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December 2021

A Jumper for your Dog


A dog coat which is basically for smaller dogs (which are more likely to need one in colder weather). The pattern is worked out to fit the dogs shown in the photos; Sally, pictured above is the larger size and the other three dogs are shown at the end. Here is the introduction for this 1930s pattern:
Here is a very easy way to keep your dog free from chills during the winter months. Most dogs feel the damp just as much as you do, especially when they are getting on in years, and a nice jumper like this to keep the tummy warm will help to prevent colds and rheumatism. The collar has been made to fit low down as a dog is apt to feel heat easily round the neck.


Instructions are given for 3 sizes (large, medium, small) which are named after the doggy models "Sally", "Snuff", and "Faust" (see pictures) As far as I can tell they are a Spaniel, a Pekingese, and a Dachshund.
Follow the instructions given in the appropriate brackets for each size; where no brackets appear the number applies to all sizes.

The additional "Brock" seems to be some kind of terrier; his coat is worked exactly as for Snuff, but you need to knit an extra inch on the back, so continue until work measures 6 inches from the leg openings before shaping the back, instead of 5 inches.

Pattern rows

1st row: * p3, k1; repeat from * to end.
2nd row: In p1/k3 rib.
3rd row: as 1st row.
4th row: as 2nd row.
5th row: * k1, p1; repeat from * to end.
6th row: In k1/p1 rib.

Work up a small piece of pattern before starting to make sure you can follow it correctly when increasing - and perhaps use it to make a swatch to check your tension.

Coat (or "Jumper")

With No 7 (10) [10] needles, cast on 68 (96) [72] stitches, and work in k1/p1 rib, shaping for neck as follows:

1st row: Rib 18 (24) [20], turn.
2nd row: Rib back.
3rd row: Rib right across.
Repeat these 3 rows once.
7th row: Rib 14 (18) [16], turn.
8th row: Rib back.
9th row: As 3rd row.
Repeat rows 7-9 once.

Now repeat the all previous 12 rows 3 (2) [3]times.

Change to No 6 (9) [9] needles and pattern stitches as above, at the same time increasing as follows:
Work 16 stitches in pattern, increase in next 2 stitches, work to last 18 stitches, increase in next 2 stitches, work in pattern to end.

Continue in pattern, increasing thus in every row, and taking the extra stitches into the pattern as set, until there are 124 (136) [120] stitches on the needle. (Be very careful to keep the pattern correct over the increasings, and refer to close-up photo.)


Divide for leg openings: Work 16 stitches in pattern, turn, leaving remaining stitches on a spare needle or stitch holder, and work 4 (3) [3] inches straight. Leave these stitches and work 4 (3) [3] inches straight on the next 92 (104) [88] stitches, and then work 4 (3) [3] inches straight on remaining 16 stitches.

Continue in pattern, working across all the stitches again, decreasing in every alternate row (every row) [every 4th row] as follows:
Work 16 stitches, k2tog, work to last 18 stitches, k2tog, work to end.

Continue thus until 100 (100) [116] stitches remain, and then work straight until work measures 7½ (5) [] inches from the leg openings.

For Sally and Snuff only continue as follows:
(instructions for Faust follow after)
Change to No. 7 (10) needles and working in k1/p1 rib, shape as follows:
1st row: Rib 62, turn.
2nd row: Rib 24, turn.
3rd row: Rib 32, turn.
4th row: Rib 40, turn.
5th row: Rib 48, turn.
6th row: Rib 56, turn.
7th row: Rib to end.

Work 1½ (1) inches more in rib working across all stitches.
Cast off fairly loosely in rib.

For Faust only, work as follows:

Change to No. [10] needles.

1st row: (k1, p1) 8 times, pattern the next 84 stitches, (k1, p1) 8 times.
2nd row: as first row.
3rd row: Rib 18, pattern the next 8o stitches, rib 18
4th row: as third row.
5th row: Rib 20, pattern the next 76 stitches, rib 20.
6th row: as fifth row.
7th row: Rib 22, pattern the next 72 stitches, rib 22.
8th row: as seventh row.
9th row: Cast off 16, rib 8, pattern the next 68 stitches, rib 8, cast off 16.

Rejoin wool to main work.
**10th row: Rib 8, pattern to last 8 stitches, rib 8.
11th row: Rib 8, k2tog, pattern to last 10 stitches, k2tog, rib 8.
Repeat from ** until 52 stitches remain.

Now work over all stitches in k1/p1 rib, decreasing at each end of every row until 36 stitches remain.
Cast off in rib.

To Make Up

Press main part lightly under a damp cloth, avoiding the ribbing. Join the two edges together and, if desired, over sew neatly round leg openings.
[Editor's note: A crochet stitch can make a nice finish if you are familiar with it. I especially like "crab stitch" first introduced to me by a Phildar magazine. It is the same stitch as double crochet (or single crochet of you are American) but worked from left to right - it's a little awkward to execute but makes a pretty edging
Here is a link to the least fussy YouTube item I could find on Crab Stitch or "reverse double crochet"..]


5oz Double Knitting for the largest size "Sally", 2oz 4ply for medium "Snuff" or "Brock", and
2oz 4ply for the smallest size "Faust"

A pair each of No 6 (9) [9] {5mm (3¾mm) [3¾mm]} and No 7 (10) [10] {4½mm (3¼mm) [3¼mm]} needles.


22 (32) [32] sts and 24 (32) [32] rows to 4 inches over pattern.

Size matters

Around the neck: 13½ (12) [9] inches; width all round at foreleg: 24 (18) [16] inches; foreleg to back leg at underseam: 9 (6) [6] inches; width all round at back leg: 21 (13) [15] inches; width between forelegs: 6½ (4) [4] inches.

A Word on the Wool

Originally these were knitted in Totem and Diana Non-Shrink Knitting Wool.

Given the prevalence of wonderfully practical acrylics these days, they would seem to be a good alternative to wool, (and appear in almost any colour you would care to imagine).


In transposing any pattern it is always a risk that errors will be introduced, in spite of dedicated proof reading.
If you have any problems with this pattern, please and I will try and assist.

Slide the jumper over your little doggy's head and gently push his little doggy legs through the openings. Say "what a good dog" a few times to avoid distress. I expect he'd like a biscuit too (what a good dog...).Here is some promotional advice from the 1930s:

When it turns very cold indeed and these handsome coats aren't sufficient to ward off chills, their cautious owners give them a few extra Spratt's biscuits every day. These contain warming cod-liver oil and are most nourishing.




© Christina Coutts 2007

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