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Crochet Dog Sweater


Welcome back to Red Heart , as well
as The Crochet Crowd, I’m your host Mikey. In today’s tutorial we’re going
to work on this fabulous little dog coat available in small, medium, and large.
There’s a free pattern for this particular pattern – but you should know
that I’m not sure exactly what small, medium, and large actually means to the
designer. There’s no dimensions to provide what that means. So here is the small version – just like
you see here. This is the front obviously the sides and then we have the
back and just going like this. Now I’ve used Red Heart reflective for
the small version – so here is my camera and so -watch what happens Did you see that light up? Isn’t that not
awesome? So, when the light is hitting this, it
just is absolutely amazing for the small version I used only one ball of the pink,
just like you see here, and then I used a ball and just a smidgeon for the gray
for the small and so you can decide to use that yarn in the pattern it does
call for Red Heart Super Saver so that’s something that you can consider as well.
So let’s get on with this tutorial and let’s break down this pattern and work
on it together. So- here’s your dog coat not stuffed with
the yarn ball and what’s going to happen here is that we’re going to start off
with the neck area and when we do the neck area we’re going to be going back
and forth to create a band that goes like this and what’s going to happen is
that it’s not going to be in a continuous circle it’s going to be open
so there will be a seam line here it’ll be flat – and then what’s going to
happen next is – that we’re going to start off with the neck area just until we get
to this leg area and again, we’re just going to be working on that. Then the
project gets divided into three we have the one side here, with the other
side here, and then do you see how the legs and are here. What the whole backside is one
particular panel on the back ,so it gets divided into three and then eventually
as we get these panels done we bring it back together to provide the rest and
then the legs are done at the very end. And so this whole like configuration
that you see this whole pink is done afterwards so you’re going to end up you
know thinking well this is a lot of work, but in actual fact, when you see it all
being put together you realize how simple it is. Let’s grab your 5 and a half mm crochet hook today – it’s a size I , and
I’m going to be using Red Heart With Love for today’s tutorial. So, here’s the free pattern that were
working with today and I’m going to be substituting and not doing any of this
pattern work right here I’m not going to do any of the long single crochet
stitches you can decide to do that if you wish. This tutorial today is about the basics
of a dog coat so I have not redesigned this particular dog sweater, all I’m saying to you is – that I’m going
to just use regular single crochet without because it’s going to work
itself out. So with your working on this pattern
see right here this here is something that you will address later. Now work in pattern for two rows then
you jump up and you’re going to work with it. So, when we go to start this we’re going
to start off with the neck band . Now You you will notice that there are three digits so until 29- [39] or [49] these are in brackets. These are the
different sizes so this is small, medium and large and the designer has not put
exactly what sizes small,medium and large are. So I don’t really know. So the
version that you’re seeing on camera today is the small version of the 29
here. So when we go to work out of the neckband is all the same is just like for width wise but it’s actually the length
of it that changes. And you’re going to be noticing this instruction throughout so
work 1 -2 or 1 depending on what you’re doing with this particular project. So let’s begin. We’re going to create a
slip knot and I always been lately creating an extra-long yarn tail so I
can use a darning needle to be able to fasten it in later. It just works it really well. So
according to the instructions we are going to chain 6 so this number doesn’t count is 1 so 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 . Simply now just come along in the second chain from the hook and I’m just going to turn it over so that it you normally would just go into the
second on the front side I’m going to turn it over and get that bump on the
back and it makes a nicer finish. So, I’m going to single crochet myself
all the way across and because we have gone second chain from the hook you only have five single crochets going
all the way across So, let me finish this up and we’ll comeright back and we’re going to show you the rest of this band and you realize
how simple that it is. So- this classifies as a row number 1. Now rows number 2 – 29 are all the
same. So, we’re just going to turn our work and we’re going to chain one we’re
always going to do that from rows 2 – 29 and 29 is the smallest size version so
we’re doing a medium or large it’s 39 or 49 rows. So what we want to do is
we’ve already chained one and we want to come into the very first one right where it sits underneath and go into the back loop only. So normally we would go into a
full stitch and you’ll see always two strings just like that. So, I want you to
go into the back loop only, so okay and then begin to single crochet into the
back loop going all the way across. So, every time you turn your project
you’re always just going to go into the back loops of this this is creating that
ribbed effect that you can see on the model of this particular design and it’s
really quite desirable. It actually makes the project, it makes it very stretchable as well. So, when you get that row done- just simply turn and just keep going so
back loop only and remember that you should always end up with five. So, if
you’re going off and having 6 stitches or 4, you know something is going wrong.
So just make sure that you have your five. It’s pretty obvious. So, this band will be completely straight and uniform throughout. So, what I just don’t do is that because
this is so quick I would say okay this indentation is two rows so then the next
and indentation is too. So I go 2- 4 – 6- 8- 10 … and keep going until you
get to 29 and when we come back this band will be done and we’ll carry
on to the next portion of this tutorial. So, my 29 rows are complete and this is exactly what you’re seeing here and what we have here is that it had an odd number and you will notice that it had either 29- 39 or 49. the reason for it is that when you go to
attach this together is that when you attach it’ll look like
it’s uniform so that you were barely see that there is a chain in the one you’re
going to attach it so that’s why it’s an odd number just in case you’re
interested. So, now we’re going to start work on the body but we’re not going to attach this until the very end of the project. So, let’s begin – we’re going to work on the body row number 1 and again your row counts are going to be different
based on the size. So, to begin it says “working along the edge” so we we’ve been going like this. So we just
finished we’ve turned our work just like we normally have but, now instead of working across the
top here I want you to work across here ok so this is up on the corner work
across here. Now in the rules of crochet that we’ve been single crocheting and
therefore each one of these rows will comfortably get a single crochet along
the side so if you have twenty nine rows like this – there’s going to be twenty nine stitches
that go across and that’s why it’s asking you to do that. So, what we’re going to do then is just
chain one to start and then we just immediately just start single crocheting along the edge, okay. And just be very conscientious, so
there there’s this one matches this row so therefore there’s two rows here so
there will be one and two and you will find that you will notice consistency of
where you’re putting the stitches so once you understand and see okay well
this is where I put it here therefore this one here i put it in the
same spot and therefore it will make it very even as you’re going all the way
across. So single crochet yourself all the way
across on this row. We’ll come back and we’ll move up to row number 2. So, I’ve successfully now single
crocheted myself along the edge so now I’m going to have a nice clean edge. So, this will be where the dogs head is
poking out, this here is going toward the back of the body. So let’s turn our work and go to row
number 2. Now, row number 2 varies in depending which project you’re
working on so it says chain 1, so let’s just chain 1 ok, and it says work 1 single crochet
into the first but you’ll see there’s a [bracket], so depending on what size you’re working on so small is 1 the medium is two and large is one. So, working 1 single crochet into the
very beginning to the starting one and then it says to do 2 single crochets
into the next. ok, so this just basically how you
started is based on the size. What’s going to happen is that this is
going to open up so the next one will be one and the next one will be two single crochets and so this is going to start opening up and causing a really wicked
twist, a rounding circle of this and this is going to be – because it’s going on underneath the dog’s belly in this area and
then it’s going to come up over around the side and then on top of the body. So, let’s just continue to go 1 single
crochet, and then the next one is two single crochets into the next and keep
doing that all the way until you get to the end. And when we come back move on to the next step. Okay, now come all the way the top and now you can see that this is starting to have a nice
wicked bend to it and I finished on two single crochets in the end. Now, this is my second sample but that
happened on the first one as well, so I know I’m going in the right direction. So,
row number 3 is a very beginning to really easy just simply chain one and
it says single crochet in each single crochet along the top.. Now, as I told you in the very beginning
of this tutorial I’m not going to follow the tutorial or the pattern exactly the
way it is shown with the long single crochet. This one today is that it’s just
a basic outline of a dogs’ sweater based on this design. So, I’m not recreating a
new design I’m just… all I’m just doing is
ignoring the directions when it comes to doing them. – this long single crochet element
because i think there’s crocheters that would like to keep it simple. To make it
very easy for themselves, so this is the whole point of this tutorial today. So continue to single crochet all the
way across and we are going to start working on doing the dog legs area next. So we’ll meet you back in just a moment.
So we’re now at the end and now I’m going to show you how to cheat on the
instructions – I want you to pull up a nice generous loop and leave it fall – what we’re going to do now is we’re
going to create the dog legs areas we need to create the holes for them as
well as the back and here’s what we have and I want you to be able to cheat the system. So, what I want you to do is – I want you
to look at the instructions and it says to – for the whole area is that we have to
work across, keeping the continuity of the pattern so we’re just going to do
a single crochet I want to turn this project as if you’re about to start and
it says in the instructions it says from 5 – 7 – 9 depending on what
size you’re going to work on. So, what I want you to do is I want to go
1-2-3-5- throw in a stitch marker in that five
right there. And the reason for that is that we can
lay this out really accurately right now and so even
if you’ve miscounted anywhere this is a great way to cheat the system
so when we go back down looking and going to the next section the next three stitches are going to be
on their own. So, 1-2-3 put another stitch marker on the 4th! ok, so depending on what size you’re
working on so it could have been skipping 3 – 5 or 7. Ok so, I’m just going to put another
stitch marker there. So, now I’m going to work here I’m going
to skip here and now what I want you to do just treat the whole thing and go to
the other side and just like you did before so we’re going to go 1- 2-3-4-5 so put in a stitch marker 5th from the
edge, just like this and then I want … …because we know that the gap was three stitches over here we’re going to do 1- 2 and 3 Go to the 4th and put in a stitch
marker. So, now what you’ve done is that you’ve laid out your dog sweater so that
you’re going to know exactly where you’re going to play within the
stitches without worrying about being off in any way for your counts. Therefore your back we’ll be right over
your back you’re legs will be right where they should and the underside will be right. So, lets carry on for the next part of this
tutorial so pulling my stitches back in alignment
so I have not fastened off I just pushed everything back and now we’re simply
just going to chain one and going to single crochet into the very first one
for the next for a total of five so this is 3-4 and 5 and see my stitch marker is
on the fifth so I just basically just helped myself a lot. So, now what it says to do – is just turn
your work and what we’re going to do is- we’re going to continue to go back and
forth to create a strip coming up here and we want a total of ten rows but in
the instructions after you get the first one done says repeat the instructions
for another nine. So, what you have to just do now is
there’s going to be total of ten rows right from here which is the base here
going all the way up so what I would do for me is that you can clearly tell what
your rows are you can just quickly blazed through them or just grab
your pen and paper and just help mark yourself off. And then what I always do
is cross compared to the others so continue to just go back and forth
I’m not doing anything fancy -no back loops- just regular single crochet back and
forth for a total of ten rows. So, I have that done and we’ll meet you back in
just a moment. Ok, once you have your 10 – I want you to
fasten off right now and I want you to leave an extra long tail so that we can
sew that in afterwards and hide it and just fasten off and just leave it off to
the side. So now let’s begin again. And what we
need to be very conscientious of is that we started in the project was starting
like this so the next part of this project we have
to make sure we just skip these next stitches which we just which we have
marked and now we’re going to continue to go in this middle area here. So let’s
have fastened on our yarn one more time -well this will be the
second time of three and because you’ve already marked it
with a stitch marker is that’s exactly where you’re going to go and simply just
join it. Chain 1 and leave this straggler down on
top of the line and we want to single crochet ourselves all the way til we run
into the next stitch marker. So go right on top of that stitch marker. So – because
we’re are going back and forth and the way that I have you doing this is that
your stitch work will look seamless even though you are joining and reattach – are
like – joining and fastening off your yarn through this project. So, just simply just
keep going around single crochet and everyone and you need a total of ten
rows just like you did on the last part. And
this allows it to be consistent when you’re going to work. So, please work back and forth for another ten rows on this whole middle section and when we come
back we’re going to have that done and then we’re going to to do the last area
on the other side of this sweater to really bring the leg area all into
conclusion. So, please go right on top of that stitch
marker, so you know you’ve gone the right distance and continue to go back and
forth for ten rows and and basically this whole section how it reaches up this whole middle
section will also reach to that point as well, leaving a little gap for the legs right
there. So, now just finish my 10 rows in the
middle section just like so, so as you can see you have the first panel the
middle and now the last panel needs to still be done. So, I’m just going to fasten
this off right now and I’m going to leave an extra long tail. Now see how this is finishing off
over here and over here that’s right. So – if this for example if
this finished off here and then this one was here when I finished up and means
that I’m off by one or two rows or it could be three rows, that all depends on
what you’re doing. So, you want to make sure that the fastening off always
happens at the same point. Now because you are finishing off here and over here what’s happening is that if you were to
restart this line you would be but you’d be going back across this way and not
the other way The reason for telling you that is that
if you decide to start the next part of the project and you go this way instead
of this way you’re going to have a line, that is very clearly visible that it
doesn’t match the rest of your coat. So, let’s begin again and I want you to
turn the project as if we were working on it, just like how we started. So, we started
off with the front panel and now have the middle and now this is where we’re
going to begin the next one here. So let’s grab up our yarn once again.
Create a slipknot and start again here So, I’m not starting on the outside I’m
starting in the middle. Ok, in the middle section there – where
its marked with the marker and begin. and if you do decide to start from the
outside it’s going to make that whole panel look like that it’s off balance. So you’re going to fasten on – chain 1 and
single crochet and you will have a total of five going on across. So, that was 2-
3-4 and 5. So, if you had six or seven depending on what size you’re
working on. Then it would be wrong. So, in this case
if we had more than five then you know it’s wrong. So, you just have to look at the
instructions and determine if it was either what was it again. It was either five seven or nine so
depending on what size dog you’re working with. Please carry on and you should have a
total of ten rows by the time you’re done and I do want you to fasten this
off when you get to the top. So, make sure just go back and forth
10 times and we’ll see in just a few seconds. Ok, about a minute and a half ago I left
you and now I have my 10 rows here. I’m going to fasten off and so- Now when you
check it, I fastened off here. I fastened off on this corner and this
corner, so that makes everything perfect in the world of crochet. So, what I want you
to do is that I want you to turn this project. Now you have all three done and
I want you to turn it so that all of these here are facing toward the the way
that you’re going to crochet. So, you’re going to start this way so this was from
the yarn ball you’d be carrying along and so I want you then just pick up this
space over here. So I want you to fasten on I’m just going to use a slip knot
here and I’m going too fasten into the very beginning one -and this will be that
where the strangler is on this side as well. We want to leave those out of the way
and we’re just going to grab up another yarn ball and pull
through and single crochet and this struggle that’s coming from there you
can put both strugglers in there that are existing and just kind of trap it
into position. So you have a total of five here and why is there five?
That’s because there’s five single crochets across on this whole section so once we run out of stitches, where
we’re going to go? We are going to immediately jump over to the next section but remember how we skipped three
stitches down here that means that we have to chain three before we can do
that so we have to 1-2-3 and then we bring up the next section over
here and we immediately single crochet ourselves right into the first one. And
the straggler from this section just trap that into position as well and
continue to single crochet yourself all the way across the back and then when
you get to the other side with the other gapping you’re going to chain 3 and then
single crochet the remainder. So just continue to go along this entire row
doing this I’ll meet ya up at the next gap just to make sure you’re on the right
track. So, we now we are just finishing up the main back area and now it’s time to jump to the next section over here this is the last one make sure it’s not
twisted in any way we’re going to chain 3 . 1- 2 & 3 based on the size that we’re
doing and simply just going to grab the first stitch put the next straggler that you see right
on top of it it’s an easy way to hide your stragglers without having to get a
sewing needle afterward. And then there should be five single crochets in this
panel and so, essentially now, you have what appears to be a square hole doesn’t
look square in a picture does it? That’s because it ends up flexing for
your particular pet as we go and do the legs at the very end. So, let’s turn our work and this is the
last time we’re going to be going all the way across in the sense that we are
going to start after this row. We’re going to start actually making it more
narrow as you can see it comes up the side of the dog so in this row- just going to single
crochet and you’re just going to work your way across the row there’s no ifs ands or buts about it. Ok, so we’re coming now to the chaining area – just like you see – so here is the gap so
essentially if there’s three chains here that means that there’s three stitches
here and we are just going to play in those stitches so 1 2 & 3 so you’re
going to single crochet right into that particular chain. ok and then carry on again and continue
to do that all the way across to the other side. We’re going to come back because the next part of this tutorial the turorial is going to get much faster as we start
doing the tapering effect. Coming up on to the other side. Ok,now just come to the end and now we’re going to start shaping the back so the back
now. So, if you’re going to attach this in the
middle area of the dog it will be attaching right here. Now the
shaping of the back is where it’s going to start tapering so this will be the
attaching so the tapering of the back is where it’s going to start reaching up
under the side of the dog so this whole tutorial is determined based on the size of your dog. So basically how many stitches are working here is
essentially you know, how you’re doing it. So for the small size that we’re going
to be doing is- that we’re going to do this unique pattern. So what we’re going to do is that we’re
going to chain one first and it says per the instructions DC in the first in the
first stitch each at the end of each at the beginning and the end of the row so
we’re chained one , so the first two are going to go together so – 2 together and
then we just single crochet ourselves all the way across. The next line we are just going to do
complete single crochet across so it’s every other line that you’re going to do
that. The together at the front of the
row and at the back of the row so to start and the end of the row and
what this is doing is its allowing it to taper up nice and slowly. So this taper – depending on the size of the dog will change and extend the length of your dog, as you’re working
along this project. So when we come back I just want to show
you this is a row number 1 and so you will see that in the
instructions it all says that DC the first stitch at each at the end of the
next row and then what’s going to happen is that we are going to repeat that
every other row for 13 times. So that means that there will be a total of 26
rows, but every other one is going to have this decreasing pattern in order to
make this pattern work. So, if that makes any sense here,
hopefully – it does it will just be really easy for you to follow along. So, I’m just single crocheting ourselves
all the way across. So we’re just coming along and you can see that there’s
absolute continuity in the project. from the way that I had you start. On this
next section, so we can see that there’s really… people are not going to realize
that it’s actually several pieces put together. Which is the whole point. And so when we get to the end the final
two stitches that you have, are going to be 2 together, so in the first and the next
and come together. So now we’re going to turn it like this
and so then the next row is going to be the same as always so it’s going to be
just chain 1 and single crochet yourselves all the way across. So, then just make sure every other row
you’re doing the 2 together at the front and the end of the of the row to
make sense. And you’re going to do that for as long
as you need for your dog. but in this case it’s going to be a
total twenty six rows by the time everything is said and done. So when we come back I’ll be done to that
particular point and we’ll move on to doing the legwork next. About a half hour ago I left you and I
left you at the armhole area here as we moved on and you can see I did the
whole back panel. So, now the coat is completely open just
like so. And so now it’s time to fasten off the last stitch and we want to
finish that off completely. Leaving an extra long tail so that we
can pass on that and later with the darning needle. So now it’s time to move up to the
sleeves area here you will notice that they are square. but once we’re done with them they will
open up and create a nice round circle just like you see. So we’re not going too fast in this
together yet at this point, so when we get to a certain point in this video
we’re going to be able to turn this inside this like so, fasten it in, and
then below you will have an amazing little dog coat. But we’re going to start
with the the arm sleeves first let’s grab your yarn and let’s begin once
again. So let’s begin – we want to turn the
sweater just like so. And so what I want you to do is – think about what how the
dog is wearing this. And what I want you to do is that this here is the closest
to the belly and this would be outside so you would actually see the
outside perimeter just like there. So, what I want to do at this point is that
I want you to fasten on the yarn right at this corner here. ,o I’m just going to
put in my darning needle – um -or my crochet hook and begin once again. Now in the rules of single crochet –
we talked about before – is that there will be three single crochets along this
edge and then we just follow up just like so. We’re just following around
the perimeter. And just in and so let’s print bring in that that straggler down
in and simply we just want to chain 1. and single crochet into the same spot. So, now we’re ready to go. So we’re just
going to pull everything nice and tight and now we’re just going to circle
around the hole for one single crochet for each one of them. Both sleeves are
done the exact same way – just be very conscious of that and so once you get
your three done in the bottom we’re now going to go up through here. So, basically every row is a stitch. So you just have to be consistent on where where it appears. So just continue to do that so what I want you to do that. Now that you know that – you just have to continue to circle around and just go once around and I will meet you to back up. Because we’re going to start making this tapered in so that it
fits the dog’s leg. You can better because you can tell the hole is pretty open. So, continue single crochet all the way to the start and
we’ll pick back up again and I’ll show you what to do next. We’ve now come all the way around and I just simply want to slip stitch to the very beginning and begin again. So this time- what we’re going to do is that we’re going to chain 1 and we’re going
to single crochet into the same stitch. And the next two stitches are going to
come together so just come to single crochet together should grab the
first one going to the next one grab that you’ll have three loops on your
hook and pull together. And so, the next one is by itself so one single crochet so
every other one comes together so this one are two together and the
next one is by itself single crochet. So continue to do that all the way around.
And this will start creating a taper effect for you and I’ll meet you back up and we’ll start up the next round. So we’re now at the very beginning again and we’re just going to slip stitch to the beginning. Chain 1 and now we’re going to single crochet ourselves all the way around on every stitch so this
is going to allow the taper to really start pulling in. it’s going to start equalizing
everything so just single crochet all the way around. We’ll meet you back up in just a second.
I’ll be up to the next round after this. So now, all the way back
around and simply just want to slip stitch again and chain 1. So you’ll read the instructions- it says
repeat around two and three all again so what we’re going to do- is
that the first one we’re going to single crochet in and then the next two are
together and this will cause it to taper and even more, ok. So, those two are together the next
one by itself the next two are together and the next
one is by itself. So continue to do that all the way around. We’ll meet back up and start the next
round can’t come all the way back around is trying to slip stitch again this is
the second last row that we need to do we need to chain up and simply single
crochet into each one going all the way around. And when we come back we’re going to start to do reverse single crochet if you’ve never done that stitch you’re going to love it. It does a
nice finishing technique, so just single crochet all the way around on this round. Let’s slip stitch we are all the way
round, slip stitch again and now let’s begin to do reverse single crochet. So, how do reverse is that we actually
are going to work in the opposite direction to what you’re normally used
too. And so to have to begin this we’re going
to simply just chain 1. We are going to go into the very first stitch that you
find and just go right in grab the yarn and pull through the
bottom like so – and then grab the yarn and pull through two ok. So you’re going to thinking well that doesn’t look much different so now go into the stitch before this
stitch so normally we would work forward we’re going backward. So, we’re going into that stitch ok. And
pull the yarn through so it’s on the bottom and then pull the yarn through two.
And you’re going to start seeing this take effect after four stitches .So go
into the next stitch- going in, grab the yarn, pull toward the bottom,
grab the yarn, pull over- so into the next and what you’re going to start seeing is these beautiful lines on the outside, taking effect and this is called reverse
single crochet and it provides a really nice thick looking edge and it’s really
quite easy to do a lot of people do these on the afghans it’s a great little
stitch. So you can see it has a really nice finishing effect. So, go all the way around doing reverse
single crochet and then fasten off. And Then begin the next sleeve and again
follow the same tip of starting on the inside of the the dog chest area so that
you don’t have any slip stitching or anything on the outside of the dog if
anybody’s going to photograph your dog. So we’ll meet back up in just a second,
when you get all the way back around you’re simply just going to slip stitch
to where you started, like so, and pulled through and then
using a darning needle you’re going to weave in your ends after there so I’m
going to leave an extra long tail and just pull through. So, please do this second sleeve and so then that’s the first one so you can see how the square just turned into a sleeve just it’s like this and we’re going to do the next one on
this side- ok- so there’s one here let’s do the
other one. and again I want to start on the inside
of the the breast area so probably down here when we go. So do that. I’m going to do that and then I’ll meet you back up. We’re going to sew things together and we still have
some final trimming to do once we get this next sleeve done. So, now that I
both sleeves done – I still have to weave in my ends when deal with those. But now, it’s time to put the middle together. So, you can tell that when I do this that
the legs will be sticking out just like this. Therefore, I’m looking at the
right I’m not looking at the right side I want
you to turn it and so that the legs are facing inward like this. And the reason
for that is that we’re going to put the seam of this on the inside. And so what you have to be very
conscientious of is that when we started off doing below the sleeves here we
started doing the taper – and the taper we want to keep that so that the taper it
just stays as is. So you’re going to see that it’s going to come out like this. So, I’m going to start off at the bottom
area and what I’ve done is that I’ve just got a darning needle and I have a slipnknot at the end and this is a great way for hiding it so I’m just going to come
in to one side and going to the matching of the other side and what I want to do
is I want to kind of look exactly where everything is on the side so that I’m
matching it perfectly on the other. ok. So I would probably want to take my time and doing this so that you can see that everything will line up perfectly
as it’s going across. So we’re going to do a quick whip stitch across and when I get to the end of the line here – I just want to pull it through
the slip knot and tighten everything in and keeping the slip knot and everything and the tail on the top and simply just keep going in like this. just keep going over and you want to do
the whole thing. So if you run into any tails this is the
perfect time to catch those in because it’ll save you doing extra work later and
just continue to get it and the seam then we’ll be on the inside of the dog
coat. By the way that you have folded it now. So continue to whip stitch yourself all the way across and come right up to the
to the very top here to the neck and then fasten off and then we’re going to
carry on. We have the one little trim to do and
that’s the edge here on the back. So I’ll leave that for you and I’ll be right
back so now just about to finish off the top area the best way to hide in the seam areas
is a technique- I’m not sure if there’s official name
for it but I just come out and now all I want to do is that I want to come in to
the project into the scene area and I’m going back down here and I want to
continue to go back and forth three times because it is impossible to pull
out if the yarn is in three different directions. So I’ve gone that direction so now i
want to slip in my needle somewhere else but very close to where I am to capture in to go in the other direction and then- for the final time I want to sneak in
again somewhere else but in the same area and like that .So basically it will be impossible to
pull this and out because the yarn is going in three different directions. So therefore, every time you want to do
any kind of finishing technique that’s the best way to do for this. So let’s turn our project and we’re
going to final off all are loose ends and we’re going to turn this project- so
that the outside is out- like so. So now you officially have your coat shape, you got your legs going on, you got your neck collar. So now it’s just time to finish off this
back end over here of the coat. And what we need to do is do the same finishing technique that we did with the legs. Let’s do that next. So, here’s the final
technique that we need to do- we need to follow this whole back area and we’re
going to come up and this will be the under side the dog coming around the top of
the dog in the background. We’re going to do a reverse single
crochet, so we’re just going to slip it in right close to where it’s been joined
at the seam and we’re going to do a reverse. So we are going to attach it
first chain 1and then come into the same stitch again and pull through and pull through two so now let’s do reverse andremember every
one of these rows equals 1 single crochet so you can easily follow this as
you’re going around. So going to the next row just on the
edge- grab the yarn pull through and you see how I’ve gone backwards so normally
I would work forward but I’m actually working back so, I’m just going to go
into the next section pull through pull through and this will create a beautiful
line just like you saw on the legs so it’s very easy once you master this
concept. I’m going pretty quickly now but I have
to tell you when I learned this concept I was pretty slow. So just continue to
reverse single crochet all the way around this particular dog coat and when
you get to the end I want you to slip stitch fasten off and
let’s clean up our ends- all of our ends- and i’ll meet you back up at the end
where we’re going to do a little bit of show-and-tell. And if you ever do this pattern please
that’d be you know love to see your creativity and share it on facebook I do
get a kick out of seeing people are actually finished off and being really
excited about it. So there you go! You see a nice edge from
this to that and it’s wonderful. We’re back again and I have finished off everything all the yarn is in. There’s beautiful, it’s wonderful and you can see
that this amazing pattern on Redheart.com is amazing even if you do not do the fancy stitch
work you still have the proper sizing, still looks absolutely perfect through-
out there and everything turns out to be absolutely wonderful. Until next time I’m Mikey on behalf of
Redheart.com, as well as The Crochet Crowd. Stay tuned for more free tutorials and
ideas! Until next time ruff-ruff – woof- woof I just had to do it! We’ll see ya!

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  • Just for note….wanted to make a simple straight back sweater and just put some edging on it when Im finished. Nothing fancy just something simple until I get more advanced. Thanks 🙂

  • thanks for showing this. I have people asking me to make their dogs something to wear and you have made it easy to follow. Do you have other stitches you could use instead of the single crochet or a different pattern all together. I really love all your work and patterns. THANKS

  • Help Please: In the BODY section – when directions say to work in PAT for two rows – does that mean to repeat R2/3?
    Also, do I use the LSC/SC pattern when I begin the body? (I'm trying to follow both written pattern & video)

    TIA

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you, I am not very talented at knitting or crocheting, but, I managed to copy your wonderful sweater. BUT….not a doggy is wearing it, but my Canadian Sphynx Cat. He looks absolutely adorable, the small size fit him just great. So you can actually add this to the drop-down menu of your video, that the size SMALL also perfectly fits an average size Canadian Sphynx Cat. Thanks so much, are you from the U.K?

  • I like it better in one color like Mickey's sample. Maybe the neck and rims on a different color would look cute too. I'll try it.

  • Hi I have now crocheted your pattern twice following your tutorial to the letter. I have crochet both the medium and large sweater but this sweater does not fit my miniature Daschund. Perhaps you can give me some pointers as to what I may not be doing?

  • ola podrias hablarlo tambie en español me gustaria hacer para mi perrita pero no entiendo nada no se hablar en ingles. esperoq no le siente mal un saludo

  • Mikey, would you be willing to look at the other Bernard dog sweater titled, Bernard Super Value Dog Coat. I like the look of the pattern but haven't quite figured it out ….. I am attempting to modify this pattern for my sister's pittmix.

  • Just made this! It looks so cute but is too loose for my dog. Is there anyway to make the sweater in general tighter or lengthen the neckband ( it slides down her body)

  • I tried making this for my small dachshund and it was way too small. The small size here with an I hook will nicely fit a cat or a teacup dog. Just for your info. I'm very disappointed. I feel like telling Mikey to make sure about sizing next time, but he did admit he had no idea. I wasted several hours on this and have to try again elsewhere. I love Mikey, though. He's fantastic usually.

  • This is the first crochet-along I completed for a dog sweater online. Mikey you made it work with your consistent tutoring.
    Rock on!

  • I made this and love it can't wait to make more in different colors

    just one question how do you keep it from curling up? is it my tension

  • Made this and tried to modify it to fit my 2.5lb Papillon, didn't work, but I'm not giving up. It is too big underneath and didn't fit around her back. I'll be using less for underneath and moving that part up.

  • Love it! Just made one for my cat in light periwinkle. Where would i put a pic on here? There's no icon to do it with so you can see him.

  • If this helps, I have made this sweater three times, and the last two times I measured so I could report size. I needed to make two, one for a cat and one for a kitten, and my friend sent me the measurements of her pets and I adjusted accordingly. Using Lionbrand Heartland 5oz medium weight yarn and a 5mm hook, the medium size sweater mesured 9.5" for the neck and 14" right behind the front legs. This fits a cat, or would be good for a chihuahua. Using the same yarn and hook the small size sweater measures 7.5" at the neck. I did make this sweater with bulkier yarn and a 5.5mm hook and it fit a shitzu. Pretty sure I made the medium for that one. Hope this helps someone! 🙂

  • Thank you so much for making this tutorial! Sometimes I have trouble with written patterns and watching you helps it all makes sense. There are so many possible ways to tweak this pattern. Can't wait to start on my next one!

  • Perfect Tutorial! I've only been crocheting for 2 weeks and I was able to complete this sweater without difficulty! Thank you for doing this!!

  • ok, my mastiff has a 37 inch neck, a 54 inch chest tapering off to 32 inches just behind his hips, his back length from collar to tail is 39 inches.
    Anyone have any clues how to do a pattern for him? please please pretty please?

  • Never Crochet before I tried this sweater for a friends dog who's freezing in my home while I dog sit. Came out looking like I had no idea what I was doing LOL. Ya, it's bad.

  • Excellent tutorial as usual! Can you please suggest where we should make the hole for the lease? At the neck part or at the main body part?

  • I know this is an old video but maybe you'll respond – why do you think the original pattern designer says to NOT fasten off when finishing the 3rd portion that is completed independently? It seems impossible to properly do the pattern and finish the sweater with the subsequent instructions without fastening off. Just wondering what you thought. That's the entire reason I came to watch your video – I was completely confused at this part. Thanks for the video!

  • This is a great pattern and tutorial – thank you for making it so simple for beginners like myself. Question…what would you recommend for an opening allowance for leash connection to collar (or harness)? Collars are more common and would likely be positioned about 3rd row centre back from sweater collar.

  • Great and thorough tutorial! I just started crocheting and this was my first 'big' project, it took me a while to finish but it turned out great!

  • Im awful at crocheting. I've only ever made a blanket and that didn't come out well. But this tutorial was really helpful and easy to follow. The sweater I made for one of my cats came out really well.

  • I wanted to attach the cute sweater I made for my little grand dog but I can't here. thank you for the great tutorial

  • I made this coat today for my 10 lb. Yorkie using the small pattern. It was too little, so I'll give it as a gift to a friend who has a smaller dog. I'll make it again using the medium pattern. The tutorial was EXCELLENT. I wouldn't have been able to make this coat without the video as the instructions were very confusing. Thank you, Mikey!

  • Mikey, could you give me some suggestions for my dog sweater project. I am trying to use up some bulky yarns I have on hand and the smallest hook the yarn recommends is a K sized hook. Do you have a good guess on how that may change the number of chains I need to use? I was thinking if I made the medium size coat it might come out the size of the large coat. Am I way off in my guess? I would really appreciate your input on my scrap using dog coat project. Thanks :^)

  • I can't believe I made this one, last night. It went by fast. Made the medium size, using up three colors of leftover yarn. I made one mistake due to rushing, but figured it out right away. Great little pattern. Thanks for sharing, Mikey.

  • This tutorial is so easy to understand. Thank you! However I'm struggling with making an XL dog sweater. Her neck is 53cm so I made 115 rows. It keeps on curling as well. But I'll keep trying

  • I made the Large size for my Chaweenie (Chawaua/Dachshund) (sorry if I spelled wrong) He weighs 20-25# and neck measures 14"-39 rows was about 14" for me. I think he's about the same size as the dog in the photo. Hope this helps. Photo on FB page for Crochet Crowd. I used maroon and it was a little under 1 skein.

  • Can u give me the amount of stitches for a xxs dog.u said 29 chains is for xtra small dog. It ended up being too big for my chihuahua

  • Hi Mike I love this tutorial and the pattern is so cute-Do you think it will fit a 3 pound Morky? if not how should I adjust? Thank YOu!

  • So easily explained. You took the fear out of creating such unique pieces. I have naked cats and this winter they'll all be warm and cozy. Thank you Mikey!

  • Thank you Mikey for a great and very easy dog sweater tutorial. Mine is going to be made into a shark I'll send you pictures later when it's all done. 🙂

  • Gracias x todos los swetersitos de pets o Mascotas yo quiero Acer un chalequito para mis cacatuas son muy pequeñitas y quiero acerles uno hojala y me puedas ayudar

  • I love this excellent video's clarity and comprehensive instruction. It is like a review for me. Now that we have adopted 4 more from the shelter. I made a bunch for the previous 5 Chihuahuas. Your pattern is so much like the one I designed 2 years ago. Thks!

  • 5 minutes of starring at the instructions on the paper and then fast forwards through what he's actually doing. Zero help.

  • Hi Mikey ☺
    thank you for this tutorial. you made it very easy to follow you.. your video is excellent..I made one in gray and red for my niece 🐕Yorkie..I also made a pocket on the back for the 🐕 doggie bags..if you like to 👁👁 see it go to my Instagram page crochet_by_cookie and tell me what you think please..
    thank you Mikey ☺☺

  • I finished the coat and loved to be able to follow along. Made it so much easier than following written instructions. However, closing it up will make it difficult to put on my dog so is there a way to possibly put 2-3 buttons instead?

  • Also, I had to go back undo the legs and leave wider open. They were too tight for my Schnauzer. That was a trip to undo and redo but I DID IT. Yea me!

  • I tried this pattern b4 I saw Mikey’s tutorial and simply “gave up!!” Then I found this and Mikey makes it soooo easy!! I had NO problem following everything he did!! Thank-you, Mikey for your guidance and making this so understandable!! Chris*

  • My dog needed a new winter PJ sweater so I decided to crochet one for him. I returned to crochet after a long time of other crafts and found this tutorial really easy to follow while refreshing my knowledge of the craft. Thanks ‘The Crochet Crowd ‘ , I am now a subscriber and look forward to other tutorials. Also, I would like to add the narrator and crafter has a lovely voice that is easy on the ears!!

  • Wanting to make this for my daughters 50lb pit. She is full grown but small in size. Any suggestions like a larger hook or any others?

  • For the life of me, I cannot imagine all them thumbs down on here. I did this pattern with this gentleman and amazingly it was a piece of cake. The directions were easy peasy. I did a size small. I do not have a small dog. This pattern is super easy and many of the techniques used, you will use again and again in other projects. I love the backwards SC edging. It's a sweet finishing touch. I use this on a lot of hats I make. I also loved the way the legs on this eased in "easily." It is important that the leg area is not CUT off by the body which restricts movement. This sweater does not restrict. Another nice thing about this particular pattern is you can add a few stitched on both sides of the closure to the bottom if your dog is a little "heavy" you are knitting for, so a small can become a small plus. HAHAHA. or a small plus plus. oh my gosh this cute sweater is so cute! thank you for the share of your video tutorial.

  • Made this for my friend's Czech rat/chihuahua cross, and wrote her name on the back. I adjusted the stitches to fit her, 33 round the neck, because the small was too small and medium was too big. I used double knitting yarn and a 3.5mm hook.

  • I wish that you would mention the stitches of the other bigger sizes, example: "For size small I will be doing 10 stitches, but do 13 stitches for medium and 16 stitches for large.". I am more the a beginner, but not quite an intermediate, so I try to follow your instructions forgetting that I should have done for stitches for the size medium sweater that I am making. Sorry for my bad English, English is my second language.

    I have a question, when you skip the lsc pattern and skipped to crocheting the leg part, didn't that shorten the length of the sweater by two rows? I thought that we were going to do the pattern portion but just replace the lsc with just sc stitches.

  • I am crocheting my first dog sweater for my friend. l. The dog i am making it for is a pitbull. I measured his neck to be 21.5 inches yesterday i am at 51 rows which is 17 inches. Do i go by the measurements of the rows in the pattern? He is a medium size dog? It just seems to big for the neck.

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