Hey all! I wanted to take a moment to spread the word about the incredibly sad story of Noel, a dog who’s missing both of her ears due to being used as fight bait. Sometimes I’m ashamed to be a part of the human race!
She’s a beautiful, kind eyed puppy whose story broke my heart into a million pieces when I read it. Thankfully however, she was rescued by a kick-ass woman named Bernie, and is on the mend. Last week one of Jennifer’s Craft Lab guests (and Bernie’s friend) Claudine, contacted me about getting people to knit hats & headbands with little ears on them that Noel can wear to make her feel pretty.
Claudine and her mom came up with a pointy-eared headband that you can find on her blog as well as measurements, if you want to design you own. I knit up a little floppy-eared number in her honor and, in case you’re interested in showing a little puppy love for Noel yourself, I thought I’d post my pattern. The address to send finished doggy bobbles to, can be found on Bernie’s blog. Thanks! xo, Vickie
US size J crochet hook (optional)
SKP= Slip, knit, pass sliiped stitch over. (left-slanted decrease)
K2tog= Knit two stitches together. (right slanted decrease)
Kf&b= Knit in front & back of the same stitch (increase)
CO 3 sts.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Kf&b, k to last st, kf&b
Repeat last two rows until 11 sts.
Knit every row until piece measures 8 1/2″ from edge.
Next row: SKP, k to last two sts, k2tog.
Next row: Knit
Repeat last 2 rows until 3 sts. remain. BO.
EAR (Make 2)
Knit 6 rows.
Next row: K3, SKP, k2tog, k to end.
Knit 5 rows.
Next row: K2, SKP, k2tog, k to end.
Knit 5 rows.
Next row: K1, SKP, k2tog, k1,
Knit 3 rows.
Next row: SKP, k2tog, pass stitch over to bind off.
Using a tapestry needles sew ears onto band at desired placement. Weave in ends.
Using crochet hook, pull loop of yarn through one end of headband and chain 22. Tie off. Repeat on other side. Alternatively, you could ad a braided or i-cord tie.
That’s all there is to it!