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

3 comments:

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.
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