My goal, in creating this pattern, was to design a customizable sweater that can be knit at any gauge to fit any dog, using Izzy Knit's exclusive RUFF+TUMBLE DK or another DK weight yarn.
The sweater, itself, is an easy knit. The stitches are simple: K, P, M1L, M1R, k2tog, SSK, K1f&b and German Short Rows What might be intimidating is the math. But trust me when I say, you can do it! Armed with a calculator and the step-by-step Recipe Worksheet included with the pattern, you'll have all the tools necessary to successfully knit a customized sweater for your furry friend.
You'll learn the most about customization if you do the math yourself; however, we also provide links to the Recipe Worksheet online, either as an Excel file or Google Sheet. These spreadsheets will do all the math for you!
Available as a downloadable PDF.
Knit in RUFF+TUMBLE DK. Shown in Silver Grey (MC) and Navy (CC).
Skill Level: Intermdiate.Techniques include knitting in the round and German short rows. Pattern may seem daunting at first, because of the math, but knitters with modest experience who are adventurous and willing to stretch themselves will do well. In the words of one test knitter,“I’ve only been knitting scarves and triangle shawls, nothing with much shaping or directions to follow. Still, I thought of myself as an intermediate knitter until I saw your directions! However, by taking the project one step at a time, it was a piece of cake!”
Size:Customized to your dog’s measurements. Not recommended for deep-chested breeds.
Needles:US sizes 4 & 6 [3.5 & 4.0mm] circular needle, 40" [100cm] long or size to achieve desired fabric.
Our sample sweater was knit using 1 circular cable with interchangeable tips and the magic loop method for small circumference knitting. It can also be worked on a combination of straight needles and dpns.
(1) bor marker + (4) st markers, preferably all in different colors
St holder or scrap yarn
Gauge:Gauge will be your gauge, as determined by the 2 gauge swatches you MUST knit (see page 2 for details).