Izzy's Hooded Sweater is finished (click on name for link to free pattern)! I've been working on a dog sweater for those of you with a slightly larger dog than my 6 and 9 lb. dogs. My aunt has a dachshund/poodle/schnauzer mix that is about 18 lbs. So using some Paton's Shetland Chunky Tweed yarn in Sea Ice (a light blue) I casted on a dog sweater on some whopping U.S. size 10 needles! This pattern goes fast!
Izzy's hooded sweater is a great first dog sweater pattern. It's quick and easy with minimal skills needed - knitting, purling, simple increasing and casting off. Since the sweater is knit in a pretty loose gauge, it stretches easily and fits a larger range of dogs.
If you're interested in knitting this and have a smaller puppy, simply cast on the same number of stitches and knit the pattern on U.S. 7 (for a 5-8 lb dog) or 8 needles (for a 9-12 lb dog). The only modification I would make would be increasing the amount of stitches between the leg openings to 3 -4 stitches on each side of the beginning of the round marker instead of the recommended 2 (for a total of 6-8 stitches between legs instead of 4).
I hope you all enjoy this pattern. Since I don't have test knitters, please let me know if there is a typo/problem.
Addendum: I saw on Ravelry that a user was confused with knitting the leg openings. Basically what the directions are trying to explain is how to knit the small section between the leg holes and the main back section at the same time. I do this by cutting of a "long tail" for between the leg holes (or using a small ball of yarn) and using the main ball of yarn for the larger back section (or you can pull from both ends of a skein). Since you can't knit in the round when you are knitting around the leg opening you are knitting back and forth on the circulars. After you cast the stitches back on to close the leg openings you start knitting back in the round with the main ball. I hope that helps with any confusion in my directions!! If you need additional help click here for a quick post on the step-by-step leg openings.