Pooky’s Dog Sweater

This is for a large dog. Pooky is an 13-year-old Black Lab. I searched for a sweater/coat pattern for a large dog and found that I had to make my own pattern. I took parts from a few patterns and modified them to fit Pooky.

Materials: Worsted weight yarn, approximately: 2 x 50 gm balls of 2 contrasting colors. Worsted weights are all appropriate. Pick whichever is best for your area's winter weather. Buy an extra skein or two just in case. I used a 1 lb ball of Dusty rose I had and bought the same in Cranberry.
Hook size 6mm
3/4" buttons-3
Yarn needle

Note: Work with both colors held together and it's all done in double chain stitches to make a warm thick coat.

Neck ribbing: Make 2 inches wide, work in back loops only and the length of your dog's neck (Pooky's is 23)

Back: (from base of neck to tail is 29 inches, is 15 inches wide, add the tummy band of 22 inches) this is all worked in dc.

Underneath Section:
ch 23.
Work 22 sc across first row, ch 1, turn.
Row 2: 1 sc in first sc, ch 1, skip 1 sc for buttonhole, 1 sc in each sc to last 2 sc, ch 1, sk 1 p 1 sc, 1 sc in last st, ch 1 , turn.
Row 3: 1 sc in each sc and in each buttonhole, ch 1, turn.
Work 5 rows on the 22 sc.
Dec 1 sc at each side of every row until 8 sc remain "rem." Work 9 more rows on the 8 sc.
Fasten off.
With Color B – crochet 1 row of sl st all around. Sew 2 buttons at each side of narrow end. Sew 1 button to each side of body and button underneath section in place.

Neckband:
Rnd 1: With right side facing and MC, join yarn with slip st at seam; ch 1, sc evenly around, join with slip st to first sc.
Rnds 2 &3: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with slip st to first sc.
Finish off.

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Neck Ribbing: With MC and smaller hook, ch 8 loosely.
1st row: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each ch to end of ch. Ch 1. Turn.
2nd row: Working in back loop only of each st, work 1 sc in each st to end of row. Ch 1. Turn.
Rep last row 64 times more omitting turning ch at end of last row.

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