Knitter Extraordinaire: Parkdale (Ravelry ID)
Mods: Incredibly Parkdale didn’t use a dog sweater as the base for this – she used the child sized hat brim for the dog sweater neckline, and the thumb gusset increases form the Maine Morning Mittens as the method for the chest increases after the neck. Then, she used basic sock toe decreases for the general shaping towards the pack of the sweater. Details can be found on her project page, here.
What Makes This Awesome: If you look at Parkdale’s other projects, you’ll see that she has knit the Honeypie hat and the Main Morning Mittens before, as well as all sorts of socks. This meant that she was thinking about patterns she was already really familiar with in new ways. Her goal was to create a top-down dog sweater so she could check the fit as she knitted, and she couldn’t find an existing dog sweater pattern that was top down, super bulky, and had the chest and back separated so that it could be buttoned on. This was a very important detail, because that sweet pup is a rescue from Mexico, and does not let anyone but Parkdale touch her paws, so a sweater that fully buttons on was a must for times when someone else needs to walk her.
Speaking of being a rescue pup, Parkdale got this cutie from DIBS (Dogs in Better Spots), a non profit that helps homeless and abandoned dogs from Mexico (and sometimes Canada and the U.S.) find their forever homes. Three cheers for rescuing wonderful dogs in need!