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Christmas Dog Sweaters

Design your own Christmas dog sweaters! 

Sweater A

With Christmas drawing near, why not make at least one item out of yarn to match the holiday or the season? 

This page and the next contain some photos and instructions for knitted red and green designs using a special weaving method called intarsia.

For Sweater A, shown at left, you can use the Autumn-Halloween Dog Sweater I created for Pebble, making the background just one color and adding the tree designs in another - or use any other knitting pattern you like.

My next page on Christmas dog sweaters also includes ideas for embellishing a crocheted jersey or sweater.

Naturally you are not limited to trees or boxes - there are so many other things to create such as snowmen, angels, stars and more! 




Sweater A Instructions

For Sweater A, a red yarn mixed with gold was used as the base (Color 1), while a separate length of dark green yarn (Color 2) was used for the trees.

Note that each color, while not the same type of yarn, had strands the same thickness


Small Christmas Tree Pattern

  • The stem is 1 stitch wide and 2 stitches high and is placed in the middle
  • The base of the tree contains 5 stitches
  • The middle section has 3 stitches
  • The top part is 1 stitch
  • Note that each stitch in the pattern actually consists of two rows - one row of Knit and one of Purl.

The pattern is placed as follows:

  1. First count the number of stitches in your row.
  2. Use the number of the stitches in the base of your tree and the number of trees you want to determine the spacing. In this case, the base of the tree has 5 stitches. If you want three trees across and your sweater is 35 stitches wide, you will have 15 stitches taken up by the trees, and 20 left over for the four spaces on either end and in between. This means you will have 20 divided by 4 = 5 stitches between the base of each tree.
  3. However, you will be starting with the stems, which will be set beneath the middle stitch out of the 5 base stitches. So you will need to add an extra 2 stitches on either side of each stem or 4 stitches per stem. Therefore, you should have 5 + 4 or 9 stitches between each stem.
  4. It may help you to use the squares on a sheet of graph paper to understand how this works.

Large Christmas Tree Pattern

  • The stem is 4 stitches high and 1 stitch wide and is also placed in the middle of the base
  • The base of the tree contains 7 stitches
  • The next section has 5 stitches
  • The next-to-top portion, 3 stitches
  • The top point has 1 stitch

Now here's how to incorporate the design into your knitted piece...




Intarsia Instructions

  • For each tree, use a separate length of yarn around 20 inches (about 500 mm) long.
  • Once you’ve figured out where to start your tree in a row, knit along with Color 1, and then when you get to the first stitch of the tree,twist the Color 2 yarn around Color 1 before knitting the next stitch.
  • Knit (or purl) each stitch in Color 2 according to the pattern, andeach time twist the yarns once around each other. This prevents the yarn on the inside (wrong side) of the sweater from having loops that snag.
  • Keep the tension a little looser at the edges where you are switching colors; otherwise you may have holes in the knitting.




Finishing Up

The final step of this intarsia design is to weave in any loose ends of yarn by hand with a large-eyed needle or crochet hook.

Once you have woven in an inch (25 mm) or more of yarn, pull on it to loosen it a little and check that it will stay secure.

Then cut off the remaining length of yarn.

As the photo shows, there are no big loops of yarn left to snag on anything, such as your dog's collar.



Other Christmas Dog Sweaters

For Sweaters B and C, see Page 2


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