Knit or Crochet a Blanket for the Cats

Help our cats and kittens feel snug and safe, whilst they await a new home. We need knitted or crocheted blankets for the cats to curl up on in their cat beds. 

 Ideally the blankets should measure 1 metre square  (approx. 3 feet square) so that they cover the whole cat bed or shelf. They can be any colours and made out of any type of  wool. A lot of the blankets that people make for us are made up of knitted squares and of all types of odd wool. 

We are always in need of lots of blankets as they only have a limited shelf life because they need to be washed at high temperatures to kill any germs. As a consequence, they can get quite furry after a while. Out of all the animal bedding we have here, these are what our cats prefer.

If you can’t knit, but have some spare wool, then please donate it as somebody else will be able do the knitting.

Blankets and wool can be dropped of at Taylor’s or at any of our Shops.

Thank you!


Knit Some Dog Coats For Our Shops

Could you knit some lovely dog coats for us to sell in our shops?

They are always popular with our customers (and their dogs!). We would be very grateful for any you would like to knit and donate.

Click on the link below to open a copy fo the pattern or click on the Download button to download a copy to your device.

Dog coats can be dropped of Taylor’s or at any of our Shops.

Thank you!


Knit or Crochet Purple Poppies

Calling all knitting and crochet fans! We need you to make purple poppies. Please help us to raise money for the animals at Taylors and remember the animal victims of war on Remembrance Day.

RSPCA West Dorset Branch sell knitted and crocheted purple poppies at Taylor’s Rehoming Centre and in our charity shops in Bridport, Dorchester and Sherborne during October and early November. Can you help by knitting or crocheting some for us? A simple pattern is shown below, but you can search the internet and use any pattern that appeals to you.

Completed poppies can be dropped off at any of our shops, or at Taylor’s Rehoming Centre, or posted to PO Box 5460, Weymouth, DT3 6WH.

The purple poppy symbol was created in 2006 by the charity Animal Aid as a way to commemorate animals which served during conflicts as the charity viewed that they had been the forgotten victims of war. Approximately eight million horses and donkeys died during the First World War.   Animals used in warfare are victims, not heroes. They do not give their lives; their lives are taken from them. More information can be found by clicking on the link below to open the “Animals, the Hidden Victims of War” pdf article or by clicking on the Download button to download a copy to your device.

Please help us to remember them this November, and to support our work at Taylor’s Rehoming Centre.

Click on the Download button below to download a printable purple poppy pattern:

Crochet Poppy Tutorial on YouTube

Easy Garter/Knit Stitch Pattern for Beginners

Body of Poppy

Using Purple yarn cast on 120 stitches.

Rows 1-4 Knit.

Row 5 Knit 3 stitches together across the row (40 stitches).

Rows 6-9 Knit.

Row 10 Knit 2 stitches together across the row (20 stitches).

Rows 11-14 Knit.

Row 15 Knit 2 stitches together across the row (10 stitches).

Cut yarn leaving a tail of about 20cm

Thread tail through yarn needle and slip all the remaining live stitches onto the yarn tail and pull tight.

Pull around into a circle and then stitch the seam. Sew in ends.

Centre of Poppy

Using Black yarn cast on 16 stitches.

Cast off.

Coil into a tight spiral and sew base to the centre.

Or use a black or green button with 4 holes and sew to centre of poppy.

Add safety pin.

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