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“Best In Show” Knitted Dog – West Highland Terrier


When I posted this photo on Instagram, of the “Best In Show” book of knitted dogs that I bought nearly-new for a bargain on Amazon, it had a mixed reception.

Some people thought I’d lost my marbles while others clearly saw the attraction of knitting such pointless-but-cute objects.

So, when the other one in the series one popped up at a knock-down price, obviously I snapped it up!

Almost instantly, a lovely Instagrammer from Australia contacted me and asked if I’d consider a commission for her of a West Highland Terrier, a “Westie”. 

Of course, I jumped at the chance to have a bonafide excuse to actually go ahead and make one, so agreed straight away.

Unfortunately, there is no local stockist of Rowland Kidsilk Haze, so I had the ideal opportunity to put together a larger order with an online stockist to include yarn for a poncho that I’d admired for a long time.

Armed with everything I needed, I couldn’t wait to cast on.

The fuzzy nature of the mohair would be perfect to imitate the fur of a Westie. Two strands of yarn are held together throughout.

Believe it or not, this is a finished leg!!

Whilst not complicated, you need to concentrate on the instructions especially as this one asks you to “follow instructions as for Scottish Terrier” for certain elements of the knit.

At this point, the knitting was almost completely finished but still looked absolutely nothing like a dog, let alone a Westie!

The extra bits were finished in the car whilst at a football match – they’re laid out on the dashboard.

Now to sew it all together.

A satin stitched nose, French knot eyes and collar, all made using embroidery silks, are the final touches.

And here he is!

For scale, here he is sat in the palm of my hand.

He is about 6 inches long and 4 inches high.

Not only that, but I have enough yarn left to make another one……anyone else want to commission a Westie?!!

Author: sewchet

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38 thoughts on ““Best In Show” Knitted Dog – West Highland Terrier

  1. Aw! Love him πŸ™‚ Nice stuffing. I expected him to be smaller. The Goldie I had was a kit and it was smaller. I also expected it to be smaller, because it was a westie and a goldie is bigger than a westie – but that’s just plain silly πŸ™‚

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  2. I can’t say I’m not tempted by these books – I remember now that you had sent me a card with a photo of a schnauzer on it from one of them – the sewing up looks fiddly. Is it?

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    • Well, I didn’t think so, and there’s so little sewing up to do that it doesn’t take long. What I love is the fact that it looks identical to the one in the book, which I wasn’t really expecting!


  3. Curses! I had to go look on Amazon didn’t I? Then I was torn between the dogs , the cat and the complete farm. I went with the dogs (both of them).
    I wouldn’t mind but I haven’t even started on my Knit Your Own Royal Wedding yet πŸ˜‰

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  4. He’s SO sweet! I must find the book I bought my mother and get her knitting!

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  5. It’s so cute 😍😍😍


  6. ‘Pointless-but-cute’ projects are so joyful! And that dog is definitely cute!

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  7. Lovely πŸΆπŸ¦‰πŸ˜€

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  8. How cute! I’ve seen the Collie dog knitted up from this book and that was great too. I love knitting stuff like this. What I’m not so good at is sewing it all together at the end. I find it’s here where it goes wrong. I have a rather deformed koala bear and a meerkat that’s still in bits!

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    • Well, I wasn’t expecting it to look as identical to the one in the book, and I didn’t do anything special. Must just be a particularly well written book. Laughing at your ‘deformed’ koala bear!!

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  9. He looks absolutely adorable. I dont think I have ever knitted something that small. πŸ™‚ I have crocheted small things though, and the satisfaction of seeing them come to shape it pretty awesome.
    I love this doggy. πŸ™‚

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  10. Oh that is such a cute Westie! I kinda want to have a go myself now…

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  11. Aw…just too cute for words! It really did look most un-doglike until it was all sewn together!

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  12. I love your doggie knit. It is wonderful. I think I have a No1 daughter who would love one of these! Something for me to do when I get home I suspect. All your makes are so beautiful. Thanks for info on doggie pattern book. Mxxx

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  13. What a cute little plush dog! Nicely done. I think he’s adorable.

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