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Give your dog some street cred with this smart vest!
Give your dog some street cred with this smart vest, which features a jewelled skull and crossbones on the back.

SIZE
Neck size 54cm (21¼in), chest size 66cm (26in), total back length 35cm (13¾in).

STITCHES USED
Stocking stitch: *knit 1 row, purl 1 row*, repeat from * to *.
1/5 rib: *K1, P5*, repeat from * to *.
Garter stitch: knit every row.
Decrease 1 stitch, 2 stitches from each edge (on the right side of the work): work 1 stitch, then slip 1 stitch, knit 1 stitch and pass the slipped stitch over (slip1, K1, psso). Work the rest of the row until you are 2 stitches from the end then knit 2 stitches together (K2tog).
Increase 1 stitch, 2 stitches from each edge (on the right side of the work): work 1 stitch then knit into the front and back of the next stitch. Work until you are 2 stitches from the end then knit into the front and back of the next stitch. Work the final stitch.

Tension
One 10cm (4in) square in 1/5 rib, using 3.5mm/US 4 needles = 25 stitches and 30 rows.

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  • Step 1

    Back: cast on 61 stitches using 3.5mm/US 4 needles and knit in 1/5 rib following the chart, increasing and decreasing 2 stitches from each edge.

  • Step 2

    Right belly: cast on 33 stitches using 3.5mm/US 4 needles and knit in 1/5 rib following the chart on page 85, increasing and decreasing 2 stitches from the right edge.

  • Step 3

    Left belly: work as for the right belly but in reverse to create the mirror image.

  • Step 4

    JOINING AND FINISHing 
    Sew the belly halves to the back from A to B. Pick up 158 stitches on the neck from F to F passing through A. Knit 4 rows in garter stitch and cast off all the stitches. Pick up 56 stitches on the armholes from C to C passing through B. Knit 4 rows in garter stitch and cast off all the stitches. Sew the sides from C to D. Pick up 190 stitches on the bottom from E to E passing through D. Knit 4 rows in garter stitch and cast off all the stitches. Sew the middle of the belly from F to E. Pass an elastic
    thread through the garter-stitch
    rows of the neck.

  • Step 5

    Method for the skull and crossbones: photocopy the skull and crossbones on page 86. Cut out the shapes. Centre the pattern on the back piece and trace the shapes of the design with the tailor’s chalk. Put the adhesive on a paper plate. Pick up one lead-glass bead or rhinestone with the tweezers, dip the bottom in the adhesive and place on the contour of the design. Position the beads like this one by one, first on the contour of the skull placed 5mm (¼in) apart, then arranged over the entire surface. Leave to dry for six hours.

    Tip: the layer of adhesive must be fairly thick to resist wear. The adhesive becomes completely transparent when dry.

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