Warmth for Jake and Jack!
About six years ago my parents decided to move out to the wilds of Idaho. And I do mean “wilds” folks. They traded in the hustle and bustle of the city to live a quiet simple country life. They chose to settle down in a remote region of northeastern Idaho in 400 sq foot cabin with no running water and no electricity. They raise goats, chickens, and ducks on their 15-acres of country bliss. Not to mention mom’s fabulous garden in which she grows the biggest and best crops I have ever seen or tasted! I like to call it “the farm”. But it is really more of a homestead and I love it out there.
I made my first visit about three years ago near the end of the summer. It was warm, beautiful, quiet, and much too brief. I returned the following year to stay for the summer and brought my two precious little Yorkshire Terriers with me. Jack and Jake, my Yorkie babies, had as much fun as I did. Maybe more! They spent their days chasing squirrels, chickens, and deer. I spent lazy mornings walking the property with the boys, enjoying mom’s cooking on the outside grill, and evenings listening to the wolves howl. True story.
But as the summer nears to a close, Idaho weather can get chilly, as Jack, Jake, and I discovered. I, fortunately, came armed with coats. My boys, however, did not. Now there is a lot of controversy over “dressing up” animals and I must admit that before I got Yorkies I was dead set against it. For heavens sake, clothes are for people! You may think that now, but wait until you watch your little ones shake & shiver in the nippy breeze and you’ll change your mind pretty quick. Just FYI folks, Yorkies have hair not fur. It does not keep them warm. As a responsible pet parent I felt it was my duty to crochet them some warm winter sweaters. 🙂
I made simplified versions of a free sweater pattern I found on knitting-n-crochet.com. Here’s what I did.
Quick and Easy Crochet Small Dog Sweater
Crochet Hook: size “J“– 10(6mm)
Yarn: Lion Brand Amazing Strawberry Fields (53-Percent Wool, 47-Percent Acrylic)
4 Medium: Worsted-weight, Afghan, Aran Yarn; 1-3/4-Ounce (50 g), 147 yd (135 m)
Double crochet (DC)
Single crochet (SC)
Begin on the back part of sweater, starting at the neckline: Chain 31
1 . DC in 2nd ch from hook and then across (30 st)
2. Ch 2 turn, repeat row 1 twice
3. Fold collar in half, SC through both halves across
4. Ch 2, DC across
5 –18. Repeat row 4
19 – 20. Decrease 1 st on each end of these rows, DC across
21. Decrease 1 st in center, DC across
Start at belly end and crochet towards neck, Ch 16
1. 1 DC in each ch across
2 – 5. ch 2, DC across
6 – 13. Decrease 2 st spaced evenly in each row
14. There should be only 1 stitch. End off.
Use SC to stitch up the neck and stitch in the chest piece. You should leave about a 2-inch hole on each side for legs. I used my dogs as models to figure out where to make the holes, but in general, they were about 5-6 inches from the neckline.
NOTE: Sweaters are machine washable, but do not exceed 400C water temperature
Don’t my boys just look dashing in their handsome sweaters? Yes, I think so too! We go back to Idaho every year, sometimes more than once a year. Usually in the spring and summer when the grass is green and the flowers are in bloom, but every once in a while we make a cool autumn or snowy winter trip. And I never forget to bring the boys coats to keep them nice and toasty!
I hope you enjoy this easy pattern as much as I did and your little ones love their coats too!
Best wishes & happy crocheting!