After my initial failed attempt to knit Melba a sweater, I lost my enthusiasm but didn’t give up. On car rides, during movies, and at Knit Night, I pegged away at my wonky-shaped little green sweater.
Lo and behold, it fits my wonky-shaped little Melba.
The spikes were absolutely essential. Although Melba does not have to turn up her ferocity in the same way she did when defending her dog run against the incursions of an entire apartment’s worth of other dogs, she still tromps around the yard as if each step must shake the earth.
And ok–the spikes were there for me, too. In spite of its size, this sweater was no small endeavor. I needed something to keep me forging through the uncertainty of the design process. Right now, all the iffiness involved in designing is not exhilarating, it’s stressful. Next time around, I will let someone else take care of the iffiness.
The sweater is about half an inch too short, but Melba tromped around in cold the yard in it quite happily. When we came back in, the sweater got the ultimate seal of Melba approval: she fell asleep still wearing it. No more sad ears here!
It’s been a while since I’ve linked to pattern notes, and I’ve never linked to pattern notes that are this messy, but what the heck–here they are. If you don’t happen to have a Chiweenie in need of a Dogzilla sweater, there are more pictures of Melba tromping about.
What about you guys–has anyone else knitted a sweater for their dog? What pattern did you use, and more importantly, how did it turn out?