Turning my dog, Webby, into a fashion plate has become a new favorite hobby. For one thing, knitting for my little 18 lb dog provides the gratification of completing a project in just hours (or at most, a day or two), as opposed to many days (or weeks/months/years even!) for larger projects such as blankets and human clothes.
Here, she is sporting the first sweater I ever made for her. I started with Bernat Baby Coordinates in Soft Mauve for the main body piece, and Patons Brilliant in Sparkling Rose for the collar, the under piece and the flower accents.
Many of the dog sweater patterns I looked at online really didn’t suit her proportions. As you can see in the pictures, she has a very long body, but her rib cage and belly are very thin in comparison. I knit the back piece without too much of a problem in stockinette stitch with a seed stitch border. The under piece involved a few attempts and a lot of ripping out as I tried to get a piece narrow enough to fit her, but finally I got something in a knit 1 purl 2 rib that worked. Her collar was also knit in k1p1 ribbing, and the flower details were knit in garter stitch. Faithfully digging around in my big of spare buttons revealed a number of buttons that were just perfect for the flower centers!
The most important feature of this sweater are the hidden snaps along the left side. Just about every dog sweater I found online were knit all in one connected piece, but I hated the idea of trying to fit a sweater on my dog by forcing her incredibly long legs through fixed holes. After all, dogs don’t have the ball and socket joints that humans do to put on clothes easily. These snaps make it a breeze to put her sweater on and off~~ and I avoided the hassle of making buttonholes, which–for some reason–I dislike doing more than sewing on snaps.
Voila! My dog has become a fashion plate who draws lots of oohs and aahs on her daily walks. Work it girl!