Monday, December 2, 2013

Doggie Sweater Pattern 120213

By M. J. Joachim
Ever get tired of having the same project lurking around in your yarn basket? It’s just waiting to be finished, but you have so many other projects to start. Plus the holidays have begun and you honestly have lost a bit of interest in that project you started quite some time ago. Or maybe you looked at that project and decided you wished you had planned to make something else with it instead.

It happens. When I saw the yarn in this project, all I could think was, “What a great way to practice my knitting skills.” Practice I did, and put it aside to work on things that didn’t need practice too. After making my first doggie sweater, I knew this piece was perfect for my second one. Not only that. It was a great way to stop making the knitting practice scarf that should have been finished months ago.

Step 1:  Knit a rectangle to fit around your dog like a tube. Cast off, so you have one loop remaining on your hook. Insert crochet hook (as close to same size as your knitting needles as possible). Join short ends together to make a seam, creating a tube. Do not finish off.

Step 2:  Open tube and single crochet approximately ¼ around end of tube. Chain a few chain stitches – think about the size of your dog’s arm here. This will be the armhole. Join directly to back part of sweater, leaving hole for arm. Single crochet along back of sweater, to placement of other armhole. Measure carefully, so armholes are opposite each other and match. Chain same amount of stitches and join to front of sweater, the same way you joined to back of sweater when you made the first armhole. Single crochet to seam and join to first sc in round.

Step 3:  Chain 1, single crochet in each sc around, and around each chain you made to create armholes.

Step 4:  Chain 3 (counts as 1st dc); dc in each stitch around, joining to top chain of first dc
Step 5:  Chain 1, (sc + chain 1 + sc) in same place; (sc + chain 1 + sc) in each stitch around; join with slip stitch to 1st sc
{This round makes the ruffle collar.}

Finish off. Weave in loose ends.

I used homespun yarn, size US 17 – 12.75 knitting needles and size K crochet hook. Because the yarn is a bit bulky, it’s a little difficult to see the detail in the pics. Sorry about that, but as you can see, Luna looks positively marvelous.

Wishing you all fun filled crochet projects and lots of happy stitches.

M. J.

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