Shelle Hendrix Cain
Crocheted sweater for your best friend! Easy to make and easy for your dog to wear. No leg holes! Just slip it over your fur-baby's head and button the tummy strap. Back part of sweater stays out of the way of the business end of the dog, if you know what I mean! ;)
Any worsted weight yarn, about 8 oz. main color and 2 oz. contrasting color, size J or K crochet hook, and one large (one inch) button.
Fits large dogs and can be adjusted for length by adding rows.
3 dc = 1"
Abbreviations: beg=beginning ch=chain dc=double crochet dec=decrease ea=each hk=hook lp(s)=loop(s) rep=repeat sc=single crochet sl st=slip stitch tog=together
Row 1: Ch 23, sc in 2nd ch from hk and in ea ch across, ch 1, turn. (22 sc made)
Rows 2 - 50: Sc in ea sc in back lps only, ch 1, turn. At end of last row, do not fasten off. Ch 1, turn. Leaving hk in last lp worked, match last row worked to beg row, and join neckband tog with sl st as follows: Insert hk into back lp of 1st sc and 1st free lp of beg ch, pull up lp, and pull through both lps on hk (sl st made). Rep across row to close neckband seam. Do not fasten off. Ch 2.
Row 1: Working in ends of sc rows, work 48 dc evenly around neckband, leaving remaining sc rows un-worked, ch 2, turn.
Rows 2 - 22: Dc in ea dc, ch 2, turn. (Add rows here, if needed for length)
Next row: Dec over first 2 dc, dc in ea dc to last 2 dc, dec over last 2 dc, ch 2, turn.
Next row: Dc in ea dc, ch 2, turn.
Rep last two rows twice, fasten off.
Row 1: Lay sweater on flat surface with open side up. Attach yarn on side nearest you in end of 15th dc row down from neckband . Working in ends of dc rows, ch 2, work 13 dc evenly across side edge, ch 2, turn.
Rows 2 - 20: Dc in ea dc, ch 2, turn.
Next row: Dc in ea of first 5 dc, ch 1, sk next dc, dc in ea of last 5 dc, ch 2, turn. (1st buttonhole made)
Next row: Dc in ea dc and in ch-1-sp, ch 2, turn.
Next 2 rows: Dc in ea dc, ch 2, turn.
Next row: Dc in ea of first 5 dc, ch 1, sk next dc, dc in ea of last 5 dc, ch 2, turn. (2nd buttonhole made)
Last row: Dc in ea dc and in ch-1-sp. Fasten off.
Work one row trim with suede around entire sweater, including the un-worked sts on neckband. Fasten off.
Sew button to center of back, at approx. 15th dc row down from neckband. Can be sewn with needle and thread, or yarn needle and yarn.
Note: Try sweater on your dog as you go, adding sts and/or rows where needed.
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