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dogloverx2
New Pal

USA
6 Posts

Posted - 12/31/2005 :  4:06:15 PM  Show Profile Send dogloverx2 a Private Message
I want to make a dog sweater. I need suggestions on what kind of yarn to use. I would like something soft for a small dog, rather than something too outdoorsy.

I do need something that will wear well and is not too expensive.

Any suggestions will be very much appreciated.

SweetKat
Warming Up

USA
79 Posts

Posted - 12/31/2005 :  5:56:36 PM  Show Profile  Visit SweetKat's Homepage Send SweetKat a Private Message
I made one for my SIL's s**tzu with Cascade 220. It turned out real cute.
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dogloverx2
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USA
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Posted - 12/31/2005 :  6:47:10 PM  Show Profile Send dogloverx2 a Private Message
Wow, it comes in a lot of colors! Thanks for the suggestion.

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booglass
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Costa Rica
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Posted - 01/01/2006 :  08:52:01 AM  Show Profile  Visit booglass's Homepage Send booglass a Private Message
Don't forget to post a pic.......I love dog sweaters but have been forbidden by my hubby from making my pooch one.

bonnie

Check out my blog:
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jaw
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USA
669 Posts

Posted - 01/01/2006 :  09:10:40 AM  Show Profile Send jaw a Private Message
I would choose some of the "dreaded" acrylic for a dog sweater. I have found that Red Heart softens after it has been washed and dryed with a dryer sheet. I loved my dog (when I had one) but would not spend the money for Cascade 220 for him. He was prone to roll in questionable things when let out. Therefore, the more washable the better.
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angelsmom
Chatty Knitter

206 Posts

Posted - 01/01/2006 :  09:40:58 AM  Show Profile Send angelsmom a Private Message
I made 3 dog sweaters...two from acrylic trimmed in fun fur around the neck, legs and back and then another from wool for my prissy girl who does not make a mess of her coat.
When I make another one, it will be with Dale of Norway Hauk...a teflon coated yarn that repels water. They used in a sweater found in one of my dog sweater books.
Mary
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mrssuem
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
457 Posts

Posted - 01/01/2006 :  09:52:36 AM  Show Profile Send mrssuem a Private Message
I offered to make a sweater for my daughter's dog, he's a Golden Retriever and shouldn't need one, but she keeps him shaved (and he looks like a greyhound when he is first done). Why is beyond me because his coat is not too bad at all, unlike his big hairy brother that I have. Oops go carried away. She just kind of looked at me funny when I suggested it, but I think I will any way. I do have a couple of patterns and will probably just surprise her with it. Sue
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firymist
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USA
220 Posts

Posted - 01/01/2006 :  11:34:30 AM  Show Profile Send firymist a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by angelsmom

When I make another one, it will be with Dale of Norway Hauk...a teflon coated yarn that repels water. They used in a sweater found in one of my dog sweater books.
Mary



Be sure to let us know how it turns out. I've been very intrigued with this yarn, especially for a dog sweater. My spoiled dog has three Noro sweaters, one from silk garden, but he loves his sweaters. He also has about four others, all handknit.

firymist[blush]
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dogloverx2
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USA
6 Posts

Posted - 01/01/2006 :  12:07:41 PM  Show Profile Send dogloverx2 a Private Message
Thanks everyone.

Will the natural fibers smell when they get wet? Also, I've been reading about Kool-Aid dyeing. Would the teflon on the Dale of Norway Hauk prevent the dye from being soaked up?

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RobA
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Posted - 01/01/2006 :  5:41:29 PM  Show Profile  Visit RobA's Homepage Send RobA a Private Message
I like using Cleckheaton's Country 8 Ply for kids' sweaters and hats, or, if I were inclined to knit for the dog, for his sweaters too. Washable wool, very soft, DK weight. It's a Plymouth yarn and pretty widely available. I would DEFINITELY use something machine washable for the dog.



Rob http://roberta.typepad.com/robknits/
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rogueknitter
Chatty Knitter

106 Posts

Posted - 01/02/2006 :  12:25:17 PM  Show Profile Send rogueknitter a Private Message
Wool/nylon blend sock yarns make warm, durable, and machine washable handknits for dogs. I use double stranded solid colors to do textured, fairly quick-to-knit sweaters (size 6 or 7 needles). The self striping sock yarns would also make cute dog sweaters.
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eae1969@yahoo.com


USA
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Posted - 01/03/2006 :  12:09:45 PM  Show Profile  Send eae1969@yahoo.com a Yahoo! Message Send eae1969@yahoo.com a Private Message
I just made the "Spoilt Rotten" sweater for my aunt's Pekinese for Christmas, along with a little hat. http://www.patonsyarns.com/patternbook.php?PBS=500939 I used Lion Brand Wool Ease worsted--2 skeins of navy, and 1 skein of light gray. It turned out really cute, and only cost me about $6 to make (the yarn was on sale for $1.77/skein at Joann just before Christmas).


Happy Knitting!
Ericka
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Sher
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Posted - 01/03/2006 :  12:41:18 PM  Show Profile  Send Sher a Yahoo! Message Send Sher a Private Message
I have two Bichon Frishes and made them both a cable "aran" sweater which was modeled by a Westie in an old Family Circle Easy Knitting. I used a wool/acrylic Darlaine yarn which is no longer produced but is similar to Wool Ease. They have held up very well. (I think I made them about 5-6 years ago.) I just throw them in the washer and dryer and they come out well.
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