Companion pet clothing knitted by hand is a frequent phenomenon today. Some time ago, with surprise or irony, everyone looked at the animal walking in the street in funny clothes, considering it to be an oddity or the result of the excess free time of its mistress.
Today everything is different – we have become “more advanced” in matters of small livestock breeding, now we are sympathetic to the issues of maintaining the health of our pets, and the need to have them at least for an emotional otdushin in our stressful times. If we talk about a dog’s wardrobe, then we need to speak, first of all, about winter clothes for dogs of small breeds, which, as we know, are not originally of Russian origin, therefore they are poorly endowed with nature woolen cover. And others, for example, Chinese crested, and do not have such.
Based on the above circumstances, we come to the conclusion that clothes for these representatives of the fauna are not at all a luxury or a whim of the hostess, but an urgent need that can protect the pet from an aggressive environment and body pollution during unavoidable walks.
Let’s learn today to create clothes for our pets with their own hands, that is, to knit it, without resorting to large financial expenses.
Preparation for work
What you need to work:
- 100 gr. warm soft yarn (you can take the remnants of the variegated glomeruli left by knitting other products);
- knitting needles corresponding to the thickness of the yarn;
- clasps (buttons or buttons);
We make a template – we knit a square, to calculate the number of loops needed to get started. When the template is ready, measure its width and count the number of loops included in it.
Then we take measurements of the body of our animal: the length from the dressed collar to the tail (product length), the circumference of the neck, the chest girth, and the length of the sleeve for both the front paws of the doggie and the hind.
Knit walking overalls
- After measurements, we have all the data to calculate the required number of loops for a set. To do this, the girth of the neck is divided by the width of the template and multiplied by the number of loops in it. For example: the girth of a dog’s neck is 40 cm, the width of the template is 10 cm, and the number of loops in it is 35, we do the calculation: 40: 10×35 = 70 (loops). Now we know how many loops we need to dial to start knitting. For practical reasons (the neck when worn over time will stretch) you can dial a few loops less.
- We knit a neck, about 3-4 cm, then according to the structure of the animal’s body, we should start the additions, which we will do twice – the first time, continuing to knit the elastic, while at the same time adding we form holes designed to draw the cord. To this end, on the front side of the work, at regular intervals, for example, after 6-8 loops, methodically, throughout the entire row, we make paired nakida: one under the thread, followed by tying the loop, and the second after it is knitting over the thread. On the wrong side of the work we knit the purl.
- We make the second addition in the next front row in the following order: we calculate the difference between the neck and chest coverage and, using the previous calculation, we translate into the number of loops, which should be added with the help of a nakida loop.
- So, we have reached the required width of the jumpsuit, you can knit the fabric of the product. Cloth coveralls one-piece on the back, and the fastener is supposed to be done on the abdomen. We perform knitting to the armhole for the front paws, which is a third of the length of the back.
- Tying the armholes, we continue to knit the fabric, still making an increase in the loops on both sides of the product, according to the size of the abdomen of the animal and the future fastener, until a quarter of the length remains.
- Here we make a decrease in the loops, since in this part you need to knit only the upper part, according to the pattern.
- It remains, typing around the edge of the armhole for the front paws of the loop on the circular or hosiery knitting needles, tie up the sleeves, like a toe. Linking the details of the required length, close the loop. The cuffs for the front paws are ready. For the hind paws, the sleeves are knitted slightly longer in the same way.
The overalls for your pet is ready. You can walk with your pet even in the cold, without fear for his health.