6 Knits for Your Pets

Dog Sitting On Knitted Brown Pillow On Green Ottoman
From a blanket to a toy or sweater, knit something extra special for your favorite pet.

Knit a Cozy Plaid Blanket

This washable knit blanket is sure to make your puppy happy. Don't fret over the plaid pattern -- you can "cheat" by carrying the unused colors cross the back and crocheting the vertical stripes once it's knitted.

Knit a Toy Fido Will Love

If your dog loves to play catch or tug-of-war, you don't have to settle for a store-bought toy. This toy is knit in stockinette stitch on size 4 needles with washable cotton yarn. Add stripes to personalize this pull toy. Then stuff the bone-shape toy with quilt batting rolled to fit in the tube.

Felted Fish for Kitty

Keep Whiskers entertained for hours with this easy project. Start with a small stockinette stitch swatch that has been felted and cut into two fish shapes. Then customize the toy with your cat's favorite treat. Stuff catnip, a bell, or crinkled paper between the layers and hand-stitch the pieces together with a blanket stitch. Thread the fish and the pom-poms onto a string and let the fun begin.

Adorable Argyle Sweater

As the temperature drops, keep your pooch cozy and cute in this argyle sweater. It's knit in just one piece (legs are knit using separate balls of yarn for each). Thanks to ribbing at the neck and legs, the sweater slips on and off easily.

Make Cozy Collars

Give your pooch a cozy collar with these simple knits. The fluffy red collar is knit in a 4-stich I-cord on double-pointed needles; the collar uses a crochet loop and button closure. The soft brown collar is made from suede yarn in a 2-stich I-cord pattern, giving this collar a velvety look and feel. The reversible collars use the same crocheted-loop button closure as the other collar. Choose a distinctive button to add extra style.

Pampered Pet Pillow

Furlike yarn gives the pillow its fluffy, downy-soft look and feel. This easy-to-knit pattern can be sized for your pet; multiply the per-inch stitch gauge by the desired width, and knit both front and back pieces until they're square. Keep in mind the available sizes of pillow forms and covers to keep this an easy no-sew project. Don't stop with one pillow -- it's perfect for your human friends, too!

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