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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Dog blankets for Battersea Dogs' Home


The pattern for the above blanket is also suitable for a baby blanket.

Using double knitting wool and 4 mm. (8 u.k) needles cast on 155 stitches.
First row:  k1, *k2 tog, k4, yarn forward,k1, yarn forward k4, slip1, k1, psso, k1, rep from * to end.

2nd row - purl

The last two rows set the pattern. Continue working in pattern until blanket measure 76 cms ending after a wrong-side row,
Cast off in pattern

These three dog blankets are destined for Battersea Dogs' Home in London. Just as soon as I find the right box to pack them in, they'll be winging their way to comfort a soon to be rescued dog. Once the dog has bonded with its blanket and found a new home, the blanket will go to the new home with its owner, again to give comfort to the dog in its new environment.

Have you ever considered knitting?  It's a lovely hobby, which you can do from the comfort of your own armchair whilst watching television or listening to the radio and it's really not that difficult.  Think of the satisfaction you can get from making something for someone you love or a stranger even.

The pattern below is in basket stitch. Appropriate name isn't it! Once you have mastered knit stitch and purl stitch, you will soon be able to make this because it is basically four knit, four purl for four rows and then reverse (four purl, four knit). It makes an effective pattern without holes, which is perfect for the dogs so they don't get their claws stuck in the blanket.

Perhaps you need a little help to get started?  Here is an excellent video on how to knit.

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