Do you want your doggie to be beautified up to look like a bunny rabbit? You know you do. You want your doggie to look this cute:
Or maybe you’re normal and you don’t tease your puppy like I do. Gambit doesn’t seem to complain about being dressed up, so as far as I’m concerned, it’s his own damn fault.
Anyway, I thought I might just share this pattern anyway, as I’m kinda a bit happy about it.
Keep in mind, this pattern is for a boof-head staff. You will need to modify the width if you have, say, a Chihuahua. Or not, if you’re that kind of person.
Dog bunny ears
- measuring tape
- 8ply wool (preferably 2 balls, as I double knitted to get so the headband as stiff as possible, but you could use a thicker ply, it’s up to you and the size of your dog.)
- Contrasting wool for the inner ears
- crochet hooks
- straight needles, 4mm
- Press stud
Measure your dog’s head where you want the headband to go. Write this down somewhere. There’s only so many times you can measure your puppy’s head before they start to eat the tape measure. Or maybe that’s just Gambit.
Take that measurement and be prepared to do math. You’ll need to know the measurement for:
One quarter. (D1)
3 quarters (D2)
1 Third (D3)
2 Thirds (D4)
So, say, I needed a size headband at 20cm
D2 = 15cm
D3 = 6.6cm (round that to 6.5)
D4 = 13.2cm (round that to 13)
Again, I used two strands of wool, double knitted, to help give the headband some thickness.
Using straight needles, cast on 2 stitches
Working in garter stitch.
Knit two stitches into each stitch (4 stitches)
Knit two stitches into first stitch, k2, knit two stitches into last stitch (6 stitches).
knit in garter stitch until work is D1 size.
Knit two stitches into first stitch k4, knit two stitches into last stitch (8 stitches)
continue in garter stitch until work is D3 from start.
Knit two stitches into first stitch k6, knit two stitches into last stitch (10 stitches)
continue in garter stitch until work is D4 from start
K2tog k4 k2tog (8 stitches)
continue in garter stitch until work is D2 from start.
k2tog k2 k2tog (6 stitches)
continue in garter stitch until work is the full size.
cut off thread and tie off the last stitch.
TO MAKE UP HEADBAND
Between the measurements D3 and D4 (essentially the middle section of the band at its widest.) use the crochet hook and some extra wool to weave the sides together. This should give you a thicker, tubed section of the headband. Just makes it a little easier for attaching the ears and having the ears stay upright. You can do this with a wool needle, but I found the single stitches from crocheting give the piece just a bit more stability.
Knit two the same.
(I double knitted again.)
Cast on 8 stitches.
Knit ears to desired length in garter stitch.
I did 10 rows, because I wanted something small, and so I had a better chance of making them stand up. You may want them to be floppy, if that’s the case, go as long as you want.
K2tog k6 k2tog
k2tog k4 k2tog
cast off 4 stitches.
Contrasting colour. I used a really fluffy pink wool and did not double knit as the stability is held by the external part of the ear.
cast on 6 stitches
Knit the length of your external ear to the decrease, minus two rows.
k2tog k2 k2tog
cast off 2 stitches.
TO MAKE UP EARS
Using a crochet hook, and a bit of extra wool, single stitch the inner and outer ear together. I did not put them together inside out, in fact I crochet them together the right way around. I did this so I could crochet over the top of the inner ear, thus helping to create a curve on the outer ear.
TO MAKE IT ALL UP: (as you go along??)
Once you’ve made up your ears and headband, you’ll need to attach them. This is entirely up to how you want to make them look. As you have that doubled over section in the middle, I found the direct centre of that width, so the stitches would end up staying underneath.
Using press studs, and wrestling with the puppy, find the appropriate place to put them.
A knitted headband will stretch a few mm, even up to a centimetre or more, so keep in mind even when this is completed, you may need to readjust where you position the press studs. Have fun dodging dog bites and tricking your dog into thinking that this isn’t a toy to play tug of war with! No, really!
And now you should have something to torment your puppy with.
If anyone out there in the universe does attempt my pretty bitza pattern and needs some additional information or thinks I’ve written up something wrong, please let me know. Hopefully I haven’t just given a bunch of people a pattern for an evil monster when they wanted bunnies.
Speaking of monsters, and a dress-up-able puppy — there may need to be a Godzilla costume in my puppy’s future.
if Gambit were human, I’m sure he’d never forgive me. Good thing he’s a happy puppy.