22, 2011 10:36 PM

Hi Kathleen,

What an adorable baby girl. I have to add my two cents, since I'm a Spokane girl and know what the weather's like.

I would have to vote for the Classis Cable for warmth (it's suppose to be a colder snowier winter again) and the Jean Jacket to show off her Northwest doggie fashion sense.

Give her a snuggle for me.

Mary Etter wrote
on Oct 22, 2011 10:36 PM

Hi Kathleen,

What an adorable baby girl. I have to add my two cents, since I'm a Spokane girl and know what the weather's like.

I would have to vote for the Classis Cable for warmth (it's suppose to be a colder snowier winter again) and the Jean Jacket to show off her Northwest doggie fashion sense.

Give her a snuggle for me.

MarilynWK wrote
on Oct 22, 2011 9:52 PM

She's a little dog and she lives in a cold part of the country. You *know* she needs ALL of them! And what an absolute cutie she is!

KarinP wrote
on Oct 22, 2011 2:00 PM

I would definitely do the Jean Jacket, because the way the bottom is shaped. You don't want to have to wash the seater every time you take Daisy potty. You could to it in a more feminine color or yarn, if you think the jeans is too masculine

mandyangela wrote
on Oct 22, 2011 1:16 PM

haaaay!!  why u wake meh?? i were sleepies!

Oh, and the Cable sweater is lovely.

mandyangela wrote
on Oct 22, 2011 1:16 PM

haaaay!!  why u wake meh?? i were sleepies!

Oh, and the Cable sweater is lovely.

Goldberry wrote
on Oct 22, 2011 12:03 PM

My dog is also named Daisy!! And she looks beautiful in her aran coat,  so  naturally I vote for your Daisy to have one too :)

purlbaker wrote
on Oct 22, 2011 10:25 AM

I love the FI, but would worry about catching her toenails putting it on.  The dress is cute, but since your probably putting it on when she goes out to do her business it's going to get wet.  I vote for the beautiful Aran. Practical and classy.  Thanks for letting us vote - always fun.

LeslieH@35 wrote
on Oct 22, 2011 10:13 AM

Go Fair isle!!

Deborah@63 wrote
on Oct 22, 2011 8:00 AM

Right now, while she's a cute little puppy, Daisy would look sweet in the party dress.  When she's older and bigger, the Aran would be great.

tbusko wrote
on Oct 22, 2011 7:53 AM

Great minds must think alike... I have an 8 mo. old Cavalier. She is also blenheim and her name  is  DAISY!  Lol!!  They seem to have similar personalities. Mine plays hard, but loves to take up space in any empty lap. I think w/the blenheim markings a fair isle would be so beautiful, but the Aran in the right color would also be great. But, my vote is for the fair isle. Can't wait to see the final piece.

betsybliz wrote
on Oct 22, 2011 7:01 AM

ALL the sweaters are very cute but I have always been a believer that all girls need a pretty party dress and that is why I voted for The Party Dress!!  I would knit it in a pretty pink.

Lace8849 wrote
on Oct 21, 2011 7:43 PM

Also, make it big so she can grow into it!  

KarenAbb wrote
on Oct 21, 2011 5:00 PM

My next project was going to be the Aran Sweater.  So that would be my choice. It's not one of your choices but I just finished the Icelandic sweater for one of my dogs and it came out great.

Emeraldivy wrote
on Oct 21, 2011 1:41 PM

A regal coal for a regal dog...Daisy  would look very regal in the Jean Jacket.

Nan@11 wrote
on Oct 21, 2011 1:41 PM

I vote for the Aran. Daisy looks like a fresh Irish lass to me.

GrannySal wrote
on Oct 21, 2011 1:39 PM

I like the Jean Jacket first, then the Fair Isle Jumper, then the  Classic Cabled Aran Sweater, then the Party Dress. The Party Dress looks to me like her hind legs would get caught in the hem, it hangs down so close to her hind feet.  

millie91 wrote
on Oct 21, 2011 1:38 PM

The jean jacket! covers the kidneys. That's the kind of jacket I knit for my "baby" and it keeps her nice and warm.  In terracotta, or caramel.  Nothing too fancy, unless she really approves

PattieM wrote
on Oct 21, 2011 1:13 PM

I think you should make all of them...a girl doesn't want the same sweater every day!!

learning wrote
on Oct 21, 2011 12:39 PM

heh just a wonder, did any of you that knit dogs sweaters, ever ask yourself...... what about their cold little butts. come on ladies make a pattern?

Patty330 wrote
on Oct 21, 2011 12:25 PM

She is a very classic dog and therefore o question the cable is the o e to

Go with her.  But in a very soft color to show off her coat of liver and white.

Good luck with her training.

on Oct 21, 2011 11:39 AM

Daisy would be beautiful in the Fair Isle  Jumper which would have the advantage of being really warm for her as you would be carrying the colors on the inside and the jumper would be almost double thickness.

on Oct 21, 2011 11:39 AM

Daisy would be beautiful in the Fair Isle  Jumper which would have the advantage of being really warm for her as you would be carrying the colors on the inside and the jumper would be almost double thickness.

kylev wrote
on Oct 21, 2011 11:35 AM

the Fair  Isle.

CherylK@3 wrote
on Oct 21, 2011 11:20 AM

The classic cabled Aran is great and would look so cute and very classy on Daisy.

on Oct 21, 2011 10:53 AM

The Aran is great and she would look adorable in a dark raspberry color!

KathleenJ@2 wrote
on Oct 21, 2011 10:50 AM

You are going to have to knit two sweaters. I made the Aran for everyday walks and the party dress in Christmas red with white glitter bells trim for the holidays for our toy poodle.  It was fun making the sweaters and she was adorable in both.  I am making the fair isle in pinks and greens for this winter. Have fun.

Mtbchik wrote
on Oct 21, 2011 9:43 AM

I adopted a Shih Tzu in March whose name is also Daisy! I would love to join you as a KAL. How fun!

Langtonian wrote
on Oct 21, 2011 8:43 AM

I think you are going to have to knit at least two.

The cable sweater and the Fair Isle -  I love the turtle kneck

on this one.

I agree they really should have little hats.

puttygray wrote
on Oct 21, 2011 8:35 AM

All of them are soooo cute!

But if I have to vote one, I would pick the cable aran and fair isle the second.

I can imagine cute Daisy in a bright red cable aran sweater, being very happy !!!

whitelily wrote
on Oct 21, 2011 7:58 AM

I think you should knit them all!  A girl should never have just one sweater!

Donna

Bikecanoeski wrote
on Oct 21, 2011 7:33 AM

I think you better make two!  The fair isle and the party dress are very girly.  Especially if you teach her to sit up.  She needs a stylish going out coat, fair isle, then she needs to dress up occasionally, the party dress.  :)

afteryears wrote
on Oct 21, 2011 7:13 AM

Puppies grow QUICKLY! Make sure anything you knit can be easily added to, or it is something  you won't mind giving away. Another thing to consider is whether or not your yarn choice is easily laundered. Once she's fully, grown go wild! Girlies love to dress up. I would knit the dress for festive occasions, the fair isle for weekend wear, and the Aran sweater for everyday wear.

My 2 Briards love to dress up. The minute Lorna puts on her party dress she KNOWS she is gorgeous! she strikes one of her model poses and wriggles in happiness. 70 lbs of pure dog joy. BB is a fashion hound - she has a variety of collars, kerchiefs, and coats. How do I know these things? Anyone who knows Briards understand.   BB wants to know why finding anything in her size! She says that people need to understand that big woofs should have needlework patterns too. Scaling up a pattern is challenging. Most designs now marked L or XL only lengthen the back length. They do not take in to account the size of their shoulders or the depth of their chest.

Enjoy your puppy, she is lovely!

afteryears wrote
on Oct 21, 2011 7:13 AM

Puppies grow QUICKLY! Make sure anything you knit can be easily added to, or it is something  you won't mind giving away. Another thing to consider is whether or not your yarn choice is easily laundered. Once she's fully, grown go wild! Girlies love to dress up. I would knit the dress for festive occasions, the fair isle for weekend wear, and the Aran sweater for everyday wear.

My 2 Briards love to dress up. The minute Lorna puts on her party dress she KNOWS she is gorgeous! she strikes one of her model poses and wriggles in happiness. 70 lbs of pure dog joy. BB is a fashion hound - she has a variety of collars, kerchiefs, and coats. How do I know these things? Anyone who knows Briards understand.   BB wants to know why finding anything in her size! She says that people need to understand that big woofs should have needlework patterns too. Scaling up a pattern is challenging. Most designs now marked L or XL only lengthen the back length. They do not take in to account the size of their shoulders or the depth of their chest.

Enjoy your puppy, she is lovely!

jamesnjess@2 wrote
on Oct 21, 2011 6:29 AM

The sweaters are darling but for a puppy, I would choose very carefully.  I have a 5 month old Lab girl and she plays hard!  It would be a shame to have the beautiful work ruined - the Fair Isle looks like it would snag too easily.  The aran seems like it might be a bit bulky - a young pup is still very uncoordinated and might have trouble moving around in it.  I would save these two for when she is older.  The dress might make up nicely as her holiday outfit, but for jaunts outside in the weather, I would definitely go with the jean jacket - maybe using feminine colors in a lovely tweed or heathered yarn.

I am a bit jealous - I would love to make sweaters for my two Labs but they wouldn't like them.  Labs love the elements and for some reason feel that they must bring it in all over them - rain, snow, mud, etc.  A sweater would just get in the way.  I use up my "clothing" allotment once year when they allow me to dress them in costume for Halloween.  

Enjoy your pup and watch out for your yarn!  Dixie likes to fish it out of my knitting bags and run around the house with it!

babs-222 wrote
on Oct 21, 2011 5:43 AM

The cable and fairisle look very hard to put on a dog the dress one is a little sloppy looking the jean one is a growing coat.  I have 4 dogs that wear coats and I tell you they would not like the cable or fairisle you have to bend their legs to try and get the sleeves in.  Beautiful puppy Katherine enjoy her.

on Oct 21, 2011 5:03 AM

Daisy would look the very best in the Aran Isle sweater.  I would also suggest you knit a matching tam for her.