Knit and crochet for your BFF (best furry friend)

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Dress Your Dog matHappiness is a warm puppy. ~Charles M. Schulz

At Martingale, dogs are a big deal. Many of our staff members have dogs—stories, pictures, and even office visits are shared often. When the book Dress Your Dog was released, it was a perfect match for our knit-loving, crochet-loving, dog-loving employees.

Beyond the basics of how to knit a dog sweater (or how to crochet a dog sweater), Dress Your Dog is an inspiring library of patterns and ideas for knitting and crochet for dogs—more than 30 patterns in all! Whether you want to dress up your dog for practical warmth or for all-frills fashion fun, there’s a project that’ll suit your dog’s style (and let’s face it—yours).

Anyway, back to the dogs of Martingale… one day soon after Dress Your Dog became available, someone had an idea. Why not show off Martingale pups dressed up in duds from the book? The reaction was akin to a happy howl—and production on the “Dress Your Dog Fashion Show” video was underway!

And now, introducing Martingale’s BFFs (best furry friends)—Amos, Bella, Carlie, Duke, Freddy, Hailie, Molly, Ruby, and Rufus—in their first-ever fashion show!

They’re all so doggone cute, aren’t they? (Pardon the pun). The talent was dog-tired when the shoot finally wrapped (oops again). But all the participants showed dogged enthusiasm (dang it!).

If you’re a fan of (dog) fashion, be sure to pick up Dress Your Dog for knitted dog sweaters, coats, leashes, collars, pillows, and carrying bags (crocheted too!). You’re sure to find a project to spoil a furry friend, just as they spoil you with their affections.

Rufus in 'Tis the Season
Martingale dogs steal the spotlight again: here’s marketing coordinator Mary Burns’ dog, Rufus, on the photo shoot for the book ’Tis the Season.

Take a closer look at the projects in Dress Your Dog in the slideshow below—with the adorable quotes that accompany each project in the book, you can read what the models might say about their dapper fashions (if given the chance).

Dress Your DogTell us about a dog you love by answering the questions below—you could win a copy of Dress Your Dog!

Who: your dog’s name (and yours, too!)
What: what kind of dog you have
When: when did you first meet your dog
Where: the location of your dog right now
Why: explain why you’d make a Dress Your Dog design
How: would you knit or crochet?

We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you’ve won. Good luck!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing to win a copy of Dress Your Dog. The randomly chosen winner is Sandra, who said:

Who: My dog’s name is Dragonfire’s Coppe Penny (We just call her Penny).
What: She is a buff Cocker Spaniel.
When: I met her about almost 10 years ago when she was a baby.
Where: At the moment she is outside with my hubby.  But as soon as I open the door she’ll be right at my side. Yep she’s Mama’s girl.
Why: She would love a new toy. She loves the things that I make for her.
How: Crochet! I can knit if I had to but find that I do fantastic with crochet.

Thank you for doing the contest and a chance at winning.  🙂

Sandra, we’ll email you about sending your free book. Congratulations!


  • Who: your dog’s name (and yours, too!)Boomer Jack Smith, Karrie Smith
    What: what kind of dog you have: He is a Jackapoo. Mixed Jack Russel & Poodle.
    When: My mother bought my daughter a dog, and I met him when I came home from work that day.
    Where: Belleville, MI
    Why: My dog is a smaller dog like the ones pictured. He would look really cute in a sweater. My daughter would LOVE it if I made him something to wear
    How: Both 🙂

    Thanks for the chance to win

    Karrie Smith on June 2, 2012
  • My name is Valerie – I am a dog lover who lives in a place that doesn’t allow pets – but the rest of my family has dogs and I would especially love to give each of my "nieces and nephews" – a hand-crafted gift –
    Daisy is a 4 year old daschund – who runs, and runs, and runs, and it would be good if she had a colorful, bright coat to find her when she runs through the deep snow.

    Henry is a blue heeler mix – he’s getting older (about 9) and prefers his big soft pillow to running outside – but when he does go out, I’d like him to have a little something to keep him warm

    Ratchet is a little chihuahua mix – and he is only 4 months old. He shakes even in the 80 degree weather – (although I think he’s just so full of energy he has to shake it off) – but he looks like he’s shivering, so of course, he needs something to wrap up in

    Their "moms and dads" are working people and I have the luxury of being able to stay home – it would be great to give them all a little something

    —Valerie on June 2, 2012
  • I love the doggie accessories, and the models are so cute! I’m particularly fond of Duke, but then I’m a big fan of golden retrievers!

    For the contest, here are my answers:

    Who and What: Lucy – the golden retriever, of course! In fact, she’s more of a redhead, so we named her after another beautiful and mischievous redhead, Lucille Ball. But when she was a puppy and continually chewed on things she shouldn’t have, we often found ourselves calling her Lucy-fur. Oh, and I’m Beth.
    When: We met Lucy for the first time when we picked her up at a breeder located way out in the woods north of Kamloops, BC, back in October of ‘09. All her litter mates were scrabbling at the sides of their enclosure trying to reach us, and Lucy (the only female in the litter) sat back and waited. “Silly boys, of course they’re here for moi!”
    Where: Right now Lucy is ‘helping’ my husband clean the barbeque in the back yard by dropping her Frisbee at his feet and waiting for him to throw it.
    Why: I would make a Dress Your Dog design because Lucy is one of my favourite cross-country ski companions in the winter. We drive to a beautiful area nearby and ski on a groomed trail where dogs are welcomed. Of course she’s a beautiful dog already, but a sweater that matches my jacket would make her the belle of the ball… uh, ski trail.
    How: It’s hard to say which process I like better, but I really like the Nordic knit sweater, so I think I’d knit.

    —Beth on June 2, 2012
  • Who: your dog’s name (and yours, too!) Missy is my dog’s name and my name is Marilyn.

    What: what kind of dog you have: Well that is a question that has stymied all the vets and groomers that have met my dog. My dog met me in Nov 2009. She is is uniquely proportioned. I could no longer curb my curiosity and saved up enough to have her DNA tested this year. I just received the results in May 2012: One Parent was a purebred Miniature Poodle and the Other Parent was 1/2 Smooth Fox Terrier and 1/2 Bernese Mountain Dog. No wonder she is a hard-to-fit.

    When: I met Missy on November 4th 2009. She and another loose female dog were running down the middle of Highway 79 in the pouring rain following a stopped bicyclist. I back-tracked to the location the bicyclist found them and checked with the nearby country homes trying to find anyone that knew the owner of the dogs. None could be found. I had room in my truck cab for Missy, but not for the large dog. The bicyclist would rescue the larger dog.

    Where: I don’t know what county we were in when the dogs were rescued. It was in the middle of Nowhere. I knew a person actively involved in Williamson County Dog Rescue and at my destination. I couldn’t leave the poor animal in a location that endangered other highway drivers and the dogs’ lives. I volunteered to foster the dog, but after washing what looked like a mud ball and carefully hand-snipping off all her matted hair, I could never abandon such a sweet dog. She had so much hair when I found her, it wasn’t readily apparent that she was so thin. She also had also had a broken tooth that had to be removed!

    Why: Out of necessity. There is no size available that fits Missy in off-the-rack clothes. I have to custom-fit patterns to fit her extra long body, extra short and stout legs, and large barrel-shaped chest. Just because she does not fit the norm shouldn’t mean she has to go outside without sweater or coat.

    How: I can knit and crochet, so I would do both.

    —Marilyn on June 2, 2012
  • My bff is a cat named Vader. Vader does not like dogs, and hisses and spits when he sees one. Vader is a long haired cat. He has fun at Halloween because he is completely black except for a few white hairs on one shoulder. Vader showed up on the doorstep when he was 6 weeks old, and our whole family was smitten with him. He had gotten separated from his mother and became lost. We eventually found where he had come from and luckily they said we could keep him.

    —Connie on June 2, 2012
  • My dog is a Shih Tzu/Maltese, and his name is Carter. He’s white & brindle and has a gorgeous coat. He loves EVERYONE and LOVES to give kisses. I first met him when he was 5 months old, and his owners were overwhelmed with babies, dogs, and plans to build a home. That was 2 1/2 years ago.

    Right now Carter is reigning over our living room from his throne on the top edge of the back of the couch.

    It would be fun to make Carter a sweater, because he’s always chilly after a new furcut!

    I would TRY to knit. I do know basic knit stitches, but increasing & decreasing is beyond my present skill level!

    Thanks for the chance!

    —robin on June 2, 2012
  • Who: your dog’s name (and yours, too!) Maverick SideKick Gwin—Jeanne Gwin
    What: what kind of dog you have Maverick is a short hair Chihuahua
    When: when did you first meet your dog When he was 8 weeks old August 3rd, 2010
    Where: the location of your dog right now Sleeping on his bed on the couch
    Why: explain why you’d make a Dress Your Dog design Because he is so "itty-bitty" and has such a "tiney-hiney" and shivers all the time. He likes to snuggle close and loves sweaters. He told me after watching the fashion shoot, that he would look good in several of the items. Hmmm, hint to MoM
    How: would you knit or crochet? I would have to crochet them, I am not a very good knitter. LOL He tells me he wants only the best of my work.

    Jeanne from Missouri on June 2, 2012
  • Hi, My dogs name is Murphy ( like Murphy Brown on TV, she has a mind of her own, and attitude.) My name is Linda Rielly. Murphy is a Cocolate Lab, I saw an add for lab puppies on the bullatin board at our local UFA, so had to go have a look as I had never seen a chocolate lab other than TV and magazines. As soon as I saw her I had to have her, she was even the runt of the litter, so full of energy, even now she is so full of energy she plays me out. She had 10 siblings 3 chocolate and 7 black puppies. her mom was a black lab and her dad was a golden lab. It is late and Murphy is laying on her bed beside me.
    I would like to make Murphy a cowl or two, just because she has 2 layers of hair and a sweater might be to warm for her. But the cowl would hide her collar and give her an air of distintion. Classy even. And I would probably crochet because I am a very basic knitter, and I have been crocheting for years.Thankyou for giving me this opportunity to enter for a chance to win Dress Your Dog. The sweaters are amazing.

    —Linda Rielly on June 2, 2012
  • My little baby is Lily and she is a red minature pin, i found her in the paper advertising min pins puppies for sale, we went and turned out we knew the people who had the puppies. It was love at first sight, she was the runt and was about the size of my fist. She looks like a little deer bouncing around in the yard. She is so loving and affectionate, but is just like a little kid even though she is 7 yrs old (into everything). She is our family’s best friend, she makes you laugh. She has been there to comfort us through all the challenges we face everyday. She melts away our troubles and stress. Currently she is on the couch wrapped in her favorite blanket and sleeping. I would love to wrap her in the Dress your dog sweater or shrug, she is always cold. I would knit her sweater and shrug. She will look so adorable in them.

    —Michele in PA on June 3, 2012
  • Who: your dog’s name (and yours, too!)
    We have 5 dogs: Teri, Gizmo, Butch, Max & Mr. Muggles

    What: what kind of dog you have
    Teri – 1/2 Collie, 1/2 St. Bernard; Gizmo – 1/2 Schnauzer, 1/2 Rat Terrier; Butch – (a rescue) – Fox Terrier; Max – Poodle mix; Mr. Muggles (a rescue) Pom

    When: when did you first meet your dog
    Teri – when she was 3 mos old when someone was trying to find a home for her; Gizmo – when she was 3 mos old and my daughter wanted a dog to train for 4-H obedience; Butch – when he was 1 yr old – he was being mistreated; Max – when he was 1 yr old and the previous owners were moving and needed a home for him; Mr. Muggles – when he was 1 yr old. He had been so mistreated that he was nothing but skin, bones & bruises when he came to our home. He has since filled out and is no longer terrified of us.

    Where: the location of your dog right now
    All of the dogs are outside enjoying the lovely weather (we live on a 46 acre farm)

    Why: explain why you’d make a Dress Your Dog design
    I would make one for Butch because he has very short fur and at 10 years old, he doesn’t handle harsh winter weather very well

    How: would you knit or crochet?
    I like the look of crochet best.

    —Marie on June 3, 2012
  • My BFF is Daisy May, an almost 2 yr old Lhasa Poo. When my mom turned 81, all she wanted for her birthday was a puppy. Dad finally said OK and I went with her to pick out the pup (because I figured that at unfortunately the dog was likely to outlive Mom and it would fall to me to become the new owner). What I did NOT count on was that Mom’s Alzheimer’s would progress so rapidly and that she would not be able to care for the puppy properly so soon. Daisy was 9 weeks when purchased and in less than a year she moved to our home. Having not had any real training, it’s been a long year, but with the consistancy and training she needed,she has turned into a WONDERFUL little girl. She is friendly and outgoing, LOVES sailing, and has appointed herself the Official Marina Greeter every weekend! She is also a bit "prissy" – even though she would strongly disagree! LOL! She loves wearing her raincoat when we need to go out in the rain and won’t budge to go out in the winter unless we put her sweater on her. Once out, she really struts her stuff. She will need another sweater this winter. Since we will be living on the sailboat starting in the fall, I’m intrigued by the yarn in the Fashion Show that is water resistant…I’m thinking that would be perfect for her "boat sweater". I would crochet the project – while I can knit and crochet, my crochet skills are better.

    Daisy and I both thank you for the opportunity to win!

    PS from Daisy – My momma really NEEDS this book! I NEED a new sweater!!!

    —Diane on June 3, 2012
  • Who: My dog’s name is "Mr. Waddlesworth". My name is Debbie Constable
    What: He’s 3/4 toy poodle and 1/4 Japanese Chin
    When: Met him almost six years ago. He’ll be six in August 2012.
    Where: He’s upstairs on my bed … waiting for me to call it a night!
    Why: He has his eye on the shrug … he’s not afraid of his feminine side
    How: I prefer crochet, but would knit him the shrug first!
    Thanks for the nice giveaway!

    —Debbie C. on June 3, 2012
  • Who:My dog’s name is Dragonfire’s Coppe Penny(We just cll her Penny). My name is Sandra Gildea.
    What: She is a buff Cocker Spaniel.
    When: I met her about almost 10 years ago when she was a baby.
    Where: At the moment she is outside with my hubby. But as soon as I open the door she’ll be right at my side. Yep she’s Mama’s girl.
    Why: She would love a new toy. She loves the things that I make for her.
    How: Crochet! I can knit if I had to but find that I do fantastic with crochet.

    Thank you fordoing the contest and a chance to at winning. 🙂

    —Sandra Gildea on June 4, 2012
  • Hi, I would love to win this book. I have 2 miniature salt and pepper schnauzers, Roxi and Rudi who we have had since they were pups of 8 weeks. They are about 10 months apart in age and are 6 this year. They are lying on the sofa beside me as it is almost bed time. I would love to win this book because I have been looking for a pattern to make them knit sweaters and I absolutely love some of the samples in your wonderful video of the fashion show. The models were wonderful…..

    —Nadine on June 4, 2012
  • Who: I’m Janet and my dog is Zeke
    What: Zeke is a mutt. He appears to have some boxer or pitbull, some lab, some bear dog and who knows what else.
    When: Zeke was an owned stray in my town. In other words someone owned him, but they didn’t care for him. They left him tied up outside in really cold weather, didn’t feed him regularly and let him wander the streets at other times. Something must have been right with him though because he is a lovely dog. I took him when the owner finally said she couldn’t care for him when he was about 1 1/2.
    Where: On the couch, looking at me and wondering why I’m talking about him.
    Why: My dog has short hair and really benefits from a sweater in winter. I have one for him but it is old and ripped up and I’ve wanted to make him a new one for a while.
    How: I would knit. I am not a crocheter.

    Janet on June 4, 2012
  • My name is Sandra and my dog’s name is Taz. He is a Bichon Frise rescue dog that we got in August of last year. We learned about Taz through a wonderful woman named Susan Feria who runs a nonprofit called Senior Dog Rescue. Susan’s mission is to match senior dogs with new owners so they are not euthanized by local animal shelters because nearly everyone wants adorable puppies.

    Susan knew that my husband and I were broken hearted since we had to put down our first Bichon, Amie (Friend in French), who was also a rescue dog. Amie’s first owner had dementia and she fed Amie all the time. When we got her, she weighed 38 pounds! Even though we were able to get her weight down to 22 pounds, the extra weight took a toll on her kidneys and we eventually had to send her to doggie heaven.

    We met Taz at his owner’s home and when I called him to me, he jumped up in my lap and started kissing me on the lips. He also went to my husband and showered him with kisses, too. We both fell in love with this dog and his owner liked us, so we took him home that very afternoon. He is currently asleep,curled up on the daybed in the room where I am working.

    He has such curly hair that we keep him closely shorn, so he really needs coats in the winter. Charles Schultz got it right. "Happiness is a warm puppy." I’d like to keep our puppy warm by knitting him a wardrobe of really cute coats.


    P.S. The Scotties might be the cutest dogs in town, but Taz is the cutest dog on the planet!

    —Sandra on June 5, 2012

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