Fashion Dog is a book with 30 designs of outfits and accessories for the most pampered pooch. Designs are made with a range of knitting, sewing and crochet. They are sized for smaller dogs but there is a section suggesting how to scale up the patterns, though of course collar dangles are suitable for any sized pet. I usually try to make something from each book I review but this book had me stumped- draw a deep breath- I’m not really an animal lover- (I’m not keen on babies either)- there I’ve said- bye bye readership. I’m not totally hard hearted or anything, I’m just not great with things that are dependant on me for care. I am entirely comfortable with wild animals, but I couldn’t really knit leg warmers for a wolf! When I took a closer look at the patterns I realised one thing; this is not a book for people who love there dogs and want to have a go at making something for them…..rather this is a book for someone who LOVES there dog, adores fashion and is an experienced stitcher/knitter/crocheter. This is not to say that the instructions aren’t clear- they seem full enough- though I haven’t tried them, it is just that they are expressed in a way that might be foreign to a new crafter. In the accessories section the crochet is given as a written instruction, not as a diagram. Knitting is shown as a chart rather than in long hand. As I say if you are fabulously stylish, in love with your canine and adept with the needles you’ll really like this well presented book, it is a pooch Marie Claire.
I am offering this book up for any such dog lover- who's still talking to me!