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Easy Quick Dog Sweater! Pug Sweater :)

Pug Sweater

Yay!!! Rosie’s first homemade sweater is finished!!!!  A super easy “Pug Sweater.” I used a pattern from the “Posh Pooches” kit, which Simon gave to me for Christmas.  I like all of the designs in the book, which is rare.  This is the “Super-Warm Bulky Sweater” pattern, which I modified to fit RoRo’s body.  Her measurements are approx:  base of neck to tail 12″, chest (under front legs and around neck) 17.5″ Rosie is about 15 lbs.  For this pattern, her size which is an 18, according to the book, was not included, so I had to modify the design.   I did this by just eyeballing it.  My modifications: Cast on 20 stitches.  Repeat beginning row patterns 5 times.  Work for 7″ for back.  Purl 3 for arm holes and adjust number for arm hole pattern.  Work for another 5 (6) inches for chest. Work neck ribbing for 6 inches (or in my case until you are out of yarn.)  I think this is a great first sweater to knit and a beginner can definitely do this.  It only took one skein, which I bought from Michaels but you can order online at JoAnnes for $6.99.  It is Patons “Rumor” alpaca blend called Hibiscus Heather… which is a mix of colors, wine, plum, and heather fibers.  I used US size 15 needles, which the book calls for.  When I knit this again, I am going to knit the chest panel for another inch which would be the (6) above, and for the neck, I would decrease a few stitches to make the ribbing tighter… Maybe by 4-6 stitches.  Success!!!!!!!!!



Simple pattern scarf!

Simple pattern scarf!

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!  Now that everyone has received their Christmas scarves, I can finally post them up!!!!  My Aunt Katherine is modeling the scarf that I knit for Ashley, my sister, who was too busy playing my cousin’s new Wii, to model for me 😦  Anyway, this is a great scarf to knit as your first patterned scarf.  It is very easy and all you have to do is knit and purl.  This is my favorite yarn so far…. It is made by Araucania and is called Aysen Color 808 70% Merino Wool, 20% Alpaca, 10% Silk.  It is multicolored and delicious!  Click here to view yarn or to buy! 191 yards per skein and I used about 2.

Needles: Size 9

Cast on 18 stitches (or any number of even stitches for desired width)


Row 1: (k1, p1)  repeat to end.
Row 2: (k2, p2) repeat to end.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until desired length.
Attach tassels!  Click here for help with tassels (Tassel part is at the end of the video!)