Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Another Dog Sweater

Geez, it's been a while since I've been on here. Guess it's high time to post another pattern. This one was made for a friend's chihuahua who is a bit longer and more robust than Ollie. This one will accomodate a dog who is around 16" at the widest part of the chest and 14" from the nape of the neck to the base of the tail. There are lots of ribs so it would easily fit a dog who even a bit bigger than then. Happy knitting.

Kimberly :)


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)
CO 46st

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)

Turtleneck
Repeat rows 1 & 2 of ribbing until turtleneck reaches desired length, then BO.

Front of Sweater (Odd rows = RS)
CO 36st

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.

Finishing
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

Cable Sweater for Ollie

Okay, I'll be the first to admit it -- I'm still a bit wet behind the ears when it comes to knitting. I just took up the hobby in January of 2009 and still have a whoooooole lot to learn. Although, from what I can gather, it seems there's always something new to learn no matter how long you've been at it. Which is good because that will keep it from getting dull. But I'm getting off track. My latest accomplishment is (finally!) mastering a simple series of cables on a sweater. Woohoo!

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!



Cable Sweater for Ollie






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.




Length: 9”


Neck: 10” (stretched)


Chest: 14”




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)


BO


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! :)