Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Christmas Dog Shrug pattern

I always prefer to work from someone else's patterns. I was running out of time, and this one was a great idea, but would have taken too long.

This was written specifically for Roxy, a 6-pound Yorkie mix. I used Red Heart Christmas yarn--red with gold.

I didn't write down everything exactly, but this is pretty close to what I did. (I guess you could call this an Elizabeth Zimmerman type pattern...even though I don't like her style).

Cast on 16 stitches and make 1.5 inches of K2, P2 ribbing.
Then: increase 1 stitch for the next 10 rows.
Garter stitch until you are 2.5 inches from the full length. (Roxy's version is 16-18 inches total).
Then decrease 1 stitch for the next 10 rows.
Then K2, P2 for 1.5 inches.

Sew up the ribbing + a couple of rows of garter stitches on each side. Put on dog, and see how long it lasts!

Adapt this to your dog/any yarn:
measure around the dog's lower front leg--this gives you the width of the bottom of the shrug

measure from the dog's lower leg, across back to similar place on other front leg--this gives you the total length


Jay Queue said...

The shrug is too cute! I think I will measure our two short-haired hounds and send the info (and maybe some yarn!?!) to you. :)

I picked up a doggie sweater book over the summer, but I have only read through it, no actual progress has been made, so the boys are freezey cold this week, poor things.

janna said...

I can't get over how cute that puppy is in its shrug! Great job!

Rachael said...

Totally adorable!
Thanks for sharing your sweet pattern.

bird's eye view said...

Could you email me the pattern for a medium size dog please? I don't have a dog to measure on but knit for rescues so would really appreciate the instructions for a medium dog, thank you!