Find out how to make your own Super Dog Sweater in this blog post...
I based this sweater off of the Red Heart Dog Sweater Knitting Pattern.
Some words of advice when using this pattern.
- If using cheap acrylic yarn (like I did), knit the sweater about 3 sizes smaller than normal. It stretches a lot!
- If you have fancy yarn that doesn't stretch out over time, knit it one size smaller than recommended or it will still be too big.
- Knit the collar as a turtle neck adding about 2-3" more in the first ribbing section.
- Since you're knitting the sweater smaller and the neck longer, bind off the neck very loosely using this technique.
- It doesn't tell you this until you're in the middle of the pattern, but you'll need to make a couple extra little balls of yarn to shape the leg openings. You'll have 3 balls total for the middle section (yellow) color. You'll need enough yarn in the extra two balls to knit the 1-3" for the leg openings.
- To make it easier, I broke the color changes up with sections in the pattern.
- Blue = 1st ribbing and 1st needles
- Switch to Yellow at 1st needle change
- Start Red at "Shape Back" section
- I used Red for the leg opening rib
- Yellow for the edging of the body
- Red and Yellow for the cape
- I picked up 11 stitches (using a crochet hook) for the top of the cape right under the blue.
- If you're not sure how to do that, you can just sew it with a seam later.
- From there I did stockinette stitch
- Inc 1 each side on k rows (RS)
- Inc until you like the width, then continue in st st until you like the length, inserting the letter towards the center
- Since his name is Spec, the "S" was appropriate for Super Spec.
- I thought about doing 2 S's for Super Spec, but it was too small a space.
- You can do whatever letter you like
- There are tons of cross-stitch alphabet patterns out there. Here are a couple of sites where you can find them.
- I used this one from the first link on Chem Knits at VickiDesigns.
Using the chart is simpler than it looks. You'll do just like in cross-stitch.
- At the point in the cape where you want to start the letter, find the middle stitch in the cape.
- Count find the middle "stitch" in the letter you'll use
- Count out from there.
- For example:
- if I start the "S" when there are 21 stitches in the cape (not saying you should or not start there),
- the center stitch would be 11 (10 on each side of that stitch)
- There are 7 stitches in the "S"
- So, the 4th stitch of the "S" should be at stitch #11 in your cape.
- You would knit in Red until you get to the first stitch in the "S", #8
- Change to Yellow for the "S"
- And back to Red for the cape, and so on
- Work in k and p rows
- Optional: I tacked down the bottom a little so that my other dog won't use the cape as a means to drag Spec around the house.
There you have it! It may seem complicated at first, but really, it's not that bad if you know a little about knitting.