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Doggy Gansey

One of my friends from church, Robin, just got a new Toy Poodle. His name is Alfie. She said, ‘You’ll have to knit him a sweater.’ Of course, I am happy to comply with any excuse to knit. I looked online for a dog sweater pattern and found this one to be the easiest and most adaptable.
Now, I’ve always wanted to knit a gansey. Looking through my stitch dictionaries, I found these two patterns in BW #1, Welted Leaf Pattern, and X And Diamond Border. I inserted a simple seed stitch block to add some interest. They worked well for this project because they are knit horizontally. Here is a side view of the sweater. I cast on 49 sts. for this sweater and used a US size 8 strait needle. The sweater measured 16″ around and was 12″ long from end to end. You could cast on 10 fewer sts. and knit a smaller bottom piece and come up with a smaller sweater.

Here are the Gansey patterns to incorporate into your sweater.

X-and-Diamond Border (multiple of 16+1)

Row 1 (right side) Knit
Row 2 Knit
Row 3 k1,*k4, (p1, k5) twice; rep from *.
Row 4 P1, *(p3, k1) 3 times, p4; rep from *.
Row 5 K1, *k2, p1, k3, p1, k1, (p1, k3) twice; rep from *.
Row 6 P1, *p1, k1, (p3, k1) 3 times, p2; rep from *.
Row 7 K1, *p1, k3, p1, k5, p1, k3, p1, k1; rep from *.
Row 8 K1, *p3, k1, p7, k1, p3, k1; rep from *.
Row 9 Repeat Row 7.
Row 10 Repeat Row 6.
Row 11 Repeat Row 5.
Row 12 Repeat Row 4.
Row 13 Repeat Row 3.
Row 14 Knit.
To continue this pattern in horizontal bands, repeat only rows 3-14 in subsequent repeats.

Welted Leaf Pattern (multiple of 8 sts)

Row 1 (Right Side) Knit
Row 2 Purl
Row 3 K4, p4; rep from *.
Row 4 K3, *p4, k4; rep from *, end p4, k1.
Row 5 P2, *k4, p4; rep from *, end k4, p2.
Row 6 K1, *p4, k4; rep from *, end p4, k3.
Row 7, 8, and 9–Repeat rows 4, 5, and 6.
Row 10 – *p4, k4; rep from *.
Row 11 – Knit
Row 12 and 13 – Purl.
Row 14 – Knit.

Seed Stitch (multiple of 2 sts.)

Row 1 *K1, p1; rep from *
Row 2 *P1, k1: rep from *

Or, as I look at it, the setup row is *K1, p1; rep from* For every row after that, knit the purl sts. and purl the knit sts, across, and you will have seed stitch. This way, it doesn’t matter if you have an odd or even number of stitches.

As you can see, I knit the patterns in the following order.

1 1/2 ” 2×2 rib
X-And-Diamond Border
Welted Leaf
Seed Stitch
X-And-Diamond Border
1 1/2 ” 2×2 rib

I knit mine on a size 6 for the ribbing and size 8 for the body of the sweater. I used an acrylic, worsted weight yarn (Vanna’s Choice) since Robin is alergic to wool. The sweater came out to be 16″ in circumference (around the chest) and 12″ long.

See Easy Dog Sweaters , a free pattern, for gauge, measurements, and construction instructions.

Have Fun!

17 thoughts on “Doggy Gansey

  1. This is absolutely adorable! I have three willing (or not so willing) puppies at home who are going to be so well dressed this winter!

    Thank you for posting the pattern!

    Sheri

  2. Wow! Congratulations…well done! I have made a lot of doggie sweaters but none of them turned out this nice.

    btw – there's a free, really cute rainbow dog sweater at Lion Brand yarns website, if you want to make another one.

    Dana in TX

  3. Thanks for sharing your doggie patterns. I have a Maltese who will look and feel cozy in this pattern.
    like the animal shelter idea also.

  4. Thank you for the doggy coat pattern. I have just gotten a new little dog and he needs a new coat. This one is perfect for him.

    Thanks for sharing all your knitting.

  5. I searched high and low for coats and sweaters for my tiny Yorkie puppy 1 lb. When I recided to learn to knit, my husband suggested that I make her a sweater. Although a little beyond my abilities, I adjusted everything down by 1/2, and it turned out beautifully I did it in one morning. When my husband came home, he thought I had paid $30 or $40 to order one off the internet.

  6. Hi okay so i have a question.. .i am fairly new to knitting.. and i have a small yorkie… i loved the sweater you made and i want to make it for her. i casted on 40st. and when i was half way through the x-diamond it just wasn't looking right. i assume because i didn't do 39? so my real question is if i do 39 sts can i still follow your full patterns here and will it work out correctly?

  7. For HouseOfLayla: So sorry I missed your comment. 40 sts won't work because x diamond is a multiple of 16+1. Which means 33 will work (2×16)+1=33 or 49(3×16)+1 or 64(4×16)+1. You may want to leave x diamond out and just use the other 3 stitch patterns which may be easier to customize since they are smaller multiples.
    Good luck!
    Angie

  8. Hi Donna! I would recommend superwash wool like cascade 220 superwash. You could also use a wool blend, like Lion Brand Wool Ease or a washable acrylic. Dogs will get their sweaters dirty and it is good if you can just throw them in the wash.

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