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.
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.