My vote would be for cabled Iran. I live in northern MN and have a Maltese named Izzy. When she was young it was important to have a sweater that fit close to her with no bobbles, bangles or ruffles that she could use to play with. I also like a sweater that covers most of the back and belly. in summer a light weight cotton one keeps her coat dry in rain and in winter I when I take the sweater off, most of the snow she plays in comes with it.
Definitely the jean jacket--very practical, and not too complex (remember those Fair Isle Christmas stockings waiting)!
Kathleen, you can't go wrong with something that stays close to the body. One was akin to the gansey and used by fisherman. The other was used by the men in keeping sheep in line, and that as we know is cold blustery winter weather. The aran was made to withstand rain and wind, but I am still pulling for the stranded knit one - Fairisle style. It can be lose, but when knit right, the 2 strands gives the cute puppy as close snuggly feel with two layers of yarn to keep Daisy warm. Since you like also to chose the colors in the stranding - you may pick one the matches her eyes and coat, etc.
Thanks for being concerned for your wee one. Deb from MN
The Aran is cute but looks so tight and uncomfortable in the neck and armholes. I voted for this one but make it looser in those areas (easier to get on and off, too!). The jean jacket is too masculine unless you make it in a feminine color. It looks the most practical.
I like the Classic Cabled Aran followed by the Jean Jacket
That Fair Isle jumper is darling, and she would look smashing in it. Of course, the cabled one is quite lovely as well. Perhaps Miss Daisy needs a pair of sweaters, since as a puppy she is bound to get messy at some point during winter? Such a lucky pup to have a knitter for a mum!
I voted for the Jean Jacket, but I would like to add to that vote. I would suggest making it a little bit girly-er... Like a pink ruffle at the neck, or a bit of sparkle at the pocket?
At the dog park, the question that always comes up - "Your dog is so cute. Is it a boy or girl?" is nice to avoid with an obvious clue like colour or accessories. But definitely do it in a denim looking yarn.
That's my vote.
Remember that you need to start putting on the sweater now so she gets used to it.
I started too late with my Cavailier so now when I put on a sweater, she just sits and does not
move, like she is glued to the floor. Cavaliers do not complain, they just wait for you to get it
right. Sometimes they will make funny noises in their throat, but they do not whine. They just
look at you with their big brown eyes, until you relent and give in. Liz in Amarillo
I think that the fair Isle is the perfect choice for Daisy. Since she is only 3 months old and has not fully developed her personality I think that the Aran look is just a little too "executive", while the Fair Isle is classic but still frivolous in color and pattern
The party dress is adorable, but you're right. I seriously doubt it would be at all practical.
definitely fair isle. Select colors which are symbolic of her personality, coloring, interests, ... then she has a conversation piece also. She is a lucky pup!
I would knit the cable if you want it done quickly! I have this book, and have made several sweaters from it. I did do the Fair Isle, but it is time consuming, since the yarn is a fingering. And the party dress did not keep my little Sassy warm! The denim does not look as nice made up as you might think.
Thank you very much for voicing such practical advice---I had those thoughts in mind when I voted for the Fair Isle Sweater!
I think Daisy's colouring would like nice in the F.Isle sweater !Nice contrast. V lloyd
Kathleen, do the jeans jacket first. It looks more straight-forward and your precious little Daisy will be growing so fast. You also won't be so disappointed if she chews it up a little bit. Spend your special time and talent on the more complex patterns after Daisy is a more responsible lady. She will be ready to appreciate the fashionable looks next winter and won't outgrow them after a few months. She is certainly a beautiful little puppy. I wish you many years of love and joy with her!