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Cabled Dog Cardigan

Crafting Time:
  • Varies
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Lion Brand
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Description

SUPPLIES & TOOLS:

  • Lion Brand®
    • Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®, Granite, 2 ballsor color of choice
    • Knitting needles size 11 (8 mm)
    • Cable needle
    • Stitch markers
    • Stitch holders
    • Large-eyed blunt needle
  • 4 buttons, about 13/16" (20 mm) diameter
  • Sewing needle & thread

SIZE:

To fit dogs about 10-18 lb.
Finished Neck Circumference About 19" (48 cm)
Finished Chest About 22" (56 cm.)
Finished Length About 14" (48.5 cm), including neck ribbing

DIRECTIONS:

GAUGE:
9 sts + 18 rows = about 4" (10 cm) in Seed st
BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

STITCH EXPLANATIONS:
M1 (make 1) An increase worked by lifting the horizontal strand lying between needles and placing it onto the left needle. Knit this new stitch through the back loop – 1 st increased.
ssk (slip, slip, knit) Slip next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time, to right needle; insert left needle into fronts of these 2 sts and knit them tog – 1 st decreased.

PATTERN STITCHES:

K1, p1 Rib (worked over an odd number of sts)
Row 1 (WS): *P1, K1; rep from * to end of row.
Row 2: K the knit sts, and p the purl sts.
Rep Row 2 for K1, p1 Rib.

Seed stitch (worked over an odd number of sts)
Row 1: K1, *p1, k1; rep from * to end of row.
Row 2: P the knit sts, and k the purl sts.
Rep Row 2 for Seed st.

Small Right Twist (worked over 8 sts)
Row 1 (RS): P1, k1, p1, k2tog, leaving sts on left-hand needle; then insert right-hand needle from the front between the 2 sts just knitted together, and knit the first st again; then slip both sts from needle together, p1, k1, p1.
Row 2: K1, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 for Small Right Twist.

Small Left Twist (worked over 8 sts)
Row 1 (RS): P1, k1, p1, with right-hand needle behind left-hand needle, skip 1 st and knit the second st in back loop; then insert right-hand needle in the backs of both sts (the skipped st and the second st) and k2tog through the back loops, p1, k1, p1.
Row 2: K1, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 for Small Left Twist.

Double Cable (worked over 12 sts)
Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2 and all WS Rows: Purl.
Row 3: Slip 3 sts to cable needle and hold in back, k3, k3 from cable needle; slip 3 sts to cable needle and hold in front, k3, k3 from cable needle.
Rows 5 and 7: Knit.
Row 8: Purl.
Rep Rows 1-8 for Double Cable.

NOTES:

Cardigan is worked in one piece from lower edge to neck.
Legs are worked separately, then joined to Cardigan.
Buttons are buttoned through the fabric of the Cardigan, no buttonholes are worked. This allows a degree of adjustability, so that the Cardigan will fit a range of sizes.
Note that the various breeds are shaped quite differently! Our sample sweater fit a French Bulldog, but you may need to make adjustments to the pattern or to the button placement to fit your dogs particular shape.

Legs (make 2)
Cast on 21 sts.
Row 1 (WS): Work Row 1 of K1, p1 rib across.
Rows 2 and 3: Work Row 2 of K1, p1 rib.
Row 4: Bind off 3 sts, work in rib to end – 18 sts at the end of this row.
Row 5: Bind off 3 sts, work in rib to end – 15 sts at the end of this row.
Slip sts to a holder and set aside.

Cardigan
Cast on 53 sts.
Row 1 (WS): Work Row 1 of K1, p1 rib across.
Rows 2 and 3: Work Row 2 of K1, p1 rib.
Row 4 (Inc): Work Row 1 of Seed st over 15 sts, p1, k1, p1, k1, M1, p1, k1, p1, k3, M1, k3, M1, k3, M1, p1, k1, p1, k1, M1, p1, k1, p1, work Row 1 of Seed st to end of row – 58 sts at the end of this row.
Row 5: Work in Seed st over 15 sts, place marker (pm), k1, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1, pm, p12, pm, k1, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1, pm, work in Seed st to end of row.
Row 6: Work in Seed st to first marker, sm, work Row 1 of Small Right Twist to next marker, sm, work Row 3 of Double Cable to next marker, sm, work Row 1 of Small Left Twist to next marker, sm, work in Seed st to end of row.
Continue in patterns as established, slipping markers as you come to them, until piece measures about 7 in. (18 cm.) from beg, end with a RS row as the last row you work AND remove markers as you work the last row.

Shape leg openings
Next row (WS): Work 5 sts in Seed st, bind off 4 sts, work 6 sts in Seed st, continue in patterns as established to last 9 sts, bind off 4 sts, work 5 sts in Seed st.
Place rem 50 sts on a spare needle or a holder.

Join legs to body
Sl sts for Cardigan back to needle, ready to work a RS row, as follows:
From RS, starting at left side of Cardigan, 5 Cardigan sts, then sl 15 sts of one Leg onto needle, then next 40 sts of Cardigan, 15 sts of 2nd Leg, and then last 5 sts of Cardigan – 80 sts.
Next row (RS): Work 4 sts in Seed st, k1, place marker (pm), k1, work 13 sts in Seed st, k1, pm, k1 work 5 sts in Seed st, work 28 sts in patterns as established, work 5 sts in Seed st, k1, pm, k1, work 13 sts in Seed st, k1, pm, k1, work 4 sts in Seed st.
Next row: Work in patterns as established, keeping 1 st before and after each marker in St st (k on RS, p on WS) and slipping markers as you come to them.
Rep last row twice more.
Decrease row (RS): Work 4 sts in Seed st, k1, ssk, *work in patterns as established to 2 sts before next marker, k2tog, ssk; rep from * once more, work in patterns to 2 sts before next marker, k2tog, k1, work in Seed st to end of row – 74 sts at the end of this row.
Continuing in patterns as established, rep Decrease row every 6th row twice more, then every 4th row once – 56 sts when all decreases have been completed.
Neck Decrease Row (WS): Note: Remove markers as you work this row. (P1, k1) twice, p1, k2tog, p1, k1, p1, k2tog, p2tog, (k1, p1) 4 times, k1, (p2tog, k1, p1, k1) twice, p2tog, k1, (p1, k1) 4 times, p2tog, k2tog, p1, k1, p1, k2tog, p1, (k1, p1) twice – 47 sts.
Next 3 rows: Work Row 2 of K1, p1 Rib.
Bind off.

FINISHING:

Sew side seams of Legs, then sew bound-off edges of Legs to leg openings on Cardigan.
Try the Cardigan onto your dog to determine placement of buttons.
With sewing needle and thread, sew buttons evenly spaced along one front edge of Cardigan. Use spaces between sts for buttonholes.
Weave in ends.

ABBREVIATIONS:

beg = begin(ning)(s)
k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
p = purl
p2tog = purl 2 stitches together
rem = remain(ing)(s)
rep(s) = repeat(ing)(s)
RS = right side
st(s) = stitch(es)
St st = Stockinette st
WS = wrong side

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