Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The Neekie Sweater
Yarn: Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller Bamboo Ewe (made by Red Heart)
Weight: 4 - Medium Worsted
Needle Size: 9
Gauge: 4st = 1"
Knit in two pieces from the bottom up and then stitched together.
C6F = Slip 3 stitches to cable needle and hold in front of work, knit next 3 stitches, then knit stitches from cable needle
Ribbing (Odd rows = RS)
Rows 1,3,5,7: K2, P2*, K2
Rows 2,4,6,8: P2, K2*, P2
Body (Even rows = RS)
Rows 9,11,13,15: K2, P2, K2, P2, K6, P2, K2, P2, K6, P2, K2, P2, K6, P2, K2, P2, K2
Rows 14 & 10: P2, K2, P2, K2, P6, K2, P2, K2, P6, K2, P2, K2, P6, K2, P2, K2, P2
Row 12: K2, P2, K2, P2, C6F, P2, K2, P2, K6, P3, K2, P2, C6F, P2, K2, P2, K2
Row 16: K2, P2, K2, P2, C6F, P2, K2, P2, C6F, P3, K2, P2, C6F, P2, K2, P2, K2
Repeat rows 9-16 until body of the sweater reaches desired length (Neekie's was 48 rows long not counting the bottom rimming and the turtleneck)
Repeat rows 1 & 2 of ribbing until turtleneck reaches desired length, then BO.
Front of Sweater (Odd rows = RS)
Rows 1: K2, P2*, K2
Rows 2: P2, K2*, P2
How many times you repeat these two rows depends on whether the sweater is for a boy or a girl and how long your dogs body is. For a boy, make sure there's about 1/2" of space between his winky and the bottom of the sweater so he doesn't pee on it. From there, knit until you get to the widest part of his chest. At that point, begin decreasing by K2TOG at the beginning and end of all odd numbered rows. Continue decrease until there are approximately 22 stitches left on the needle. Knit until the front piece is long enough to match up with the back piece. BO.
Match up both pieces starting at the neck. Stitch together, leaving openings for the front legs and weave in all loose ends.
NOTE: When adjusting the number of stitches to make a smaller or larger sweater be careful to make sure you have the same number of ribs on the outer sides of the smaller cables. Also, be sure that all rows that start with a knit stitch, end with a knit stitch and all rows that start with a purl stitch, end with a purl stitch.
Also, if your dog is an escape artist and is good at getting out of his sweaters, you can switch to a smaller needle for the turtleneck.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I also put said cable series into a pattern for a sweater I made for my chihuahua, Oliver. I also made one for my other chi, Anna, but I'll get to that later. I wanted to share my pattern with other knitters -- especially novices who want to move on to something more intricate than scarves and rectangles, but nothing too overwhelming. So here it is. Hope you enjoy!
Okay, if I can write a pattern and finish it in one day, ANYONE can! I’m not sure if this is actually “written” correctly, but I think it's understandable nonetheless.
This sweater was made for my Chihuahua, Ollie (isn’t he gorgeous?), who weighs 7.3 pounds and the entire project didn’t even use up half a skein. Also, I knitted both pieces from the bottom up on straight needles and then stitched them together.
Neck: 10” (stretched)
Needle size: 9 / 5.5 mm
Back: CO 40 sts
Rows 1-7: K2, P2 across rows to make 1” ribbing.
Rows 8 & 12 (RS): K4, P4, K4, P4, K8, P4, K4, P4, K4
Rows 9, 11, 13 & 15 (WS): K8, P4, K4, P8, K4, P4, K8
Rows 10: K4, P4, Sl next 2 sts to cn, hold in front of work; K next 2 sts; K2 sts from cn, P4, Sl next 2 sts to cn, hold in front of work; K next 2 sts; K2 sts from cn, K4, P4, Sl next 2 sts to cn, hold in front of work; K next 2 sts; K2 sts from cn, P4, K4
Row 14: K4, P4, Sl next 2 sts to cn, hold in front of work; K next 2 sts; K2 sts from cn, P4, Sl next 4 sts to cn, hold in front of work; K next 4 sts; K4 sts from cn, P4, Sl next 2 sts to cn, hold in front of work; K next 2 sts; K2 sts from cn, P4, K4
Rep Rows 8-15 until sweater is desired length.
K2, P2 for 1” for mock turtleneck or 2” for regular turtleneck.
BO in K2, P2
Front (chest): CO 24 sts
K2, P2 for first 6 or 7 rows to make about 1” of ribbing.
Switch to stockinette for another 1-1.5”, knitting the first and last two sts of each row. If your dog is female, you can make this part longer to cover more of her belly.
K2tog after the first two K sts and before the last two K sts of every other row until you are left with 3 sts. (Note: I did this on the RS, but I’m not sure if it makes a difference)
Finishing: Sew ends of turtleneck together to form neck. Fit triangle tip of front piece against bottom of turtleneck seam. Sew sides of front and back pieces together, leaving openings for legs.
I had alot of fun with this. I hope someone will try it out and enjoy it as much as I did. Please let me know if you do! And I’d love to see a picture! :)