Friday, 15 March 2013

Every Dog Has His Day

My “2013  - Use Up The Stash” campaign charity knitting project for March was inspired by a local woolshop, ‘Twinkles

twinkles craft shop


They are asking people to knit Dog Coats for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. The sale of the Sirdar pattern raises funds, and I understand the coats will be sold on as well, in support of BDCH.


The pattern uses DK yarn, and has three sizes. It is a simple basket weave texture, with a garter stitch edging, and a turn back collar. I’ve made five so far


DSCF5296pattern 5792

staffie twoThis is not the first time I have knitted for Battersea – I made the mice in July 2011, and a Staffie at Christmas that year, for Liz


liz at battersea

The BDCH website says Battersea Dogs & Cats Home was founded in 1860 by Mrs Mary Tealby. Cats began to be accepted in 1883. Many of its staff and animals served in the World Wars.  In a world where things are constantly changing the organisation stands for altruism and simplicity, old fashioned values that represent a welcome constant in people's lives.

[and my Liz is a weekend volunteer there!]

Projects for 2013

leprosymission NEWsailors society

bdch logo

January – Leprosy Mission

February – Sailors’ Society

March – Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

And remember “Every dog has his day – but a dog with no tail has a weak end”


  1. Nice! I love all those doggie coats.

  2. Fabulous! I'm on a similar project for this year.
    Jane x

  3. Will is always asking me to knit a coat for Travis, who I believe is sufficiently furry to survive our mild climes. I am tickled by the idea of knitting charity coats for dogs, though. Having fun and doing good at the same time. Marvelous!


  4. Fab idea, could a complete beginner manage this do you think? Am currently knitting mug and glass hugs to stop things rattling around on the caravan but will be looking for a new project soon!

  5. But what about the parrot vests???

  6. I can't find a link to buy the pattern, I wonder if my Mum might like to do one. She has enough jumpers etc.

    1. If you google Sirdar 5792 Battersea, you will find lots of links. Sorry, should have included that in the post!


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