Next row (dec row): (K4, k3, k2tog, slm, k2tog, k3, times. 56 sts Next row: Purl, slm, purl to end. Cont to dec as set by last two rows (working k2tog on either side of the marker on every RS row) seven times more. 42 sts Work measures 42cm (16¾in) from cast on edge, ending with a WS row. Knit one row. Cast off knitwise on WS. p2) four times, (p2, k4) 4
UNDER PANEL With RS facing, rejoin stitch holder. Next row (inc row) (RS): K2, M1, k3) three times, k2tog. 20 sts Next row: Purl. Next row (inc row): K2, M1, twice, p2, k2, M1, k2. 22 sts Next row: Purl. Cont to inc and work into RS row inside edge sts as are 38 sts. Place marker at each end of bottom of leg hole.
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to mark Next row (dec row) (RS): K2, k2tog, (p2, k3) twice, p2, k9, k2tog, k2. Next row: purl. Cont to dec on every RS row inside edge sts as set until there are 20 sts. Next row (RS): K4, p2, k3, p2, k3, Next row (WS): Purl. The last 2 rows set rib patt. Cont in patt until work measures 35cm (13¾in) from cast on edge, ending with a WS row. Knit one row. Cast off knitwise on WS.
TO MAKE UP Sew the under panel to the top panel from the neck to the first marker at top of leg hole shaping.
LEG HOLE BORDER With 4.5mm needles and RS facing, pick up 30 sts along the top panel from the second marker at start of leg hole up to the seam and along the same point on the under panel. Knit one row. Cast off knitwise. Work the second leg to match. Sew up the side seams from the legs down. Weave in all loose ends. You’ll be proud to have this dapper four-legged chap on your lead!
Chest MEASURING YOUR DOG Measure your dog before you start knitting this jumper. By altering a few stitches or lengths in key areas you will be able to obtain a great fit.
The more important measurements are: A Neck – This will enable you to decide if you need more stitches in the neck rib, as ideally the rib needs to be relaxed when sitting on the dog’s neck, and must stretch over the dog’s head to put the jumper on.
B Length – Measure from your dog’s neck along the spine to where you want the jumper to end. The jumper is designed to be at least 10cm (4in) from the top of the tail.
C Shoulder – This is important to obtain a good fit. Measure from the centre of your dog’s neck – where the collar sits at th top of the spine – diagonally down to the top of the leg, and do the same with your knitting (see diagram). By getting this measurement right, the jumper will not pull back or slouch forward, but will fit comfortably on the dog.
D Chest – Use a tape measure to measure all the way around your dog’s chest, just behind the front legs. This will tell you if you need to add in some stitches before you get to the leg shaping on the jumpers. This pattern is from the book Dogs inJumpers, by Debbie Humphreys, published by Pavillion Books (RRP £14.99).