Karoo KAL (5)

WEBS and LoveCrafts are thrilled to bring you the Karoo KAL! Click here to join!

Inspired by her rescue dog, Karoo, Hilary Swank set up a charity to bring children in care together with abandoned dogs, so that both could heal each other. This wonderful charity, Hilaroo, has helped countless children spend time and care for dogs in need of love, inspiring them to learn from each other. Debbie Bliss is a dog lover herself, and passionate advocate of charities, and was delighted to design this gorgeous cabled tank with Hilary! It is knitted flat and seamed in a merino wool and cashmere blend that is cosy and super soft. Buttoned at both sides, it has a turtle neck to keep you extra warm!

100% of sales from this pattern go to the Hilaroo Foundation.


  • October 26 — Registration opens
  • November 13 — KAL Kickoff!! Discussion of the pattern and overview of the design elements; exclusive view of the tutorial video.
  • December 4 — Let's talk about techniques and check in for knitters - how are you getting on? Is anyone knitting a dog sweater to match?
  • January 8 — Wrap up! Let's have a look at those gorgeous garments!

KAL sessions on Zoom will be at 3pm GMT (10am EST) and last an hour. You will receive the Zoom link 1-2 business days before the session.


Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran (55% Merino Wool/ 33% Acrylic/ 12% Cashmere; 50g/98yds)

Tank Top – 8 (9, 10, 12, 13, 14) balls shown in #009 Grey, #048 Burnt Orange, #066 Mustard, and #101 Ecru

Dog Coat – 3 (4) balls shown in #009 Grey, #048 Burnt Orange, #066 Mustard, and #101 Ecru

    US 7 (4.50mm) single points or long circular and DPNs (for Dog Coat only)
    US 8 (5.00mm) single points or long circular

Adjust needle size if necessary, to obtain correct gauge.

A Note From Debbie Bliss

Hi crafters, 

I am so excited to introduce you to the Debbie Bliss x Hilary Swank collaboration.

The collection came about from my lovely colleague and podcast host, Merion Willis, contacting keen-crafter Hilary about our gorgeous Debbie Bliss Luna yarn. During their chats they talked about Hilary's wonderful charity Hilaroo, which was inspired by her dog Karoo who she had found abandoned when shooting a film in South Africa.

One of the Hilaroo Foundation projects is running day camps in the LA-area where children and animals are matched in a programme that seeks to change the lives of both through schedules of therapy, responsibility training, and team-building activities.

I hope you love this collection as much as we do!
- Debbie Bliss

Karoo Pattern Information

    Tank Top – to fit 30–32 (34–36, 38–40, 42–44, 46–48, 50–52)" chest
    Dog Coat – Small (Medium)

Finished Measurements (Tank Top):
    Width Across Back – 16½ (19, 21, 23¼, 25¼, 27½)"
    Length to Back Neck – 18½ (19, 19¼, 19¾, 20, 20½)"
Finished Measurements (Dog Coat):
    Circumference (unstretched) 19 (20½)"
    Length15 (20½)"

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