Knit an Argyle Dog Sweater
Keep your pet pooch warm and cozy in this adorable argyle knit sweater.
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Skill Level: Intermediate
Finished Measurements: Chest circumference = 10" (Petite), 13" (Small), 16" (Medium). Directions are written for the smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.
NOTE: For ease in working, circle all numbers pertaining to the size you're knitting.
Yarns: Lion Brand Wool-Ease (Art. 620) 80% acrylic, 20% wool; 3 oz. (85 g); 197 yds. (180 m); worsted weight, 1 ball #152 Oxford Grey (MC), 1 ball #151 Grey Heather (A), 1 ball #099 Fisherman (B)
Needles and Extras: Size 7 (4.5 mm) straight knitting needles OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE. Size 6 (4.25 mm) straight knitting needles. Size 6 (4.25 mm) 16" circular needle. Size 6 (4.25 mm) double-pointed needles (dpns), bobbins, markers, blunt-end yarn needle
Gauge: 20 sts and 24 rows = 4" (10 cm) in St st (knit 1 row, purl 1 row) using larger needles. TAKE TIME TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.
NOTES: Before starting, wind a bobbin for each diamond with the yarn colors that correspond to the size you're making (see chart and color key). When changing colors, always place the yarn you have just finished using over the yarn you will be using next. Bring the new color up from underneath. This technique prevents holes at the places where you make color changes. When working from chart, knit all odd-numbered rows and purl all even numbered rows.
Beg at neck edge, with smaller straight needles and MC, cast on 39 (47, 61) sts.
Row 1 (RS): K1; *p1, k1; rep from * to end of row. Row 2: P1; *k1, p1; rep from * to end of row. Rep Rows 1 and 2 (k1, p1 ribbing) for approx 1 (1 1/2, 1 1/2)", ending with Row 2 and inc 1 st in center of last row -- 40 (48, 62) sts. Break MC. Change to larger needles and begin to work from chart, reading odd-numbered rows from right to left and even-numbered rows from left to right; inc 1 st each end of needle on 3rd and next 2 (4, 4) rows -- 46 (58, 72) sts. Cont to work from chart, inc 1 st each end of needle on every other row until Row 14 (18, 18) of chart is completed -- 54 (68, 82) sts.
Shape leg openings -- Row 1 (RS): Work 5 (5, 7) chart sts. Bind off next 4 (6, 6) sts. Work 36 (46, 56) chart sts (including st on needle after bind-off). Bind off next 4 (6, 6) sts. Work from chart to end of row.
NOTE: All leg sections are worked at the same time using a separate ball of yarn for each section. Beg with a p row, work from chart until Row 22 (28, 28) is completed.
Next row (RS): Work k5 (5, 7) sts from chart. Turn and cast on 4 (6, 6) sts. Turn and work from chart on 36 (46, 56) sts. Turn and cast on 4 (6, 6) sts. Turn and work from chart to end of row -- 54 (68, 82) sts. Work even from chart until Row 26 (32, 42) is completed. Place marker (pm) at each end of row.
Shape back: Cont from chart and bind off 6 (7, 9) sts at beg of next 2 rows -- 42 (54, 64) sts. Cont from chart, dec 1 st each end of needle on next and every other row until there are 26 (36, 46) sts. Work even from chart until Row 58 (74, 86) is complete. Dec 1 st each end of needle on next and every other row until there are 20 (28, 34) sts. Bind off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows, then 0 (4, 4) sts at beg of next 2 rows. Place rem 14 (14, 20) sts on a spare needle.
Back edging: With RS facing, MC, and circular needle, pick up and k42 (51, 67) sts along body from marker to back. K14 (14, 20) from spare needle, dec 1 st at center. Pick up and k42 (51, 67) sts along opposite side of body to marker -- 97 (115, 153) sts. Work in k1, p1 ribbing for approx 1 (1, 1 1/2)", ending with a WS row. Bind off in ribbing. Sew neck and body seam.
Leg ribbing: With first dpn and A, pick up and k8 (8, 10) sts around leg opening. [With next dpn, pick up and k7 (9, 10) sts] twice -- 22 (26, 30) total sts. Join in rnd and place a marker on first st, work approx 1 (1 1/2, 2)" in k1, p1 ribbing. Bind off loosely in ribbing. Rep for 2nd leg opening.