Some time in the last year I had tried to knit a doggie jumper for my parents’ Nika. Nika is not a very standard dog when it comes to body shape, in that she’s very deep-chested for a dog her size, so knitting for her can be a challenge – especially when she is not around to modify the pattern as I knit. In the end, neither jumper fit her very well and they were both donated to a dog rescue group. But at least I could see what was wrong and apply the modifications in my new project!
Dana from Yards of Happiness recommended “Seamless Knits for Posh Pups” (love the title!) as a good pattern book with dog sweaters which are easy to modify. Initially I wanted to knit Rocky, but I had worsted weight yarn while it is designed for bulky yarn and I didn’t feel confident to modify both the yarn type and sizing in one project. So in the end I went with Otis hoodie and I think it turned out quite well! I am much more confident with the sizing modified on the basis of previous jumpers, and since I used larger needles than I normally would for that yarn, the fabric is really stretchy and should fit Nika well.
I used two shades or Irish Fairytales worsted sock yarn, which is machine washable and based on merino wool (with some nylon for sturdiness) to keep Nika warm. I really like the clever construction of the hoodie and the little pocket on the back which is knitted without seaming.
I still have some of this yarn left and I’m planning to knit two smaller dog jumpers for the coming animal rescue charity auction. These are quick projects so I should be able to knit something on time and there is always demand for such items, especially for small breed dogs which tend to get cold easily.
And before Nika receives the hoodie, I must use alternative models for it 😉