My dog doesn’t shed so has his haircut regularly (more regularly than me!). He always makes me feel guilty when he comes out and shivers. I’ve alway said that I should make him a jumper, but never quite got round to it. Earlier this year, just before he was due to have his hair done, the lovely Ele was looking for people to pattern test a bespoke doggie jumper. I obviously took this as a sign and volunteered The Dog’s services.
I was properly excited to make this bespoke doggie jumper – it gets me one step closer to making an actual crochet item of clothing for me. This will happen one day… I chose to use some Stylecraft Special Chunky that I had in my stash and a 5mm hook.
Ele has provided a great formula for working out the sizing based on your own dog, whatever their size. Once I had the basic measurements I had to tweak the actual crochet a couple of times but soon got going. It worked up super fast, but unfortunately it turned out that I didn’t have quite enough of the orange yarn. After much debate throughout the family, we decided to use some blue to finish the jumper. I also chose not to do the leg straps as he only has a short body.
The finished jumper makes me think of a Weasley jumper and it makes me smile. The kids want ones to match, but that will probably have to wait a while.
Ele has just released the free pattern, just in time for unseasonal snow in April. It’s a super quick and easy project, and a great way to use up stash yarn. I love this bespoke doggie jumper, and it certainly helps keep The Dog warm when his hair has been cut. I think he will get another couple for next winter, and he may even get some extra wear out of it before summer finally decides to come along.