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Monogramming How-To for the Holidays

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Monogramming How-To for the Holidays

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Monogramming How-To for the Holidays

As the holidays drew nearer, Kelloggs (my pet bunny) decided he wanted to ring in the season with style, so I made him this festive sweater! For this sweater I used Vanna’s Glamour® yarn in red and Jamie® yarn in white. Although not all pets are as keen to dress up, the technique I used to monogram his initial onto the sweater can be used on any knit project. The “K” is embroidered with a tapestry needle instead of using color-work. There are three reasons that you would use this technique:

  1. Embroidering will make your design stand out more, since it is more 3-dimensional
  2. You can create detail with back stitching that you can’t with color-work
  3. You can do it once the project is finished. This way you can spice up a project you have already finished or personalize a store-bought knit garment.

Hint: the yarn you use for your monogram doesn’t need to be the same type as  the yarn used for the rest of the project, but it MUST be the same weight.

To Prep Your Project:

Monogramming How-To for the Holidays

Take a look at your project and decide how large you want your monogram to be. Then outline this area using a tapestry needle with contrasting yarn. Count  the number of rows and stitches you outlined and mark this on a piece of graph paper. Draw the letter that you would like in the graph.

Embroidering Your Monogram:

Monogramming How-To for the Holidays

1. Push your threaded tapestry needle through the back of your project at the bottom of the “V” of your first stitch (Once I placed my first stitch I removed my yarn outlines so that they wouldn’t get in the way).

2. Slide your tapestry needle underneath the “V” of the stitch above the one you are working on.

3. Insert your needle from the front of the project in the same spot that you started in. Continue in this manner until you have filled in all the stitches on your graph.

4. If you have thin lines like the ones I have connecting the bars of the “K” you will make these by back-stitching. I Pushed my needle from the back of the work to the front at the top left corner of the stitch I wanted to start the line at. Then inserted the needle again in the top left corner of the stitch diagonally above it.

5. Next, I pushed my needle from the back of the work at the top left corner of the stitch diagonally above that stitch. Then I inserted the needle from the front into the bottom right corner of the stitch to connect the line. Continue in this manner to create your detailing.

Pretty simple right? Now you can personalize any knit gift for the holidays with a monogram!

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  • Very cute and interesting because I just made a dog sweater into a bunny sweater for an angora who was losing his coat too fast

  • I would like a pattern for a bunny sweater. Can anyone help?

    • Hi Barbara, Devin improvised her sweater design, but like Brandi says in an earlier comment, a dog sweater is a great base for a bunny sweater. Visit and type “dog sweater” into the search box or check for some great pattern ideas. Hope that helps!

    • Check out “Perfect Fit Dog Sweater” on ravelry. You can make any animal a sweater using this pattern. You just need to measure certain areas and measure your gauge and it will fit perfectly. That said, I have had to tink twice because I wasn’t paying proper attention to the pattern details. It really is a simple in the round pattern but my attention span has been very poor lately. Good luck!

  • I am 55 and not so lonesome to knit for a rabbit, born with fur of his own. I love knitting/crochet and due to the internet have improve my skills greatly, but I don’t have a rabbit andt my cat has a mind of his own, he doesnt like clothes. A quick baby bootie pattern would be fun. I think they are fun to look at like ornaments or momentos, to remnid of when the grandkids had time for granny.

    • Hi Jacquelyn, while Devin’s post features a bunny sweater, you can easily use the techniques she outlines in her post for any kind of project as she says. For small ornaments that look like stockings, mittens, and even sweaters, visit and type “knit ornament” into the search box. Hope that helps!

      • thank you i am going to do it right now

  • Super adorable… But somehow, I doubt the bunny wanted the sweater. ^_~ But I truly adore it! Do you think you could make a hamster one next? Or a rat one? We have nine total of both animals!

  • Where can I find the pattern for this adorable bunny sweater??? I love the buttons on the back rather than on the chest/tummy.

  • Come on… A bunny doesn’t need a garment. How would you like to be treated?

    • This bunny is living the life of Riley. Kelloggs looks well cared for and loved, even if he gets a sweater to wear!

  • Even with their fur, some bunnies get cold when the weather turns freezing. This is especially true of an indoor bunny when taken outside. I think the sweater is adorable and the bunny does not look stressed, so I think it is a cute idea and would make one for my bunny to wear when I put him out on our porch during the winter.

  • I have 2 English Angora Rabbits and they are clipped every 90 days for there wool. In the Winter at least a few days after they are clipped this would help to ward off the cold. Quite a difference in climate change. They are fiber rabbits and must be taken care of. We card and spin their wool.

  • so cute! and nice job adapting the sweater to bunny dimensions

  • Very clear and concise instructions about monogramming. Thanks!

  • I have a rabbit she is a long eared with red & pink eyes. How would you make a cat sweater? i have 2 cats a kitten and a 3 year old cat. i do not know how to knit i know how to crochet a little bit.

    • Hi Melodie, at this time, we don’t have any cat sweater patterns, but you could adapt a crochet dog sweater pattern for your needs. Visit and type “crochet dog sweater” into the search box to see options. Hope that helps!

  • Barbara.i need help to. my name is Melodie

  • Hay. I just made my aunt a washcloth I did not have any lion brand yarn. All I had was sugar&spice. i did not know of lion brand yarn. a lady left a BOX FUL OF YARN! all that was in there was sugar&spice.

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