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“Woolly Woofers” Knitted Dog Coat


Regular readers of the blog will recognise Fifi and Tess, a 14 year old Yorkie and 3 year old Chorkie, respectively.

Here they are in their Winter coats, all long, shaggy and warm.

Whilst we were in Spain, my mother looked after both dogs and took them for their annual haircut, and they now look just a tad different!

Trouble is, Fifi feels the cold and can always be found sat as close to the fire as possible whenever it is lit.

She has a variety of coats; here is her Winter one.

This one was a non-stretch fleecy number, made specifically to stop her licking her wound after an operation.

And who can forget this disastrous effort made in rather too much of a rush and was miles too big?

Point is that, no sooner had they had their Summer trim, the weather turned – 14 degrees and rain. For two weeks.

Poor little Fifi spent most of her time curled up in a ball in an effort to keep warm, shivering pitifully.

Of course, technically, her Rudolph coat would do the job perfectly well but, quite frankly the excuse to knit up another cute little number from Debbie Bliss’ “Woolly Woofers” in summery colours was too good an opportunity to miss.

After scrutinising the descriptions and measurements of various patterns, I settled on a ‘tube’ style coat, which would be close fitting and comfortable.

It’s called “Mod Dog” for obvious reasons, but it was the tube style that I wanted, not the Mod design.

Don’t you just love the illustrations?

I had the best part of a ball of “Rainbow” double knitting yarn left over from some project or other which would be plenty for this little coat.

Wool Warehouse stock it in a dozen different colours.

I started straight away. Well, it was howling a gale and pouring down outside, so why not?

By the next day, I had finished both the front and back pieces.

A quick trip to the garden centre later, and I had a set of 3.75mm circular needles to finish the cuffs.

How’s that for a season-appropriate colourway? 

I put the coat on Fifi as soon as it was off the needles and she wore it all night without the need to be wrapped up in a blanket. (For “blanket” read “one of Mr H-L’s jumpers”, because he’s so soft).

This morning I took some more pictures in daylight to show you.

Now she won’t look daft if we go out for a walk, whereas the Christmassy coat might draw a few questioning glances down the pub.

Isn’t it sweet? Although I’m hoping Summer will show it’s face at some point in August, at least Fifi won’t be shivering if it doesn’t.

Perhaps I could make a matching coat for Tess….?

Author: sewchet

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28 thoughts on ““Woolly Woofers” Knitted Dog Coat

  1. Absolutely adorable!!!! Now she’ll get comments for all the right reasons!

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  2. She looks devine, and I expect will still get lots of comments/compliments. But.. garden centre to buy needles? So lovely to see how you sit to knit , just like me, I wonder is there any other way to sit and knit?

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  3. Lovely coat , looks a good pattern and great colour Lucky Fifi๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ

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  4. That is very cute and she looks just a little pleased with herself wearing it too ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m always amazed at how different our dogs look when they are trimmed up. Once a year – what a treat that would be and they look so cute!! My Siddy has to be groomed every six weeks, his coat grows so quickly and he looks like a tiny Old English. When he comes home he looks trimmer, lighter and younger. By the time I’m used to his new classy look, he’s all shaggy again. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • They look like different dogs and I don’t really recognise them for a few days after a trim. It seems to take away some of their character and I find myself longing for it to grow back. In theory, it should be nicer for them in the Summer to have short hair – but not this year!!

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  5. That coat looks fabulous on her definatly make one for the other dog

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  6. Aw! Bless Fifi. Fab coat and she looks gorgeous in it. Think I need a small dog to knit for.

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    • Thanks Bekki – she’s getting so old now, and is riddled with lumps so every day is a bonus, so to speak! We do all we can to make her as comfortable as possible. Well, you know only too well what it’s like living with an old dog who seems to be at death’s door one minute, then bounces back and surprises you the next!

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  7. Poor little thing. How sad to see her shivering in the middle of summer. I”m so glad you took matters into your hands, and what a fabulous result. She looks sweet and cozy. I would wear that sweater too! Is she colder than the other dog because of her age or is it unique to her breed?

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    • Well, a bit of both, I think. Fifi’s hair is very fine and has thinned with age. Tess is half Chihuahua and has fur, which is thicker. As I type, Fifi is stretched out in a pool of sunlight – she tends to flop low the sun around the room!


  8. Poor little Fifi looked so cold with her haircut in the English summer weather! Her rainbow coat is gorgeous ๐ŸŒˆ

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  9. She is just so adorable, she would look sweet in a little “summer coat” all year round. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I am sure she will get very nice and appreciative comment from the pub. She looks bright and cheerful, and I am sure she is very happy.
    Hugs to all. xx

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    • Thanks Joey, and I’m sure she’ll be wearing coats more often now as she is old and starting to feel the cold more and more, with or without a haircut. A cheery coat like this is nice to look at, that’s for sure!

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  10. She looks gorgeous! The schools are back soon so the weather will improve again then ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. I can’t forget the ‘too big’ coat as it is here where you kindly sent it and one dog’s ‘too big’ is another dog’s ‘just right’ so it will be finding a good home this winter. She looks so sweet, bless her and I have that book so I must give the tube coat a try, especially as you made it so quickly.

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    • Let’s hope the ‘too big’ coat finds a good home this Winter. To be honest, all the coats for toy breeds knit up quickly because they are so small. I suppose this one took about eight hours in total, which amounted to two afternoons of rain!

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