First things first. I finished the little Christmas something, and then somebody got a bath. This pic was too cute not to share!
Because, you know, I can’t have a dirty stinky squirrel chasing dog wearing my handknits.
The surprise was for my sister, who, at Thanksgiving went on a rant about Louie and sweaters and Christmas. So I surprised her. Everybody was waiting around the tree for presents, and then I pulled the “Wait! I need coffee! Lou, come help me!” and I put it on him in the Kitchen, and sent him running out. She loved it, and then loved it even more when she knew I knit it just for him. Custom fit, even. I knit most of it back at home, and did the final knitting once I had fit him. I ended up riping out the yoke part about 3 times. I just had to have it right. He won’t move if it’s not comfortable.
It’s very basic, two main pieces are knit, and then seamed, leaving openings for the legs. I really liked working the mock cabling. My dad liked it too, he felt it and said, it feels nice, it’s like a cable, but not a cable. My dad knows his knits!
Pattern: Based on a Fiber Trends pattern, 211x, with huge mods in the numbers. Since Lou did not fit any single size exactly. I ended up shortening the belly piece after I had started to seam. I cut out a row, ripped some out, and then grafted the ribbing back on using the Kitchener stitch. I also took the collar and yoke part apart a couple of times. I had to make the belly piece longer than the back, so that it would fit the curve of his chest, and the back piece wouldn’t ride up on his neck. So basically the pattern was more of a guideline.
Yarn: I used under two skeins of Plymouth Galway, color 12. 100% Wool. I have alot left. The two skeins I used were differant dyelots, but are so close I can’t even tell in sunlight.
Needles: Addi Turbos, US 8, 5mm. The pattern called for 6’s, but I know Galway, and I like knitting it with 8’s. So I did.
This was a good knit, very entertaining. Not that I intend to make a career of knitting doggie sweaters. Once in a while will be fine. Other than this I’m working on some socks. In a few hours we’ll be going to my Aunts house for dinner. Last night we had Christmas Eve here, at my parents. I ate too much, but that’s what Christmas is for! So everybody out there, Merry Christmas, and a safe and Happy New Year!