‘Tis the season to be jolly and get your pets into the Christmas spirit! Get creative and knit a present for your pet to open on Christmas day. Whether you have a dog, cat, hamster, guinea pig, rabbit or snake, we have a list of ideas for you to get started.

1. A Blanket

Pet blankets are lovely to lay on, snuggle on, and curl up in. We suggest making the pet blanket from Knit and Stitch Creative magazine, Issue 14. The yarn is doubled up and knit on 9mm needles in an interrupted rib stitch, making it a great stitch for beginner knitters wanting to take their next step.

2. A coat

It’s a cold time for everyone – even if you have a layer of fur. A knitted jumper is perfect for chilly walks and will keep your dog snug when they’re outdoors. Make sure you check the yarn’s washing instructions carefully in case your pesky pooch gets caught up in mud!

3. Knitted ball

Instead of letting your cat or dog play with a ball of yarn, you can create a knitted ball instead. Why not try adapting the crochet bauble from the Knit and Stitch Creative Christmas special (available here), but use it to cover a tennis ball or foam ball?

4. Teddy bear

Who doesn’t love a teddy bear? There’s a pattern coming in Knit and Stitch Creative, Issue 16 (20th December), which is just in time to make this quick stocking filler. It stands only 18cm high so will be a lovely little pet companion.

 5. Bed

Grab large knitting needles and chunky yarn to knit a pet bed. Construct a bed with a roof for a cat and territorial dogs, or knit a simple basket-style for a more relaxed pet.

6. Mouse toy

If you’re fed up of your cat bringing in mice from the outside, make a lovely knitted one for them instead. Add a little catnip inside it to make it a festive treat they love.

7. Sleep sock

Your guinea pig, hamster, mouse or rat will love snuggling up into a sock in their cage. This is another good use of the festive stockings from our Christmas special.

8. Knitted chew toy

Knit a novelty chew toy for your dog and fill with dog-friendly toy stuffing. Make sure to sew it up tightly, or be prepared to make a lot, as some dogs will chew through and rip it apart quickly.

9. Santa hat

Well, it is Christmas after all! Make a mini Santa hat for your rabbit, guinea pig, parrot, cat, dog, snake or any other pet (although probably not tarantulas). Take lots of pictures, print and put on last minute Christmas cards. We’d love to see what you do!

Feel inspired to make something for your pet? Let us know in the comments, or tag us with your makes @CreaCrafts on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest. We may feature you on future blog entries!