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« on: February 05, 2009 06:32:16 PM »

I finished this sweater just in time for the real winter to begin... At the start of January. Poor Iggy Pup doesn't like to be cold (just like me) so what better way to stay warm and snuggly?

I made it up as I went along... not too shabby, eh?

Comments and criticism are always welcome, this site has really motivated and inspired me - so much talent!

Iggys Sweater my first attempt at dog clothes without a pattern.

**Disclaimer - I have never written a crochet tutorial before and did not keep any type of notes for Iggys Sweater. Please keep this is in mind. I frogged quite a lot of stitches to get this sweater exactly how I wanted it to fit Iggy Pup. Please dont get discouraged and keep that puppy handy for fittings!

My fathers friend is a foster home for CRUSA and just got Paris who is in need of some winter warmth. I am crocheting a sweater for her using this method. Find out more about Paris here

I used Red Heart in Earth and Sky for Iggy and Pink Camo for Paris.

First off - the collar.
The collar is very simple. Chain the desired height of the collar. I chained so it was approximately three inches long.
Hdc (half double crochet) in each chain across.
Chain 2 or 3 for turning chain. (Iggys sweater was done with 2, the Paris sweater is done with 3 for a more frilly scalloped appearance).
Hdc in the back loop only.
Chain 2 or 3 for turning chain.
Hdc in between the stitches.
Keep repeating this until the collar is long enough to fit comfortably around the dogs neck.

Now resist the urge to stitch up the collar into a circle. I think it makes fittings much easier Smiley

Now onto the body.

Attach the yarn at a corner (I simply decided which edge was the best and connected it to the other one).
Sc (single crochet) in each stitch around.
When you get to opposite corner of the collar keep going.
You could use stitch markers if you were concerned with being precise but I didnt for Iggys sweater.

The sweater is going to start taking shape Smiley You are creating the shoulder and upper chest areas.

Fit the dog and stop when you get to the top of the front legs.

Crochet the chest piece separately from the back. I just marked where Iggys legs were with twist ties and just went back and forth until there was ample room for a leg hole.

Next crochet the back piece. You can judge how your dogs leg holes should be shaped. (Many dog sweaters in stores simply have a slit) Crochet the back piece until its long enough to reach just behind the front leg.

Sc from the back piece into the chest piece. (They should be approximately the same length so connecting them is easy-cheesy).

Continue Sc. This will form the belly of the sweater.

Fittings are important during this stage. Boy dogs will need you to be more precise in where you end the round and round scing.

When the belly is long enough, start scing back and forth using 1 turning chain.
In order to shape the end of the sweater, I dcd a few times in each row.

Continue until the sweater is as long as desired.

Now the sleeves!
I was not concerned with tapering the sleeves. I thought they were pretty adorable straight.

Attach the yarn to a corner of the arm slit.
Sc in each stitch around and keep going. (Again feel free to use stitch markers but know Iggys was done without em)
Make the sleeves as long as desired.
Repeat for the other sleeve.

Finishing on Iggys sweater - I did the crab stitch on the cuff of each sleeve and on the bottom of the sweater. It added a nice finished look.

Finally, stitch up the collar, weave in your ends and tell your pampered pet that the masterpiece is ready! Shocked )

♥ Stripes - thick or thin they will add some style and interest.
♥ Crocheting for a diva dog? how about some ripples or even a cute ruffles on the sleeves and butt end.
♥ Embellish - add some buttons or even some crochet flowers.
♥ Use a different stitch than the Sc hdc or dc will create more open airy sweater.

Please feel free to ask questions or offer comments, criticisms, etc.
« Last Edit: November 06, 2009 12:41:34 PM by batgirl - Reason: to add pattern to first post » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2009 06:44:35 PM »

He looks both cozy and very handsome!
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2009 06:46:51 PM »

Terribly cute! Great job on the sweater and Iggy is a handsome guy. I'm a fellow Boston Terrier lover...


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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2009 06:47:18 PM »

So freaking adorable. I love dogs with big eyes and mushy noses. That is why I have a japanese chin! Plus little dogs look so cute in sweaters. You did a great job on that sweater.

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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2009 06:48:25 PM »

Did you happen to write up a pattern? I have been looking EVERYWHERE for a pattern like that... and in crochet!
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2009 06:53:39 PM »

Good god do I love bostons and it the great sweater makes it all the better

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« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2009 07:07:48 PM »

Quite handsome--
AND practical!

Oh, and I must mention: Boston Terriers are the best. Ever!
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2009 08:33:25 PM »

WOW that first picture is adorable. and i love the name iggy pup! that's such a great name!
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2009 12:04:58 AM »

I'm a fan of Boston Terriers as well. This is my dog, Stamps. She's half Beagle, half Boston Terrier.

That sweater is adorable! I'm still looking for an appropriate pattern for my dog's sweater.
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« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2009 05:44:35 AM »

Awwww thats just too cute with him and his little sweater.  It looks like a perfect fit for him.  Years ago I had some friends who had a boston terrier.  And what a wonderful dog it was.  Hmmmmm, memories. Grin

Want to learn to crochet or knit?  I have a ton of extra crochet hooks & circular knitting needles.  Will throw in some pattern books and yarn for anyone interested in a swap.
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