A Cozy Spot for Your Best Friend:
Whether you're knitting for a dog or a cat, this pet blanket is sure to bring comfort and warmth to your furry friend. Knit in an easy but visually dramatic Diamond Brocade stitch, the blanket is interesting enough to have lying around the house all the time but not such a time commitment that you'll be worried to let your animal use it.
Knit yours up in colors that suit your decor and in a size that fits your animal. The great thing about knitting for animals is that your measurements don't have to be precise; they won't care if the project doesn't end up square or is a bit bigger or smaller than you intended.
- 1 (1, 2) skeins each of 3 different colors of Lion Brand Vanna's Choice (I used Charcoal Gray, Beige and Rust) or similar acrylic yarn of your choice
- one pair size 8 US knitting needles (a circular needle is easiest)
- scissors and yarn needle
15 stitches and 22 rows per 4 inches (3.5 stitches and 5.5 rows per inch) in Diamond Brocade. Gauge is not critical.
Finished size is about 13 (17, 30) inches wide and almost 13 (18.25, 29.25) inches long as written. Can make any size you like.
- With border color, cast on 49 (65, 113) stitches. Work in Garter Stitch 4 rows.
- Keep first 4 stitches in Garter Stitch in border color, then join first stripe color and begin to work in Diamond Brocade pattern (see below). Join another length of border color to knit last 4 stitches of row in Garter Stitch.
- Continue in first color, keeping border, until 2 full repeats have been worked.
- Change to second color, keeping border, and work 2 full repeats.
- Continue in this manner until you've worked 4 (6, 10) stripes.
- Work 4 more rows of Garter Stitch in border color and bind off.
- Weave in ends.
Diamond Brocade Pattern:
Note: This pattern instruction does not include the border stitches.
Works on multiples of 8 plus 1 stitches.
Row 2: Purl 3, *knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 5. Repeat from * across, with the last repeat ending purl 3.
Row 3: Knit 2, *purl 1, knit 3. Repeat from * across, with last repeat ending knit 2.
Row 4: Purl 1, *knit 1, purl 5, knit 1, purl 1. Repeat from * across.
Row 5: *Purl 1, knit 7. Repeat from * across, end purl 1.
Row 6: Repeat row 4.
Row 7: Repeat row 3.
Row 8: Repeat row 2.
Repeat these 8 rows for pattern.
As you change colors between the border and the diamond pattern stripe, make sure you twist the yarns together so that the pieces of knitting will hold together.
You can either cut the yarn and start a new thread with each stripe color change, or you can weave the yarn you aren't working up the edge of the work by twisting the two colors together after knitting the border stitches before starting the colored stripe.