FO: Sparkle

I always said I wouldn’t become a crazy dog lady. I wouldn’t knit my dog a sweater. When am I going to realize never say never?

I am a crazy dog lady.

I knit my dog a sweater…and I’m going to do it again and for friends who have dogs too.
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I favorited on Ravelry a while ago the Seamless Knits for Posh Pups book and I finally bit the bullet and downloaded it last Friday. I’ve seen a lot of dog sweater patterns but I said I’d only do it if it was seamless and top down so I didn’t have to do a lot of work. I got home Friday night and decided to cast on the Sparkle sweater for Cher and by Saturday afternoon she was rocking a new sweater in the leftover yarn from my Mountain High.
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I think the only reason she willingly let me take these photos is because she knew I’d give her a carrot afterwards. Or she knew she was really cute.
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The construction was simple, top down using a worsted weight yarn. Most of the patterns are worsted/aran or bulky weight yarn – my kind of projects. I picked sparkle because it was really the simplest of sweaters and I wanted to just dip my toe into the dog sweater knitting realm. Up next I might knit the Waldo and use all of the leftover yarn to do the stripes and colorblocking. I think that’s the other great thing about this is that the sweater used a little less than one ball of yarn for the medium size on Cher (the patterns are really for smaller dogs but you can easily modify them) and I always have one ball of yarn leftover from a project and I don’t know what to make with it. So after the holidays I’ve got a few friends who as obsessed with their dogs as I am with Cher and I plan on knitting a few more of these for their pups for the winter.

Any other crazy dog ladies out there?

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14 thoughts on “FO: Sparkle

  1. This is fabulous! I’m tempted to try one for Lola except that the only other one I’ve made for her didn’t work out at all. It fit in the body and was really cute, but she slid herself along the carpet and walked right out of it. I’ll have to take a look at Sparkle and see if there are any differences that might make it fit her better. I’m in love with Cher. What a face!! 🙂

    • Well they give you a nice chart for sizing and I shortened it a little so that it wasn’t the longest sweater ever on her. Plus you can make the ribbing tighter with smaller needles. My husband kept laughing and saying she looked like a cute little old lady in it. LOL

  2. I was just thinking about knitting a dog sweater for my son’s dog (pit bull named Connie) today. Thanks for the inspiration. How long did it take? (As if I needed to add projects to the list!)

    • It was a quick knit, started Friday night and finished Saturday afternoon. The largest size goes for a 20 to 30lb dog but I could easily see the patterns being modified if your sons dog is bigger than 30lbs.

  3. I think Cher knows she’s cute! I didn’t know dogs eat carrots! Are they cooked?
    As to crazy dog lady: I can’t say until you answer this question. Will you be going out with Cher in matching outfits?

    • Cher looooves raw baby carrots and cooked sweet potatoes. She eats lots of veggies. And as for going out in matching sweaters…it could happen. LOL

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