Tuxedo Dog Sweater by Colette Smith

Tuxedo Dog Sweater

Worsted (9 wpi) ?
4.5 stitches and 6 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette
US 7 - 4.5 mm
275 - 600 yards (251 - 549 m)
Small, Medium, and Large
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For the “best man” in your life for formal occasions. This design is adorable in all sizes. I put the design on the back so that I can be seen others, a great photo opportunity for weddings. Simple color-work at the neckline forms the tux shirt. Shown in Cascade 220 but cotton yarns make it cooler for summer weddings. This makes a lovely gift for the lucky couple. The sweater is embellished with the added bow tie. I found lovely tux buttons at our local craft store in the bridal area of the fabric section.

I do recommend that you first knit our Easy-On Dog Sweater to determine the exact pattern that fits your dog. While I like the leash buttonhole design of our other dog sweater patterns, I do not recommend using it on this design as the collar area is crowded.

General Info: Finally a dog sweater that fits and isn’t a struggle to get on and off. With minor adjustments, this pattern can fit dogs of all shapes and sizes. I decided on a one-piece cape and wrap around belt design which allows the sweater to slip over the dogs’ head and then simply pull the straps around the tummy and attach over the back. Either button or Velcro closures can be used so it is comfortable and flexible for your dogs’ natural movements. This design is shown in 3 sizes with directions on how to modify for larger dogs. Pattern includes choice of neck openings: crew or turtle neck. I added an optional buttonhole to attach the leash (through the sweater) for either standard collar or harness locations.

Garter stitch trim with stockinette body is easy to knit. For easy washing, superwash wool is recommended. Acrylic yarns create static when rubbed on fur so are not recommended for this project. I often use Cascade 220 or Brown Sheep Lambs Pride Worsted and hand wash. Cotton yarns are usually fine but not as warm as wool. After refining this pattern for your pet, see our other dog sweater patterns: tutu, bridal, bone, Santa, etc. available on our website, www.ColettesGarden.com or Raverly.com.