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At 6' tall, I used to have a hard time finding sweaters with long enough sleeves. So I took up knitting to make my own sweaters.

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Ella Sweater #181

from Vermont Fiber Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Ella Sweater #181
Ella Sweater #181
Ella Sweater #181
Ella Sweater #181
Ella Sweater #181
Ella Sweater #181

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit, purl, increases, decreases, picking up stitches

Pattern Description:

My friends Sarah and Robb are dog lovers like me. So when I found out they were going to have a baby, I thought a dog sweater would be the perfect gift. The dog on the sweater is Ella, their sweet but skittish girl who is black with a white spot on her chest. When Forrest was born, Ella sent out the birth announcements! Ella is knit separately and sewn on, to make it easy for you to personalize it without having to rework the sweater. Use a different color or texture yarn, and tweak the chart if you'd like to match your own dog (just be sure to match the dog gauge).


18 sts and 28 rows = 4" (10 cm) in Stockinette stitch, using worsted weight yarn and larger needles

32 sts and 40 rows = 4" (10 cm) in Stockinette stitch, using fingering weight yarn and smaller needles

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 6-12 months (22") to child's 12 (38")


  • 170-555 yards worsted weight yarn in each of 2 colors; 90 yards fingering weight yarn
  • sizes 6 (4 mm) and 2 (2.75 mm) needles

You Will Also Need:

  • stitch marker; stitch holders; 2 or 3 buttons, 5/8" (optional); 2 buttons for eyes; one button for nose