Rosie Dog Coat


This free knitting pattern is for a dog coat.  The coat has been created to fit a toy dog of about 36 cm (14 inches) in length.  The coat is knitted in stocking stitch with double knitting yarn and has contrasting edging and tummy strap knitted in moss stitch.

This free knitting pattern makes perfect car or house coat for keeping your four footed friends warm on those cold winter days.  Care must be taken if using the coat outside as it is not water resistant.  Animals should not be left unattended when wearing coats and any fasteners should be easy release.

Rosie says:- “This woolly coat is perfect for lounging on the carpet when your pet human won’t put the central heating on or when your expected to travel in a car that hasn’t been pre-warmed for you.  Make sure they knit it for you in a colour that suits you.  If you’re not sure of the colour you can always follow my example by extracting the ball of wool from the knitting box and spreading it across the lounge and down the hall to check it first.  Don’t go out in the rain or snow in the coat though as it will make you damp.” 


Requirements:

100g Double Knitting Wool in Main Colour
100g Double Knitting Wool in Contrasting Colour
1 x 3.75mm Knitting Needles (UK9)
1 x 4.0mm Knitting Needles (UK8)
4 x 15mm Press Stud Fasteners

Tension:
Tension 22sts or 28 rows to 10 cm, using stocking stitch on 4.0 mm needles

Instructions:

Abbreviations.
 Abbreviation
   
 Meaning
     
sts      Stitches      
    Knit (number after it refers to how many stitches to knit)
     
P
    Purl (number after it refers to how many stitches to purl)
     
S1
    Slip next stitch onto needle without knitting it
     
PSSO
    Pass slip stitch over
     
 K2tog     Knit next 2 stitches together - decreasing 1 stitch      
 K3tog     Knit next 3 stitches together - decreasing 2 stitches      
P2tog      Purl next 2 stitches together - decreasing 1 stitch      
M1     Knit two stitches into next stitch (increasing number of stitches by one)
     

Pattern:print

Main body (make 1):

Using Main colour and 4mm needles cast on 50 sts

Row 1:  Purl to end (wrong side).
Row 2:  M1, M1, M1, M1, knit to last 4 sts, M1, M1, M1, M1  (58 sts).
Row 3:  Purl to end
Row 4:  M1, M1, M1, knit to last 3 sts, M1, M1, M1, (64 sts)
Row 5:  Purl to end
Row 6:  M1, M1, M1, knit to last 3 sts, M1, M1, M1, (70 sts)
Row 7:  Purl to end
Row 8:  M1, M1, M1, knit to last 3 sts, M1, M1, M1, (76 sts)

Continue working in stocking stitch until work measures 23cm (9in) from the original cast on edge, ending with a Purl row.

To make holes for tummy strap
Next row: K20, turn
Work 5 cm (2 in) on these 20 sts ending with a Purl row.  Slip the sts onto a holder and break yarn.

With RS facing, rejoin yarn, cast off 1 st then including the st on the right hand needle K35, turn.
Next Row - Cast off 1 st, purl to end (34sts)
Work 5 cm (2 in) on these 34 sts ending with a Purl row.  Slip the sts onto a holder and break yarn.

With RS facing, rejoin yarn and Work 5 cm (2 in) on the remaining 20 sts ending with a Purl row. Break yarn.

Return the 34 sts to the needle, then the first 20sts  (74 sts)
Next row – With right side facing, rejoin yarn, K20, M1, K32, M1, K20  (76 sts)
Next row – Purl to end
Continue in stocking stitch until work measures 30 cm (12 in) ending with a Purl row

To shape right front:

K30, cast off 16, knit 30 (including the st on the right hand needle).
Continue working on the last 30 sts only.

Row 1:  Purl to end
Row 2:  K1, S1, K1, PSSO, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1  (28 sts)
Row 3:  Purl to end
Row 4:  Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1  (27 sts)
Row 5:  Purl to end
Row 6:  K1, S1, K1, PSSO, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1  (25 sts)
Row 7:  Purl to end
Row 8:  Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1  (24sts)
Row 9:  Purl to end
Row 10:  K1, S1, K1, PSSO, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1  (22 sts)
Row 11:  Purl to end
Row 12:  K1, S1, K1, PSSO, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1  (20 sts)
Row 13:  Purl to end
Row 14:  Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1  (19sts)
Row 15:  Purl to end
Row 16:  K1, S1, K1, PSSO, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1  (17 sts)
Row 17:  Purl to end
Row 18:  Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1  (16 sts)
Row 19:  Purl to end
Row 20:  K1, S1, K1, PSSO, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1  (14sts)
Row 21:  Purl to end

Repeat rows 20 & 21 until 4 sts remain ending with a purl row.
Next row:  K2tog, K2tog  (2 sts)
Next row:  Purl to end
Cast Off

To shape left front:

Rejoin yarn and purl across remaining 30 stitches

Row 1:  K1, S1, K1, PSSO, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1  (28 sts)
Row 2:  Purl to end
Row 3:  K1, S1, K1, PSSO, knit to end  (27 sts)
Row 4:  Purl to end
Row 5:  K1, S1, K1, PSSO, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1  (25 sts)
Row 6:  Purl to end
Row 7:  K1, S1, K1, PSSO, knit to end  (24sts)
Row 8:  Purl to end
Row 9:  K1, S1, K1, PSSO, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1  (22 sts)
Row 10:  Purl to end
Row 11:  K1, S1, K1, PSSO, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1  (20 sts)
Row 12:  Purl to end
Row 13:  K1, S1, K1, PSSO, knit to end  (19sts)
Row 14:  Purl to end
Row 15:  K1, S1, K1, PSSO, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1  (17 sts)
Row 16:  Purl to end
Row 17:  K1, S1, K1, PSSO, knit to end  (16 sts)
Row 18:  Purl to end
Row 19:  K1, S1, K1, PSSO, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1  (14sts)
Row 22:  Purl to end

Repeat rows 19 & 20 until 4 sts remain ending with a purl row.
Next row:  K2tog, K2tog  (2 sts)
Next row:  Purl to end
Cast Off

Border for Tummy Strap (2 alike):

With right side facing, 3.75mm needles and contrasting yarn, pick up 14 stitches along the top edge of the hole for tummy strap.
Row 1:  [K1, P1] repeat to end
Row 2:  [P1, K1] repeat to end
Cast off in pattern

Top Border (make 1):

Using contrasting yarn and 3.75mm needles cast on 6sts and commence moss stitch thus:-
Row 1:  [K1, P1] repeat to end
Row 2:  [P1, K1] repeat to end
These two rows form the pattern.  Continue in pattern until work is long enough to go along the neck edge of the coat plus an overhang of 5 cm (2 inch) ending with row 2.  Transfer these stitches onto a stitch holder.

Bottom Border (make 1):

Using contrasting colour and 3.75mm needles cast on 6sts and commence moss stitch thus:-
Row 1:  [K1, P1] repeat to end
Row 2:  [P1, K1] repeat to end
These two rows form the pattern.  Continue in pattern until work is long enough to go around the bottom edge of the coat plus an overhang of 5 cm (2 inch) ending with row 2.  Transfer these stitches onto a stitch holder.

 

Tummy Strap (make 1):

Using contrasting colour and 3.75mm needles cast on 3 sts and commence moss stitch thus:-
Row 1:  P1, K1, P1
Row 2:  M1, K1, M1  (5 sts)
Row 3:  K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 4:  M1, P1, K1, P1, M1  (7 sts)
Row 5:  P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1
Row 6:  M1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, M1  (9 sts)
Row 7:  [K1, P1] repeat to last stitch K1
Row 8:  [K1, P1] repeat to last stitch K1
Rows 7 & 8 form the pattern. 
Continue in pattern until work measures 117cm (46 inches) or desired length ending with a w/s row.
Shape end:
Row 1:   K1, P2 tog, pattern to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1  (7 sts)
Row 2:   [K1, P1] repeat to last stitch K1
Row 3:   K1, P2 tog, pattern to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1  (5 sts)
Row 4:   [K1, P1] repeat to last stitch K1
Row 5:   K1, S1, K2tog PSSO, K1   (3 sts)
Row 6:   K1, P1, K1
Row 7:   K3tog
Fasten off yarn by pulling through remaining titch and pulling tight.


To Make Up:

Attach the top border to the neck edge with the 5cm overhang at one side and leaving 1 cm unattached at the other.  Take care to ease the border over the shaped bits.
Attach the bottom border to the 5cm over of the neck border then along the lower edge of the coat leaving 1 cm unattached at the other.  Whilst attaching this border take care to ease it around the front and back shaping.
Check that the two remaining loose border edges reach the edge of the coat.  Add additional rows in pattern if necessary.  Once the borders have reached the end of the coat, slip both borders onto the same needle and knit across both  keeping the continuity of pattern as you work across both sets of stitches. Once joined continue in pattern until the work measures 7.75cm (3 inches) from join.  Cast off in pattern.  Stitch up the gaps between the loose borders and the coat.
For each end of the border fold half the overlap back and secure on the underside of the coat.  This provides re-enforcement for attaching the fasteners and helps to prevent the front of the coat stretching.  Attach two fasteners horizontally on the front of the chest positioned to suit the size of the dog
The tummy strap is folded double and the edges sewn up prior to attaching the two fasteners. This helps to prevent the knitting stretching as the dog moves around.  However if you have a young dog or one which is particularly active we would recommend that you re-enforce the inside of this strap with an equivalent length of material to ensure it keeps its shape. Attach two fasteners vertically to the tummy strap in a position to ensure the comfort of the dog.    Sew in any remaining loose ends and secure the edges of the tummy strap border. Thread the tummy strap through the holes in the coat and allow your dog to enjoy its warmth.




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