The Yarnologue

Walking the Dog

I don’t know about where you are, but Spring still hasn’t managed to stick around where I live.

The changeable weather was very obvious the other morning when I was walking my dogs. Although the sun was shining brightly, there was a brisk breeze that chilled my neck.

Despite it being the end of April, I wished I had on a scarf or cowl. That got me to thinking what types of projects I could knit or crochet to make an early morning walk more pleasant. I bet the staff at your local yarn store will have even more suggestions.

Of course, you don’t need to be stepping out with a furry friend to want to wear any of these!

27879First, consider setting your furry friend up with a lovely sweater of his or her own, like this one from the Noro Mini Knits 3 book. Usually the dog sweater knitting patterns I see are for little dogs, so it’s refreshing to see one for a big breed!

This sweater is knit using Noro Taiyo yarn, a lovely cotton/wool/silk blend.

27574If you do have a small dog, check out this sharp turtle neck from the hardcover Knit Noro Accessories book. There is a picture of the whole sweater on our main website.

The book calls for the bulky weight Noro Kogarashi (Ravelry link), which is discontinued. I bet Noro Obi would work as a substitute.

IMG_1400When the breeze hit my neck, I wished for my Almathea cowl from Juniper Moon Farm.

This easy pattern is knit using Juniper Moon Farm Moonshine yarn, a wonderful wool/alpaca/silk blend. The book includes both one and two skein versions of the Almathea cowl.

I knit the one skein version, which worked up very quickly. This is a lightweight cowl that will work well as a transition piece while the weather decides what it wants to do.

148853The pretty Ida mitts are also in the Moonshine book, so you can wrap your neck AND wrists in lovely Moonshine yarn.

When you have to curb your dogs, like I do, having your fingers free to manipulate the little plastic baggies makes and unpleasant task a little easier. bleh!

163355If you get overheated even thinking about wearing wool and alpaca at this time of year, check out the Yaz capelet/cowl, also from Juniper Moon Farm.

Yaz is knit using two balls of the very popular new yarn Zooey. This cotton/linen blend is available in 10 colors and comes in generous 284 yard balls.

IMG_1395For a smaller project, take a look at the Asta Neckwarmer from Elsebeth Lavold’s The Small Things Matter Collection.

This pretty project takes less than one ball of Silky Wool yarn. The book includes the neckwarmer, wrist warmers, and an eyeglass case, which combined take one ball.

A nice part of the Asta Neckwarmer is that the sides are shaped for a better fit and no gaps.

162944Back to a traditional style cowl with the Hachito Windowpane Cowl from Mirasol. This pattern takes two skeins of Mirasol Hachito yarn. This fingering weight yarn is a 80% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Nylon blend that is available in 18 colors.

162943Make the Hachito mitts if you want a set. The colors of the yarn are allowed to shine in this simple, one-skein pattern.

Browse for more mitt patterns.

DSC08041On a very windy day it might be good to cover your ears as well as your neck, if only to keep your hair under control!

My Inner Babushka Cowl takes just one skein of Queensland Collection Llama Lace Melange. Download the free pattern.

This lace weight yarn is warm, but lightweight, and will work up into good transition garments as we shed our heavy winter garments.

Browse for more cowl patterns.

30061After a brisk walk, it’s nice to relax with a biscuit, a cup of tea, and our knitting.

Allow your precious pup to recline in style with this Argyle Dog Bean Bag Bed from the third issue of Debbie Bliss Magazine. You can buy the pattern on Ravelry, or at a local yarn store that participates in the Ravelry in-store pattern sale program.

You need both knitting and basic sewing skills for this project. You knit the top of the bed using Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran yarn, sew and stuff a lining, then attach the fabric bottom to the knit top.

It looks like a fun and challenging project, and one worthy of our beloved dogs.

What are you wearing to combat the early morning chill?

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