As a dog-mama, I know what dogs will and will not wear. Fortunately, there are some very wearable patterns in PuppyKnits: 12 QuickKnit Fashions for Your Best Friend by Jil Eaton…and the fact that the book’s chock-full of dachshunds never hurts when it comes to getting a good review from me! There are 12 patterns, all photographed on canine pals.
What distinguishes PuppyKnits from, say, Kristi Porter’s Knitting For Dogs is that it is meant for small dogs only. If you have a small dog, you’ll like this book. If your puppy friend is portlier, it’ll involve some math on your part, or selecting a pattern like the Puppy Fez.
(Pugs wearing fezzes. My day has been made!)
The introductory material is solid and basic, the illustrations are cute. It’s a small book: 89 pages and 6 x 6″. It would be a good stocking stuffer for an advanced beginner or up, knitting-skill-wise. Since author Jil Eaton lives in Portland, Maine, it invokes Central Yarn (a really fabulous yarn store there) in the credits. Believe me, when you take your dachshund to Maine in the winter like I do, she needs sweaters like the one on the cover!
All in all, an adorable little book and 12 stylish patterns for your small dog.