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Pirate Dog Sweater

Trick or treating isn't just for kids. Make sure Fido looks the part this Halloween in the scary Pirate Dog Sweater! This festive dog sweater pattern is the perfect homemade Halloween costume for your K9 companion. This simple stockinette stitch sweater features a skull and cross bones motif for your festive pup. With sizing options from extra small to large, Yorkshire Terriers and Golden Retrievers alike will have the option to don this festive homemade Halloween costume.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm, 8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Materials:

  • Satin (100 g/3.5 oz;182 m/200 yds)
    • Main Color (MC) - Ebony (04040)
    • Contrast A - Snow (04005)
  • Size 5 mm (U.S. 8) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Size 4.5 mm (U.S. 7) circular knitting needle 36 ins [90 cm] long
  • Set of four size 4.5 mm (U.S. 7) double pointed knitting needles.



GAUGE

18 sts and 24 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in stocking st with larger needles.



SIZING:

  • XS = 2 Balls Main Color, 1 Ball Contrast Color
  • S = 2 Balls Main Color, 1 Ball Contrast Color
  • M = 3 Balls Main Color, 1 Ball Contrast Color
  • L  = 3 Balls Main Color, 1 Ball Contrast Color

 


MEASUREMENTS

To fit chest measurement
Extra Small 10" [25.5 cm]
Small 13" [33 cm]
Medium 16" [40.5 cm]
Large 24" [61 cm]

 

INSTRUCTIONS

The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ).
 

When working from chart, wind small balls of the colors to be used, one for each separate area of color on the chart. To change colors, twist the 2 colors around each other, where they meet, on WS to avoid a hole.


Neckband
With MC and pair of needles, cast on 39 (45-55-79) sts.
1st row:(RS). K1. *P1. K1. Rep from * to end of row.
2nd row:P1. *K1. P1. Rep from * to end of row.
Rep last 2 rows of (K1. P1) ribbing for 1 (1½-2-2½) ins [2.5 (4-5-6) cm], ending on a 2nd row and inc 3 sts evenly across last row. 42 (48-58-82) sts.


Body
Work 2 rows stocking st. Inc 1 st at each end of needle on each of next 3 (5-5-9) rows. 48 (58-68-100) sts. Purl 1 row. Inc 1 st each end of needle on next and following alt rows until there are 52 (64-78-118) sts, ending with RS facing for next row.

Shape Leg Openings and Place Chart:
1st row:K4 (5-6-10). Cast off next 4 (5-6-9) sts. K8 (12-14-27) (including st on needle after cast off).
Work Chart A (A-B-B) across next 20 (20-26-26) sts reading row from right to left. K8 (12-14-27). Cast off next 4 (5-6-9) sts. Knit to end of row.

Note: All Leg Sections are worked at the same time using a separate ball of yarn for each section (keeping continuity of chart throughout).

Beg with a purl row work 1 (1½-2-2½) ins [2.5 (4-5-6) cm] even from cast off sts (keeping continuity of chart), ending with RS facing for next row.
Next row:(joining row). K4 (5-6-10). Cast on 4 (5-6-9) sts. K36 (44-54-80) sts (including chart sts). Cast on 4 (5-6-9) sts. Knit to end of row. 52 (64-78-118) sts.

Cont even until work after neckband measures 4½ (5½-7-10) ins [11.5 (14-18-25.5) cm], ending with RS facing for next row and working with MC only when chart is complete. Place a marker at each end of last row.

Back Shaping:
Cast off 6 (7-10-12) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 40 (50-58-94) sts. Dec 1 st each end of needle on next and every following alt row 7 (8-8-14) times more. 24 (32-40-64) sts.

Cont even until work from markers measures 5½ (7-8½-10) ins [14 (18-21.5-25.5) cm], ending with RS facing for next row. Cast off 3 sts at beg of next 4 (4-6-10) rows. Leave rem 12 (20-22-34) sts on a spare needle.

Back Edging:
With RS facing, MC and circular needle, pick up and knit 31 (37-49-65) sts along body from marker to back. K12 (20-22-34) from spare needle, dec 3 (3-5-7) sts evenly across. Pick up and knit 31 (37-49-65) sts along opposite side of body to marker. 71 (91-115-157) sts.
Beg on a 2nd row, work 5 (5-7-7) rows in (K1. P1) ribbing. Cast off in ribbing. Sew Neckband and Body seam.

Leg Edging:
With first double pointed needle and MC, pick up and knit 6 (8-10-12) sts around leg opening. [With next double pointed needle pick up and knit 6 (8-10-12) sts] twice. 18 (24-30-36) sts. Join in rnd and placing a marker on first st, work 1½ (1½-2-2) ins [4 (4-5-5) cm] in (K1. P1) ribbing. Cast off in ribbing.

Chart A
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I really enjoyed making this for my friends little Jug, I decided to use pink as she is a girl and made the skull and cross bones in black so that it stands out. It keeps her nice and warm during the cold early spring mornings. The pattern was easy to follow and helped me to practise my skills of picking up stitches and instarsia.

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