How to knit a Labrador retriever

Check out this free knitting pattern for a very cute Labrador retriever from the book, Knit Your Own Dog (Thomas Allen & Son, 2011). Labrador retrievers are one of the most family-friendly dogs, so he will be a great addition to your home.

By Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne

Knit a Labrador retriever: How to knit the legs
Photos from Knit Your Own Dog, by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne
The Labrador retriever is the world’s most popular dog, loved for their mellow and friendly temperament. They are gentle with children, so gentle that the Labrador can carry an egg in its mouth without breaking it. A really useful dog, Labradors are often used for guiding the blind and for retrieving game. Vladimir Putin has a black Labrador called Koni. Buddy, the Clinton’s chocolate Labrador, was tragically run over before he had time to write his White House memoirs.

You can see a larger photo of the finished craft here.

Labrador
One of the simpler dogs to knit, ours is chocolate but you can choose your own color. For a Golden Labrador you could use Rowan Cashsoft 4ply in Savannah 439.

Measurements
Length: 6in (15cm)
Height to top of head: 5in (13cm)

Materials
• Pair of US 2 (2-3/4mm) knitting needles
• 2 spare US 2 (2-3/4mm) knitting needles
• Pair of US 2 (2-3/4mm) double-pointed knitting needles
• 1-1/8oz (30g) of Rowan Cashsoft 4ply in Bark 432 (ba)
• Small amount of Rowan Pure Wool 4ply in Framboise 456 (fr) for collar
• Tiny amount of Rowan Pure Wool 4ply in Black 404 for nose and eyes
• Pipecleaners for legs

Back leg (make 2 the same)
With US 2 (2-3/4mm) knitting needles and ba, cast on 9 sts.
Beg with a k row, work 2 rows st st.
Row 3: Inc, k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1, inc. (9 sts)
Work 11 rows st st.
Row 15: K2tog, inc into next 2 sts, k1, inc into next 2 sts, k2tog. (11 sts)
Row 16 and every alt row: Purl.
Row 17: K2tog, inc, k1, inc, k1, inc, k1, inc, k2tog. (13 sts)
Row 19: K5, inc, k1, inc, k5. (15 sts)
Row 21: K6, inc, k1, inc, k6. (17 sts)
Row 23: K7, inc, k1, inc, k7. (19 sts)
Row 25: K8, inc, k1, inc, k8. (21 sts)
Row 27: K9, inc, k1, inc, k9. (23 sts)
Row 29: K10, inc, k1, inc, k10. (25 sts)
Row 31: Knit.
Bind off.

Front leg (make 2 the same)
With US 2 (2-3/4mm) knitting needles and ba, cast on 9 sts.
Beg with a k row, work 2 rows st st.
Row 3: Inc, k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1, inc. (9 sts)
Row 4: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows once more.
Work 2 rows st st.
Row 9: Inc, k7, inc. (11 sts)
Work 7 rows st st.
Row 17: Inc, k9, inc. (13 sts) Work 9 rows st st.
Row 27: Inc, k11, inc. (15 sts) Work 3 rows st st.
Bind off.

See a larger photo of the Labrador retriever's legs here.

Right side of body
With US 2 (2-3/4mm) knitting needles and ba, cast on 8 sts.
Row 1: K8, cast on 8 sts. (16 sts)
Row 2: P15, inc. (17 sts)
Row 3: K17, cast on 5 sts. (22 sts)
Row 4: P21, inc. (23 sts)
Row 5: K23, cast on 11 sts. (34 sts)
Row 6: P33, inc. (35 sts)
Row 7: K35.
Row 8: P34, inc. (36 sts)
Work 7 rows st st.
Row 16: P2tog, p34. (35 sts)
Row 17: K33, k2tog. (34 sts)
Row 18: P2tog, p32. (33 sts)
Row 19: K31, k2tog. (32 sts)
Row 20: Bind off 5 sts, p to end. (27 sts)
Row 21: K11 (hold 11 sts on spare needle for right neck), bind off rem 16 sts.

Page 1 of 3 - Find out how to knit the left side of the body on page 2.



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