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Debbie Humphreys: Knit Jumpers For Dogs!
Added March 4
As a nation of animal lovers, it’s only right that we shower our furry friends with the affection they deserve. “But how?” we hear you ask, and the answer is simple… with your knitting and crochet skills! After all, our favourite fibres aren’t just well-suited to us humans but loved by cats and dogs too. Our precious pets are the perfect recipients of our crafting talents and the best part is, they can repay us with cuddles.
Debbie Humphreys is the founder of Redhound for Dogs, a savvy store that helps keep pooches of all shapes and sizes snug and warm…
My whippet Bruno came into my life in 2003, and changed it forever. I owned a wedding dress shop at the time and took to the internet for a dog coat, but found that none of them fitted properly. I took on the task of knitting him a jumper and finally got there after a couple of embarrassing attempts. He was so warm and happy! I sold up in 2008, and moved to Devon where I opened a gift shop.
Bruno wore his coat in the shop and it was often admired by customers, who started asking me to knit for their dogs. Before long, I started selling them there. In 2010 I sold the shop, and Redhound for Dogs was born! I realised that I couldn’t feasibly keep up with orders and instead sold my patterns in kit form, so that dog-loving crafters could share my pleasure of knitting a jumper for a shivering pooch.
When knitting for a dog, you need to use a good quality yarn that will hold its shape. It also needs to be easy to care for, as this will make it more hardwearing.
My patterns are breed specific because one shape really doesn’t fit all. For instance, a dachshund’s coat is more like a tube, whereas a whippet’s jumper has a deep chest but slim back.
I wanted to write a dog jumper knitting book when I first started to write patterns. I saw a gap in the market for a book filled with practical yet stylish designs, that had lots of photographs to showcase the jumpers and coats on the dogs. They are, after all, designed for dogs outside – doing what dogs do!
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