Sunday, January 25, 2009

Jack's Booties

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Y'all know our sweet little 'Jack-Dog' - he of the tender pink paws - (snoozing here in a sunny spot) - well we can't hardly stand to torture him by making him 'go' outside when it's 40 below zero - alas - it's 'out' he must 'go'...

I had made some booties for him before out of an old vinyl tablecloth - thinking that it would keep his trotters dry - but the stiff material made it easy for him to shirk his booties - he's very agile (almost catlike) - so I thought a nice set of clingy knitted trotter covers were in order - I knitted a rectangle in stockinette stitch 40 stitches by 100 rows on size 8 needles.

Then I did a little seam - about 2 inches down from one end - this is the neck.

I slipped it over his head at this point and measured where the front paws would be. I picked up 12 stitches along the side at this point and knit in Stockinette Stitch for 5 rows then increasing one stitch each end every other row for 2 times - work even over the 16 stitches for 45 rows - or until the length matches your dogs legs. Repeat for the other side.

For the back legs - I picked up 20 stitches from the bottom side of the rectangle and knit in Stockinette Stitch across those for 5 rows - then decreasing 1 stitch at each end every other row for 2 times - work across the 16 remaining stitches for 45 rows - or until the length matches your dog's legs. Repeat for the other side.

To finish - using a yarn needle run the yarn through each stitch of the toe and draw up - then seam up the leg several inches to the point where the decreases or increases end. The Man calls this Jack's 'Doggie Union Suit'...

Here's Jack trying on his 'Union Suit'...

After an initial adjustment phase he seemed resigned to wearing it...

As you can see all of his 'privates' (as the Man-Cub calls them) are uncovered and the trial run went extremely well - none of the booties slipped off and he was able to 'go'...

19 comments:

  1. That's brilliant. Love it!

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  2. How neat!! I guess at that temp his feet do not get wet. Sure beats bare feet. E

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  3. Haha that's ingenious! What a brilliant creation.

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  4. this is too funny! long unders for a dog. :)

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  5. i agree, brilliant!!! love, k

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  6. SO ADORABLE!! It does look like a union suit--is there a flap on the bum with buttons to close it?

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  7. This is just too funny. :)

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  8. This is SOOOO stinkin' cute!!!! Jack is so cute, I also have a Jack Russell named Jack :D I'm really going to make one of these cute little snow-suits for my baby... Thanks for sharing...

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  9. Thank you all for your sweet comments - Jack is doing well with his snow suit - much better than any other booties we've ever tried. I think I'll knit another pair in Red and put some little buttons and a flap at the back so they look like a real union suit...

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  10. That is really cool! I bet your little doggie is happy to be warm!

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  11. That is so awesome!! I am excited to make one for my dog, but I think she is a little bigger than Jack. Do you mind telling me how big Jack is? From his neck to his butt, and the height from his paw to his shoulder.

    Thank you in advance!!

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  12. What a super fun post and make!

    Congrats on making what I think must be the best dog coat pattern for a Jack Russell that Ive seen!

    I cant wait to make a version of it too! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us all!

    Keryn x

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  13. This is great! I have a Mexican Hairless (emphasis on the "hairless") and he get's cold during the winter and I don't think the usual sweater off enough coverage (e.i., his back side).

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  14. I think I love you! You have saved my dog lots of pain!

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  15. GENIUS! I was needing booties for our lab this year, not sure if she'd let me put it on... And I'd sew some suede bottoms on the feet to help strengthen it. BRILLIANT. I am so impressed!

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  16. @The Ratcliffe Gang
    Hi and thanks for stopping by Affectioknit!

    I hope the booties work out well for you...

    I added some vinyl boots and a leash hole to another set here:

    http://affectioknit.blogspot.com/2011/01/another-set-of-doggie-booties.html

    Have a lovely day!

    ~Affectioknit-ly,

    Teresa

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  17. @The Ratcliffe Gang
    Hi and thanks for stopping by Affectioknit!

    I hope the booties work out well for you...

    I added some vinyl boots and a leash hole to another set here:

    http://affectioknit.blogspot.com/2011/01/another-set-of-doggie-booties.html

    Have a lovely day!

    ~Affectioknit-ly,

    Teresa

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  18. The Man calls this Jack's 'Doggie Union Suit'. ... snowmobilesuit.blogspot.com

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  19. Y'all know our sweet little 'Jack-Dog' - he of the tender pink paws ... dogbooties.blogspot.com

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