A few months ago, a lovely lady called Debbie Humphreys asked me to write a review of her new handknitting book Dogs in Jumpers. A book containing great handknit designs and cute dogs….how could I refuse!
I briefly met Debbie a few years ago whilst I was still Head Designer at Rowan, her business Redhound for Dogs was still young and she came in show us her kits. I remember at the time that I was struck by Debbie’s great attention to detail in her design work, not just her knit designs but also her woven designs. She also photographed her product beautifully. Anyway, when I left Rowan we kept in touch by the occasional email and then we met again at Unravel in February this year, where we both had stands. It was at Unravel that Debbie told me about her new book. She was so excited about it and then in September when I received a copy in the post I could see why.
I’ve seen many handknit books for dogs, in my time, but I must admit this is one of the best. It has great designs which are easy to knit and adorable dogs which have been beautifully photographed…what’s not to like!
The designs are mainly knitted in rib textures with some cabling, making them very achievable by the confident beginner. In fact five of the designs are specifically aimed at the novice knitter. It’s great to see a collection of designs for different breeds, ranging from the tiniest Chihuahua to the elegant Greyhound and Whippet. However, I’m still waiting for Debbie to add the gun dog breeds to her repertoire as I’m sure my Norah and Nelly would be willing models!
A variety of different yarns are used in the designs, including yarns from Rowan, Erika Knight, Yarn Stories, Louisa Harding and Wendy. Also at the beginning of each pattern, Debbie has written a great little fact file about each dog, sharing their likes and habits, good and bad!
Here are some of my favourite designs…
Debbie’s book would make a fantastic Christmas gift for any dog loving handknitters you know or a lovely treat for yourself and your dog!
Published by Pavilion Books, Dogs in Jumpers retails at £14.99 and is available to buy from Debbie’s website.
Happy dog knitting!