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Beagle

Extract from Knit Your Own Dog • By Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne • Published by Black Dog Publishing

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The Beagle is a neat little dog, so make yours stand up very straight, with the tail bending over slightly.
Measurements
Length: 17cm (63⁄4in)
Height to top of head: 15cm (6in)

An ancient breed, the Beagle is a scent hound, used for sniffing out rabbits and hares. Its ancestors were brought to England by William the Conqueror. Unfortunately, due to their placid nature Beagles used to be often used in animal testing. Fortunately for the easy-going Beagle, these days they are more likely to be a family pet. Butch the Beagle held the Guinness World Record for oldest dog, dying in 2003 aged 28 (196 in human years). Notorious Beagles include one we have known – Dee, a dog with a mission – and the most famous Beagle of all, Snoopy from the Peanuts cartoon.

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  • Step 1

    Right Back Leg

    With sn, cast on 11 sts.
    Beg with a k row, work 2 rows st st.
    Row 3: Inc, k2, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k2, inc. (11 sts)
    Row 4: Purl.
    Rep rows 3–4 once more.
    Row 7: K2tog, k7, k2tog.* (9 sts)
    Work 3 rows st st.
    Row 11: K2tog, k1, inc, k1, inc, k1, k2tog. (9 sts)
    Row 12: Purl.
    Rep rows 11–12 once more.
    Row 15: K3, inc, k1, inc, k3. (11 sts)
    Row 16: Purl.**
    Join in oc.
    Row 17: K4sn, incsn, k1sn, incsn, k2sn, k2oc. (13 sts)
    Row 18: P2oc, p11sn.
    Row 19: K5sn, incsn,
    k3oc. (15 sts)
    Row 20: P3oc, p12sn.
    Row 21: K6sn, incsn,
    k3oc. (17 sts)
    Row 22: P4oc, p13sn.
    Row 23: K7sn, incsn,
    k4oc. (19 sts)
    Row 24: P4oc, p15sn.
    Row 25: Cast (bind) off 9 sts sn, k6sn icos, k4oc (hold 10 sts on spare needle for Right Side of Body).

  • Step 2

    Left Back Leg

    Work as for Right Back Leg to **.
    Join in oc.
    Row 17: K2oc, k2sn, incsn, k1sn, incsn, k4sn. (13 sts)
    Row 18: P11sn, p2oc.
    Row 19: K3oc, k2sn, incsn, k1sn, incsn, k5sn. (15 sts)
    Row 20: P12sn, p3oc.
    Row 21: K3oc, k3sn, incsn, k1sn, incsn, k6sn. (17 sts)
    Row 22: P13sn, p4oc.
    Row 23: K4oc, k3sn, incsn, k1sn, incsn, k7sn. (19 sts)
    Row 24: P15sn, p4oc.
    Row 25: K4oc, k6sn, cast (bind) off 9 sts sn (hold 10 sts on spare needle for Left Side
    of Body).

  • Step 3

    Right Front Leg
    Work as for Right Back Leg to *.
    Work 7 rows st st.
    Join in oc.
    Row 15: Incsn, k4sn, k2oc, k1sn, incsn. (11 sts)
    Row 16: P1sn, p4oc, p6sn.
    Row 17: Incsn, k4sn, k5oc, incoc. (13 sts) Row 18: P7oc, p6sn.
    Row 19: Cast (bind) off 6 sts sn, k7oc icos (hold 7 sts on spare needle for Right Side of Body).

  • Step 4

    Left Front Leg
    Work as for Right Back Leg to *.
    Work 7 rows st st.
    Join in oc.
    Row 15: Incsn, k1sn, k2oc, k4sn, incsn. (11 sts)
    Row 16: P6sn, p4oc, p1sn.
    Row 17: Incsn, k5oc, k4sn, incsn. (13 sts) Row 18: P6sn, p7oc.
    Row 19: K7oc, cast (bind) off 6 sts sn (hold 7 sts on spare needle for Left Side of Body).

  • Step 5

    Right Side of Body
    Row 1: With oc and bl, cast on 1 st oc, with RS facing k7oc from spare needle of Right Front Leg, cast on 1 st oc and 5 sts bl. (14 sts) Row 2: P5bl, p9oc.
    Row 3: K9oc, k5bl, cast on 6 sts bl. (20 sts) Row 4: P11bl, p9oc.
    Join in sn.
    Row 5: Incoc, k9oc, k10bl, cast on 2 sts bl and 2 sts oc, with RS facing k2oc, k3sn, k5oc from spare needle of Right Back Leg, cast on 1 st oc. (36 sts)
    Row 6: P7oc, p2sn, p3oc, p13bl, p11oc. Row 7: K11oc, k13bl, k3oc, k1sn, k8oc. Row 8: P11oc, p14bl, p11oc.
    Row 9: K11oc, k16bl, k9oc.
    Row 10: P9oc, p15bl, p12oc.
    Row 11: Incoc, k11oc, k16bl, k8oc. (37 sts) Row 12: P7oc, p17bl, p12oc, p1sn.
    Row 13: K1sn, k11oc, k19bl, k6oc.
    Row 14: P5oc, p20bl, p10oc, p2sn.
    Row 15: K2sn, k9oc, k23bl, k3oc.
    Row 16: P2oc, p24bl, p6oc, p2bl, p3sn. Row 17: K3sn, k3bl, k4oc, k27bl.
    Row 18: P2togbl, p26bl, p2oc, p5bl, p2sn. (36 sts)
    Row 19: K1sn, k33bl, k2togbl. (35 sts) Row 20: P5bl (hold 5 sts on spare needle for tail), cast (bind) off 19 sts bl, p10bl icos, p1sn (hold 11 sts on spare needle for
    right neck).

  • How to make a dog plushie. Beagle - Step 6
    Step 6

    Left Side of Body
    Row1:Withocandbl,caston1stoc,with WS facing p7oc from spare needle of Left Front Leg, cast on 1 st oc and 5 sts bl. (14 sts) Row 2: K5bl, k9oc.
    Row 3: P9oc, p5bl, cast on 6 sts bl. (20 sts) Row 4: K11bl, k9oc.
    Join in sn.
    Row 5: Incoc, p9oc, p10bl, cast on 2 sts bl and 2 sts oc, with WS facing p2oc, p3sn, p5oc from spare needle of Left Back Leg, cast on 1 st oc. (36 sts)
    Row 6: K7oc, k2sn, k3oc, k13bl, k11oc. Row 7: P11oc, p13bl, p3oc, p1sn, p8oc. Row 8: K11oc, k14bl, k11oc.
    Row 9: P11oc, p16bl, p9oc.
    Row 10: K9oc, k15bl, k12oc.
    Row 11: Incoc, p11oc, p16bl, p8oc. (37 sts) Row 12: K7oc, k17bl, k12oc, k1sn.
    Row 13: P1sn, p11oc, p19bl, p6oc.
    Row 14: K5oc, k20bl, k10oc, k2sn.
    Row 15: P2sn, p9oc, p23bl, p3oc.
    Row 16: K2oc, k24bl, k6oc, k2bl, k3sn. Row 17: P3sn, p3bl, p4oc, p27bl.
    Row 18: K2togbl, k26bl, k2oc, k5bl, k2sn. (36 sts)
    Row 19: P1sn, p33bl, p2togbl. (35 sts) Row 20: K5bl (hold 5 sts on spare needle for tail), cast (bind) off 19 sts bl, k10bl icos, k1sn (hold 11 sts on spare needle for
    left neck).

    Body
    Use the intarsia technique
    and a separate ball of each colour yarn, twisting the colours firmly over one another at the joins to prevent holes forming.

  • Step 7

    Neck and Head
    Row 1: With sn and bl, k2sn, k9bl held for neck from spare needle of Right Side of Body, then k9bl, k2sn held for neck from spare needle of Left Side of Body. (22 sts) Join in oc.
    Row 2: P2sn, p2oc, p14bl, p2oc, p2sn.
    Row 3: K2sn, k2oc, k2togoc, k10bl, k2togoc, k2oc, k2sn. (20 sts)
    Row 4: P1sn, p6oc, p6bl, p6oc, p1sn.
    Row 5: K1sn, k8oc, k2bl, k8oc, k1sn.
    Cont in oc.
    Row 6: Purl.
    Row 7: K17, wrap and turn (leave 3 sts on left-hand needle unworked).
    Row 8: Working top of head on centre 14 sts only, p14, w&t.
    Row 9: K14, w&t.
    Rep rows 8–9 once more.
    Row 12: P14, w&t.
    Row 13: Knit across all sts. (20 sts in total) Work 2 rows st st.
    Row 16: P2tog, p16, p2tog. (18 sts)
    Row 17: K15, w&t (leave 3 sts on left-hand needle unworked).
    Join in sn.
    Row 18: Working top of head on centre
    12 sts only, p5oc, p2sn, p5oc, w&t.
    Row 19: K5oc, k2sn, k5oc, w&t.
    Rep rows 18–19 once more.
    Row 22: P5oc, p2sn, p5oc, w&t.
    Row 23: K4oc, k4sn, k7oc. (18 sts in total) Row 24: P4oc, p2togoc, p2sn, p2togsn, p2sn, p2togoc, p4oc. (15 sts)
    Row 25: K4oc, k2togsn, k3sn, k2togsn, k4oc. (13 sts)
    Row 26: P4oc, p5sn, p4oc. Row 27: K3oc, k7sn, k3oc. Row 28: P2oc, p9sn, p2oc. Cont in sn.
    Work 3 rows st st.
    Row 32: P2tog, p9, p2tog. (11 sts) Row 33: Knit.
    Row 34: P2tog, p7, p2tog. (9 sts) Cast (bind) off.

  • How to make a dog plushie. Beagle - Step 8
    Step 8

    Tail
    Use a pipecleaner to stiffen the upright tail.

    Tail
    Row 1: With bl and with RS facing, k5 held for tail from spare needle of Left Side of Body, then k5 held for tail from spare needle of Right Side of Body. (10 sts)
    Row 2: Purl.
    Join in oc.
    Row 3: K1oc, k8bl, k1oc.
    Row 4: P1oc, p8bl, p1oc.
    Rep rows 3–4 once more.
    Row 7: K2oc, k6bl, k2oc.
    Row 8: P2oc, p6bl, p2oc.
    Row 9: K3oc, k4bl, k3oc.
    Row 10: P3oc, p4bl, p3oc.
    Row 11: K2togoc, k2oc, [incbl] twice, k2oc, k2togoc. (10 sts)
    Row 12: P3oc, p4bl, p3oc.
    Join in sn.
    Row 13: K2togsn, k2oc, [incbl] twice, k2oc, k2togsn. (10 sts)
    Row 14: P1sn, p3oc, p2bl, p3oc, p1sn. Row 15: K3sn, k4oc, k3sn.
    Row 16: P4sn, p2oc, p4sn.
    Cont in sn.
    Row 17: K2tog, k6, k2tog. (8 sts)
    Work 3 rows st st.
    Row 21: K2tog, k4, k2tog. (6 sts)
    Row 22: P2tog, p2, p2tog. (4 sts)
    Row 23: [K2tog] twice. (2 sts)
    Row 24: P2tog and fasten off.

  • Step 9

    Tummy
    With sn, cast on 6 sts. Begwithakrow,work2rowsstst. Row 3: K2tog, k2, k2tog. (4 sts) Work 11 rows st st.
    Row 15: Inc, k2, inc. (6 sts)
    Work 7 rows st st.
    Row 23: Inc, k4, inc. (8 sts)
    Work 21 rows st st.
    Row 45: K2tog, k4, k2tog. (6 sts) Work 5 rows st st.
    Row 51: Inc, k4, inc. (8 sts)
    Work 9 rows st st.
    Row 61: K2tog, k4, k2tog. (6 sts) Work 17 rows st st.
    Row 79: K2tog k2, k2tog. (4 sts) Work 9 rows st st.
    Cast (bind) off.

  • Step 10

    Ear
    (make 2 the same)
    With oc, cast on 4 sts.
    Row 1: Inc, k2, inc. (6 sts)
    Row 2: Knit.
    Row 3: Inc, k4, inc. (8 sts)
    Knit 10 rows.
    Row 14: K2tog, k4, k2tog. (6 sts) Knit 2 rows.
    Row 17: K2tog, k2, k2tog. (4 sts) Knit 2 rows.
    Row 20: [K2tog] twice. (2 sts) Cast (bind) off.

  • Step 11

    Collar
    With bb, cast on 26 sts. Knit one row.
    Cast (bind) off.

  • How to make a dog plushie. Beagle - Step 12
    Step 12

    To Make Up
    Sew in ends, leaving ends from cast on and cast (bound) off rows for sewing up.
    LEGS With WS together, fold leg in half. Starting at paw, sew up leg on RS.
    BODY Sew along back of dog to tail.
    TAIL Cut a pipecleaner 2.5cm (1in) longer than tail. Roll a little stuffing around pipecleaner, wrap tail around pipecleaner and sew up tail on RS, sewing down to bottom of bottom. Protruding end of pipecleaner will vanish into body stuffing. HEAD Fold cast (bound) off row of head in half and sew from nose to chin.
    TUMMY Sew cast on row of tummy to bottom of dog’s bottom (where back legs begin), and sew cast (bound) off row to chin. Ease and sew tummy to fit body, matching curves of tummy to legs. Leave a 2.5cm (1in) gap between front and back legs on one side. STUFFING Pipecleaners are used to stiffen the legs and help bend them into shape. Fold a pipecleaner into a ‘U’ shape and measure against front two legs. Cut to approximately fit, leaving an extra 2.5cm (1in) at both ends. Fold these ends over to stop pipecleaner poking out of paws. Roll a little stuffing around pipecleaner and slip into body, one end down each front leg. Repeat with second pipecleaner and back legs. Starting at the head, stuff the dog firmly, then sew up the gap. Mould body into shape.
    EARS Sew cast on row of each ear to side of dog’s head at an angle sloping down towards back, so 4 sts between front of ears, 10 sts between back of ears.
    EYES With bl, sew 2-loop French knots positioned as in photograph.
    NOSE With bl, embroider nose in satin stitch. COLLAR Sew ends of collar together and pop over head.

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