Thursday, December 11, 2008

Free Knitted Dog Sweater Pattern

Keep your dog warm this winter with this knitted dog sweater. The dog sweater instructions are for sizes small to large. I knitted the small sweater and it fits my friend's miniature schnauzer. I would say that the small size will fit any dog in the small dog group. The large size would probably fit a medium sized dog like a beagle, a dachshund, or a cocker spaniel. I originally got this pattern from Michael's Craft's store but changed it a bit when I knitted it.

I didn't have any trouble with the dog sweater pattern and I'm somewhere between beginner and experienced as a knitter. The knitted sweater pattern has basic knitting including knit, purl, increase, decrease, and slip stitch. There are no complicated cable stitches or popcorn stitches but the neck is knitted with a circular needle.

I had never used a circular needle before and I had no trouble with it for this pattern. The picture shown here is the dog sweater that I knitted. It's being shown on a stuffed animal because I don't have a small dog but it gives you the idea of what the sweater looks like.

Knitted Dog Sweater Pattern

Yarn required: 6.5 oz. sports weight yarn. You can break this up into two different colors if you want a contrasting neck and sleeves.
Needles: Size 8 (5mm), Size 8 (5mm) circular needle/16"
Stitch Holder

Size: S (L) Chest size: 13 ¼" (25") Length: 9 ¼" (21 3/4")
Gauge: 18 sts. and 36 rows equals 4" in garter stitch
(The garter stitch is knitting every row.)
Abbreviations: dec-decrease, inc-increase, k-knit, p-purl, k2tog-knit 2 together, rnd-round, RS-right side
Ssk-slip,slip,knit (slip next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time, to right needle into fronts of these 2 sts and k them together.
M1 – make 1 stitch. (An increase worked by lifting the horizontal thread lying between the needles and placing it onto the left needle. Work this new stitch through the back loop.)

Back: Cast on 35 (51) sts. with the straight needles. Knit in the garter stitch, increasing 1 stitch at both ends of the row, every 6th (4th) row, 3 (14) times. There are now 41 (79) stitches on the needle. Continue knitting in the garter stitch for 5 ¾" (14 ¼").

Leg Openings: Place a marker at the end of the last row. This will mark the beginning of the leg openings. Decrease Row: K2, ssk, k to last 4 sts., k2 tog., k2. Repeat the decrease row every other row 3 more times – 33 (71) sts. Knit 10 rows. Increase Row: K2, M1, k to last 2 sts., M1, k2. Repeat the increase row every other row 3 more times – 41 (79) sts. Place a marker at each end of the last row to mark the end of the leg openings. Knit 4 rows. Work even in the garter stitch for 1 (5"). Place 41 (79) sts on a holder.

Front: Using straight needles, cast on 19 (33) sts. Knit in the garter stitch for 1 ¼ (6 ¼ "). Shape the leg openings as you did for the back. Place 19 (33)sts. on a holder.

Collar: Using the circular needle, knit across the Back stitches on the holder, then the Front stitches. – 60 (112)sts. Place a marker and join for working in the round. Size L only: *K2, k2tog, k3, k2tog; repeat from *, end with k4 – 88 sts. Both Sizes: Work even in rounds of K2, P2 until collar is 4 (7"). Bind off loosely following the ribbing pattern.

Sleeves: At each leg opening, with right side facing, pick up and knit – 28 sts. Knit in K2, P2 until the sleeve measures 2 ½ (3 ½") Bind off loosely following ribbing pattern.

Finishing: Sew the side seams on either side of the leg openings. Sew the sleeve seams and weave in the ends. Hope this knitted dog sweater keeps you pup warm all winter.

Happy Knitting!

Monday, December 1, 2008

How to Celebrate Christmas with Your Pets

Here are some terrific Christmas for Pets articles that I came across at Associated Content. The articles provide some really great stocking stuffer ideas for dogs and cats, and tips on how to keep your pet safe during the holidays. Take a look:

Including Pets in Christmas Activities by Thom Conroy – Thom gives some wonderful ideas to help include your pet in the holiday festivities. Don’t leave your pet out in the cold! Read how to include your dog or cat in the Christmas celebrations.
Read more…

Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Lizards by C. Jean Heida – Make sure you hang a Christmas stocking for your pet lizard, so Santa can fill it with lizard goodies. C. Jean gives some great ideas for stocking stuffers for lizards in her article. Take a look for some lizard gift ideas…

Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Guinea Pigs by C. Jean Heida – Another helpful article from C. Jean with Christmas stocking stuffer ideas for guinea pigs and their owners. It’s always fun to include a favorite pet in on the holiday spirit. Read more…

Christmas Treats for Dogs by Amy Brantley – Your dog enjoys Christmas treats as much as you do. Include your dog in the Christmas celebration with these dog treat ideas from Amy. Read more…

Tips for Keeping Your Cat off the Christmas Tree by Nicole Humphrey – Do you have a cat who is fascinated by the sparkling Christmas tree? Nicole has some practical ideas to keep your tree safe from a curious cat. Read how…

I hope the links to these articles help you and your pets enjoy the Christmas season. Your pets will thank-you for including them in the holidays with a big, sloppy kiss. Who could ask for anything more?