About my hobby
My skills and aims
As a lifelong knitter I was looking for an outlet for my skills. In 2007, I joined K9 knitters and discovered the fulfillment of knitting dog coats to raise funds for dog rescue groups and have since made over 900 coats. All coats are made in a smoke free home, and sadly now a dog free home.
In Spring 2011, I set up on my own as Lynn's Bespoke Dog Coats, principally offering made -to-measure coats and donating 100% of the profit (coat price less the cost of materials and postage) to a range of smaller dog charities. Fortunately, my knitting skills are far better than my web building skills and I frequently have to tolerate standards of presentation on my site that I would not tolerate in my knitting.
The costs associated with running my website were set to treble on renewal in May 2017, which meant an unacceptable proportion of money raised would not be available to the charities. To manage this expense I opted to build a totally new site on another host. Unfortunately it was not cost effective to retain the name and hence we arrive at Lynn's knitted dog coats. The aims and methods remain the same.
Dog coat 1
- the first I ever made Jan 2007
About the dog coats, dog jackets, dog jumpers
- they are all the same to you and I but not to a search engine!
Coats are available in a range of designs, in any size and in the buyer's choice of colour as far as yarn stocks permit. Where possible I try to recycle by using donated yarns and recycled packaging. This helps to maximise profits and hence donations. Buying yarns for immediate use can be expensive so I try to pick up bargains whenever they present. Please see below for how you can help. Although I knit all year round, this is a hobby and my capacity is limited. During the quieter months I make ready-made coats in popular sizes and these are available for immediate dispatch. They can be seen on the 'Ready to buy coats' pages.
On the 'Before you buy' page you will find guidance on how to obtain a coat that will fit your dog. Also all you need to know about measuring, price and payment.
Fudge 1998 -2008
Toffee 2002 - 2016
modelling their early button coats
I welcome the additional challenge of creating a coat for a dog with special needs. There is no extra charge for this service. Sick or elderly dogs sometimes benefit from a coat even in the summer months. For made-to-measure coats dispatch is usually about a week after payment except during the busy September to January period when you will be advised of the delay before payment.
Donating the funds raised
In selecting charities to receive donations, my preference is for small organisations run by volunteers preferably using mainly foster homes and helping dogs primarily in the UK. I try to reflect the types of dogs for whom I have made coats and to reward those groups who kindly put a link from their site to mine or give publicity in their newsletters. Such charities are welcome to contact me for consideration and I am usually happy to donate a coat or coat voucher to any fundraising effort.
Please visit the donations page to see where past monies have gone.
With effect from June 2017, I may in the future donate up to 50% of the funds raised to early stage charities which help both dogs and humans, with Medical Detection Dogs under consideration for 2017. They are currently training some rescued dogs to work for them. Customer feedback on this proposal is welcome.
Toffee, my reluctant model in a slipover style coat
How you can help to raise funds for dog rescues
Even if you don't own a dog, or don't need a dog coat perhaps you could support me in one of the following ways?
Could you donate wool for a hand knitted dog coat to fundraise for a dog charity?
Donations of yarn in any quantity, even part made projects, are always very welcome and will boost the amount I am able to donate to charitites. Machine washable aran and chunky yarns, for use on 4.5mm to 6.0mm needles would be appreciated as I currently (Jan 21) have good stocks of double knit thickness. Part balls are often combined with existing stock to make a stripey design.
Royal Mail parcel charges can be expensive so it is often cheaper to use one of the economy couriers. Please ask if you would like details of a cheap national courier with drop off points in local convenience stores across the country. A strong carrier turned inside out can serve as a cheap posting bag. Donations of discontinued yarns or unmatched dye lots would all be gratefully received and business donors acknowledged on my contact page.
Where donated yarn is unsuitable for dog coats, (pastel coloured, too soft, too fluffy, too textured or for use on needles bigger than 7mm) I may try to sell it on e-bay and buy something more suitable. I sometimes exchange yarns with other local charity knitters otherwise I may take it to a high street charity shop where it will benefit another good cause. It may be helpful to discuss suitability before posting.
Buttons can also be expensive, and not readily available locally. Donations are very welcome, 1.5-2cm (5/8 to 7/8 inch) are the best sizes and sets of 4 or 6 matching ones most useful.
I collect used posting bags but with increasing internet purchases my family, neighbours and regular contributors are currently keeping me well stocked. If you would like to donate materials, you can find my postal address on the contact page. Please remember to include your details so that I can thank you personally.
Finally, I have a need for publicity and links from external sites are always helpful as I don't spend any of the money raised on advertising. Please tell your friends about my site, mention me in your group's newsletter or on your facebook page. If you would like any of the photos of dogs in coats etc, please contact me. Those who don't own a dog usually have a good laugh- that's fine as long as they tell their friends!
Left: in a poorly fitting ready made belly band coat to illustrate the style
Right: in an All in one style coat
Use and protection of your data.
This is a hobby, I work alone and never share your information with anyone. I do not have a mailing list and only store information you give me for the purpose of answering your correspondence or fulfilling any order. My computer and laptop are protected by separate paid for anti virus/malware etc subscriptions with auto update and I rely on my e-mail providers to give additional protections. My laptop is password protected.
Mails sent to any of my addresses will be stored online temporarily and may be copied into my computer for longer term storage. If you place any order with me, I will also keep paper records to enable me to comply with HMRC requirements and will endeavour to keep these secure. When payment is made by direct transfer I do not have access to your details. The host for this site (Wix) does put cookies on your browser which is beyond my control. By sending me an e-mail, you consent to the above data storage.