Poodles are attractive, friendly dogs that make loving pets. However, if you're not looking for a real dog, a yarn poodle may be the perfect substitute. Yarn poodles are simple to make, and can be used as a lovely decoration or toy. Once you learn to make one, you can make them in many different colors, and give them as heartfelt gifts to friends.
Items you will need
- Wire coat hanger
- Ruler or measuring tape
- Piece of cardboard 2 1/2-inches-by-4-inches with two 1-inch slots, cut 1 inch from the ends of the long sides
- 4 oz. skein of 4-ply yarn
- 30 inches ribbon
- 3/4 inch black pompom for nose
- 2 plastic googly eyes, 15 mm
- Small piece of red felt
Make the FrameStep 1
Hold the coat hanger by the hook and pull the lower part downward, so that both sides are somewhat straighten and parallel to each other. The coat hanger should have the shape of an elongated loop with a hook on top.
Pinch the hook part together so that the end touches the other side and forms a circle for the poodle's head.
Measure 4 1/2 inches from the bottom of the circle down the coat hanger and make a kink on each of the wires to start forming the front legs. Bend the wires back up toward the head, creating a U shape that is about 2 inches apart at the shoulder and about 3 1/2 inches tall.
Bend the wires down, parallel to the work surface for a length of about 3 1/2 inches, and then bend them down to the work surface, forming the back and back leg frames. Bend the remaining 5 inches of coat hanger straight up to form the back of the legs and the tail.
Prepare the YarnStep 1
Wrap yarn 20 times around the long side of the cardboard. Cut them free, which makes 20 pieces of yarn that are 8-inches long each. These will be used to tie bundles that you will attach to the wire frame. Repeat this six more times, which will yield 140 ties.
Place a tie across the top of the cardboard and stretch the ends through the slots so that about 3 inches of tie dangles down on each side. Wrap yarn 20 times around the cardboard the long way, across the tie. Lift the dangling tie ends back up through the slots and knot them together. Slide the bundle off the template. This is one poodle ear. Repeat for the other ear.
Turn the cardboard. Make bundles of yarn for the body by wrapping yarn 20 times around the cardboard the short way. Slide the bundles off the cardboard and onto the middle of a stretched-out tie. Tie the tie around the center of the bundle. Make as many of these as you have ties.
Tie the bundles all over the wire frame one after another, starting with the head. Tie the ears onto the head. Keep pushing the bundles together as you work, ending with the tip of the tail.
Glue eyes, nose and mouth onto the poodle's face.
Tie the ribbon around the poodle's neck for his collar.
- Thrifty Fun: Recycled Wire Hanger Yarn Dog
- "Knit Your Own Dog: Easy-to-Follow Patterns for 25 Pedigree Pooches"; Sally Muir, Joanna Osborne; February 23, 2011
- American Kennel Club: AKC Meet The Breeds®: Poodle
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