My co-worker commissioned this dog sweater last fall. Her dog, Howard, had one someone had knit from four colors of acrylic, and two colors of variegated yarn. The sweater buttoned down the underside chest so it was easier to load the dog into the sweater. When Howard died at age 17, my co-worker was beside herself. About three weeks later, she adopted another yellow lab found on the road in her town. She requested another dog sweater to protect the new dog, Harry, during hunting season, to be knit from hunter orange yarn.
I rose to the challenge, and visited my LYS in search of hunter orange yarn, multiple colors of orange, and appropriate variegated yarn for the trim and bands between oranges. So, nature fiber knitter that I am, I found Persimmon Woolpak, orange Cascade 220 and hunter orange Briggs and Little Heritage, and Kureyon with orange in it for the contrast variegated yarn, all in 100% wool. The Woolpak and Cascade are clearly softer, but the Briggs and Little obviously has the visibility/safety factor my co-worker was seeking.
In my recent finishing binge, I pulled this one out Sunday and resumed work on it. Surprisingly, I remembered my shorthand notes so I could pick it up again without too much distress. Since orange is definitely NOT my color, I stuck in some technique to keep me going - I am using steeks over the armhole openings as well as over the center belly opening-to-be so that I can continue knitting circularly. My knit and purl rows are not the same, and row out if I knit back and forth, so I find myself avoiding it more and more. I plan to use applied I-cord, which I've read about for twenty years but never used before, on the belly opening/buttonholes, and around the tail section over the back. What better way to learn a new technique than on a baby sweater or in this case, a dog sweater?
And for my amusement, I plan to sew a Laurel Burch cat button to the center back neck on the sweater - aren't cat buttons requisite on dog sweaters?