Another Dog Sweater Pattern – L.L. Greene

This crocheted sweater is tri-layered using wool and synthetic.  I used four different yarns to make it.  Puzzle weighed (I think) about six pounds when it fit her, and she outgrew it fast.  Here’s the sweater:

JCG Bean dog fashion

And here’s Puzzle in it:

4x6 LL Greene

What appears to be “rag wool” is made from fingering weight yarn.  I used two yarns together with (I think) an “I” size hook, using a pattern I found at the following site, but I varied the pattern somewhat.  Here’s the site:

http://www.crochetnmore.com/dogsweater-lindas.htm

I do recommend making your dog sweater with some wool fibers, because these will help keep your dog dry.

The inner, aqua layer, I made with sport weight synthetic yarn.  The stitch is double crochet.  I sewed the two layers together.

The maroon layer is also made from the same sport weight synthetic yarn.  I don’t know how I made the neck (shown at top) edging.  The back (shown at bottom)  lace edging is made as follows:

Lace Edging

Chain multiple of 15 + 1 (I did 31)

Row 1: Starting 2nd ch from hook, work 1 sc in ea ch across, ch 3, turn.

Row 2: 1 dc in ea of next 3 sc, * ch 5, skip 3 sc, 1 tr in next sc, ch 5, skip 3 ch, 1 dc in ea of next 8 sc, repeat from * across, end last repeat with 1 dc in ea of last 3 sc, 1 dc in top of ch-3, ch 3, turn.

Row 3: 1 dc in next dc, * ch 5, 1 sc in next ch-5 sp, 1 sc in next tr, 1 sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 5, skip 2 dc, 1 dc in ea of next 4 dc, repeat from * across, end last repeat with 1 dc in last dc and 1 dc in top of ch-3, ch 3, turn.

Row 4: 1 dc in next dc, * ch 7, 1 sc in next sc, ch 5, skip 1 sc, 1 sc in next sc, ch 7, skip 1 dc, 1 dc in ea of next 2 dc, repeat from * across, end last repeat with 1 dc in last dc, and 1 dc in top of ch-3, ch 1, turn.

Row 5: 1 sc in first dc, * ch 5, in next ch 5 sp work (3-tr cluster, ch 3) twice & 1 more 3-tr cluster, ch 5, 1 sc between next 2 dc, repeat from * across, end last repeat with 1 sc in top of ch-3, fasten off.

Sew the lace onto the sweater.

I believe this sweater is okay for a male dog, but I’m not entirely sure.  As you can see from the way it fits on Puzzle, it doesn’t go too far back on her back.  The difficulty in making sweaters for male dogs has to do with their–ahem–anatomy.  Some male dogs will pee on any sweater you make for them, unfortunately.

Here’s the link to the other dog sweater I’ve posted.

http://juliemadblogger.wordpress.com/2009/05/25/dog-sweater-pattern/

You can access all of Puzzle’s sweaters by going to “tags” on the right column and clicking on “dog sweaters.”

I have a box that I keep Puzzle’s sweaters in, and there’s plenty of room for more!  My next project is a knitted squares pattern made with pastel (sort of) colors, using bulky weight yarn.  I’ll post it once I’m done making it.  I plan to get most of it done while I’m on the plane to and from Washington State!

Feedback and comments welcome!