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We all know how much dogs mean to their owners, so give them the best gift of all this winter with this cosy woollen sweater. Arne and Carlos, the knitting dream team from Sweden and Norway have created this fabulous project for all you dog-lovers so you can personalise and make your own stylish winter outfit for your four-legged friend. And doesn’t their pampered pooch Freya, model it exquisitely?
“The ribbing on the body is worked with the same size needles as for the two-color patterning because it doesn’t have to stretch around the dog’s body. It just helps the sweater lie smoothly over the back. We knitted up two sweaters with different size needles and gauge but with the same yarn. The small sweater fits Freja, who weighs 13.2 pounds / 6 kilos; the larger sweater fits her mother. To make sure the sweater will fit your dog, make a large gauge swatch and check measurements.” Arne and Carlos.
With Colour 1 and short circular U.S. size 4 (6) / 3.5 (4) mm, CO 86 sts. Work the ribbing back and forth as follows:
Row 1: Work P2, k2 across to last 2 sts and end with p2. Row 2: Work K2, p2 across to last 2 sts and end with k2.Repeat these 2 rows until you've worked 10 rows total.
Continue back and forth in stockinette, shaping the lower edge as follows:
Row 1: P43, m1p, p18; turn.Work back and forth in stockinette short rows: Row 2: K37.Row 3: P38.Row 4: K39.
Continue in stockinette, with 1 more stitch on each row until 15 sts rem on WS. Turn work and knit across all sts. Now work in stockinette, shaping piece as follows:
Row 1: Purl.Row 2: K1, M1, work until 2 sts rem and end M1, k2.Repeat these 2 rows until there are a total of 103 sts.
Now join the sweater and knit in the round, following Chart 1. On Rnd 1, inc with M1 inside the 1st st of the row = 104 sts. On the last row of Chart 1, shape leg openings:
K7, BO 10 sts loosely, k71 (including last st of bindoff), BO 10 sts loosely, k6 (including last st of bindoff). Place sts on a holder and work the legs.
With Color 1 and dpn U.S. size 4 (6) / 3.5 (4) mm, CO 40 sts. Divide sts onto 4 dpn, join and work 5 rnds k2, p2 ribbing. Next, work following Chart 2 and, on the last rnd, BO 5 sts loosely, k30 (including last st of Bind-off), BO 5 loosely. Knit the second leg the same way.
Join the legs and body while starting Chart 3 pattern as follows:
Rnd 1: Beginning at centre front, k7 from body, k30 from first leg, placing it over first gap in body; k71 for back, k30 of second leg, placing it over second gap in body; and then k6 of body = 144 sts total.
Rnd 2: K4, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k11, k2tog, k11, k2tog, K73, k2tog, k11, k2tog, k11, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k3 = 136 sts rem.
Rnd 3: Knit.
Rnd 4: K3, k2tog, k25, k2tog, k73, k2tog, k25, k2tog, k2 = 132 sts rem.
Rnd 5: Knit.
Rnd 6: K2, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k20, k2tog, k73, k2tog, k20, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k1 = 126 sts rem.
Rnd 7: Knit.
Rnd 8: K1, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k18, k2tog, k73, k2tog, k18, k2tog, k2, k2tog = 120 sts rem.
Rnd 9: Knit.
Rnd 10: k2tog, k2, k2tog, k16, k2tog, k73, k2tog, k16, k2tog, k1, k2tog = 114 sts rem.
Rnd 11: Knit.
Rnd 12: K3, k2tog, k14, k2tog, k73, k2tog, k14, k2tog, k2 = 110 sts rem.
Rnd 13: Knit.
Rnd 14: K3, k2tog, k12, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k65, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k12, k2tog, k2 = 104 sts rem.
Rnd 15: Knit.
Rnd 16: K3, k2tog, k10, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k63, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k10, k2tog, k2 = 98 sts rem.
Rnd 17: Knit.
Rnd 18: K1, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts and end k2tog, k1 = 96 sts rem.
Change to smaller size dpn, and work in k2, p2 ribbing for 6 in / 15 cm.
Seam gap under legs and then weave in all ends neatly on WS. Lightly steam press sweater under a damp pressing cloth, but do not press ribbing.