it's been a while since i posted something for the knifty knitter. i get away from it and forget how much fun it is, and then when i take it up again for a project i remember how much fun it is!
anyway, i needed a gift for my friend brenda who recently got a very cute little puppy and with winter coming of course i thought her cute little puppy needed a sweater.
no, your eyes do not deceive you, this is not a cute little puppy, this is an irritating little stuffed cat but the cute puppy and the stuffed cat are about the same size, and the stuffed cat will sit still for pictures.
i knit this sweater right under brenda's nose, in the green room during an opera last month--she asked me what i was making and i said it was a gift for a dear friend which was not only not a lie, it was the exact truth.
brenda had been asking for instructions on how to make such a sweater on the KK looms so here they are:
i used the blue loom, you could use any loom that is the right size for your dog. the yarn was something fuzzy in my stash--i had already wound it into pull balls and had tossed out the label/band, but the red was chenille and the body was some bulky-weight stuff that ella picked out on a shopping trip this summer.
cast on and knit several rounds to make a collar. i chose to make a rolled collar but you could also do this with K2P2 ribbing to make a flat collar, or you could make a brim that is pulled up as for a hat. change colors/yarns after you knit the collar, if you so choose. then knit until the piece looks long enough to fit your dog from neck to front legs.
to make leg openings: at the beginning of the next round, bind off enough pegs to fit your dog. for this little sweater i bound off four pegs--for a larger dog, do more (i can't be more specific as i haven't tested on other sizes--but it is pretty easy to hold up the work to the dog to check). then knit the same number of pegs as you bound off--if you bound off pegs 1 thru 4, then knit pegs 5 thru 8--and bind off another set of pegs for the other leg, in this case pegs 9 thru 12. then finish knitting the round as usual.
ok, i hear you asking how to bind off and still have the working yarn at the right peg to knit--i do it like this:
wrap and knit peg 1--move the loop from peg 2 over to peg 1 and knit--then move the remaining loop back to peg 2. repeat until you have four empty pegs. your working yarn will be ready to continue knitting pegs 5 thru 8. this makes a stretchy edge which matches the stitches that will be cast on in the next round to complete the leg openings.
on the next round, wrap the entire loom as usual and knit the pegs that have two loops. after that, you just knit around as usual until the body is as long as you like. to finish, i recommend K2P2 ribbing so as not to make a lumpy roll for the doggie to lie on.
that's it! if you don't have a doggie to knit for, please consider knitting one or more sweaters to donate to your local animal shelter, they make very nice going home outfits for doggies that get adopted at christmas.