Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Knitting a dog sweater for a Vizsla

Whiskey models her new fashion
This post is a long time coming as I've been working on a sweater for Whiskey for a couple months now in between other projects.  I've started knitting a year ago and mostly use Youtube to learn as well as Raverly for patterns. When I first started, I noticed someone had posted a pattern for a dog sweater with a Vizsla modelling it so of course I needed to make it! We live in Canada, it can pretty chilly in the winter, and Whiskey is a bit skinny (no matter how much she eats) so it's great to have a nice warm merino to throw on.
Good for male or female
This was my first experiment into joining parts together and picking up stitches for a sleeve. The only other things I've made before are lots of hats, scarves, snoods, and blankets. This was so much fun and much quicker than a human sweater.
She's so warm in it!
The pattern isn't highly detailed but for $2.00 it was very helpful for a starting place. I choose two skeins of superwash merino wool from TOSH VINTAGE (Laurel and Jade) but needed to buy a third skein for the arm sleeves (not needed but I just wanted a nicer finish). For a more interesting knit, I started some cabling down the spine of the sweater as well as a gradient from dark to light green. Also, I knitted the neck in the round rather than flat since I thought it would make the joining easier and cleaner. I finished the bottom with ribbing and added more ribbing on the "sleeves". I had to adjust the arm holes a couple times to find the right fit for Whiskey.

Starting out I worked the neck in the round
splitting off into flat after the neck
So much fun changing into the second color
showing the split
In all, it was an easy knit, and now that I know her size, I can make the next one much quicker. Whiskey tolerates "clothing" quite well for a dog but I would make sure your pup is ok with sweaters before starting out. I would also suggest to knit in the round so you can constantly try the project on the dog as you go so there are no surprises. I think for the next one, I'll extend the length of the inner belly section, make that section a bit more narrow, and maybe make the whole thing a bit longer.

Two pieces
cabling detail


  1. love!! I can't wait to make one of these for my Vizsla Thor. He doesn't care for clothing, but tolerates it. And he is like your dog, a bit on the skinny side no matter how much he eats!

    1. Get a nice yarn (not itchy) and hopefully he will learn to love it when it's chilly out.