Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Welcome Indiana! (Puppy Welcome Ribbon Knitting Pattern)

I have loved looking at dog knitting patterns, but I have not had the opportunity to do much pet knitting (with the exception of Paw Socks.) I welcomed a puppy of my own yesterday, and I wanted to greet him with something that I had made. Since I do not know Indy's size (and he's going to grow a lot over the coming weeks), I didn't want to make him a sweater. I therefore decided to design a simple ribbon to welcome my new puppy.

When you look at this ribbon, you will see I's rotated around the length. You could imagine that this ribbon is saying "HI HI HI" across it, which wasn't the goal but makes this "welcome ribbon" more applicable to pets whose name doesn't begin with "I".


  • Knitting Needles: Size 5 straight needles
  • Yarn: Remnants of KnitPicks Wool of the Andes yarn in two colors. Grey (MC) and Burgundy (CC)
  • Gauge: Not important for the completed project
  • Misc: yarn needle to weave in loose ends.
  • Finished Size: 1" wide, 21" long


The chart that is representative of the pattern on this ribbon.

Cast on 127 stitches
Row 1: Wrong side. Carry yarn in front of the P stitches. *P1 (MC), P5 (CC), P1 (MC), P1 (CC), P3 (MC), P1 (CC)* Repeat between ** across until the last 7 stitches, P1 (MC), P5 (CC), P1 (MC)
Row 2: *K3 (MC), K1 (CC)* Repeat between ** across the row
Row 3: *P3 (MC), P1 (CC), P3 (MC), P5 (CC), P3 (MC), P1 (CC)* Repeat between ** across the row until the last 7 stitches, P3 (MC), P1 (CC), P3 (MC)
Row 4: Repeat row 2
Row 5: Repeat row 1
Row 6: Knit across the row
Bind off purl-wise, keeping tension to match the cast-on edge. Weave in your loose ends. Block if necessary.

I am so excited to bring Indy home, I can barely contain myself!

However you look at it, you can see the I's (or the Hi's if you choose to look at it that way)

With the thickness, it almost looks like a leash... I'm not sure if it would be strong enough to function as one, but it is certainly an idea. Maybe a leash cozy?

He loves to play games!

Abbreviations Used in this pattern:
Kfb - increase by knitting into the front and back of a single stitch.
M1 (Make 1)- increase stitch by picking up yarn between two stitches, twisting and knitting.
K - knit
P - purl
SSK - decrease by slipping two stitches then knitting them together. Alternatively, you could slip one stitch, knit one stitch and pass slipped stitch over.
K2tog - decrease by knitting two stitches together.

This knitting pattern was created by ChemKnits for your personal or charity use. You are not to distribute or reprint this pattern without the permission of ChemKnits. © 2011 ChemKnits


  1. What a supercute puppy you have, is it a japanese dog?

  2. No, he is an American Eskimo of the Spitz family.

  3. Thank you! He is growing so fast :)

  4. Your puppy looks so much like sadaharu, follow the link, even the little eyebrows!!

    cute little fella

    long link but worth the look!

    1. lol i actually cam across this because i was looking for a dog that looks like sadaharu :)

  5. I'd never seen sadaharu before, but now looking at that, Indy did look like him (?) when he was little. He doesn't look much like that anymore.

  6. I have a little american eskimo puppy named Onyx! So great to see a fellow knitter who has a love for the spitz family! :)

    1. Horay1 Indy is now 7 months (minus 1 day) and 20 lbs. My husband had a spitz growing up, so we had to get one, too!

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