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SUNDAY PICNIC Gingham Check Dog Sweater


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Oh, what a fine Sunday you and your best friend will have at the puppy dogs' picnic! Spread a checkered cloth and share some yummy treats in the sunshine, in this pretty checked sweater knit in two colors of sport-weight yarn. Worked partly in the round from the neck down, with steeked leg openings. This knitting pattern, suitable for the intermediate to experienced knitter with color work skills, uses two shades of sport-weight yarn. Recommended: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, a lightweight, machine-washable yarn that is excellent for color work, suitable for year-round wear and soft, soft, soft for baby. (The sweater in these photos is shown on a dog with 15" chest.) The pattern includes a chart for the color work pattern and FULL INSTRUCTIONS for steeking the leg openings. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Basic knitting in the round Color work GAUGE 6-1/4 sts = 1 inch in stockinette stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Fits 9.5-10, 12-13, 15-16 or 19-20" chest

Recommended with this pattern

  • Sport weight yarn, 1-2 skeins MC, 1 skein CC
  • US 3 circular knitting needles, 16"
  • US 2 DPNs, set of five

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As a child I made crude doll clothes, crafted houses for baby frogs I had captured (!), wove potholders and made stained glass "art" at camp. I have a funny little sweater vest I made my Betsy McCall doll -- basically just a small rectangle that I forced her arms through to make it a cardi. I spent hours as a little girl watching and "helping" my great-grandmother sew clothes at her old-fashioned treadle Singer. My grandmother on the other side filled her house with homemade kitsch, from paint-by-numbers landscapes to crocheted toilet paper covers. In fact, when Grandmother Rose died, in her 90s, after a trip to Wal-mart to buy yarn, she was buried holding her crochet hook and the latest piece she had been working on. I hope they'll do the same for me.