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Easy Knit Dog Sweater:

Part 2 of Free Dog Sweater Knitting Pattern

Part 1 gets you started with this easy knit dog sweater pattern.

Here is Part 2, which continues the pattern, showing you how to do the neck parts and finish your work. 



The Neck

Collar (rib stitch):

  • Row 81: (K2, P2)* and repeat * to end.
  • Row 82: (P2, K2)* and repeat * to end.
  • Rows 83-86: Repeat rows 81 and 82.
  • Change color.
  • Rows 87-88: Repeat rows 81 and 82.
  • Row 89: K2, P2 across the first 18 stitches, transfer those stitches to a safety pin or weave a piece of yarn through there and tie a knot to hold the stitches.
  • Cast off the next 14 stitches continuing to use the K2, P2 pattern. K2, P2 for the remaining 18 stitches.


Neck Strap A:

  • Row 90A: (P2, K2)* and repeat * to end (18 stitches).
  • Row 91A: (K2, P2)* and repeat * to end.
  • Rows 92A-116A: Continue pattern from rows 90 and 91.
  • Cast off stitches, cut yarn about three inches away, and pull the loose end through.

Neck Strap B:

  • Put the 18 stitches you set aside back onto the left needle. Pick up the yarn from your skein.
  • Row 90B: (P2, K2)* and repeat * to end (18 stitches).
  • Row 91B: (K2, P2)* and repeat * to end.
  • Rows 92B-110B: Continue pattern from rows 90 and 91.
  • Row 111B: Add 3 buttonholes at regular intervals, continuing with the pattern in between.
  • To make a buttonhole, put YO your right hand needle, K2 together, then continue your pattern.
  • Row 112B: K or P across as indicated by the stitches in your previous rows. Treat the YO stitches from the previous row as regular stitches. You should end up with three small buttonholes.
  • Cast off stitches, cut yarn about three inches away, and pull the loose end through.

Well you're getting closer to the finish line with your easy knit dog sweater. All that's left is to add buttons, Velcro and your designs!




Finish Work

Adding Buttons and Velcro

  • Block the work so it holds its shape. (Look for tutorials on blocking knitted projects for your type of yarn).
  • Sew three buttons onto the right side of Neck Strap A to match the buttonholes on Neck Strap B. Since Neck Strap A is longer, the buttons ought to end up on the right hand side of the dog's neck for easier fastening.
  • Sew a strip of Velcro along the vertical edge or free end of your belly strap (apply to the top or right side of your knitting).
  • Sew the matching part of Velcro along the underside (wrong side) edge of your body piece. Position your Velcro to provide the best look.



Adding Your Designs (optional)

  • Crochet a chain in the color yarn of your choice.
  • Try out a design and secure it with pins until it is the way you like it.
  • Undo any surplus chain stitches.
  • Note that for the stems of the pumpkins and leaves, I used yarn that had not been worked, but simply used thread to keep the yarn in place.
  • As an alternative, you can use embroidery stitches or glue or sew fabric, ribbon or pom poms to the sweater instead of the method I used.

So there you have your easy knit dog sweater. Now give it a final tryout on your dog! 




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