pull yourself together, Daisy

Hi Knitters,

Tomorrow I’m heading down to Pio Pio for the book signing and morning tea at Struan Farm on Saturday. There are 75 knitters coming! Wow! I’m so excited to meet everyone. I’m hoping David will drive so I can knit all the way (an easy project that allows for viewing the gorgeous countryside as we go).

A thought that’s been simmering in my brain all week: ask readers what kind of vintage patterns you’d like to have access to and why. I intend to make more available and it would be helpful to know what you’re interested in. Please leave comments.

Now to this wee lassie, Daisy Dachshund from my book.

Daisy is based on a real life gal who had quite a few adventures in her 15-year life, some of which involved breaking the law. She was a drama queen in the best way and was the beloved pet of my kids. Truth be told, I made this project for them, even though they’re adults now.

She’s a versatile little thing –  a soft toy or a pencil case. The publishers scratched their heads when they saw her and asked me to explain why she’s in the book, which I do.

Toys are such fun to knit and put together and I think the finishing is the fun part. They take on distinct personalities and sometimes it’s quite a surprise. They’re also wonderful gifts. I was looking through Susan B Anderson’s work the other day, on her blog and in her book Itty Bitty Toys, and came away with a big smile on my face. She must have so much fun coming up with those cuties!

Daisy is straightforward to make as a softie; you just have to join her across her back, by stitching or grafting. Here are some photos of how to make her as a pencil case. The written instructions for this are in the book, but I thought it would be helpful to see some photos:

Prepare the pocket insert. The fabric is stiffened with iron-on interfacing.

Before you place the pocket inside, stitch some fabric to the tops of her legs and to the base of her neck to keep the leg and head stuffing in place.


Place pocket

Baste around the top, leaving room for the zipper to be inserted between the lining and the knitting.

Now she’s ready for inserting the zipper


I’m exhausted after all that, say Daisy, I think I’ll have a lie down and rest until car pool arrives to take me to school

16 Responses to “pull yourself together, Daisy”

  1. Marie Says:

    What an adorable dachsie! So cute!

    I’d love a vintage dress pattern if you have any.

  2. Marie Says:

    I can’t wait to make this!

  3. David Says:

    This is so CUTE! I was going to buy the book for mums birthday but I think I’m going to have to take up knitting especially for this project.

  4. riot yarn Says:

    So sweet!

  5. mosswood Says:

    I received a copy of your lovely book yesterday! I’m trying to save it for leisurely reading on the weekend but I had to flip through…this little fellow will have to find a home with my daughter. Such sweet and simple ideas throughout.

  6. bloepper Says:

    i’m so glad you posted these pictures. i’m dying to make the pencil case, but i was a bit perturbed by the instructions in the book. now there’s nothing to stop me (apart from a few darn UFOs).

  7. Julia Says:

    I went to the book signing, and I just wanted to let you know how absolutely brilliant it was to meet you and see and touch all the projects. Thank you soo much.

  8. Mel Says:

    Julia, It was a pleasure to meet you. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I had the most wonderful day. A big thank you to Karen.

    To everyone who hasn’t left a name: thank you for your comments!

    Dave, Yes indeed you will have to start knitting!

  9. Anna Says:

    I’m making one for Stella!

  10. Julianna B Says:

    What a great idea! My daughter loves this!

  11. Paula Says:

    I have the book with the Daisy Dachshund pattern. On page 103, at the bottom I cannot understand Left Side Body directions. With the right side facing you, k4, m1, k1, (this next part I don’t understand) turn and CO 23 sts, turn. Is there someplace online that could explain that in more depth? I am very excited to make this for my grandson for Christmas. Thank you.

  12. Mel Says:

    Hi Paula, You cast on 23 sts by knitting them on. I will email you if you have any further questions. Mel

  13. misslaure Says:

    Hi Mel!

    I’ve dived into your book and am in the middle of knitting a little (green) Daisy. So far so good but I am now stuck p104 “shaping the head”. I have done row 6, row 7 and 8 but how can I repeat row 7 (K3) if I havent done row 6? I’m lost and would love some help.
    thank you!


  14. Mel Says:

    Hi Marie-Laure,

    There’s a mistake on that page. I posted the errata on Ravelry here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/daisy-dachshund

    But if you don’t have access to Ravelry, here it is:

    Page 104
    Shape Head:
    Row 7: K3
    Row 8: Spp, purl to end – 62 sts.
    Row 9: Knit.
    Row 10: As row 8 – 61 sts.

  15. Rachel Says:

    So excited to have found this pattern. My sons loves dogs.
    But like Paula, I’m confused about the Left Side Body instructions. How do I turn when I have knitted a complete row – k4,m1,k1 and then turn?

    Any help to point me in the right direction would be wonderful.


  16. Mel Says:

    Hi Rachel, I’m confused as to what you’re asking. Can you clarify?

    I’m happy to help you,

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