Thursday, December 31, 2009

Boston Terrier Sweater

This was made for Sam, whose chest behind his forelegs is 22” around, and whose body length from neck to rump is about 16.5”.

If your BT is larger or smaller, longer or shorter, this pattern is easily adaptable.

Size 6 circular needles, 12-16” long; Size 6 DPNs;Yarn to fit gauge 17 sts x 24 rows = 4”

Start at Bottom:
CO 80 Sts on circular needle
Join and work 1x1 ribbing for 6 rows
Work in straight knit until a total of 7.5" from CO edge

Knit 10, knit 12 onto waste yarn, knit to last 22, knit 12 onto waste yarn, knit last 10
Next row, knit

Row 1: K1, ssk, knit to last 3, K2tog, K1
Row 2: Knit
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until 62 sts on needles
Rows 3-6: K without decreases
Row 7: K1, ssk, Knit to last 3, K2tog, K1
Repeat rows 3-7 four more times

Neck Decreases:
R 1: Leave 7 sts each side of center marker, knit stitches between
R 2 and All Even Rows: Turn and purl
R 3 and All Odd Rows: Leave 3 more sts ea side of ctr marker, knit stitches between
Rows 4-11: Repeat Rows 2 and 3
R 12-18: Knit

Work in 1x1 rib for 9 rows
Bind off loosely.

Arm Bindings:
Using DPNs, slip live stitches from waste-yarn onto needles (one needle for top stitches, second needle for bottom stitches) p/u and knit 24 to 28 sts around sleeve edges
Pick up three stitches on each side between live-stitches for a total of 30 stitches. Distribute comfortably on 3 or 4 needles
Join and work in 1x1 ribbing for 3 rows
Bind off loosely

Work in loose ends


At 8:42 AM, Blogger Courteney Rice said...

Your neck decrease is confusing me. By saying to leave three stitches each side of marker on the odd rows, that would only leave 3 stitches added to the working section on one end... so do you mean to also purl an additional three stitches on the purl backs? So the stitches added to the working yarn are always even on both sides?

At 8:53 AM, Blogger Courteney Rice said...

Sorry to bother you again, but I also don't see where the "decreasing" happens in the neck section. It seems like it's just telling you to work the neck in an alternating K and P fashion with turns instead of in the round... there are no SSK or K2Tog instructions for an actual decrease. Thanks for your help!

At 2:36 PM, Blogger Heather Stevenson said...

The sweater looks so nice but I am afraid to try have not answered the previous questions and now I need to know also!

At 5:54 AM, Blogger Jane Cobb said...

I haven't even got as far as the queries above because the instructions for the armholes are unclear. After the row whre stitches are put onto waste yarn you simply say the next row should be "K". Is that the first 22 stitches? And the instructions really aren't clear from there on. It looks like a good garment but could you make the instructions clearer please? Thanks.

At 12:43 AM, Blogger Elaine said...

Interested in knitting it but wait til other issues resolved


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