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« on: February 14, 2007 11:01:05 AM »

hi everyone!  happy v-day. 

i'm knitting a stuffed dog without a pattern (fist attempt at knitting sans pattern... eek!).  i'm knitting it in the round, so far i have the back half of the body (basically a closed tube), and i'm thinking about how to transition to the chest, neck, and head.  i was thinking about doing some short row shaping for the chest, so that there's like an angle, if that makes any sense.  i'm guessing i would need decreases on the opposite side (the dog's back) to compliment the angle so it's not like the dog has a boob.  does this sound like it would work?

here is a stuffed dog with shaping similar to what i want to achieve.  so, if the short row shaping would work, would i just reverse it for the angle of the head joining the neck?  i've not done short row shaping yet, so i'm not sure what it's capable of...  then i'm planning on doing the decreases for the snout and sewing the ears on later.

what do you y'all think?  i welcome any thoughts or advice.

thanks in advance,
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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2007 11:33:24 AM »

I used to own that dog!  We had a corgi that looked exactly like your puppy here...  but she was dognapped from the backyard one afternoon.  Anyways!  That is superb!

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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2007 11:41:49 AM »

i think dognappers are the lowest form of life...   Angry
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2007 12:10:26 PM »

short rows add length, not circumference.  I'd work increases instead, on one half of the stitches consistantly, instead of evenly around.  This would create more of a cone shape, with a bit of bias towards one side (chest side).

ETA:  Later, if you want to add short rows to "turn" the front of the chest a bit like a sock heel, you could do that, but I'd start with increasing first.  In terms of working the short rows, you'll need to decide how sharp the angle will be and adjust the interval accordingly.
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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2007 01:00:05 PM »

hmm, i didn't realize how similar a sock heel is to the effect i'm trying to get...  maybe i'll just modify a sock heel!
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2007 05:04:43 AM »

Please show us when you're finished! We have a corgi just like your stuffie, how cute! (and no, we're NOT dog-nappers!)
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2007 10:32:22 AM »

Yes, please share when you're finished. I've been thinking about a knit pug & that's just the body shape I need. Thanks!

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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2007 04:13:49 PM »

oh, you know i will!  first knitting without a pattern definetly calls for a post!!
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