Knits Gifts 2018: Belvedere Bulldog

My roommate has the most adorable dress in her closet I’ve ever seen: pink and covered in a pattern of absolutely precious French Bulldogs. She likes to wear it on days when she needs a little extra mood boost. When I first paged through Interweave Knits Gifts 2018 and laid eyes on Belvedere the French Bulldog, the latest irresistible stuffed animal from Brenda K. B. Anderson, I knew I had found the perfect handknit gift idea for her.

Belvedere is a fancy Parisian gent sporting a jaunty beret and a handsome handknit turtleneck sweater. Sleepy, judgmental, or happy, this sassy little pup has the potential for a wide variety of expressions and personalities depending on how you place his eyelids.

For my roomie, I think I’ll shoot for a “happy-to-see-you” expression that’s sure to brighten her mood on a tough day. Imagine this little cutie nestled among your pillows when you get home, just waiting for cuddles!

Worked in Cascade 200, an easy-care yarn that might already be in your stash, he’s a fun and challenging knit for any intermediate knitter who’s not afraid to work in three dimensions. You’ll have so much fun playing with the placement of stuffing, eyelids, ears, and beret to get just the look you want for your own Belvedere.

Knit one for a gift at your own risk—you might not be able to stand giving him away, no matter to how good a home!

Pattern Details

DESIGNER Brenda K. B. Anderson

DIFFICULTY Intermediate

FINISHED SIZE 21″ head circumference and 20″ tall, excluding ears.

YARN Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash (100% superwash wool; 220 yd [200 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #815 black (MC); #884 skyline blue (A); #871 white (B), and #809 really red (C), 1 ball each.

NEEDLES Size 4 (3.5 mm): 16″ circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle; polyester fiberfill; quilter’s pins; dark gray pre-stiffened felt; dark gray thread and sewing needle; two 1 3/8″ (35 mm) two-hole white buttons; two 7/8″ (22 mm) two-hole black buttons.

GAUGE 21 sts and 28 rnds = 4″ in St st.

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