I can’t lie: I was so excited this summer to get my hands on some Spud & Chloe, Blue Sky Alpacas’ new yarn line. I’m a BSA addict from way back, so what could be better than more yarns from this outstanding company? Finally got to see ~ and touch ~ some S&C at Knitting Addiction when I was in Nag’s Head, N.C., in early August. TO. DIE. FOR. The colors are splendid, and the yarn, which comes in three weights ~ fine, sweater and outer ~ is divine. S&C Fine is a sock-weight superwash yarn, 80% wool/20% silk; Outer is super bulky weight, superwash 65% wool/35% organic cotton; and Sweater is worsted weight, superwash 55% wool/45% organic cotton.
For my first project, I was inspired by two shades of Spud & Chloe Sweater: Rootbeer, a dark, rich brown, and Ice Cream, a soft vanilla tone.
The result is a little dog sweater I’ve created called “Root Beer Float,” a sweet treat for your best friend. It’s an easy ribbed pattern with a simple but striking loop-stitch collar and yummy cherry on top (made of Spud & Chloe Sweater in Popsicle). I must say this is my favorite dog sweater design ever! It turned out exactly as I’d envisioned it, and the yarn behaved … know what I mean?
The sweater is designed to fit dogs with 12, 16 or 20″ chest and is suitable for an intermediate-level knitter. Gauge is 5 stitches to the inch in K2P2 rib on a US 7 needle. For the medium size, the sweater requires approximately 140 yards of the main color, 100 yards of the collar color, and just a smidgeon for the pompom. The pattern is available in my Etsy store (click on the link to your right). I love this little sweater, and so does my dog. Hope you do, too!