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Doggy Knits: Over 20 Coat Designs for Handsome Hounds and Perfect Pooches Paperback – October 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: TFH Publications (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793806003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793806003
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #959,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

* Keep your best friend warm with a stylish knitted coat!
* Great projects for dogs of all sizes and knitters of all abilities
* Classic coats for dapper dogs, pretty coats for perfect pooches, and funky knits for cool canines
* Full measuring instructions plus step-by-step knitting guidance

About the Author

Anna Tillman was knitting scarves for her teddy bears by the time she was 6 years old. She began her knitting career at Rowan Yarns, launched her own online yarn shop, Web of Wool, in 2002, and made the virtual store into an actual shop in 2004. Anna's knitwear designs have appeared in numerous magazines.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M. Nordyke on December 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
My sister bought this book for me and as soon as I picked it up, I immediately thought about returning it. I thought, "I own a lab... they aren't going to have anything her size!" But I was wrong! This isn't your average, fluffy pampered mouse-dog type book. Inside are some really utilitarian designs and some really cutesy ones, and some that can go both ways depending on color/yarn/embellishment choices. The sizes range from XS (16" chest) to XXL (28" chest), so most dogs are covered.

I haven't had any time to knit any of the designs (I got the book today), but I'm sure if there's a serious problem with errors, it will pop up here.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Cameron-Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because of the cute photographs and have since knitted a coat for one of our terriers from it.

Experienced knitters will find the instructions fairly easy to follow, and the measuring instructions will enable those of us with dogs who are not average to tailor a pattern to fit.

Less experienced knitters will find the knitting information chapter at the end of the book helpful in terms of techniques. While there are patterns that a beginner could use, this would be best attempted by a beginner who had access to a more experienced knitter for guidance.

The major drawback, from my perspective, is that the book doesn't give a ply (wool thickness) approximation for each pattern which may make it a challenge for some to identify substitute yarns.

A lovely, colourful book!

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karen A. Miller on February 19, 2007
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Four paws up!!! Each of the patterns are fun and quick to make. There is a style for every dog of every size. Basic patterns let you use your sense of creativity to design something that suits your pups personality. Even the beginner can make something for thier special furry friend. A weekend project that will make you pup proud of you!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Reid on September 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
...one was a strapped blanket style, the other a "denim style jacket." I should mention that my dog is a yorkie, and smaller than the XXS pattern for a dog with a 16" chest. So, please know that I had to alter the patterns a bit. Both worked up fine, but I have a couple complaints about the book. It's not written for the beginner, as there was an abbreviation given not in the guide at the beginning of the book. Because I have other books, I was able to ascertain what the pattern called for, but this is an oversight. (It wasn't that hard to figure out, but don't they proofread?) The denim jacket instructions say that only the recommended yarn should be used, but it is now discontinued by Rowan. You may be able to find another yarn to suit, but compare the shrinkage guidelines with Rowan's yarn on their website, or you may have an ill fitting piece. (I happened to have the particular Rowan yarn, and you might find it at eBay or any of the disco'd yarn sites or on a swap, too.) I also noticed that a good many of the patterns are simply variations on a strapped blanket coat, which is really not practical for most dogs. Mine is far too active and the coat comes off easily even though the strap is snug. Maybe if you're knitting for an elderly or very mellow dog this book would be worth the purchase? I would've appreciated more patterns for jackets and cardigans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. N. Poot on March 4, 2007
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I found this book to be just another book on dog sweaters. Just your everyday, seen it before dog sweater, no toys, no extras. I will say this, I found the photos to be beautiful, in fact I probably bought this book because the dog on the cover looks exactly like my Jack Russell, Jane. I felt there should have been diagrams to accompany the patterns. I am a visual knitter and work best with a diagram. If you want to knit your dog a sweater there are plenty of books out there better than this one, but if you want a book for a coffee table or display in your hobby/knitting room, then this is a good choice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bulliemom on November 5, 2011
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This was a big disappointment! I have an English bulldog and patterns for her need to be customized as they are broad through the chest & narrow in the back. This book does not allow for any 'sizing' other then ex small, small, medium, large. AND...most of the really cute patterns aren't sized past medium. Just know this before you buy.
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