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Dragon Dog Sweater

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

SUPPLIES & TOOLS:

  • Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice® Yarn:
  • 2 (2) skeins Radiant Lime (A)
  • 1 skein Scarlet (B) or colors of choice
  • Knitting needles sizes 8 [5 mm] & 9 [5.5 mm] or sizes for gauge
  • Double-pointed needles size 8 [5 mm]
  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holders
  • Large-eyed blunt needle
  • Circular knitting needle size 8 [5 mm], 29"[73.5 cm]
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Pattern; to download the patterns, click on the "Download Project PDF" button (above).

DIRECTIONS:

SIZES: S (M). Fit dogs 10-18 lbs. (18-29) lbs.
Finished neck circumference 141?2"(151?2)"
[37 (39.5) cm].
Finished chest 221?2" (251?2)"[57 (65) cm]
Finished length 181?2" (211?2)" [47 (54.5) cm]
Pattern is written for smaller size with changes for larger size in parentheses. Circle all numbers pertaining to size before beginning.

GAUGE: 16 sts + 22 rows = 4" [10 cm] in St st (k on RS, p on WS).
To print the patterns, click on the "Download Project PDF" button (above).

STITCH EXPLANATIONS
kfb = knit in front & back. Knit next st without removing it from left needle; k through back of same st – 1 st increased.
M1 = Make 1. An increase worked by lifting the horizontal strand lying between needles & placing it onto the left needle. Knit this new stitch through the back loop – 1 st increased.
M1P = Make 1 st as if to purl. An increase worked by lifting the horizontal strand lying between the needles & placing it onto the left needle. Purl this new stitch through the back loop – 1 st increased.
ssk = slip, slip, knit. Slip next 2 sts as if to knit, 1 at a time, to right needle; insert left needle into fronts of these 2 sts; knit them tog – 1 st decreased.

PATTERN STITCHES
K2, p2 Rib worked in rows (multiple of 4 sts)
Row 1: *K2, p2; rep from * to end of row.
Row 2: K the knit sts & p the purl sts.
Rep Row 2 for K2, p2 Rib worked in rows.

K2, p2 Rib worked in rnds (multiple of 4 sts)
Rnd 1: *K2, p2; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rep Rnd 1 for K2, p2 Rib worked in rnds.

NOTES
  1. Body is worked back & forth in rows in 1 piece beg at neck. Piece is divided for leg openings & left back, underpiece & right back are worked separately to end of leg openings. Pieces are rejoined & worked to end of underpiece. Piece is again divided for lower underpiece. Left & right back are worked separately.
  2. Spikes & hood are worked separately & sewn to sweater. Hood is worked in halves, with short rows to shape each half. Short rows are rows that are worked over a portion of the sts in a row, with remaining sts unworked. To work short rows, pattern instructs note to "turn" before reaching the end of the row.
  3. Spikes are sandwiched between the left & right back & secured in place when the center back seam is sewn.

SWEATER

Body
With larger straight needles & A, cast on 58 (62) sts.
Row 1 (RS): K28 (30), place marker (pm), k2, pm, k to end of row.
Row 2 (Increase Row): P to marker, M1P, slip marker (sm), p2, sm, M1P, p to end of row – 60 (64) sts.
Row 3 (Increase Row): K to marker, M1, sm, k2, sm, M1, k to end of row – 62 (66) sts.
Rep last 2 rows – 74 (86) sts when all increases have been completed.
Next Row (WS): Purl.
Next Row (Increase Row): K to marker, M1, sm, k2, sm, M1, k to end of row – 76 (88) sts.
Rep last 2 rows – 90 (102) sts when all increases have been completed.
Next Row (WS): Purl.

Divide for Leg Openings (RS): K29 (32) sts for right back & place these sts on a holder, bind off 7 (9) sts for leg opening, k18 (20) sts for underpiece & place these sts on a holder, bind off 7 (9) sts for leg opening, k to end of row for left back – 29 (32) sts rem for left back.

Left Back
Work even in St st (k on RS, p on WS) until left back measures 11?2" (2)" [4 (5) cm], end with a WS row. Place sts on holder.

Underpiece
Return 18 (20) underpiece sts to needles ready to work a WS row.
Work even in St st until underpiece measures same as left back, end with a WS row. Place sts on holder.

Right Back
Return 29 (32) right back sts to needles ready to work a WS row.
Work even in St st until right back measures same as left back, end with a WS row.

Join Back & Underpiece
Next Row (RS): K29 (32) right back sts, cast on 7 (9) sts to complete leg opening, k18 (20) underpiece sts from holder, cast on 7 (9) sts to complete leg opening, k29 (32) left back sts from holder – 90 (102) sts.
Work even in St st until the piece measures 2"[5 cm] from leg opening cast-on, end with a WS row.

Divide for Lower Underpiece
Next Row (RS): K33 (39) sts for right back, join a second skein of yarn; bind off center 24 sts, k to end of row for left back – 33 (39) sts on each side.
Work both sides at the same time with separate skeins of yarn.
Next Row: On first side, purl; on 2nd side, purl.
Next Row: On first side, k to last 2 sts, k2tog; on 2nd side, ssk, k to end – 32 (38) sts on each side.
Rep last 2 rows until – 15 (18) sts sts rem.
Work even in St st working both sides at the same time with separate skeins of yarn for 31?2"(4)" [9 (10) cm], end with a WS row.
Bind off both sides separately.

Lower Body Ribbing
From RS with circular needle & B, pick up & k132 (152) sts evenly spaced across lower edge. Work back & forth in rows as if working with straight needles.
Work in K2, p2 Rib for 6 rows.
Bind off in rib.

HOOD
Right Half
With larger straight needles & A, cast on 26 (29) sts.
Row 1 (RS): K1, ssk, knit to end – 25 (28) sts.
Row 2: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows until – 22 (24) sts rem.
Next Row: K15 (17), pm, k to end of row.
Increase Row: Purl to 1 st before marker, M1P, p1, sm, p to end of row – 23 (25) sts.
Next Row: Knit.
Rep last 2 rows 7 (9) more times – 30 (34) sts.
Next Row: Purl.
Next Row: Knit.

Shape Hood with Short Rows
Row 1: Purl to marker, remove marker, p2tog, p1, TURN.
Row 2: Sl 1, k to end of row.
Row 3: P16 (18), p2tog, p1, TURN.
Row 4: Sl 1, k to end of row.
Row 5: P17 (19), p2tog, p1, TURN.
Row 6: Sl 1, k to end of row.
Row 7: P18 (20), p2tog, p1, TURN.
Row 8: Sl 1, k to end of row.
Row 9: P19 (21), p2tog, p1, TURN.
Row 10: Sl 1, k to end of row.
Row 11: P20 (22), p2tog, p1, TURN.
Row 12: Sl 1, k to end of row.
Row 13: P21 (23), p2tog, p1, TURN – 23 (27) sts.

Size S ONLY
Bind off.

Size M ONLY
Row 14: Sl 1, k to end of row.
Row 15: P20 (24), p2tog, p1, TURN – 26 sts.
Bind off.

Left Half
With larger straight needles & A, cast on 26 (29) sts.
Row 1 (RS): K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 25 (28) sts.
Row 2: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows until – 22 (24) sts rem.
Next Row: K7, pm, k to end of row.
Increase Row: Purl to marker, sm, p1, M1P, p to end of row – 23 (25) sts.
Next Row: Knit.
Rep last 2 rows until – 30 (34) sts.
Next Row: Purl.

Shape Hood with Short Rows
Row 1: Knit to marker, remove marker, ssk, k1, TURN.
Row 2: Sl 1, p to end of row.
Row 3: K16 (18), ssk, k1, TURN.
Row 4: Sl 1, p to end of row.
Row 5: K17 (19), ssk, k1, TURN.
Row 6: Sl 1, p to end of row.
Row 7: K18 (20), ssk, k1, TURN.
Row 8: Sl 1, p to end of row.
Row 9: K19 (21), ssk, k1, TURN.
Row 10: Sl 1, p to end of row.
Row 11: K20 (22), ssk, k1, TURN.
Row 12: Sl 1, p to end of row.
Row 13: K21 (23), ssk, k1, TURN – 23 (27) sts.

Size S ONLY
Bind off.

Size M ONLY
Row 14: Sl 1, p to end of row.
Row 15: K20 (24), ssk, k1, TURN – 26 sts.
Bind off.

Both Sizes
Sew Left & Right Halves together across back & top edges.
From RS with circular needle & B, pick up & k68 (80) sts evenly spaced across front edge. Work back & forth in rows as if working with straight needles.
Work in K2, p2 Rib for 5 rows.
Bind off in rib.
Sew lower edge of Hood to neck opening of body, leaving Sweater open at center back.

SPIKES
With smaller straight needles & B, cast on
1 st.
Row 1: Kfb – 2 sts.
Row 2: Kfb, k1 – 3 sts.
Row 3: K1, p1, kfb – 4 sts.
Row 4: Kfb, k1, p1, k1 – 5 sts.
Row 5: (K1, p1) twice, kfb – 6 sts.
Row 6: Kfb, (k1, p1) twice, k1 – 7 sts.
Row 7: (K1, p1) 3 times, kfb – 8 sts.
Row 8: Kfb, (k1, p1) 3 times, k1 – 9 sts.
Row 9: (K1, p1) 4 times, k1.
Row 10: P2tog, (k1, p1) 3 times, k1 – 8 sts.
Row 11: (K1, p1) 3 times, k2tog – 7 sts.
Row 12: P2tog, (k1, p1) twice, k1 – 6 sts.
Row 13: (K1, p1) twice, k2tog – 5 sts.
Row 14: P2tog, k1, p1, k1 – 4 sts.
Row 15: K1, p1, k2tog – 3 sts.
Row 16: P2tog, k1 – 2 sts.
Row 17: K2.
Rep Rows 2-17, 10 (12) more times.
Bind off.

FINISHING
Sew the center back seam, sandwiching Spikes between left & right back.
Leg Ribbing
From RS with double pointed needles & B, pick up & k20 (28) sts evenly spaced around one leg opening. Place marker for beg of rnd. Join by working the first st on the left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle.
Work in K2, p2 Rib worked in rnds for 5 rnds.
Bind off in rib.
Rep on opposite leg opening.
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 = repeat(ing)
RS = right side
sl = slip
st(s) = stitch(es)
St st = Stockinette stitch
WS = wrong side

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