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Topic: The Professor's Sweater/Vest *With Tutorial!*  (Read 3335 times)
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« on: November 02, 2007 09:44:22 PM »

So about a week ago I made my dog Georgie a sweater vest that made him look like a professor lol. Yesterday my mom brought me over some yarn she had in her garage and never used. Despite not really being a "dog person", she really has taken to my dog and suggested i make him another sweater but in black in red. So I thought it'd be the perfect chance to make a tutorial! But first, here are some pictures of the sweater/vest i made with my tutorial:

Georgie's having some ice cream in that last picture, it's his treat for putting up with me and my crafty ways lol Smiley

So on with the Tutorial!

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Pic 2
pic 3
Pic 4

This is my first crochet tutorial ever, so it's not perfect. It's still pretty sketchy and I will adjust it as i make more of these over the winter months. I tried to make it in a way that it easy to adjust the pattern to your dog's specific size. Before beginning this tutorial, take a few minutes to measure your dog with a soft tape measure.

Materials List:
Hook: F5/3.75mm
Yarn: Black simply soft, Maroon(?) Red Heart, Country Red Red Heart
A dog  Grin
Stitch markers

Take Measurments:
Collar area (or where the collar sits on the neck)
Length from collar to top of front leg
Girth (or the largest part around the rib cage)
Length from collar to just below the rib cage
Length from collar to just before the hind leg
Thickness of biggest part of front leg (usually the top)

Ribbed Collar:
Ch 7.
Hdc in third chain from hook and across. Turn. Ch 2.
hdc in back loops across. Turn. Ch 2.
Hdc in between stitches across. Turn. Ch 2.
Alternate pattern until length of collar

Note: a ribbed patterned collar like this makes the finished collar more stretchy and therefore easier to put on your dog without making the collar too big.

Body: attach new color to the length (or long side) of the collar.
Ch 3 and carefully dc across, approximately putting one dc in the rib stitch and two in the hdcs. After last dc, slip stitch to top of beginning ch 3 to begin the round. Ch 3.
Dc in between stitches around. Slip stitch after last dc to top of beginning ch 3. Ch 3.
Continue until length measures the “length from collar to top of front leg”
Lay piece flat in half with the slit on the collar facing up and in the center.
Place a stitch marker ¼ from the left side and ¼ from the right. (i.e. if there are 24 stitches facing up, put a stitch marker after the first six from the left, and before the last six from the right).  {View Pic 1}
Do the same on the other side.
Ch 3 and begin dc-ing between stitches up to first marker. Chain the same number of times as the number of stitches you are skipping over from the first stitch marker to the second (I.e if there are 12 stitches between the first stitch marker and the second, chain 12). Continue dc-ing until the next stitch marker. Repeat to end.
Note: make sure the “hole” made by chaining is at least the size of your dogs leg previously measured. If you can, try the vest on your dog at this point and add or subtract chains as necessary.  {View Pic 2}
Ch 3 and begin dc-ing again. Dc2tog on the “corners” of the arm holes to reduce the added volume of making the holes.
Ch 3 and dc around.
Repeat until the length is equal to that of the “length from collar to just below rib cage”. Tie off.
Note: This where you can change colors and add a stripe or two of a different color for a more interesting design.
Lie the piece flat in half again like before. Tie your yarn back on at the very edge of one of the sides (which lines up with half of the arm holes).  Put a stitch marker on the other edge.  {View Pic 3 & 4}
Ch 3 dc across the BACK of the piece (if you look at the collar, you should be dc-ing on the side without the slit) up to the stitch marker. Turn. Ch 3.
Repeat until the piece extends to about “length from collar to hind leg”.

Bottom trim. Tie on to the bottom hole of the piece and sc at least once in every stitch around. Slip stitch to first sc and tie off.

Sleeves. Tie on to an arm hole. Sc in every stitch and 2 scs in “corner” stitches. Slip stitch to first sc. Ch 2.
Hdc in between stitches four more time, skip one space, hdc five times. Continue hdc-ing 5 times and skipping one until the end. Slip stitch. Ch2.
Repeat three more times. Tie off.

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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2007 09:48:56 PM »

Your dog is so cute in his little sweater!!

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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2007 12:00:53 AM »

I do love the professor. Be my teacher, Mr. Georgie Pup!

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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2007 12:17:55 PM »

What a sophisticated looking pup!

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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2007 11:12:13 AM »

Thanks for the comments! Smiley I love nice comments! But I hope someone tries the tutorial, I wanna see how others turn out.

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« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2007 12:56:06 PM »

awww, i wish my cat liked sweaters... *sniff*

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« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2007 05:09:32 PM »

So cute! Love it!

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