My dog's measurements are by circumference unless otherwise noted and taken at her largest girth. Poor PoPo. She's gonna be totally embarrassed if she finds out I am posting her her burlesque figure's measurements online. You know cause dogs get embarrassed by these things...
- Collar 15"
- Bust 28"
- Belly 21" (length)
- Back 18" (length)
Her best fitting sweater (PoPosaurus Rex), which despite it's acrylic nature has become a little misshapen:
- Collar 21"
- Bust 29"
- Belly 13" (length)
- Back 23" (length)
My working notes:
- Knit from the bottom up cast on 66 stitches in 6x2 cabled rib (repeats of 8 +2). Start with 2 purled. About 12 inches wide.
- Knit in pattern for about 6 inches, or the length between the start of the tail and the bottom of the ribs.
- Increase one stitch at each end every other row until 12 inches long. On PoPo, this is the point at which her chest ends and her belly begins. I like to follow the edge her ribs as a guideline for increases. A edging knitted on later will add more coverage to her sizes.
- Cast of 44 stitches (or enough stitches to cover the distance between sides) and begin knitting in the round.
- Knit for 7 inches or until you reach front legs. If your dog is barrel shaped like PoPo, multiple tryons will help you add length for proper fit. I cast on less stitches than would fit her at her widest point, so the stretch of the material around her "bust" decreases the overall length of the sweater.
- For the placement of the leg holes, I used the measurements on PoPosaurus Rex. This sweater doesn't bunch between her legs, nor does it pull awkwardly. I placed 15 stitches (about 3 inches) for each leg on stitch holders on each side of the center line with about the 5 inches of sweater between her legs.
- Knit the back separately from the chest panel for 3 inches. Break yarn. Knit the chest panel for the same distance.
- Join in round again making sure to cast on for the 15 stitches per leg opening.
- Begin decreasing at the outside edge of each leg opening. I used the Rainbow Pooch Sweater (rav) pattern as inspiration on how I wanted my decreases to look. I carried my decreases through the purled section of the ribbing, so that my outside cables would "travel" up and in across the chest.
|You can see I originally planned for decreases prior to the leg openings before deciding on using negative ease to accommodate her barreliness.|
|Photo copyright Caron®|
- Continue knitting until the desired collar circumference is reached.
- Switch to 2x2 ribbing for desired collar length. I'm planning on about 2 inches.
It's a race to the finish line to see if my yarn will hold out. I still need to pick up stitches for the leg openings and the bottom hem. I know I don't have enough purple to finish it out. I don't mind the idea at all of a contrasting color like the natural from my hemlock ring blanket, but I think don't even have that!