Baby rattle/sweater sets are becoming my new favorite order! I get the fun of both knitting and crochet and there's a lot of creativity that goes into trying to make a set that matches really well. I was contacted a few months ago to see if I could come up with a set that involved Old English Sheepdogs (OES). Of course I was thrilled to do it and figured it would be simple to find just what I needed. I was WRONG! It took me quite a while to find a place where I could order an OES applique for the sweater. I really wanted to do a felt applique like I have used on most of the sweaters I've made, but no one (I mean NO one) is making them! Luckily I came across MischyfPaws on Etsy. While MischyfPaws didn't have any appliques available for purchase, she sold lots and lots of doggy products, and was willing to work with me to produce an embroidered OES patch just the right size for my needs.
I think the sweater turned out so cute with the client-requested colors of purple/lavender an in the tiny size of 0-3 months. I opted for only 4 buttons on this one as trying to squeeze 7 in seemed like just too crowded.
Making the rattle match was a bit challenging, but I decided to go with this fun fur yarn held double with a worsted weight in order to make the stuffie shaggy like a real Sheepdog.
Overall this set was a good challenge for me - it forced me to try new materials and I ended up with a product I am proud of!