Lion Brand Heartland Patriotic Dog Sweater

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by Lion Brand Design Team

Lion Brand Heartland Patriotic Dog Sweater

What a patriotic pup!

Use a gauge of 17 sts + 24 rnds (about 4") in Beaded Rib pattern to knit a dog sweater that measures approximately 12" inch in Finished Neck Circumference; 18-3/4 (23-1/2)" in Finished Chest; and 20 (23)" in Finished Length. Be sure to check your gauge. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you less stitches to match the gauge, try using a smaller size needle or hook; if it takes you more stitches, try a larger size needle or hook.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:3 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Pattern and supplies are written for smallest size (S or 10 to 18 pounds) with changes for larger sizes (M or 18 to 29 pounds) in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow a pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning. You will need 1 skein each of Redwood, Acadia and Olympic yarn to make this dog sweater in size S and 2 skeins each of Redwood, Acadia and Olympic yarn to make this dog sweater in size M.
    Notes:
    •Sweater is worked in one piece beg at neck.
    •Piece is worked in the rnd to leg openings, then back and underpiece are worked separately back and forth in rows. When leg openings are complete, underpiece and back are rejoined and worked in the rnd to the lower back. Lower back is worked back and forth in rows.•When knitting in the rnd on double pointed needles (dpns), your sts need to be divided fairly evenly onto the needles. If you are working with a set of 4 dpns, your sts should be divided among 3 needles. If you are working with a set of 5 dpns, your sts should be divided among 4 needles. The total number of sts will not always be evenly divisible by the number of dpns that you are using – this is not a problem! Simply divide your sts as evenly as possible, you will still create a symmetrical ‘tube’ of knitting.
  • 2
    With smaller double pointed needles (dpns) and Redwood, cast on 52 (64) sts.
    Divide sts onto 4 needles, with 13 (16) sts on each needle.
    Place marker for beg of rnd. Join by working the first st on the left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle and being careful not to twist sts.
  • 3
    Neck Ribbing:
    With Redwood, work in K1, p1 Rib for 7 rnds.
    With Arcadia, work in K1, p1 Rib for 7 rnds.
  • 4
    Shape Sweater:
    Change to larger dpns and Redwood.
    Rnds 1 and 2: With Redwood, work rnds 1 and 2 of Beaded Rib pattern worked in rnds.
    Rnd 3: With Redwood, pfb, p to last st, pfb – 54 (66) sts.
    Rnd 4: With Redwood, pfb, *k1, p1; rep from * to last st, kfb – 56 (68) sts.
    Rnds 5 and 6: Rep last 2 rnds – 60 (72) sts when all increases have been completed.
  • 5
    Change to Arcadia.
    Rnds 7 and 8: With Arcadia, rep Rnds 3 and 4 – 64 (76) sts.
    Rnd 9: With Arcadia, pfb, p to last st, pfb – 66 (78) sts.
    Rnd 10: With Arcadia, *p1, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.
    Rnd 11: With Arcadia, pfb, p to last st, pfb – 68 (80) sts.
    Rnd 12: With Arcadia, *k1, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.
    Note: If the sts no longer fit comfortably on double pointed needles as you work the following reps, change to the larger circular needle.
  • 6
    Change to Redwood.
    Continue to change color working 6 rnds with Redwood and 6 rnds with Arcadia throughout shaping.
    Rnds 13-24 (32): Rep last 4 rnds – 80 (100) sts when all increases have been completed.
  • 7
    Divide for Leg Openings:
    Change to Olympic.
    Cut Redwood and Arcadia.
    Next Rnd: P6 (8), bind off next 4 (6) sts for leg opening, p to last 10 (14) sts, bind off next 4 (6) sts for leg opening, p to end of rnd, remove beg of rnd marker, p6 (8) – 12 (16) sts rem for underpiece.
  • 8
    Underpiece:
    Note: The underpiece and back are now worked separately, back and forth in rows on circular needle as if working with straight needles. Beg with a WS row, work in Beaded Rib pattern worked in rows for 1-1/2 (2) inch, end with a WS row.
    Note: End with a WS row means that the last row you work should be a WS row, and the next row that you are ready to work will be a RS row. Place underpiece sts on a holder.
  • 9
    Back:
    Place the 60 (72) back sts on larger circular needle, ready to work a WS row.
    Beg with a WS row, work in Beaded Rib pattern until Back measures same as underpiece, end with a WS row.
  • 10
    Join Back and Underpiece:
    Next Rnd (RS): P60 (72) back sts, cast on 4 (6) sts, p12 (16) underpiece sts from holder, cast on 4 (6) sts – 80 (100) sts. Place marker for beg of rnd.
    Join by working the first st on the left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle. Work in Beaded Rib pattern for 2 inch, end with an even-numbered rnd (a k1, p1 rnd).
  • 11
    Shape Back Flap:
    Next Rnd (RS): P62 (74), bind off 16 (24) sts, p2, remove beg of rnd marker – 64 (76) sts. Cut yarn and rejoin at opposite end, ready to work a WS row.
    Note: Back flap is now worked back and forth in rows.
    Next Row (WS): *K1, p1; rep from * to end of row.
    Next Row: P2tog, p to last 2 sts, p2tog – 62 (74) sts.
    Next Row: *P1, k1; rep from * to end of row.
    Next Row: P2tog, p to last 2 sts, p2tog – 60 (72) sts. Rep last 4 rows until – 28 (32) sts rem.
    Work even in Beaded Rib pattern worked in rows for 3 inch. Change to smaller circular needle.
  • 12
    Lower Body Ribbing:
    From RS and with Arcadia, k28 (32) rem back flap sts, pick up and k86 (104) sts evenly spaced down side edge of back flap across underpiece and up other side of back flap – 114 (136) sts.
    Work in K1, p1 Rib for 3 rnds.
    Change to Redwood.
    Work in K1, p1 Rib for 2 rnds. Bind off in rib.
  • 13
    Finishing:
    Leg Ribbing:
    From RS with smaller double pointed needles and Arcadia, pick up and k26 (34) sts evenly spaced around one leg opening.
    Place marker for beg of rnd.
    Join by working the first st on the left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle. Work in K1, p1 Rib for 3 rnds.
    Change to Redwood. Work in K1, p1 Rib for 2 rnds. Bind off in rib.
    Rep on opposite leg opening. Weave in ends.
  • 14
    Special Stitches & Abbreviations:
    kfb (knit in front and back) = Knit next st without removing it from left needle, then k through back of same st – 1 st increased.
    pfb (purl into front and back) = Purl next st without removing it from left needle, then p through back of same st – 1 st increased.
    K1, p1 Rib (worked over even number of sts) = Rnd 1: *K1, p1; rep from * to end of rnd. Rep Rnd 1 for K1, p1 Rib.
    Beaded Rib Pattern worked in rnds (worked over even number of sts) = Rnd 1: Purl. Rnd 2: *K1, p1; rep from * to end of rnd. Rep Rnds 1 and 2 for Beaded Rib pattern worked in rnds.
    Download template for abbreviations not explained elsewhere.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:3 hours

Project Supplies

  • •Lion Brand Heartland Yarn in Redwood, Olympic & Arcadia (see step 1 for number of skeins)
  • •Lion Brand Double-Pointed Knitting Needles in both U.S. 8/5.0 mm & U.S. 9/5.5 mm
  • •16" Circular Knitting Needles in both U.S. Size 8 (5.0 mm) & U.S. Size 9 (5.5 mm)
  • •Lion Brand Split Ring Stitch Markers, Stitch Holders & Blunt End Needles
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