This dapper knitted doggie bow tie will add some serious suave to your pooch’s style!
- 1 x 50g Sirdar Flirt DK in Mesmerise (216)
- 4mm knitting needles
- 38cm length of 2cm black elastic
- bow tie ‘hook and eye’ fastening crochet hook
- sewing needle and black cotton
- sewing thread
beg – beginning; c/on(off) – cast on(off); cont – continue; k – knit; kw – knitwise; ms – moss stitch; Ns – needles; p – purl ;patt – pattern; st(s) – stitch(es)
Across finished bow: 14cm
Bow width: 7cm
Strap circumference: Adjustable
Stocking stitch: 1st row (RS): knit.
2nd row (WS): purl. Repeat these
Garter stitch: knit every row
Using 4mm Ns, C/on 60 sts. Work 30 rows in gs. C/off, leaving a 30cm yarn tail. Thread the long yarn tail onto a blunt-tipped yarn needle. Fold the knitting in half lengthways and sew the short side edges together. Sew in loose threads.
TO MAKE THE BOW-TIE CENTRE
Using 4mm Nd, c/on 10 sts. Beg with a k row, work 14 rows in st st. C/off, leaving a 30cm yarn tail. Thread the long yarn tail onto a blunttipped yarn needle. Sew the cast-on edge to the cast-off edge using basic whip stitch. Sew in loose threads.
TO ASSEMBLE THE COLLAR
Fold the bow piece in half with the right sides tog and the seam at the centre back. Pass the bow through the centre piece, unfolding as you proceed, and manipulate it into a traditional bow shape. Feed the length of black elastic through the back of the bow centre. Slip one end of the elastic strap through the hook section of the fastenings, with the hook facing outwards, and sew it back to the strap using a sewing needle and black thread. Thread the other end through the adjustor section first, facing outwards, then through the eye section, pulling it long and doubling back through the back of the adjustor section. Fold the raw edge of the elastic back on itself and sew in place to secure.
TO WORK THE WHIP STITCH SEAM
- Place the knitted piece with wrong sides together.
2. Thread a blunt ended needle with the long tail of yarn. Insert the yarn needle through the front edge, taking it through the back edge at a diagonal angle.
3. Cont passing the needle through both front and back edges at a diagonal until the seam is sewn. Sew in loose threads.
Magazine issue date: August, 2014