Before I launch into my finished object report, please visit the fur-girls’ blog. They’re stumping for a new friend who is currently second place in a contest…
My weekend was every bit as quiet as I’d planned, in no small part because I’d forgotten I had TWO obligations Sunday afternoon/evening. Hem. I did get the Christmas cards ordered, but no peeking!
She’s a chihuahua, but she’s actually a smidge bigger than Gretchen Greer (Gg). Abby is big for her breed standard, and Gg is rather small for hers. They’re shaped very differently though, so Gretch was a very reluctant model.
Pattern: Bulky Knit Turtleneck Sweater from Stylish Knits for Dogs. The subtitle says 36 Projects to Knit in a Weekend and if this project is any reflection of the rest of the content, knit in an afternoon is more accurate.
For Abby’s measurements, I chose the medium size, but then knitted on slightly smaller needles. It’s a VERY quick, easy knit.
The only modifications I did was to eliminate half the length in the turtleneck – Abby doesn’t have much of a neck, and just in case she needs to wear a leash with this, it’ll be easier to negotiate the “mock turtleneck” I used – and to knit one, SSK then knit to the last three stitches of the row, K2tog, knit one rather than the K2tog at the beginning and end of each knit row as the pattern stated on the chest piece. It gave it that definition you see on Gg’s chest.
Yarn: Bernat Softee Chunky Twists, in Tawny Rose. Thank you Bernat. I love a pretty colorway name!
Verdict: It’s very bulky, but Abby has other sweaters, and this one will keep her warm! Gretchen has asked that I not knit her one from this pattern, because it’s a little… spartan for her tastes. However, if ever I need to crank out another dog sweater in no time at all, I’ll reach for this pattern again. (Did I mention that I was supposed to have knitted Abby’s sweater in EARLY 2010?)
So, that’s about it from my low-keyed weekend. What did you do?