The crochet granny square is a square motif that can be used to construct larger garments, such as a dog sweater, by sewing the squares together. A dog's body shape is simple enough that a rectangle along the back with narrow strips across the chest and stomach to hold the sweater on will form the garment. Measure the dog first to create a custom-sized pattern. The size of the granny squares you crochet will determine the number you need to sew together for your dog's outfit.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Worsted weight yarn
- G or H crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- 1-inch button
Measure the dog from the back of its neck to the point on its back you want the sweater to end.
Measure across the dog's back and halfway down its sides to get the width for the back piece. Add that number to the previous measurement to determine the dimensions of the rectangle that makes up the back piece of the sweater.
Measure around the dog's middle and subtract from that the width of the rectangle determined in the previous step. This will indicate the length of the piece across the stomach that attaches the sides of the sweater, securing it on the dog.
Measure around the dog's neck/shoulder/chest so you know how wide to make the piece that goes around its neck and rests across the chest, creating the head opening. The rectangular piece will form the back of the opening, so subtract the short side of the rectangle from your measurement.
Draw the measurements as rectangles on paper. Determine the size of the granny squares by dividing the measurement for the back rectangle calculated in step 2 into even-sized squares on the paper. The larger the granny square, the fewer you must make.
Use the technique described in step 5 to determine how many granny squares you need for the middle strip and the neck opening strip.
Determine the Size
Make the number of granny squares you need.
Lay out the granny squares side by side and top to bottom so they form the rectangle for the back of the sweater.
Place the granny squares for the strip to go around the dog's stomach perpendicular to the long side of the rectangle.
Set aside a line of squares for the strip that goes around the neck and chest. This strip will attach to the squares on the first row of the back rectangle to form the collar.
Sew the granny squares together in the configuration you have laid out, leaving one end of the stomach strip unattached. That end will be buttoned on once the dog is wearing the sweater.
Sew a button to the middle of the long side of the rectangular back piece, opposite the stomach strip. The button will slip easily between two of the crochet stitches on the outer round of the last granny square on the stomach strip. If you prefer, attach yarn to the edge of that granny square, chain a few loops, then join the yarn again to the granny square edge with a slip stitch to create a buttonhole loop.
Creating the Sweater
Tips and warnings
- Be generous in the measurement for the head opening. It shouldn't be tight.
- Add an inch or two for comfort to the middle strip that goes around the dog's stomach. If it becomes tight, move the button down or add a longer loop to the strip across the stomach.
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