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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

My hands can do this --- Knitted Dog Wrap with Hood


A dog is really a man’s best friend.  It’s created to protect the owner and all the family members from harm.  Though it is costly to buy a dog and maintain its good health, it’s worth it because of the joy and companionship it can give to the owner and anybody who sees it and also the care and protection it can provide.   Very rewarding also if you can train the dog to do some skills, like picking up something you throw or  getting something you want it to get, etc.   


Whisky
One day, the niece of my son-in-law came over to the house.  She was carrying something and guess what??? It’s her newly bought cute, adorable dog – a two-month old toy poodle named Whisky. Upon seeing it,  I asked her if she likes me to make a wrap for her dog and she obliged.  It wasn’t easy for me to think how I could make my own pattern for this dog.  It was really a  trial and error for this project because before the time I finished it, I saw the dog grew bigger after two months.  So, I have to start all over again and provide additional stitches.   Anyway, it’s worth every effort I made.  It’s worth it also for her to have this dog because it is really so adorable and lovable.  

 *KNITTED DOG WRAP WITH HOOD

Materials:
(1)  Red Heart, Frosty Green Fleck, 5 oz.
(1)  circular needle - US size 5 / 3.75mm / 16” – 40.5cm
(1)  circular needle US size 6 / 4.00mm / 16” – 40.5cm
(4)  double knitting needles US size 7 (4.5mm)
(2)  straight needles # 5
(1)  crochet needle F/5 – 3.75 mm
(6)  marker / stopper (bread tie coiled around the double knitting needle)
(1)  yarn needle


Measurements                       Dog (4 months old)        *Project
Head circumference                    11 in.
Neck circumference                    12 in.
Chest                                             5 in.
Chest to genital                             7 in.                                  7 in.
Armpit                                           8 in.                                  9.5 in.
Upper Body (armpit side)           15 in.                                 16 in.     
Lower Body (bottom side)          15 in.                                 14 in.
Neckline (front)                                                                       3.5 in.
Neckline (back)                                                                       5 in.
Hood                                                                              7 in. (L) x 4.5 in. (W)
Hood opening                                                                         18 in.

*The project is approximately measured without stretching around except the neckline (front and back).
    
Level of Difficulty – easy

Stitch Abbreviations:
(K2 tog)  knit 2 together
(st/s)        stitch/es 
(lp)           loop
(sp)          space

(Note: Always count the number of stitches before going to the next round to avoid committing a mistake.)
        
Special Instructions:
(K2 tog) – insert the right needle into the front of the first 2 (sts) on the left needle as if to (k) then (k) them together as if they are one (st).

(P2 tog) – insert the right needle into the front of the  first 2 (sts) on the left needle as if to (p) and (p) them together as if they are one (st).

Binding Off (knit / pur) – ( K) / (P) two (sts).  Insert the tip of the left needle into the first (st) on the right needle.  Lift the (st) over the last (st) you (k) / (p) and over the tip of the right needle.

Instructions:
With circular needle # 5, cast on 7n0 (sts).  Always place a marker to mark the beginning of a round. Turn the needles around your hand. Be sure the first (st) is closed to the beginning (st) to connect as in the picture shown below:


Connecting the Stiches

Ribbing
1st Rnd –   (K) around to connect the (sts).    Put a marker.   Turn the needles around your hand.  
Result -  70 (sts)

2nd to 6th Rnds – (K1, P1) around.   
Result -  70 (sts)  

7th to 30th Rnd – (K70)
Results70 (sts)

Changing the Needles and Binding off
Don’t forget to put a stopper at the end of one circular needle to keep hold of the other (sts).  Bind off 10 (sts) only.  Insert one straight needle #5 into the last (lp) after binding off.  Carefully insert the straight needle into the 25 (sts) one by one, as you remove the circular needle.   Put a stopper again into the other end of the circular needle.  Then use the other straight needle to transfer carefully and reposition the (sts) one by one before continuing to knit again. It will look like this as shown in the picture below:  


Changing the Needles

Making of Back Side
1st Rnd – Using the straight needle #5, (K26).
Results – 26 (sts)

2nd Rnd - (P26). 
Results – 26 (sts)

3rd Rnd – (K2 tog), (K22), (K2 tog).
Results – 24 (sts)

4th Rnd – (P24).
Results – 24 (sts)

5th Rnd – (K2 tog), (K20), (K2 tog).
Results – 22 (sts)

6th Rnd – (P22).
Results – 22 (sts)

7th Rnd – (K22).
Results – 22 (sts)

8th Rnd -  (P22).           
Results – 22 (sts)

9th to 10th Rn -  Repeat 7th and 8th Rnds.  Bind off.  Provide an allowance before cutting the yarn.  Cut and tie it twice. 
Results – 22 (sts)

Changing the Needles and Binding off
Using a crochet hook, insert the yarn end into the (lp) of the first (st) of the neck side to connect.  Tie it twice.  Using the same circular needle, bind off 10 (sts) only.  Insert one straight needle #5 into the last (lp) after binding off.  Carefully insert the straight needle #5 into the 25 (sts) one by one, as you remove the circular needle.   Insert also the needle to the first (lp) where the first set of binded (sts) are. Then use the other straight needle to transfer carefully and reposition the (sts) one by one before continuing to knit again. 

Making of Front Side
1st Rnd – (P2 tog), (P25). 
Results – 26 (sts)

2nd Rnd - (K26). 
Results – 26 (sts)

3rd Rnd – (P2 tog), (P22), (P2 tog).
Results – 24 (sts)

4th Rnd – (K24).
Results – 24 (sts)

5th Rnd – (P2 tog), (P20), (P2 tog).
Results – 22 (sts)

6th Rnd – (K22).
Results – 22 (sts)

7th Rnd – (P2 tog), (P18), (P2 tog).
Results – 20 (sts)

8th Rnd -  (K20).          
Results – 20 (sts)

9th Rnd -  (P2 tog), (P16), (P2 tog). 
Results – 18 (sts)

10th Rnd – (K18).
Results – 18 (sts)

11th Rnd – (P2 tog), (P14), (P2 tog).
Results – 16 (sts)

12th Rnd – (K16).  Turn the needle around your hand with pur side facing you.  Pur to bind off.  Provide an allowance before cutting the yarn.  Cut and tie it twice. 
Results – 16 (sts)


Making of Hooded Collar
With circular needle # 6, cast on 60 (sts).  Always place a marker to mark the beginning of a round. Turn the needles around your hand. Be sure the first (st) is closed to the beginning (st) to connect. 

I - Ribbing
1st Rnd –   (K) around to connect the (sts).    Put a marker.  
Results -  60 (sts)

2nd to 10th Rnd – (K60).  
Results – 60 (sts)

II - Changing the Needles and Binding Off
Transfer carefully the 21 (sts) into double knitting needle, as you remove them from the circular needle.  Bind them off.  Transfer carefully again the remaining (sts) one by one into another 3 double knitting needles, as you remove the circular needle.   Put a stopper on every end of the needles to hold the (sts). 

(Note: If the last (st) near the binded (st) seems to be not so closed to each other, you can pick it up to join.  (K2 tog) to maintain the total number of (sts).   

1st Rnd -  (K40). 
Results -   40 (sts)  

2nd Rnd – (P40).    
Results – 40 (sts)

3rd  to 18th Rnd – Repeat 1st and 2nd Rnds .  Transfer evenly the (sts) into 2 double knitting needles only at the 10th Rnd. 
Results – 40 (sts)

III - Binding off and Connecting the Edges
Bind off.  Test the (sts) that were binded off initially, if they are too tight or not, by stretching them. Each needle is removed as you finish binding the (sts).  Provide 25 inches of yarn allowance and then cut it.  Invert the project and align the binded area together.  Using a yarn needle, insert the yarn end into the first binded (sts) to connect the edges.  Insert it back to the same binded (sts) to strengthen the hold.  Continue doing the procedure as if you are just sewing.  Tie it twice at the end.  Insert the yarn end into the (sts) to hide the excess allowance and then cut it.

Attaching the Hooded Collar to the Body
Invert the project and choose which side you like to show.   Connect the hooded collar to the front side first and then the back side.  You will connect them as if you are just sewing using a yarn needle.  Extend both your arms while holding a line of yarn to measure an approximate yarn allowance for attaching the hooded collar to the body.  Be sure both the hooded collar and the body should have the same kind of (sts) showing before sewing them.

1)  Front Side
From the excess yarn end at the front side of the last round,  insert the yarn end and tie it twice.  Insert the needle into where the excess yarn end of the hooded collar is and pull the yarn to initially connect them.  Sew the same binded (st) of the body and regular (st) of the hooded collar one more time to strengthen the hold.  Don’t forget to hide the excess yarn ends as you sew.

Insert the yarn needle into the next regular (st) of the hooded collar and insert it back to the same binded (st) of the body.  You need to skip one regular (st) of the hooded collar and then insert the yarn needle into the same binded (st) of the body.  This is to center and align the hooded collar and the body because the front side has only a total 16 (sts) while the binded (sts) have 20 (sts).  The initial outcome will look like, as if the (sts) were still knitted or purred as shown in the picture below:


Attaching the Collar to the Body (Front Side)
(Oops, sorry I failed to rotate this picture)
For example, for every regular 5 (sts) of the hooded collar,  you have to do the procedure of inserting the needle into the same binded (st) of the body until you have sewn a total of  regular 20 (sts) and aligned front side of the collar at the center.  Sew one more time on the last (sts) to strengthen the hold. 

2)  Back Side
Continue sewing the next regular 5 (sts) of the hooded collar.  Then insert the needle into the first  binded (st) of the back side to connect.  Sew one more time the same (sp) to strengthen the hold. Before you start sewing this back side, put a marker for the last regular 5 (sts) of the hoodie collar.  Begin sewing and aligning the binded (sts) of the back side with the regular (sts) of the hooded collar.   Sew one more time the last (sts) to strengthen the hold. 

Continue sewing the last regular 5 (sts) of the hooded collar.  Don’t forget to hide the excess yarn ends as you sew.  Cut and tie it twice.   Hide the rest of excess yarns.


Let’s watch the video of this little, cute toy poodle on a skateboard.


video


*This project was featured on All Free Knitting last Jan. 23, 2014 and posted as #4 in their What’s Hot - Knitting for Pets.  I was also featured as #2 among Top Knit Designers as shown below. Though this is not a permanent ranking, I can always humbly say, “Thank you very much to all viewers.”

What's Hot

4.      Hooded Dog Wrap
5.      Paw Socks Pattern
7.      Cat Hoodie
8.      Boa Dog Coat
10.    Catnip Bunnies



What's Hot

2.      Susan Hamilton
3.      Gretchen Tracy
4.      Robin Celli
8.      Vickie Howell
10.    Carol Sunday

Read more at http://www.allfreeknitting.com/knitting-designers/Susan-Hamilton#3ug3S8SmDwMWUFog.99


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