Want a chihuahua sweater?

Heck, I’ll make you one.  It would be made to fit Darby, of course.  Just pay me $10, plus the cost of yarn.  Being a substitute teacher doesn’t pay all the bills, at least, not yet.


Double Cable Chihuahua Sweater

Double Cable Chi Sweater

Darby sweater 2.0 seated

For those few of you following my blog, thank you.You’re probably here because you have a special little Chihuahua in your life in dire need of a sweater also and you, too, have the ability to knit.I present to you dear readers, Darby’s latest sweater.If you can’t do cables, just follow the instructions without actually doing the cables or purls, and you’ll have a straight forward sweater.If you want to add sleeves, the instructions are written in the previous sweater pattern, I just ran out of the main color (started with a ball of the main color about the size of a tennis ball).

This week’s sweater is made with lion brand wool-ease.I used 2 colors, 1 brown and 1 red (who keeps the labels of yarn leftovers?Not me, I prefer losing them immediately and wondering what kind of yarn it is I have)

Please note, I can’t explain how to do cables, so I’ll describe them to you.The sweater has two cables that go in opposite directions.Each cable is made of 4 sts, with 2 crossing over the other two.From here on out, I’m just going to put cable where one will be done.


Main color

Contrasting color


Size 8 dpns

Cable needle

Needle for sewing in loose ends


Cast on 28 stitches in contrasting color

Distribute over 3 needles as follows: 9, 10, 9

Join and knit in 2×2 rib for 2”

Switch to main color and straight stitch and increase as follows:

Please note the center needle will always have k4, p2, k4 for your cables

Begin Increase shaping for the legs

1)k2, kfb, k4, p2, /k4, p2, k4/, p2, k4, kfb, k2 (30 stitches total)

2)k2, kfb, k5, p2, /k4, p2, k4/,p2, k5, kfb, k2 (32 stitches total)

3)k2, kfb, k6, p2,/k4, p2, k4/,P2, k6, kfb, k2 (34)

4)k2, kfb, k7, p2,/k4, p2, k4/,p2, k7, kfb, k2 (36)

5)k2, kfb, k8, p2,/Cable left with 1st 4 sts, p2, cable right with 2nd 4 sts/,p2, k8, kfb, k2 (38 stitches)

6)k2, kfb, k9, p2,/k4, p2, k4/,p2, k9, kfb, k2 (40)

7)k2, kfb, k10, p2,/k4, p2, k4/,p2, k10, kfb, k2 (42)

8 )k2, kfb, k11, p2,/k4, p2, k4/,p2, k11, kfb, k2 (44)

9)k2, kfb, bind off 8 sts, k4, p2/ k4, p2, k4/,p2, k4, bind off 8 sts, kfb, k2 (46)

10)k2, kfb, k1, cast on 8,k4, p2,/cable, p2, cable/,p2, k4, cast on 8,k1, kfb, k2 (48 )

11)k2, kfb, k14, p2,/k4, p2, k4/,p2, k17, kfb, k2 (50)

12)k2, kfb, k15, p2,/k4, p2, k4/,p2, k15, kfb, k2(52)

13)k19, p2, /k4, p2, k4/, p2, k19 (52)

14)k19, p2, /k4, p2, k4/, p2, k19 (52)

15)k19, p2,/cable, p2, cable/, p2, k19 (52)

16)k19, p2, /k4, p2, k4/, p2, k19 (52)

17)k19, p2, /k4, p2, k4/, p2, k19 (52)

18 )k19, p2, /k4, p2, k4/, p2, k19 (52)

19)k19, p2, /k4, p2, k4/, p2, k19 (52)

20)k19, p2,/cable, p2, cable/, p2, k19 (52)

21)k19, p2, /k4, p2, k4/, p2, k19 (52)

22)k19, p2, /k4, p2, k4/, p2, k19 (52)

23)k19, p2, /k4, p2, k4/, p2, k19 (52)

24)k19, p2, /k4, p2, k4/, p2, k19 (52)

25)k19, p2,/cable, p2, cable/, p2, k19 (52)

26)k19, p2, /k4, p2, k4/, p2, k19 (52)

27)k19, p2, /k4, p2, k4/, p2, k19 (52)

28 )k19, p2, /k4, p2, k4/, p2, k19 (52)

29)k19, p2, /k4, p2, k4/, p2, k19 (52)

Begin decrease shaping for the narrowest part of the body, past the ribs

30)k2, k2tog, k15, p2,/cable, p2, cable/, p2, k15, sl1, k1, psso, k2 (50)

31)k18, p2, /k4, p2, k4/, p2, k18 (50)

32)k2, k2tog, k14, p2, /k4, p2, k4/. P2, k14, sl1, k1, psso, k2 (48 )

33)k17, p2, /k4, p2, k4/, p2, k17 (48 )*

34)k2, k2tog, k13, p2 /k4, p2, k4/, p2, k13, sl1, k1, psso, k2 (46)

35)k16, p2, /cable, p2, cable/, p2, k16 (46)

36)k2, k2tog, k12, p2, /k4, p2, k4/, p2, k12, sl1, k1, psso, k2 (44)

37)k15, p2, /k4, p2, k4/, p2, k15 (44)

38 )with Contrasting color begin 2×2 rib for 2 inches

*Please note, I stopped decreasing here for Darby’s sweater, but added some more shaping and an additional cable because it is a little shorter than I would like.If you wanted, you could continue with the cable without the decreasing by repeating #33 until you get to #35, doing a cable, and then doing #33 2 more times.Your choice.My Darby has a nice healthy lean shape, so the additional shaping wouldn’t be an issue, but if your little Chihuahua is more “robust” you may want to follow the steps as written in asterisks.

Darby is tired of the papparazi

She is tired of all the cameras.

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Here is Darby’s newest sweater.  It’s a sleeveless turtleneck with 2 cables down the back and an accent color at the top and bottom.  I’ll put the pattern up hopefully tomorrow night.  I didn’t go to the pirate festival today, instead I went to the farmers market, came home, and finished her sweater.  It’s an exciting life!

A preview of Darby’s new Sweater

Tomorrow is my first subbing job up here!  I’m very excited, especially to be working in a classroom again, and actually having a job that allows me to afford to both pay rent and buy yarn!

Arrr…There be Pirates Afoot

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There is a Pirate Festival in Portland this weekend. the goal is to go tomorrow but now I am not sure if I’m going to go for a couple reasons.

1. Dear and darling sister in law and nephew were sick when I went to visit them 2 days ago and now I’m all scratchy and discombobulated.

2. My most recently acquired waist cincher is tighter than it ought to be, leaving me with shelf-butt. I don’t want to go to a pirate festival looking like a turkey (Faire slang for tourist) or a sausage in a too-tight casing.

3. I have NO ONE to go with. Big sobs for me here people. I’ve only been here 3 months and being devoid of a full time job ( I want to have my own classroom again soo bad, so if you know some district hiring a full time art teacher in the PDX and surrounding area, let me know) I haven’t met a lot of people or made any friends yet.

So, we’ll see in the morning if I make it or not.

Getting your oil changed? Knit a puppy sweater!

Knitting in the car while getting my oil changedThat’s right ladies, I went to get my oil changed and naturally brought along my knitting.  While I should be working on more mitered squares so I can finish that new baby blanket, I’m much happier to work on another sweater for Darby.  This one will have  2 cables, one cabling right, one cabling left. I’m very happy about it and Darby is very very happy to be wearing her sweaters already.

Whats a knitter to do?

When your roommates have stinky sponges that you won’t even touch to clean things with?  Why, you knit them a washrag, so it can be washed when it needs it!

I used this pattern, with some kitchen cotton and #6 needles.  it probably would have helped to have a 16″ circular needle there towards the end, or at least some end caps for the needles to keep the stitches from popping off.  Here it is, in all it’s stash-busting glory.

Here is the pattern I used, with a big thanks to the creator (whoever it is) , because I think it’s lovely.


I’m sure you’ll like it too.