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Dog jumper trouble

A long, long time ago, in November last year, I have decided to crochet jumpers for my parents’ two rescue dogs. Those jumpers have never been finished, as I thought it would be cruel to force any living creature to wear them. I decided to wait until my knitting skills improve enough to knit some nice dog garments instead.

Unfortunately, the older of the dogs, Tosia, passed away some time ago. I still find it hard to believe that she’s gone and we all miss her a lot, including her adoptive sister Nika, who still refuses to sleep on Tosia’s favourite sleeping spots and eat where Tosia’s bowls used to be…


So now sadly I only have one dog to knit something for, Nika. Nika had been thrown out of the riding car as a puppy. My parents’ neighbour saw it happen and brought her home, then my Mum took her in “only to foster her until we find a good forever home for her” – at least that had been the official story for about two or three days, until the decision was made to keep her ๐Ÿ˜‰

Nika is a little problematic when it comes to sweaters – she’s a really deep chested dog. Whenever my parents buy her a new jacket, some sewing is required to adjust the size to her body. That’s why, even though my Mother gave me Nika’s measurements, knitting for her turned out to be challenging and I needed to amend the patterns for the jumpers to fit her.


I say “jumpers”, because I ended up knitting two of them. I don’t really think they are the ultimate products, but more like prototypes that I’m going to send to my parents to try them on, check if they fit really well, and if not, see what adjustments need to be made in the future.

First jumper is based on the Lion Brand Proud Puppy Dog Sweater pattern. I used theย  leftover worsted acrylic yarn from my stash, and the colours are not too great together, but I didn’t have anything else to use. I made so many mistakes in this sweater, which show clearly, especially on the bottom part! I also had to adjust the length, as apparently Nika is short for a dog with her chest diameter. So the sweater I knitted is ugly, but I think that if I figure out the details of the pattern to fit her, this could become a good basis to use in the future.


And before I send it, my teddy is wearing it. I think it makes him look almost like a Jedi knight, don’t you agree? ๐Ÿ™‚


Second pattern I used was Little Watcher, by Drops Designs. Drops had a big sale of their wool-based yarns in May, so I bought some of their Fabel sock yarn, which can be machine washed. And 2,5 skeins were enough to knit this jumper in extra-large size, because unfortunately the largest of the pattern sizes was not enough. I had to calculate the stitch count based on the pattern, my gauge and Nika’s measurements, and seriously, although it wasn’t a very advanced math, I’m not fully convinced that I did it correctly ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anyway, the hoodie jumper is ready. I thought about adding a pompom to the hood, but I think it could disintegrate in the washing, so I decided not to do it.



Well, the jumpers are ready, I’m going to post them in some time together with a few other things I need to finish first, and then I hope to see clearly on pictures what needs to be corrected and amended more. This way perhaps when winter begins, Nika can have a real handmade sweater which fits her perfectly. Or maybe I never manage to adjust the pattern to her measurements and end up with a pile of doggie sweaters to donate to our local shelter, who knows? Either way something good must come out of this ๐Ÿ˜‰

7 thoughts on “Dog jumper trouble

  1. Don’t be so hard on yourself. And honestly, the dog won’t notice the mistakes – only you! Might I also suggest the ebook Seamless Knits for Posh Pups? They’re all top down patterns and super easy to adjust as you go along. I’ve knit 2 sweaters for Cher from there.

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    1. Yep, the dog will be happy to feel warm anyways, I just don’t want it to be too tight or too loose. And Nika has this wide chest and really narrow waist (or whatever this is called in dogs). But you are right, I need to be less critical ๐Ÿ™‚ And thank you for the book suggestion – just checked it on amazon and I’m totally adding it to my shopping list!


    1. The poor teddy is my default tester for small projects ๐Ÿ˜‰ I suspect he’s not very happy about it, but he really doesn’t have much choice ๐Ÿ˜‰

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