Every Everyday?

I was sitting here, trying to ignore the Knight and Neighbor Guy who are in the office today, when I realized I still owed you a finished object report.  Not bad… the object isn’t a week off the needles yet, right?


I'm beautiful and so is my new sweater

Project:  Gretchen’s Everyday Turtleneck


How I love this intense, beautiful girl!

Pattern:  The Everyday Turtleneck (duh?) from Knitting for Dogs.   I did several modifications, so I’m going to list them, rather than sticking with a paragraph, where they’ll all run together.

  • This was my first project with steeks.  I was DELIGHTED to start small, with the leg holes being the steeks.  They were far too big though, so once I got my model to quit flying around the house in her new frock, I single crocheted THREE rounds to get a size that’s good for my girl.  There’s no way I could have picked up and knitted sleeves according to the directions; I would have had to pick up about a third more stitches and then decrease, and the sleeves would have been too big at the shoulder and sloppy.  Not good for a little, active girl.
  • As several other Ravelers noted, I saw no reason to knit this flat and then seam, right up the chest.  So, I knitted it in the round.
  • Again, read those notes other Ravelers write!  Likewise, I knew my bouncy dog wouldn’t want a “flowy” sweater.  I didn’t like the look of the ribbed edge on the back, so I opted for an i-cord bind-off.  It was tedious, but it snugs the bottom edge right up to her belly, which is just what we wanted.
  • NOTE:  I did a regular bind-off and then tried the crab stitch.  It wasn’t “strong” enough to keep the miles of stockinette from rolling, just so you know.
  • I knitted a size small and then knitted to 10 inches before I bound off, because as a little girl-dog, Gretchen needs warmth, not a bare belly.

I orginally rated this pattern with two stars, because of all the changes I had to make, but Gretchen REALLY loves this sweater and is quite comfortable in it, so evidently, the basic recipe was a great start.


Do note that the girl is guarding *HER* project!

Yarn: Plymouth Encore Colorspun, colorway #7733.  (I know.  Isn’t THAT helpful!?)  I also wasn’t crazy about the yarn, but see above.  Gretchen loves the sweater, loves wearing it, the yarn is easy-care, so it’s a great fit for this project.  That it doesn’t feel like buttah sliding through my fingers while I knit isn’t important here.


Note the button hole at her neck so I can use it when she goes to work, with the leash

Needles:  #8 Bryspun dpns.  After this project, I gave in and bought #8, 16 inch circs. 

Hook:  Boye G.


Verdict:   As much as she likes it, I suppose if ever it wears out, I’ll have to make another.   I still want to make her a stranded sweater, so I’ll be looking for patterns with colorwork AND a turleneck.

So… can anyone tell me if dogs really are colorblind?  I’m wondering, because Gretchen seems to “see” PANK and assumes (generally, correctly) that anything I’m knitting with PANK yarn must be hers.   She did it with her dress, and again (as you can see in the yarn photo) with this project, long before I  tried it on her the first time.

28 comments on “Every Everyday?

  1. Sue says:

    It looks really good on her. I always insist that my dog sweaters have full coverage for the chest. I hate the ones with just a belly band. What are they protecting?

    There are supposed to be certain colors that dogs see better than others, yellow, orange and purple among them. They others they see a bit off, much as a color blind person.

  2. gaylen says:

    She is freakin’ adorable! Love the sweater – I so wish my dogs wore clothes. I can’t wait to see what you cook up in colorwork. I say if she loves it as much as she seems to you might want to make another up real quick so you have a back up for washday – or raining really hard days. g

  3. StarSpry says:

    This sweater is SO cute! Gretchen looks super adorable in it 😀

  4. nichole says:

    OMG – LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! It looks FABULOUS on the little one and its such a perfect fit! Its gorgeous!

    OMG- you did steeks??!! You are my hero!

  5. Steeks still make me feel faint….and that is just reading about other’s steeks! Grrrl is lovely in her everyday pnak, of course.

  6. Darcy says:

    Wow you are amazing I dont know if I will ever be brave enough to do steeks she knows her mom loves her and the pank is awesome you can tell she loves her sweater:)I love the pictures.Hugs Darcy

  7. Barbara S. says:

    Personally I really love the way I-cord edging looks, and in this case it looks wonderful!

  8. p3knitter says:

    LOVE that turtleneck!!! I think that is the coolest dog sweater I have ever seen!

  9. Marjie says:

    I second what Sue said about dogs seeing colors. Something about not having all the rods and cones. Blah, blah, blah…I may teach Science to my boys, but I don’t have to memorize it…there’s too much stuffed in my brain anyway.

    The sweater is cute on Gretchen, and a tiny short haired dog like her needs a warm sweater. My boys were friends with a Jack Russell named Bridget until she moved. She was very tiny, too, and she knew what time it was, and when they’d be walking past, and pester her Mama to let her out. She needed a sweater in winter time, too.

  10. Blond Duck says:

    I’ve seen you around for awhile and wanted to say hi!

  11. Marjie says:

    And Gretchen always looks worried. Tell her Thor says “Lighten up! You’re too cute to be so concerned!”

  12. Anita says:

    Cute, cute, cute! Obviously Lil Gretchie can tell what Pank is. 🙂

  13. Natalie says:

    Gretchen is adorable – with or without a sweater!

  14. Bridget says:

    What a great sweater for Gretchen – it matches her personality!

  15. yvonne says:

    The sweater looks great on her. How brave of you to try steeks. I love the way you did the chest. I think sweaters are often designed to accommodate the ‘boys’ so they don’t get it wet. You know how they are…..
    Are dogs colorblind? We used to have this ‘discussion’ when training for for competition obedience. We always got into this thing about how to make your arm most visible for signal exercises. Sunny and Jackson clearly see the difference in green and orange. Jackson’s H2O discs are orange, Sunny’s are green. If you throw an orange one Sunny will not get it unless you specifically send her for it.

  16. Carol says:

    How cute! She looks adorable in her beautiful sweater. I just love the color. She is a fashionista ♥

  17. Walden says:

    Not sure about the colors. Gretchen looks so adorable in her sweater! Such a little lady.

  18. Mr Puffy says:

    I love it!!!! Gretchen looks so chic in her new sweater – fantastic mods – it fits her perfectly.

    *pink* is so her color 🙂

  19. Krystle says:

    How freaking great is that sweater! It adds to miss Gretchen’s beauty, and she wears it very well! I bought patterns to make something for charlie, but i need to get yarn, and who knows when I will actually make the time to do it!

  20. Bubblesknits says:

    Seriously…can she get any cuter?!? Give that sweet girl a kiss on the nose for me. Such a cute sweater on her. And I’m with everyone else…you did steeks? You ROCK!

  21. Sandy says:

    Love that turtleneck! Such a darling doggie.

    Maybe my boxer needs one….I wonder if she’ll take to clothing? She would be so cute! Hmmmm……

  22. Tiffany says:

    Gretchen looks adorable in her new sweater. I wish I could knit, crochet, or even sew. I had a sewing machine since the spring and it is still in the box it came in. :Sigh:

  23. melly~ says:

    what a little doll baby. an the sweater is cute too!
    have you checked out the book doggie knits yet? the piccolo is a turtleneck, but there’s no colorwork. i do love the pattern though. i have boy dogs and boy dog swaters need to be a little. . . um. . .different than girl sweaters. to accomidate their. . .um. . .bits?
    grizzly’s sweater is coming along nicely. perhaps i should update with a photo? 🙂

    i love hearing you talk about your girls.
    hanks for sharing, chan.

  24. km says:

    That top photo is my favorite. If she knows her PANK, then she’s like my littles who have picked their color and always want mom knitting for them.

  25. Miss Me says:

    very sweet sweater. interesting question about dogs and colour blindness. if they are truly colour blind maybe they see different shades of grey and are able to distinguish between them? i know that humans that are colour blind can do that…

  26. Dianne says:

    She is so very precious in her new sweater! Of course you would need to make changes to the pattern – nothing off-the-rack for this sweet girl!

  27. She is so adorable. And the sweater just pushes her cuteness over the top!! I just want to snuggle her like crazy!!!!

  28. Gretchen Chan (MeiMing Design) says:

    I just found your blog while searching for the book Everyday Knits. I clicked on this result because my last name is Chan, and my first name is Gretchen. Very interesting coincidence. I had neighbors in grade school who also had a dog named Gretchen.

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