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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Faux leather wrap bracelet on: January 14, 2007 03:26:24 PM
of course!  i used elastic cord for the loop.  i think i scavanged it off an old shirt maybe... but you can buy it in any fabric store.  it would be in with the ribbon and trim.

i'd love to see the ones you all have made!

22  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Spoilt Rotten! on: January 14, 2007 03:22:21 PM
Thanks for all your nice comments.  Ben and I are very excited that winter's finally here... it means a new wardrobe for my little guy and maybe some new patterns to post.

23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Spoilt Rotten! on: December 07, 2006 03:59:15 PM
I'm glad you all like it! 

When I first started looking for sweater patterns on the net I found it really hard to find a good 'free' pattern. 

I hope this one works out for you.

Sarahpanda, you're right!  Angel looks a lot like Ben.  Basically the differences between Bichons and Maltese are that Bichons are larger and they have curly or frizzy hair.  Very cute!
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Funky, Mod, creamsicley circles + star earrings on: December 03, 2006 09:27:11 PM
Fantastic!  Love the circles.  Great job!
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Dog Sweater Pattern : Spoilt Rotten! on: December 03, 2006 01:25:51 PM
I've had Benjamin for just three years and can you believe it, he's got a bigger wardrobe than I do!  I guess that's what you get with four knitters in the family.  He's got something to wear for every occasion.

Here he is modelling his favourite sweater.  I've knitted a little something extra into the body.   Tongue





The sweater pattern is only in 'Benjamin' size but you could adjust it to fit your own furry little friend.  There is a harness hole in the back so you can attach your leash directly and a wide neck for comfort and ease of dressing.  I started the design centered and four rows after the leash hole.  If you're knot a fan of fair isle knitting, you can always embroider the design into the finished sweater.





And the pattern...

Benjamins Favourite Sweater           Design by Lisa Mortimer

SIZE:  S  Fits dogs weighing 7-16 lbs
GUAGE:  10 sts/16 rows = 2 in SS
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS:  Neck: 14  Chest: 18
MATERIALS:
Sport or worsted weight yarn
5mm needles (or size to obtain gauge)
4mm circular or dp needles for ribbing

DIRECTIONS:

NECK
CO 60 sts with CC (with 5mm for loose ribbing or 4mm for tighter ribbing)
Work K1 P1 ribbing for 2 ending with WS

BODY SHAPING
Break CC
Row 1   With MC, K1 M1, K to last 2 sts, M1 K1
Row 2   Purl

Repeat these two rows 9 times (80 sts)
Next row   Knit
Next row    Purl

SHAPE LEG OPENINGS
Row 1   K8, place 8 sts on holder, attach new yarn and K23, BO2 (for leash hole), K23, place 8 sts on holder, attach new yarn K8
Row 2     Purl three sections separately, CO2 sts at leash hole in middle section (8-48-8 sts)
Row 3-12 Continue in SS in each section separately for 10 rows ending with WS.  
Row 13   Using same yarn to rejoin three sections, K8, CO8, K48, CO8, K8
Row 14-18 Cont in SS (5 rows) (80 sts)

SHAPE CHEST
Row 19   K8, sl1 K1 psso, K4, K2tog, K48, sl1 K1 psso, K4, K2tog, K8 (76sts)
Row 20    (and all even rows)  purl
Row 21   K8, sl1 K1 psso, K2, K2tog, K48, sl1 K1 psso, K2, K2tog, K8
Row 23   K8, sl1 K1 psso, K2tog, K48, sl1 K1 psso, K2tog, K8
Row 25   K8, K2tog, K48, K2tog, K8 (66sts)
Row 27   K1, sl1 K1 psso, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1
Row 29   BO 8 sts K to end
Row 30   BO 8 sts purlwise, P to end (48 sts)

SHAPE BACK
Row 1   K1, sl1 K1 psso K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1
Row 2   purl
Repeat these two rows until 38 sts remain

Continue even in SS for 10 rows (or to desired length), ending with a WS

RIBBED EDGE
With CC, pick up & knit 23, 38 & 23 sts along belly edges & back of sweater
Continue in K1 P1 ribbing for three rows, ending with a WS
BO loosely

LEGS
With dp needles and CC, pick up and knit 26 sts around each leg opening
Continue in K1 P1 ribbing until leg is desired length.  BO loosely

FINISHING
Sew chest seam, reversing seam for collar if desired.



26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Faux leather wrap bracelet on: December 02, 2006 10:08:01 PM
I saw a simple wrap bracelet today with a price tag of $55!  I loved the look but wasn't prepared to pay that much for it.  Like my fellow craftsters I said to myself, "I can make that!"... and I did.  It took me about 15 minutes to put it all together and I was able to scrounge all the materials from my stash.  Total cost of the bracelet... $0!

What do you think?







Sizing tip: The wrap should be twice the size of your wrist for a proper fit.

Thanks for letting me share!

27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: nintendo controller ds lite case w/ mini tutorial on: December 02, 2006 10:06:17 PM
That's so cool!  It's way better than store bought cases.  I love it!   
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: PROM DRESS on: December 02, 2006 10:04:05 PM
That's an amazing gown.  Not an easy fabric to work with but you did a fantastic job!
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: The Princess And The BackPack (IMG heavy) NOW WITH TUTORIAL! on: December 02, 2006 09:57:13 PM
Great idea! 
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Sweater for my cat on: December 02, 2006 09:52:02 PM
Your cats look perfectly content to be wearing a sweater - amazing!  I tried putting one on my 'Miss Kitty' but it didn't go over well... I ended up with scratches all over my arm and a cat mad at me for a week.

Very cute idea... way to re-use!

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