Well here’s something different

So we just got rid of our two big vehicles, a big truck and big sedan, they’re gas guzzlers and we just couldn’t take it anymore so we got a small sport sedan. It was a two for one, so our small car isn’t quite big enough to hold our little dog in our laps for very long and she doesn’t like sitting in the back sit and staying there. She slips and slides and could get really hurt if we’re not careful so instead of working on the ipad case and glasses case I worked on a harness/seatbelt for our little dog.

Fairlady Z is a 6lb Chiweenie (Chihuahua dachshund mix) she’s spoiled and named after one of our favorite cars. So since she’s a weird shape I measured and it’s a little off because of her breed but it fits and works pretty good. I will admit it’s hard to make, mainly attaching the parts for the harness. I can’t really describe it very well so it’s something you’re just going to have to play with.

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As you can see I did a duplicate stitch on the chest to make it cute and if you don’t know how to make a duplicate stitch don’t worry it’s not too hard but it’s better to have a chart that you can follow instead of making it up as you go. The Z I did is the emblem for the car she’s named after, I made the chart myself it took time to get it right but it looks pretty decent.

What you need for this pattern: US 6 needles
US 2 DPNs
An old harness or cheap harness for the parts.
A tapestry needle
Counter

Basics you need to know for this pattern: Stockinette
I-Cord
Increasing Knitting Front and Back
Decreasing Slip Slip Knit and Knit 2 Together
Mattress Stitch and Shoulder Stitch

Measure your dog make sure you have a good idea on what size he is or if you have a harness you aren’t going to cut use it as a reference. If you have a bigger dog it might be easier to use a larger needle and to alter the pattern because what I did won’t work for you. If you can’t figure it out let me know you’ll have to give me your dogs measurements and I can figure something out that should work.

Chest pieces: You need to use US 6 (or bigger for bigger dogs) and CO 24

Slip stitch edge is Slip 1 PW and knit the last stitch on both RS and WS on every row

Row 1: S1 K the rest
Row 2 (WS) and all even rows :S1 P the rest
Row 3: S1, Kfb, K20, Kfb K1 (26 sts)
Rows 4-7: Stockinette
Row 9: S1, K1, SSK, K18, K2tog, K2
Row 11: S1, K1, SSK, K16, K2tog, K2
Row 13: S1, K1, SSK, K14, K2tog, K2
Row 15: S1, K1, SSK, K12, K2tog, K2
Rows 19-30: Stockinette
Row 31: S1, Kfb, K14, Kfb, K1
Row 33: S1, Kfb, K16, Kfb, K1
Row 35: S1, Kfb, K18, Kfb, K1
Row 37: S1, Kfb, K20, Kfb, K1
Rows 39-42: Stockinette
Row 43: S1, K1, SSK, K18, K2tog, K2,
Row 44: Purl
Row 45: Knit
Row 46: Purl
Row 47: BO.

Repeat this for the second piece of the chest DO NOT sew them together yet!

Straps: Now you need to attach an I-Cord to one of the corners, to do this you need to pick up 3 sts about 1 row into the Stockinette (I mean the Stockinette pattern so about 2 rows if you count the slip stitch edge). The working sts need to be on the WS of the piece and you need to do it from bottom to top, it should be pretty easy to tell what’s bottom and what’s the sides. If not the top and bottom are wide and the sides get narrow to fit between your dogs legs so look at my dog’s harness and you’ll see if you still can’t tell it should look like )( if you still can’t figure it out let me know, also the WS of this part will be facing out and the RS will be facing your dog. Back to knitting!

Pick up 3 sts working yarn on WS on the bottom of the chest piece(you need to cut the yarn long enough to make your I-Cord and feed it through next to your sts)

1-20 Knit I-Cord
21 slip needle into yarn as to knit another part of the I-cord slip the circle on your needle and k1 wrap yarn through the the circle so it’ll make a second loop on the ring make sure it’s back on the side it was k1. for your third st wrap the yarn again but make sure you have it on the other side of the ring this time and the K1
22 BO (best way I can describe it hope it helps if not I’m sorry)

Next to your BO sts on the circle you need to CO 3 sts so it’ll be in the middle on the top of the ring when you finish, feed yarn through the circle and slip your needle in the circle as well and begin a long tail CO
1-5 Knit I-Cord
6 slip needle into yarn as to knit another part of the I-cord slip the clasp on your needle and k1 wrap yarn through the the clasp so it’ll make a second loop on the ring make sure it’s back on the side it was k1. for your third st wrap the yarn again but make sure you have it on the other side of the ring this time and the K1
7-11 Knit I-cord
12 slip needle into yarn as to knit another part of the I-cord slip the D-ring on your needle and k1 wrap yarn through the the D-ring so it’ll make a second loop on the ring make sure it’s back on the side it was k1. for your third st wrap the yarn again but make sure you have it on the other side of the ring this time and the K1
13 BO

Pick up 3 sts on the WS on the top of the chest piece on the same side.

1-20 Knit I-Cord
21
slip needle into yarn as to knit another part of the I-cord slip the circle on your needle and k1 wrap yarn through the the circle so it’ll make a second loop on the ring make sure it’s back on the side it was k1. for your third st wrap the yarn again but make sure you have it on the other side of the ring this time and the K1
(make sure the piece with the clasp and d-ring are in the middle on the top part of the circle ring or it won’t work right)
22 BO

Repeat these steps for the other side and make sure the clasps are facing each other

Once you get this part done you can weave in the ends to get it out of the way, and if you want to do a duplicate stitch go ahead and do it on the other piece for the chest. If not go ahead and sew the pieces together, shoulder seams for the tops and bottoms mattress seams for the sides. Make sure WS are facing each other you want the RS to be facing out

Make sure it fits your dog then make another I-Cord, this time make it really long and don’t attach it to anything yet. When you get it to the desired length slip it through the D-rings making sure not to twist (because I forgot to) and hold the edges together or pin it together before BO and see if you can slip it on your dog easily. If you can then BO and sew it together, I did a shoulder seam it’s not as pretty but as long as it holds I really don’t care.

Make sure it’s big enough in the car for your dog to sit, lay down, stand up, and move around in one seat with the seat belt on. I keep a dog bed in the back seat for mine so she can be comfy and so far it works great, though she wines like crazy because she’s spoiled and wants to sit in my lap.

It’s a hard pattern and probably hard to follow with how I typed it and I’m sorry but it’s not an easy pattern to type out. If you have any issues I’ll help you, good luck and happy knitting!

~Sarah~

 

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Please do not make and sell this item.

 

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5 thoughts on “Well here’s something different

  1. Hi I would greatly appreciate it if you would work out a pattern for a harness for my baby (11 year old) foxie/kelpie/tibetan spaniel / black labrador Jimbo here are his measurements.

    Tail – Neck 48 cm / 19 inches
    Rear end (hind leg – hind leg) 25.5 cm / 10 inches
    Chest (around) 58.5 cm / 23 inches
    Neck (around) 40 cm / 15 ¾ inches
    Top of fore leg (around) 18 cm / 7 inches

    • I think and I’m not totally positive since I don’t have a dog similar size. But change the needles to size US 8 straight and US 6dpns. For the pattern just follow it when you get to the ST part you need to ST for 4-5 inches piece needs to measure 6-7 inches total. Then follow the pattern to the end, for the I-cord knit the I-cord until the top of the dogs leg. Do the same for the other side, knit another i-cord till close to the middle of the soulder attach harness parts when needed and repeat. (follow pattern for part placements)
      I hope this works like I said I don’t have a dog I can test this on. If it doesn’t work let me know and I’ll try to figure it out better. Happy knitting!
      ~Angel~

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