Knit a Mutt Mitt: Dog Washing Made Easycomments (5) February 12th, 2009
Dirty dogs need extra love. When only the best will do for your pampered pooch, knit up a loopy 100% cotton rectangle and attach it to a cotton glove for an easy dog-grooming tool. Use it for their special bath time or keep it near the door to slip on for wiping their muddy paws. Toss it in the washer to keep it clean and fresh.
- Cotton gardening gloves—one size larger than normal
- 100% cotton worsted-weight yarn (one ball 2.5 ounces, 122 yards)—I used Peaches & Cream made by Elmore-Pisgah in Faded Denim from jumbo cones I had on hand
- Knitting needle size 8
- Sewing needle
- Thread to match glove
CO cast on
ML make loop
P2tog purl 2 together
RS right side
WS wrong side
YB yarn behind
YF yarn forward
Step by Step:
Knit a loopy rectangle
Loop Stitch Pattern
Row 1: (RS) k1 *(k1 and keep st on left needle, yf, wrap yarn around thumb clockwise to make loop, yb, knit into back of the same stitch), k1; repeat from *.
Row 2: (WS) p1, *p2tog, p1; repeat from *.
Row 3: (RS) k2, *ml as in row 1, k1; repeat from * end last repeat k2.
Row 4: (WS) p2, *p2tog, p1.
With 2 strands of yarn, cast on 21 stitches.
K 1 row.
Repeat rows 1–4 of Loop Stitch pattern until you reach the length to fit your glove.
Knit 1 row.
Bind off all stitches.
Sew the loopy rectangle to the glove
Position the glove on the smooth side of the cloth with fingers spread out and pin in place.
Thread the needle with a double strand of matching thread, and whipstitch around the entire glove, including at the base of the wrist. Keep the stitches near the edge of the glove so you still have room to insert your hand comfortably. Hand-sewing is the best method since if you attempt sewing it with a machine, the loops will get caught in the feed dogs! (I tell you this from experience!)
If you don’t have a dog, make one for your own bath-time exfoliating extravaganza. Create a set for indoor dusting and cleaning chores. Make a pair for car-wash duty. Let me know what ideas you have for this soft, loopy mitt.
Special thanks to Mary Minor at Pamper Me Too! pet-grooming salon in Boone, NC.
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