African Flower Dog Sweater

untitled-9584

I love the African Flower Hexagon.  I’ve seen many cute ideas using it.

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-1-34-06-pmscreen-shot-2016-11-11-at-1-34-52-pm

 

 

But I haven’t run across one for an actual dog.  I want to make a sweater for myself using this motif so I decided to start small and make one for Harley.  I chose to use dark blue and winter white so it would look more like a snowflake design than a flower.

When you make a sweater for your dog you need to measure it first and plan on lots of fittings as you go.  For more notes on measuring your dog visit an earlier blog I did on a simple single crochet sweater I made for Harley.  http://sewingmywaythroughtheusa.com/2016/10/29/harleys-sweater/

Harley is a standard dachshund and weighs about 18 pounds.  I used Caron Simply Soft with a G hook.  I tried making one hexagon with Red Heart Super Saver and an I hook and it turned out quite a bit larger than the one I used. This is an option for using this pattern for a medium sized or large dog.  Another option would be to use 2 strands of a sport weight (I consider Caron Simply Soft a sport weight) or a bulky yarn for a bigger dog. For a smaller dog use a smaller hook with a sport weight or fingering weight yarn.

img_9604
This pic shows the difference in size when using Red Heart Super Saver on the left (5-3/4″ side to side) and Caron Simply Soft on the right(4-1/4″ side to side). *Of note: It adds interest to the motif if you chose a contrast color for the single crochet row as seen in these hexagons.  Many times the flower is made with 3 colors.  I was going for a snowflake look, so I left this contrast row out.*

 The main fitting tip in using this pattern is to have the center chest hexagon fit on the upper chest between the legs as seen in this pic.

untitled-9581
The center motif should fit between the front legs on the upper chest.

African Flower Dog Sweater

These instructions are available to download in pdf form on dropbox.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/a08aabpxdmdu97r/African%20Flower%20Dog%20Sweater.pdf?dl=0

Please feel free to share this pattern but link any sharing of it back this website.

http://sewingmywaythroughtheusa.com/2016/11/11/african-flower-dog-sweater/ ‎

Materials:

1 skein Caron Simply Soft Royal Blue

1 skein Caron Simply Soft Off White

Size  G or 4-1/2 mm hook

Gauge:  Motif 4-1/4″ side to side

Directions for African Flower Hexagon

Make 10

Rnd 1:  Using blue, sc 5, sl st in first ch to form ring.

Rnd 2: ch 3, (counts as 1 dc) 1dc, ch 1, *2 dc, ch 1* Repeat between ** 4 more times, ending with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 3. (6 ch 1 spaces)

untitled-9554
Rnds 1 & 2

Rnd 3:  Attach White yarn in any ch1 sp with sl st.  ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 1, * (in next ch 1 sp) 2 dc, 2 ch, 2 dc, ch 1*  Repeat between ** 4 more times, ending with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 3. Fasten off.

untitled-9558
Rnd 3

Rnd 4: Sl st into 1st ch 2 sp, ch 3, 6 dc in same sp, ch 1, *(in next ch 2 sp) dc 7, ch 1*  Repeat between ** 4 more times, ending with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 3. Fasten off.

Rnd 5:  Attach Blue in any DC with sl st.  Ch 1, sc in each st and ch 1 sp around, ending with sl st in ch 1 of beg st.

untitled-9564
Rnd 5

Rnd 6:   Ch 3, dc in each sp around with 2 dc in each corner st, ending with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 3. Fasten off.

img_9535
Rnd 6

Assembly and Belly Band

Weave in ends and sew back hexagons together in the order seen in this photo.  I actually crochet the motifs together as I go. There are many good tutorials on YouTube if you want to learn this technique.  Also check out The Crochet Crowd’s website. http://thecrochetcrowd.com They have amazing tutorials from learning to crochet to advanced projects and techniques.  I also recommend watching their videos on weaving in ends and joining granny squares as well as changing colors.

untitled-9601
Top of Sweater

Now attach the chest hexagon by seaming it to each side of the upper outside hexagons as shown in this photo.

 

untitled-9600
Chest Hexagon and Belly Band

Belly Band

Squaring Sides of Middle Hexigons:  Find the center point on the middle side hexagon and count 3 stitches to the right. Attach yarn with sl st.  Ch 3, dc in next st, hdc,sc,hdc,dc,dc in each of next 5 st.  Fasten off. (7 st)

Repeat on opposite middle side hexagon.  This is where you will attach belly band.

Belly Band:

Row 1. Ch 8, sc in 2nd st from hook, sc next 6 st, ch 1, turn. (7 st)

Row 2:  ch1 in each of next 6 st, ch 1, turn.

Repeat Row 2 until band is 8″ long.  Fasten off.

Finishing: Sew band to squared edges of side hexagons and to edge of chest hexagon.  Sc in edge stitches around body of sweater and arm holes.

 

img_9608

untitled-9588

Harley expressing how he really felt about all the fittings.

untitled-9579

I hope these instructions are clear but if you have any problems leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

Hook on!

Melissa