If your little one is anything like mine, an obsession with puppies consumes a good portion of their day. On most mornings, Maya greets us from her crib, not with a “mommy” or “daddy”. Instead, “puppy” is the first word from our still sleepy little one.
I am afraid this is not a fad. Over the last few months, the intensity of puppy love has dramatically increased. When we go for walks around the neighborhood, she stops and stares at the houses with dogs. Thirty seconds….one minute…finally, at two minutes I try to coax her out of her dog coma by stomping my feet in marching fashion saying, “walk, walk, walk?” I am sure it is a sight to see from the inside of my neighbor’s homes!
For Halloween, it just made sense for her to be a puppy. But, as I scoured stores and online for the perfect little Halloween costume, I realized I was in trouble. The costumes were either too pink poodle for our little hippy gardener, or too big bulky boy dog.
Last year, Maya was a spider. It was a last minute find on Craigslist and it was very bulky. Even though she was the cutest spider I had ever seen…I think she secretly hated it, calling a halt to Halloween at 6 PM.
With a mother’s wish for a comfortable, cute, and happy daughter, I set out on a mission to create the perfect Halloween puppy.
Afterthoughts for me….Forethoughts for you
Of course, I did not create the perfect Halloween puppy…
- Outfit functionality should have also been on my wish list. I did not think about how Maya would get into the costume.
- I chose to construct the body with a 30 peg loom. Although it fits, I could have chosen a larger loom for more wiggle room.
- A simple brown yarn would have sufficed. What I chose was too difficult to work with for this project.
- 30 peg loom
- Knifty Knitter hook
- Plastic kntting needle
- Bernat Baby Blanket yarn, white
- Red Heart Boutique Swerve yarn, browns
Maya modeling the knitted puppy body. At this point, the outfit is lifeless.
- Using a 30 peg loom, construct the body. (I used the directions from the Knifty Knitter starter kit.)
- Tie a slip knot and secure it to the anchor peg.
- Cast on (or start knitting) by ewrapping the pegs.
- Continue ewrapping until you have two loops on each peg.
- Using the Knifty Knitter hook, lift the first row of yarn over the second and off the peg. Repeat this process for each peg until you are left with a single row.
- Repeat steps 3, 4, and 5 until you reach the desired length for your little one. (I used one of my daughter’s shorter dresses for a frame of reference.)
- Bind off the last row by cutting the yarn long enough to circle the loom. Thread the yarn with a plastic knitting needle and slip the yarn through each of the final loops of yarn.
- Remove your puppy creation from the loom.
- Attach a t-shirt or onesie to the body of the puppy by hand sewing the two pieces together directly under the armpit. (I started with a onesie, as shown in the image to the right, but ended up scrapping it and going with a t-shirt for more room.)
But a Puppy is Fluffy…
To achieve the fluffy, spotted puppy look, attach 4″ to 5″ pieces of white and brown yarn to each knitted loop on the body using the plastic knitting needle.
Once the body was loom knit to the desired length, 4 to 5″ pieces of yarn were attached to create a fluffy puppy with spots.
Here you can see the body is one circular piece
Here you can see the inside of the puppy body.
Puppy body with white yarn and brown spots
Next week I will share the steps to complete the puppy look with ears, collar, and tail. Stay Tuned!