Last month my niece called me and told me my sister, (her Mom), had just gotten a new dog from a co-worker. A chihuahua named Mr. Pickles.
Well, between her giggling and bouts of laughter, I managed to understand the true reason for her call.
She wanted me to crochet a pickle costume for Mr. Pickles.
(She'd been looking everywhere for a dog pickle costume but couldn't find one anywhere.) She also wanted his name on the costume.
So, without a clue as to the size of this dog, I jumped into this project whole-heartedly.
(A dog named Mr. Pickles MUST have a pickle costume!)
I finished it and sent it off last week.
I got some photos of the dog from my sister the other day.
(Please click on the photos to enlarge them).
Here he is in all his glory. (He looks like the Green Giant's Little Green Sprout. LOL!)
Here's another shot from the back.
I used Simply Soft yarn in dark green.
I graphed the words "Mr.Pickles" at http://www.celticxstitch.ie/cgi-bin/stitches.cgi
(A Celtic Cross Stitch site with a free graph generator).
Then I tunisian crocheted the Mr Pickles graph with a J-size cabled hook.
Here's the back and the underside. See the seem on the underside? That's where I joined the costume by whip-stitching it there.
I then had to make two leg holes by single crocheting with a regulare J hook. I had to guess as to the size and just hoped it would fit.
I also made a spiffy vine hat using a green pipecleaner/chenille stem.
Oh, I forgot to mention, I cut green felt circles out and sewed them all over the costume too.
I hope my sis gets to bring in Mr. Pickles to her work for Halloween or at least answers her door with the dog in her arms so the kids can enjoy it. (My sister says she loves the Mr Pickles sweater so much that he will definitely be wearing it throughout the winter as she lives in Wisconsin and this dog doesn't have a very furry coat.)
Happy Halloween everyone!