I’ve recently had the opportunity to re-create the Pooch Parka, a submission of mine for the Loom Knitting Pattern Book.
As I was knitting this project for the 2nd (& 3rd!) time, I realized that there are some things that I wanted to actually do different to make things a bit smoother as I worked through the project. I decided that it would probably be a good idea to share those tips with you, in case you had a canine buddy that you were planning on creating this really quite adorable little sweater for. **Keep in mind that you’ll actually need to refer to the original pattern in the book to be able to follow along~
So here we go:
In creating my 2nd “Santa Parka”, I actually used only one strand throughout, which made the project a little less dense. This is a good way to go if you don’t need such a thick parka. Also, the white furry trim was a tad bit thinner (#5 bulky) than the original choice of yarn (#6 super bulky), so the number of rows differed just a bit for the body of the project.
The next thing I changed up was in the shaping of the front chest area, when the project begins to be knit in a flat panel.
- You’ll actually be going backward one peg (from 5 of the previous row to 4 of this row) when you “twist” yarns, which is fine, just keep it kind of loose so the project doesn’t pucker here.
- When you’re ready to move to the MC, you’ll actually need to CO a new strand, because your original strand is “stranded“, lol, at the other side of the loom. 😉 (*note: you can actually cut the original MC strand, as you’ll now be using the newly CO strand throughout the project.)
- At peg #23, CO a new strand of CC yarn…Do Not Cut Original Strand! You will now have 2 strands of CC yarns for working the trim on each side of the panel.
Row 23: In order to make this work with the 2 strands of CC, after your decreases, you’ll need to go backwards with your first strand again, twisting loosely around MC so as to not pucker, from peg 8 of the previous row to peg 5 of this row. You’ll need to do the same at the end of the row for the 2nd strand of CC, from peg 3 to 23 (crossing backwards over pegs 2,1 & 24).
After this maneuvering, you should be able to now use your -CC strand at each end and MC strand- interchangeably as you panel knit back and forth for each row of the pattern….whew! It’s a mouth full, but as you are working the project, you’ll clearly understand what I mean (I hope, lol). 😉
With the change of yarn types, I actually only knit in the pattern until Row 50, then increased the # of the thinner CC yarn to a total of 10 rows for the base.
Again, for the difference in yarns, I changed the strap rows to 48.
Row 54: Peg #3 will only have 2 loops (not 1) and will therefore not be KO.
Row 55: Peg #3 will be KO 2 loops over 1 (not 1 over 1).
Weave in all ends…with the extra yarn maneuvers listed here you’ll have a few more ends to weave in, but the results are definitely better when all is said and done.
Okay…that should do it! I hope this helps you when creating this project, and gives you the freedom to create your Pooch Parka in other styles and colors of yarns for an unlimited variety of finished looks. 🙂 As always, I’d love to see your pictures, and would be honored to post them in the Clique Pics Page! ***Also, please feel free to post any questions you might have about this pattern right here in the comments section of this post, and I’ll answer here as well, so that we can keep all the learning process in one place for everyone’s benefit.
After reading this post, I had to go to Wal-Mart’s website and order the book. I love that you have such wonderful patterns and they are always so creative. My puppy dog and my sister’s puppy dog will be warm and cheerful this Christmas. Thank you for all you do!
That’s great, Stasia! I didn’t know that Walmart carried that book…good news indeed! 😀
You’re gonna love it…it has tons of excellent patterns, from many different designers, so you’ll get a different taste of designing styles from each one. Enjoy!
btw: you know I’d love to see your puppies all decked out in the Pooch Parkas when you get them finished…the Clique Pics page needs some puppy love sprinkled in, lol! 😉
Wal-Mart doesn’t carry the book, however, they offer it online and you can pick it up at the store. I really don’t like to shop online and wish more books were offered in the store or where you could download the book instantly. I hate having to wait for products. When I buy something I want to use it right away. For now I have to wait until the 11th of August to get the book at Wal-Mart. 😦
this is cute…love the red/white version…where you talk of this from a book…I had to check out the new book…HA HA HA not new and I HAVE IT ALREADY. thanks