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Sunday, April 30, 2006



Garter Stitch Dog Jacket by Annie Modesitt

Guest designer Annie Modesitt has contributed this cute garter stitch dog jacket pattern. Annie is working on a book called Men Who Knit (and The Dogs Who Love Them...). Keep your eyes open for it at your local yarn shop later this year, but in the meantime, you can get a sneak peek on Annie’s web site.

I don’t have a dog, so I made the second smallest size of the sweater. I thought I’d be able to try it on one of my cats for a photo, but they weren’t very cooperative. So the photo just shows the sweater flat. I’ve also included a drawing that Annie made to give you a rough idea what this looks like on a dog.

Thanks, Annie!

 

Size

Girth: 8.5 (11.75, 15, 18, 21.25, 24.5, 27.75, 31) inches

Measure the dog's chest around the widest point to determine the girth. If you're still not sure what size to make, Annie's provided a chart to help you select the right size for your dog. Scroll down to the bottom of the pattern to see it.

 

Materials

315 (315, 315, 475, 475 , 475, 630, 630) yards of chunky weight wool blend yarn. The sample sweater is made with Plymouth Encore Chunky.

Knitting needles:

Size 7 (4.5mm) circular needle in a length a bit longer than the girth for the size you are making or size to obtain gauge

One piece of 1/2 inch-wide Velcro, 7.75 (10.5, 13.5, 16.5, 19.5, 22.25, 25, 28) inches long

3.75mm (Size F-5 U.S) crochet hook (optional)

Darning needle for weaving in ends

 

Gauge

4 sts and 6 rows = 1" in garter stitch (knit every row)

 

Body

If desired, cast on and work the first 2 rows with a contrasting color, then work the body in a solid color or in any stripe pattern. I changed colors after every 2 rows of knitting and did not cut the yarn after each stripe because I hate weaving in so many ends.

Cast on 19 (25, 31, 37, 45, 51, 57, 63) sts.

Knit 2 rows.

Cont in st garter stitch, inc 3 sts at start of next 2 rows—25 (31, 37, 43, 51, 57, 63, 69) sts.

Inc 1 st at start of every row 10 (18, 24, 30, 36, 42, 50, 56) times—35 (49, 61, 73, 87, 99, 113, 125) sts.

If necessary, work even until piece measures 4.5 (6.25, 8, 9.5, 11.25, 13, 14.75, 16.5) inches from cast on edge. End with a WS row.

 

Armhole Shaping

Bind off 8 (10, 13, 16, 20, 23, 25, 28) sts from start of next 2 rows, then bind off 1 st at start of next 2 (4, 4, 4, 6, 6, 8, 8) rows—17 (25, 31, 37, 41, 47, 55, 61) sts remain.

Work even with no shaping for 0 (0.25, 0.5, 1, 1.125, 1.625, 1.375, 1.875) inches.

Inc 1 st at start of next 2 (4, 4, 4, 6, 6, 8, 8) rows, then inc 4 (5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14) at start of next 2 rows—27 (39, 49, 57, 67, 77, 89, 97) sts.

 

Shoulder Shaping

BO 1 st at start of next 4 (8, 10, 10, 12, 14, 18, 18) rows, then BO 2 (2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5) sts at start of next 2 rows, then BO 1 (2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5) sts at start of next 2 rows—17 (23, 29, 35, 41, 47, 53, 59) sts rem.

 

Collar

If desired, work the collar in a contrasting color.

Inc 1 st each edge every row 5 times, then inc 1 st at start of every row 6 (6, 6, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10) times. Bind off all sts.

 

Finishing

If desired, with a contrasting color, work row of single crochet around entire edge of garment, working 3 sc stitches into each corner. Weave in ends.

Cut the Velcro into 2 pieces. One piece should fit on the edge between the armhole and the collar, and the other piece will go on the belly. Fit the sweater to your dog to determining the placement of the Velcro when the jacket is closed.  Hand or machine sew the Velcro to the sweater body.

Posted by Donna at 6:05 AM
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