Crochet dog sweater

Sick baby = tired mama.

I didn’t feel like moving or thinking, so I crocheted a basic dog sweater. I used Fishermans wool that I had dyed last year, but couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do with it. 

Some homeless guy has been feeding our dog fast food, so he’s been gaining weight like crazy. Not sure what to do about it.


Worsted weight yarn

Size K crochet hook

Ch 31

First row: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, 4sc, 1hdc, 25dc, turn

Even rows: ch 2, 25dc in back loops, 1hdc in back loops, 5 sc in back loops, turn

Odd rows: ch1, 5sc in back loops, 1hdc in back loops, 25dc in back loops, turn

Create two pieces, one with 10 rows for the bottom, and one with 20 rows for the top (or big enough to fit your dog). Put pieces together and sew first 10 sts, skip 10, sew last 10 sts, for both of the seams.

Weave in ends.

Caped-sleeve Bolero part two

We last left off with sewing on the facing . . .

Sew it on, clip seam allowances around curves, then press.

I ALWAYS understitch my linings and facings to keep them hidden from the right side. This step makes for a much nicer finished project.

Sew up the sides, finish the armholes, and onto the sleeves.

I finished the edges of the caped sleeves with my serger, then folded down and pressed the top edge. I basted it in place with a regular glue stick, and pressed it again to seal the glue. This will wash right out in the future.

Pin the sleeves into place and call it a day.

Caped-Sleeve Bolero part one

I’ve been really curious about those Japanese sewing pattern books on Amazon for quite awhile now, and a couple weeks ago I finally ordered Stylish Party Dresses. For my first project I decided to do:

Copy the pattern onto tissue paper . . .

I decided to go with a fairly thick black fabric that I’ve had in my stash for a few years now. It will probably be too warm for summer, but I have my hopes set on Autumn. The patterns don’t include seam allowances, so I decided to trace it onto my fabric and add the seam allowances there. 

Sew shoulder seams together, chain stitching to save time.

Press seams, then finish with the serger.

Thread number four was cut, not broken. I’m using only three threads so I can switch to a narrow rolled hem without too much trouble.

Pin the facing on and quit there, before the kids start exploding.