As promised, here’s William!
Or, as he will now officially titled:
C-ATCH Hawkhaven Sweet William O’Mine
Project: C-ATCH William
Pattern: Scottish Terrier
Designer: Joanna Osborne and Sally Muir
Available: in Knit Your Own Dog (currently $10.17 on Amazon!)
Yarn: Knit Picks Palette in …. mmmm… a heathered black, a ruddy brown, and a true red (my labels have come off)
William is a present for my friend Julie, who is a fellow dog-agility competitor. The real-life William was up for a big title last weekend: he needed one more qualifying run (“Q”) in Jackpot to earn his C-ATCH. This title represents 40 Q’s in seven different classes, all at Level 5 of difficulty. It’s a big deal for us agility heads! 🙂 I decided on the spur of the moment to channel some castonitis into making a cute little dog for her. I knit for about 10 hours on Friday and Saturday, and finished! I showed a few people, but decided not to tell her until after the Jackpot run … it was a tricky run, a non-traditional Jackpot with complex rules for gathering points. Julie planned a conservative path, getting exactly the 44 points needed to Q. Everyone cheered and cheered!
This is my second “Knit Your Own Dog” project — I made a Border Collie a while ago. I found the pattern to be similar in many ways, but tailored to the breed. He really looks like a proper little Scottie! The legs are knit flat, then joining via some cast-on stitches to make a left and right body. The neck and tail are worked from held body stitches. The head does use those crazy PULT short-rows that have stymied more than a few knitters! I’m especially proud of the tail — Julie said it was very close to correct to breed standard! She also said the wild beard on the knit-Scottie was perfect because William’s beard is always looks like he’s been partying it up.
Congrats Julie and William! 🙂