Knitting Leftovers = ‘Furrrocious’ Dog Sweaters Four Ways



I’m an unabashed Rowan fan.  Give me most any Rowan pattern or any Rowan yarn, and I’ll be in heaven.  So when I stumbled on the delicious Ribbon Twist yarn from Rowan a couple of years ago in a series of patterns in Rowan 38, I ordered up some of this pretty yarn and made myself a “Charlotte” in the Ribble colorway ~ a soft sage green with strands of royal blue, turquoise and yellow running through it.  Here’s the little ponchette, one of my favorite wraps:


This took four skeins (for smaller sizes, it’s three) and was worked on size US 17 needles in about a day and a half.

When I found out recently that my lovely Ribbon Twist has been discontinued by Rowan, I snapped up some more ~ it’s a luxurious yarn, big and thick (2 sts = 1″), in an absolutely glorious collection of colors.  Since everybody I know was discovering the Charlotte, I decided to make another one, in the colorway Rocky, a granite gray with pale gray and black ribbon:



Another great yarn being axed by Rowan is Big Wool Tuft, a big, soft, plushy wonder that is from the same era as Ribbon Twist and comes in eight or 10 colors that coordinate with the Ribbon Twist colors.  They’re used together in “Ribbon Twist Collection,” an old Rowan book I wish I had, in “Big It Up”, “Big Just Got Bigger” and, as mentioned, Rowan 38.  A friend saw a little doggie sweater I had knitted out of white Big Wool Tuft an suggested it would make a good rug.  Well, sure!

Yarniverse is currently selling Big Wool Tuft, normally $10 a ball, at $22 for a bag of 10 balls! So I snapped up three bags ~ one black, one gray, to make my daughter a bedside “faux-kati” rug, and another in off-white, just for fun.  Ribbon Twist is on sale all over the place, at Jimmy Beans Wool, for example, where you can also get the Big Wool Tuft for $3.99 a ball if you don’t want a bag full.


But the best part is the fun I’ve had working up a cute sweater pattern for the puppies using these two yarns.  The pattern is for a basic sweater in Ribbon Twist with two choices of hems ~ seed stitch or knitted faux fur (Big Wool Tuft).  But that’s where the basic ends and the fancy-schmancy begins.  The sweater neck is trimmed in big, bold vintage buttons, and my two different versions have either a button-on “fur” collar or button-on “fur”-trimmed hoodie.  Here are my two angels in their new finery:

willie-gray-1.jpg   chopsy-green-5.jpg

Now, you’ve met Willie, the fat little Yorkie on the left above, the ham-of-all-hams; but you’ve never been introduced to Chopsticks, my sweet, camera-shy miniature schnauzer mix, a rescue pup who’s a darling love bug, most excellent house-guarder, and ~ usually ~ not the first on the list of puppy knits.  Since Willie’s my muse and he’s tiny, he gets the pretty duds.  But this time I let Chopsy have the sweetest sweater ~ and she absolutely loves it!  You have never seen a prouder puppy.


Chopsy’s sweater has the hoodie, and Willie’s has the “fur” collar (such a little pimp!).  As a friend said yesterday, the sweaters are great for travel ~ one outfit you can wear two ways.  And what about those Glamour mag office-to-evening switcheroos?  Add a pair of dressy pumps and some darker eye shadow, and that plain-jane dress goes right from work to date ~ just like Willie and Chopsy’s sweaters!

There’s a pdf download for this quick and easy pattern on my FREE PATTERNS page.  Soon to follow, a FREE TUTORIAL on how to line a dog sweater neck ~ and why you should.



10 Responses to “Knitting Leftovers = ‘Furrrocious’ Dog Sweaters Four Ways”

  1. 1 dropkickstitch February 21, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Because of you… I just bought two bags of BWT (in pink and gray). Thanks!

  2. 2 Barbara February 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Furrrocious is FABULOUS!!!!! You are very creative, talented and generous. Thanks for sharing these beautiful patterns of yours. It must make you feel good to know that there are dogs out there sporting your designs!
    Again, love your blog!

  3. 3 mysavannahcottage February 21, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Well, where’s my commission? Hee hee.

  4. 4 mysavannahcottage February 21, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Barbara, thank you for your kind words. You are so sweet to say those things. I just have fun making the patterns, and I want ALL THE DOGS IN THE WORLD to be fashion plates, of course.

  5. 5 dropkickstitch February 24, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    So what are you doing with your three bags of BWT? Now that I have two bags on the way, I’ve been searching around for patterns. I’ll just let one jump out at me I guess. I do have Rowan’s Big it Up and The Next Big Thing… Twinkle’s Big City Knits (and some of her Vogue Knitting contributions), so there’s much inspiration. Or I might wing this one.

  6. 6 arielluria February 27, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    All adorable! I love your pups and ALL your wonderful dog sweaters!

  7. 7 Barbara June 7, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Your puppies are adorable!! Have you found another yarn that resembles Ribbon Twist in quality and gauge. Puppies that are new visitors to your page would probably love to have sweaters like your babies do.

  8. 8 mysavannahcottage June 9, 2008 at 6:24 pm


    Sorry for the delay in answering you ~ our AC has been out for three days, and I could barely stand to be in the room with the computer. No fan!

    Thank you for your comments. You can use any super-bulky yarn (about 2.5 sts = 1″) for this pattern. These would include Tahki Baby, Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky Naturals and Duotones, Araucania Loa, Bernat Furriere and Max, Cascade Tuscany Grande, GGH Travertino, and Crystal Palace Iceland Print and Solid. The last two are on sale at Jimmy Beans Wool online for 62% and 50% off respectively. Also, of course, Rowan Big Wool will sub for Ribbon Twist. It’s also on sale at, as are three colors remaining of Ribbon Twist. (I’m not getting a cut from Jimmy Beans ~ that’s just where I happened to look!)

    Thank you again, and good luck with your knitting!

  9. 9 avril April 4, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Your dogs have very nice dog sweaters. For my two little Lolek and Bolek I learned how to make knitted dog sweaters and now this became a hobby for me. now they have an entire wardrobe full of knitted sweaters and I must say I’m so proud watching them run in the backyard wearing the sweaters I made:D

  1. 1 In Sickness and in Health « My Savannah Cottage Trackback on April 18, 2008 at 10:12 pm

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