Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
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!

Some Specs:

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!

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19 Responses to Merry Christmas!

  1. jackie says:

    Love Louie’s sweater. And how adorable is he in the bath??

    Merry Christmas, Julia!

  2. Arleta says:

    How cute! Great surprise for your sister. That’s so nice. Love the tree, too! Sounds like a great Holiday was had!!

  3. Isobel says:

    Louie is adorable in his new winter coat – love the colour. We had Shih Tzu baths on the 23rd as we were taking pixs of everyone yesterday. Today one looks sweet and adorable (indoor Shih Tzu), the other is a rag bag (outdoor Shih Tzu), and she’s the one whose white and black.
    Happy hols

  4. Chris says:

    Oh, that is just too cute!! Happy Christmas to all of you!

  5. abe-hap says:

    Louie is a Star in that jumper 🙂

  6. Bliss says:

    Louie looks dapper enough in his new sweater to model. However the first shot just cracks me up.

  7. stacey says:

    how adorable! he looks great in mock cable! 🙂

  8. Rita says:

    Louie looks FABULOUS!! The photo of the tree reminded me of the too few Christmas Eves with your family. Even though I don’t knit, I wrote your Mom that I love your blog. Sophia does knit however, and you two are similar. Especially on having startitis, and toe up for socks.

    Glad to hear you had a Merry Christmas. We were all missing your Great Aunt Gene, but had a good one too.. Kisses!!

  9. Carrie says:

    You have a good holiday also. I loved the dog sweater. It’s by far the prettiest one I have seen, and I’ll bet your sister was thrilled! No doggie likes to be cold….

  10. Kim P says:

    Lou looks so handsome in his doggy sweater. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! My wish for 2007? To score some Vesper sock yarn before it sells out.

  11. Cheryl says:

    I can’t believe how cute that little dog is! And his little sweater looks so good on him! What a nice surprise for your sister.

  12. aRiaNe says:

    awwwwww…how too cute:o) Now I’m gonna make one:O)

  13. Becky says:

    Cute dog – beautiful dog sweater – amazing Christmas tree!!

  14. Elinor says:

    HAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! Thanks for the laugh. That’s a great pic. Great sweater too. But you can’t beat theh wet dog pic!

  15. awww, he is adorible! Lovely sweater.

  16. jenn says:

    Sweetheart, that is an adorable sweater for an freaking adorable dog. The world keeps telling me I need a puppy and who am I to argue?

  17. may says:

    hhaha that’s SOOO adorable!

  18. Nora says:

    Sooo cute!! I’ve used that stitch pattern for some alpaca socks – love it!