How could anyone resist those mournful eyes and adorable long ears!? This is not my own design but you can find this crochet bassett hound pattern here. I have no problem paying someone else for an excellent and adorable pattern, which this one certainly is!
After designing my own simple patterns, I realize the work that goes into a pattern like Boris (my own name for him). I love the details of the eyebrows and foot pads. You can't see it in the picture, but he has a red collar on with the dog tag suspended from it. I did improvise a bit on the tag, making it a double thickness with a circle of plastic canvas inside to give it a little more rigidity. And I embroidered a B. for his initial.
If you are intimidated by patterns with such details, let me encourage you to give it a try. Just follow the instructions, step by step, and you should be able to recreate almost any project. If the pattern involves complex stitches, then go find a nice tutorial on the internet and let it teach you what you need to know. But most of all, have patience, and don't be discouraged if you have to unravel and redo until you get it right. It is so worth it!
So if you love dogs, or know a dog lover that would appreciate their own Boris, this crochet bassett hound may be just what you're looking for. If you would like to buy Boris already stitched up, you can find him here.