After my not so great attempt at this pattern last week, using the wrong size needles for my yarn, and generally making the smallest tightest sweater in existence. I restarted using larger straight needles and knit the piece flat and sewed it up along the middle at the end.
This was ridiculous to make, I mean really Boomer does not need a sweater in the slightest, but I got a stupid amount of enjoyment out of making it. I spent longer picking what designs to incorporate than I did knitting it. They were all chosen by browsing pinterest looking at Christmas fair isle patterns and I just picked a bit off one pattern and mixed it with a bit off another etc until I had a design I liked.
Learning how to do fair isle was interesting, and not to mention tricky, especially since the only way I managed to not tangle the yarns was to do one hand continental one hand English style knitting – but I’ve never done continental before and I don’t appear to be very good at keeping tension on the yarn strand to be able to knit properly. I also stumbled quite a bit with figuring out how to wrap the yarn to keep my floats short. Then once I’d figured all that out on the knit side I had to try wrapping my head around purling…..yikes!
The pattern I used is called the perfect fit dog sweater (free on ravelry) which was pretty good but I didn’t end up with a perfect fit. As you can probably tell from the unseamed photo the space from neck to chest is way way too long on Boomer – maybe because he is slightly barrel chested, and by that I mean he has quite a large rib-cage compared to the rest of his body – but his neck is comparatively short…..so if I was making it again I would make the same number of increases but in about 10-12 fewer rows.
But the imperfect fit doesn’t seem to bother Boomer at all. I just rolled the collar down slightly and it looks fine. I chose not to put sleeves on it because Boomer isn’t a big fan of people touching his paws and I knew that having something near them would make him want to chew them so I guess I should really call it a vest. Surprisingly he seems to really like the sweater. He had no problem running around in it or settling down to nap in it…..he’s a big fan of knitted blankets so I guess a knitted sweater isn’t too big of a stretch for him.
And so after always saying I thought dressing up dogs was a bit on the silly side and not something I would do … I, eh, went and did it….but I’ll give myself a free pass because it’s Christmas!