I've always wanted to call a dog, Dave. It just sounds so ridiculous that it works. If I had my way, I'd have a 3 dogs named Dave, Steve and Ian. The breed doesn't matter. It's the name that counts.
So, back to Dave. He's a curious hound. Officially he's a dachshund - unofficially he's a sausage dog or a weiner dog. His long lost ancestors were bred to track down and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals and in the evenings would preventing draughts coming under the front door. Dave is different. Dave has been bred to track down and flush out your stash. He'll find stash you thought had been eaten by moths years ago. That ball of sock wool you bought on a whim, smuggled into the house and hidden in the arm of a never worn winter coat? He sniffed it out straightaway (even if your other half didn't).
Like all my toys, Dave can be made in any wool gauge; just choose needles which are a few sizes smaller than those recommended on the label. I knitted Dave in a DK/sportweight gauge with 3.25mm needles but if you want to knit a mini Dave in sock weight yarn or a humongous Dave in chunky yarn then the choice is yours. You can knit him plain or stripey, although he prefers stripey to put his stash busting skills to the ultimate test though.
In a DK weight he measures up at about 7in/18cm high and 11in/28cm in length. A thicker yarn will make him a bit bigger and a lace weight yarn, a bit smaller.
The pattern is almost ready and I'm just tweaking the In the Round version. Yes - that's right! He'll be in a knit flat and in the round version especially for all you seam haters out there!
I'll be releasing the pattern on 16 May but will be having a giveaway during next week so watch out on Monday for the competition details!
Hope you have a happy weekend and get lots of knitting in!