Please say hi to Knit Jasper!
Project: Knit Jasper
Pattern: Siberian Husky, highly modified
Designer: Joanna Osborne and Sally Muir
Available: in Knit Your Own Dog
A friend of mine from agility lost her dog Jasper to a sudden accident. Before he died, she incurred some serious vet bills, and the agility community held some raffles to raise money to help her out. I donated a “custom knit mini dog” for the raffle. Someone mentioned that they hoped the winner would give the prize to Kathy … so I decided to make her a Jasper up front, so the winner wouldn’t have to give up their prize. (The winner, by the way, has a mini poodle — look for that project soon!)
It was hard to get started on Knit Jasper, because I wanted so badly for it to be as close to perfect as possible. This was extra hard, because the original Jasper is not any particular breed — so there wasn’t a pattern in Knit Your Own Dog that was exactly right. Eventually I decided that the Siberian Husky was closest in shape, especially the ears and head.
I charted out the written pattern for the Husky, and colored in Jasper’s signature tri-color markings. I made the legs and body just a smidge shorter to better match Jasper’s sturdy frame. Slowly he came together … I couldn’t figure out how to put a ruff around his neck without making it look like a lion’s mane, but overall I am satisfied with the doppelganger. After I took photos, I decided to tip the right ear — I soaked it in water, pinched it in a chip clip, and let it dry overnight. The tipped ear really helps the look!
Here’s another pair of knit vs. original photos — it’s important to get rears right too!
So long Jasper, happy trails to you.