Lulu (read: Jesse) got me a crochet hook set for Christmas under the pretense I make her a sweater. So I did that finally after 3 months. It morphed from a capelet I'm making for me. It's the same shell design concept but I did a different color for each row and added a neck and waist clasp with velcro fixtures. ETA: I posted the pattern I made for it if anyone is ever interested in making a pet cape/sweater. It's super easy and only took two stray evenings and part of Charlie's nap time.
Sassy Shell Dog Sweater by Me
Size 10 crochet hook
1 skein 2.5 oz Red Heart Sport or other same size yarn
(or 2 if you want a second color.)
2 3" strips of velcro
Thread to match your yarn
CH - chain
SL - slip stitch
DC - double crochet
SK - skip
ST - Stitch
Chain Small 32, Medium 41, Large 50
Row 1: Work in 5th chain from hook *DC 2, CH 2, DC 2; SK 2 ST and DC 1 in next ST; repeat from * till you have 3 ST left. SK 2 ST, DC in last ST.
(Optional: insert new yarn color with SL and continue to next row, or leave one color. If you make this a multi-colored sweater, just add the new color with a SL at the end of each row.)
Rows 2 - 13 same as Row 1. Bind off last ST.
Rows 2 - 18 same as Row 1. Bind off last ST.
Rows 2 - 23 same as Row 1. Bind off last ST.
Chain Small 5, Medium 10, Large 15
Leaving tag chain hanging, insert with SL to top of BODY and SL through each ST to end (32, 41, 50). Once you reach the end, CH an additional (5, 10, 15) depending on your dog's size.
Row 1: *Work 1 DC in each ST to the end. CH 2, turn around and repeat from *.
Rows 2 same as Row 1. Bind off last ST.
Rows 2 - 3 same as Row 1. Bind off last ST.
Rows 2 - 4 same as Row 1. Bind off last ST.
Small start in 4th row from neck and make 3 ST wide.
Medium start in 6th row from neck and make 5 ST wide.
Large start in 8th row from neck and make 7 ST wide.
Row 1: Insert with SL and SL (3, 5, 7) ST.
Row 2: CH 2, DC 1 in each (3, 5, 7) ST.
Rows 3 - 5 same as Row 2. Bind off last ST.
Rows 3 - 10 same as Row 2. Bind off last ST.
Rows 3 - 15 same as Row 2. Bind off last ST.
Sew velcro strips on the neck and waist bands.