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Picture of Sake the Knitted Dog
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My cousin loves her dog Sake so much she was dreading going on vacation without her.  So she asked me to knit a replica.  

After studying some photos and checking over the dimensions she sent me, I knitted up sake's doppelgänger.  

While it looks almost identical to her little puppy... it's so realistic it's kind of creepy.  To top things off, I gave my own little pup a trim and used his fur to add in the white bits.  To date this is the weirdest thing anyone has ever asked me to make. 

Looking back at my notes, I used 5 skeins of Paton's Allure - Ebony, size 6 double pointed needles and then stuffed it with polyfil when it was complete.

Please note this has not been test knitted - and probably never will be by me. However, if you are interested in knitting your own stuffed dog, details are below!

This pattern uses the WRONG side, so pattern is  knitted primarily with PURL stitches.

Body - started at the back and worked towards the head in the round 
Using a turkish start, cast on 5 for each stitches on each stick
On the first row increase at the end of each side.  For this pattern always increase by knitting and purling in the same stitch 
Separate your 12 stitches onto 4 needles (3 on each one and mark the beginning of the row) The stitches on the first 2 needles will be referred to as the BOTTOM, the stitches on the last 2 needles will be referred to as the TOP
Purl row, increase1 in first and last stitch of top and bottom (4 times each row) every other row for a total of 3 times
*Purl 3 rows, on next row increase 1 in the first and last stitch of the bottom, purl 3 more rows, on the next row increase by 1 at first and last stitch of top and bottom* repeat once
Purl 3 rows, on next row increase 1 in the first and last stitch of the bottom
Purl 7 rows, on next row increase 1 in the first and last stitch of top and bottom
Purl 7 rows, on next row increase 1 in the first and last stitch of the top
Purl 3 rows, on next row increase 1 in the first and last stitch of the top
Purl 7 rows, on next row increase 1 in the first and last stitch of the top (you should have 50 stitches total at this point)
Purl 7 rows, on 8th row add a short row by wrapping the last stitch of the bottom and reversing (knit short row until you come to the first stitch of bottom) wrap stitch and reverse, purl to end of top
Purl 3 rows, on 4h row add a short row by wrapping the last stitch of the bottom and reversing (knit short row until you come to the first stitch of bottom) wrap stitch and reverse, purl to end of top, decreasing by 1 in the first and last stitch of the top
*Purl row, on the next row add short row in same manner as before, and decrease by 2 on the first and last stitch of the top
Purl row, on the next row add short row and decrease by decrease by 2 on the first and last stitch of the top and bottom* repeat 3 times
you should have 20 stitches at this point
*Purl row, on the next row add short row* repeat 2 times
Purl 4 rows stuff most of the body - leave some empty space for continued work on head

Head: continued with stitches from body - worked in the round
Increase by 1 in the first and last stitch of the top and bottom
Purl row, increasing by 1 in the first and last stitch of the bottom
On the next row add a short row as before 
Purl row, increasing by 1 in the first and last stitch of the bottom
Add short row, and increase by 1 in the first and last stitch of the top
*Add shot row* repeat once
Add short row, and increase by 1 in the first and last stitch of the top and the bottom
*Add shot row* repeat once
Purl 20 *P2tog, p2* 6 times purl to end
Add short row, and decrease by 1 in the first and last stitch of the top after last wrap/reverse
*Add short row, and decrease by 1 in the first and last stitch of the top and the bottom* repeat once
Purl row and decrease by 1 in the first and last stitch of the top and the bottom (you should have 12 stitches at this point)
Stuff remainder of head/body
Separate 12 stitches onto 3 needles (4 stitches each)
Purl 7 rows
Continue purling rows, decreasing by 1 on each needle until 3 stitches remain, bind off

Ears - worked flat in stockinette stitch - make 2
Cast on 11, knit 3 rows
*knit row decreasing by 1 at center, knit row* repeat 2 times, bind off remaining stitches

Front Legs - worked in the round, PURL side out
Start bottom of foot with crocheted circle, then pick up stitches to knit
Using size k needle, chain 4. Close loop with single crochet.  inside loop, *single crochet 2 chain 1* repeat 4 times.  close off with slip stitch for a total of 16 stitches.  
Pick up 16
Purl row
Purl 4, p2tog, purl 6, p2tog, purl 1
Purl 5, p2tog, purl 4, p2tog
Purl 1, p2tog, purl 5
Split stitches evenly onto 4 needles, the stitches on the first 2 needles will be referred to as the FRONT and the stitches on the last 2 needles will be referred to as the BACK
Purl the next 4 inches, increasing 1 in the first and last stitch of the front and back every 4th row
Purl rows for 1 inch, increasing 1 in the first and last stitch of the front and decreasing by 1 in the center of the back every other row
Purl rows for 1/2 inch, increasing 1 in the first and last stitch of the front and back every other row
At 6 inches high purl row, increase by 1 at the beginning of the back, bind off the next stitches until 6 remain before the end of the row.  Begin knitting in stockinette with purl side out decreasing at each end until 4 remain at 6.5 inches - bind off

For second front leg
Start bottom of foot with crocheted circle, then pick up stitches to knit
Using size k needle, chain 4. Close loop with single crochet.  inside loop, *single crochet 2 chain 1* repeat 4 times.  close off with slip stitch for a total of 16 stitches. 
Pick up 16 
Knit row
Knit 4, k2tog, knit 6, k2tog, knit 1
Knit 5, k2tog, knit 4, k2tog
Knit 1, k2tog, knit 5
Split stitches evenly onto 4 needles, the stitches on the first 2 needles will be referred to as the FRONT and the stitches on the last 2 needles will be referred to as the BACK
Knit the next 4 inches, increasing 1 in the first and last stitch of the front and back every 4th row
Knit rows for 1 inch, increasing 1 in the first and last stitch of the front and decreasing by 1 in the center of the back every other row
Knit rows for 1/2 inch, increasing 1 in the first and last stitch of the front and back every other row
At 6 inches, knit row, increase by 1 at the beginning of the back, bind off the next stitches until 6 remain before the end of the row.  Begin knitting in stockinette decreasing by 1 at each end until 4 remain at 6.5 inches - bind off 
Turn leg inside out so wrong side is facing out

Back Legs - worked in the round, PURL side out
Start bottom of foot with crocheted circle, then pick up stitches to knit
Using size k needle, chain 4. Close loop with single crochet.  inside loop, *single crochet 2 chain 1* repeat 4 times.  close off with slip stitch for a total of 16 stitches. 
Pick up 16
Purl row
Purl 4, p2tog, purl 6, p2tog, purl 1
Purl 5, p2tog, purl 4, p2tog
Purl 1, p2tog, purl 5
Split stitches evenly onto 4 needles, the stitches on the first 2 needles will be referred to as the FRONT and the stitches on the last 2 needles will be referred to as the BACK
Purl the next 4 inches, increasing 1 in the first and last stitch of the front and back every 4th row
Purl rows for 1 inch, increasing 1 in the first and last stitch of the front and decreasing by 1 in the center of the back every other row
Purl rows for 1 inch, increasing 1 in the first and last stitch of the front and back every other row
Purl row, increase by 1 at the beginning of the back, bind off the next stitches until 8 remain before the end of the row.  Begin knitting in stockinette with purl side out decreasing at each end until 8 remain at 7.5-8 inches - bind off

For second back leg
Start bottom of foot with crocheted circle, then pick up stitches to knit
Using size k needle, chain 4. Close loop with single crochet.  inside loop, *single crochet 2 chain 1* repeat 4 times.  close off with slip stitch for a total of 16 stitches.
Pick up 16
Knit row
Knit 4, k2tog, knit 6, k2tog, knit 1
Knit 5, k2tog, knit 4, k2tog
Knit 1, k2tog, knit 5
Split stitches evenly onto 4 needles, the stitches on the first 2 needles will be referred to as the FRONT and the stitches on the last 2 needles will be referred to as the BACK
Knit the next 4 inches, increasing 1 in the first and last stitch of the front and back every 4th row
Knit rows for 1 inch, increasing 1 in the first and last stitch of the front and decreasing by 1 in the center of the back every other row
Knit rows for 1 inch, increasing 1 in the first and last stitch of the front and back every other row
Knit row, increase by 1 at the beginning of the back, bind off the next stitches until 8 remain before the end of the row.  Begin knitting in stockinette decreasing by 1 at each end until at 7.5-8 inches - bind off
Turn leg inside out so wrong side is facing out

Tail - worked in the round
Cast on 8, purl rows until 2 inches, then add *short row (by wrapping 6th stitch and reversing, knit to first stitch, wrap and reverse, purl to end of row) every other row* repeat once
Add short row as before, this time k2tog at center
Purl 3 rows, add short row and k2tog at center
Bind off remaining stitches

Finishing
Sew on ears (with purl side facing out)
Sew on legs and stuff to desired stiffness before binding up
Sew on buttons for eyes
Sew on nostrils and lips using black thread
optional: trim white dog and use fur for white bits (I simply glued these on)

Can u do a cat? PLEASE!!!
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PTP Designs (author)  charlieanderin9 months ago
Hi - I am sure I could do a cat. If you are truly interested, contact me directly for pricing. jeni@icanknitanything.com
Wow, Jeni. THIS I have to see. I have 7 cats currently of all shapes and stripes ;) and my latest is an adorable ginger male. I'd LOVE to see what you come up with for Charlie--if you post it here. I've always had multiple indoor cats but never quite got ambitious enough to try to knit one of them his/her own doppelganger, lol. You're quite amazing. I'm still getting a huge grin at the grumpy mouth of 'Sake'. He's adorable. :)
ScottyGS10 months ago
Truly. I'm a knitter --have seen many 'stuffed animal' knits and yours is the FIRST one which looks entirely realistic. I didn't comprehend until the 3rd read through that the white pup in the photo is yours and not the black dog whom you copied (thought maybe you were making a 'carbon' copy for your cousin, lol. But this is truly unbelievable knitting. THIS should be featured in Vogue Magazine. Honestly--send them photos (look inside the front cover). It's probably the best knitting I've ever seen..and brilliantly done! You must know it's extraordinary?
PTP Designs (author)  ScottyGS9 months ago
Wow - thanks for such a great compliment - and for the tips! I'll check it out!
u had me fooled! LOL Nice job! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE!
kcli1 year ago
Wow...your cousin is one lucky person! Nice job!!!
poofrabbit1 year ago
When I first saw this I thought both dogs were real and one was really old! Wild!
Hahaha, me too! That's amazing.