I love the African Flower Hexagon. I’ve seen many cute ideas using it.
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.
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.
African Flower Dog Sweater
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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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now attach the chest hexagon by seaming it to each side of the upper outside hexagons as shown in this photo.
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.
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.
Harley expressing how he really felt about all the fittings.