Last week I asked whether I should knit my spoilt pooch a coat and the response was an overwhelming “Yes”. So I got on with it and for the time being, I left the work-intensive angel wings intarsia for another time and stuck with safe stripes instead. So what do you think? Of the coat of course! I already know the dog is cute.
My husband thinks that she looks like a colourful armadillo. And the pooch herself doesn’t much care for the extra layer of wool on her back. I’m hoping that when it is truly windy and cold, she’ll be happy for the insulation.
It took me a while to come up with something I was happy with. There are many designs out there – v-necks, polo necks, leggings, lace, spots, shark fins and the works. I did want something plain-ish with as few fussy buttons or fastenings as possible. My dog doesn’t sit still long enough to fuss around with buttons too much. And whilst charging around, the buttons are likely to get pulled off so I wanted a pull on, pull of design but nothing round the legs as she wouldn’t walk with leggings on.
If you’re interested in the pattern, here it is:
You will need standard DK in two colours. I chose a self-striping orange/yellow/green which I have been in love with for a while, and was just waiting for the right project and a bottle green to really make the stripes “pop” and 3.5mm and 4mm knitting needles.
Tension is 22 stitches to 29 rows – 10 cms on 4mm.
It’s important to measure your dog, obviously, but I’ve got a medium sized pooch and this fits her well. If you know your tension, you can increase/decrease the size as required.
Using 3.5mm needles cast on 70 stitches and knit in seed stitch for 6 rows.
Using 4mm needles and in stockinette, knit two rows of each colour and at the same time increase one stitch each end of every alternate row twice. You don’t need to cut the yarn for each colour change, you can carry it on the side but make sure you don’t pull it too tight.
Carry on in pattern until the fabric covers your dog’s back – about 50 cms in the case of my pooch. End with a RS row.
Next WS row – continue in pattern for 37 stitches. Put the rest of the stitches on a holder. Continuing in pattern, decrease 1 stitch at neck edge of next 3 rows, then decrease 1 stitch at neck edge every alternate row four times, then decrease 1 stitch at neck edge on the fourth row. 29 stitches.
Continue in pattern for the next eight rows then whilst knitting in pattern, increase 1 stitch at neck edge on the fourth row, increase 1 stitch at neck edge every alternate row four times, increase one stitch at neck edge for the next 3 rows.
Graft with live stitches from holder to form the neckhole. With 3.5mm circular needles pick up and knit six rows of seed stitch to stop the material from curling – but this is not necessary. Similarly using 3.5mm needles, pick up and knit six rows of seed stitch around the edge of the coat.
For the strap – using 3.5mm needles cast on 12 stitches and knit in seed stitch until it is long enough to hold the edges of the coat snug on your dog – for mine it was around 15 cms.
If you use this pattern, please send me a photo of the finished item!