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justplaincharlotte 11-07-2011 09:15 PM

Dog Gone Cute - Basic Coat Question(s)
Now that I'm sewing the baby sweater together:woohoo: , I'm on the lookout for my next project. I'd like to work a sweater for my 16 year old mini poodle. The poor baby really feels the cold in his old age!

Has anyone made the Basic Coat from LA's Dog Gone Cute pattern book? Here's the Ravelry link:

I saw a comment on the pattern which said it was complicated for an easy pattern, and the knitter had to seek help with it.

What do you think, if you've worked this pattern? It looks deceptively easy...

Many thanks in advance!

Ingrid 11-07-2011 09:18 PM

I haven't made the pattern, but what have you got to lose? With every project you learn something, and help is readily available here. I say if you like it, go for it!

suzeeq 11-07-2011 10:22 PM

I agree with Ingrid. If you just stick to patterns with stuff you already know, you won't learn as much. So go for it and we'll help you out.

Wanda Witch 11-07-2011 10:43 PM

Go for it. The good knitters here will help you out if you need assistance. We have a 12-year mini poodle, Phantom Poodle, and she is spoiled but the weather here isn't that cold. She does have nighties though for the winters. Good luck, and you are so fortunate you have a fella that is 16 years old. We had our last little poodle, mini also, for over 17 years. Great companions.

justplaincharlotte 11-07-2011 11:51 PM

Thank you everyone for the encouragement!

I've started the sweater, my lil' man is worth it. :heart:

Wanda, the Phantom sounds like a great pooch! Give her a scritch for me. It doesn't get that cold here either, but the past couple of years or so have Punkin really uncomfortable when it gets below 40. Rather than buy another sweater, I figured I'd make one for him. You're absolutely right, they are great companions!

justplaincharlotte 11-08-2011 03:25 AM

Pattern help, please
I knew this was coming... LOL

Amazingly enough it does start out simple, but I'm not clear on a few of the instructions. Surprise, surprise.;) Help, I really need a Patons translator!

Instructions are below, and my questions are in italics. Everything is clear to here:

Leg Openings: 1st row: K5[5-7-11-13]. BO next 4[6-6-10-13] sts. K36[46-56-80-102] including st on needle after BO. BO next 4[6-6-10-13] sts. K to end or row. I'm good through here, starting the leg holes, but the rest is greek to me...

Note: All leg sections are worked at the same time using a separate ball of yarn for each section. I get that the ribbing is stand alone here, is that what they're talking about?

Beg with a purl row, work 1[1.5-1.5-2.5-3]" in stocking st from bound off sts. From? On? Where do I knit?
Joining row: K 5[5-7-11-13]. Turn and cast on 4[6-6-10-13] sts. Turn and knit to end of row 54[68-82-122-154] sts. I can't think of anything charitable to say about this other than "HUH???"

And here's a link to a better picture of the area of the sweater in question on the Patons website.

What in the blue blazes do I do from here???

Many thanks in advance for your help,

justplaincharlotte 11-08-2011 05:36 AM

By Jove, I think I've got it!

What I worked out was knitting the 7 side edge stitches for an inch and a half on each side for 7 rows, then the joining row starts, knitting across the 7, casting on 10, then k 56 in the middle, cast on 10, k7!

The great mojo strikes again! :woohoo:

salmonmac 11-08-2011 06:50 AM

You have it exactly. Just think of the idea of the leg openings as you would work them from the bottom up or look at the picture. We had a much-loved springer spaniel who delighted in snow and cold (and also had a thick coat) so i never had the chance to make a dog sweater.
Good luck with the rest of the pattern.

fatoldladyinpjs 11-08-2011 11:02 AM

Here's a simple dog sweater pattern. You could probably use any stitch if you wanted it a little more fancy.

justplaincharlotte 11-08-2011 01:24 PM


Originally Posted by fatoldladyinpjs (Post 1333533)
Here's a simple dog sweater pattern. You could probably use any stitch if you wanted it a little more fancy.

Thanks! I may have to try ir for my other dog, Max, the mini dachshund. :)

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