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Novita 7 Veljestä: Cabled dog sweater

Knitted from Novita 7 Veljestä, the dog sweater is adorned by a beautiful cable pattern. The sweater includes an opening for the dog lead.

Size(s)

XS(S)M(L)XL

Yarn demand

Novita 7 Veljestä (288) Spike or (691) Peat 150(200)200(250)250 g

Needles and other supplies

Double-pointed needles and circular needles (40 cm / 16 in) Novita 3½ mm (US 4) and 4 mm (UK 8 / US 6) or sizes needed to obtain gauge

Designer

Sari Nordlund

Finished dimensions

chest circumference (measured at the widest point, behind the front legs) approx. 34-40(42-48)50-56(58-64)66-72 cm / 13½-15¾(16½-19)19¾-22(22¾-25¼)26-28¼ in

back (measured from withers to base of tail, with the dog in standing position) approx. 30(38)44(50)56 cm / 11¾(15)17¼(19¾)22 in

Note: The pictured dachshund sweater is knitted using the number of sts for size M. After the leg openings, work 18 cm instead of 9 cm before you decrease.

Stitch patterns Ribbing: *p2, k2*

Using the smaller double-pointed needles or the short circular needle, cast on 68(80)88(92)100sts and divide them across four needles. Work ribbing in the round starting with p2.

When the ribbing measures 12(13)13(13)14 cm, make a hole for the dog lead: work the first 26(29)32(35)38 sts in ribbing, bind off the next 2 sts, work ribbing to end. Next round: work the first 26(29)32(35)38 sts in ribbing, cast on 2 sts, work ribbing to end.

When the ribbing measures 13(14)14(14)15 cm, switch to the larger needles and begin the cable pattern on row 1 of chart I(II)III(IV)V: work cable pattern [54(60)66(72)78 sts], knit remaining sts and at the same time evenly increase 8(12)16(20)24 sts. 12(14)20(26)32 sts increased, 80(94)108(118)132 sts on the needles. Keep working rows 2-9 of the cable chart. With the other sts, work stockinette st in the round.

Note: On the next round work the 54(60)66(72)78 cable sts and the next 13(17)21(23)27 sts. Place 1st marker (the beginning of round is here, at the midpoint of the belly section), work 8(10)12(13)14 sts, place 2nd marker, work 64(74)84(92)104 sts, place 3rd marker, work remaining 8(10)12(13)14 sts. 16(20)24(26)28 sts in the belly, 64(74)84(92)104 sts in the back.

Begin increases at the edges of the belly section: work to 2nd marker, slip marker, m1L (knit the strand of yarn between the sts through the back loop), work to 3rd marker, m1R (knit the strand of yarn between the sts through the front loop), slip marker, work to end. Repeat the increases every other row 6(7)8(11)12 more times. 94(110)126(142)158 sts on the needles: 16(20)24(26)28 sts in the belly, 78(90)102(116)130 sts in the back.

After the last increases, work 1 round as established. Next round: work to last 2 sts before 3rd marker, skp (= slip 1 knitwise, k1, pass slipped st over), remove marker, work to end. Remove the beginning of round marker. Work to 2nd marker, remove marker, k2tog,cast on 1 st for seaming. Turn work. WS: p19(23)27(29)31,cast on 1 st for seaming. Turn work. RS: k1, skp, k14(18)22(24)26, k2tog, k1.

Leave the 74(86)98(112)126 back sts on hold. With the 18(22)26(28)30 belly sts, work stockinette st to create the front leg openings. After 8(9)10(11)12 cm, on a RS row bind off 1 st for seaming at both ends. Leave the remaining 16(20)24(26)28 sts on hold.

Work back and forth with the 74(86)98(112)126 back sts and on the first row increase 1 st for seaming at both ends = 76(88)100(114)128 sts. On every 4th row decrease 3x1 st at both ends: k1, skp, work to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. 70(82)94(108)122 sts on the needles after the decreases.

After 7(8)9(10)11 cm with the back sts only, on a RS row work until 1 st remains. Join the 16(20)24(26)28 belly sts = 86(102)118(134)150 sts. Decrease 1 st (knit together the last back st and first belly st), place marker, work 14(18)22(24)26 belly sts, place marker, decrease 1 st (work a skp decrease with the last belly st and first back st). 84(100)116(132)148 sts now on the needles. Work in the round and repeat the decreases on every other round 4 more times. 76(92)108(124)140 sts on the needles: 16(20)24(26)28 sts in the belly, 60(72)84(98)112 sts in the back.

When you have worked 7(8)9(10)11 cm after the leg openings, leave the 16(20)24(26)28 belly sts on hold and work back and forth with the 60(72)84(98)112 back sts.

On the next RS row, begin decreases: k2, skp, work to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2. Repeat the decreases every other round 5(9)15(14)17 more times.

Continue decreasing: on the next RS row, k2, sk2p (slip 1 knitwise, k2tog, pass the slipped st over), work to last 5 sts, k3tog, k2. Repeat the decreases on every other row 5(6)5(8)9 more times. 24(24)28(32)36 sts now on the needles.

Finishing

Border: Move the 24(24)28(32)36 sts onto the smaller circular needle and pick up and knit 1 st from each row at the edge of the work, knit the 16(20)24(26)28 belly sts, pick up and knit 1 st from each row at the edge. Work ribbing in the round. On the first round, decrease 1 st if needed to maintain rib pattern throughout. When the border measures 2 cm, bind off in pattern.

Using the smaller double-pointed needles, pick up and knit 36(40)44(44)48 sts from the leg opening and work ribbing in the round for 3(3)4(4)5 cm. Bind off in pattern.

Knit the other leg opening in the same manner.

Steam the dog sweater lightly.

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