Can you see the joy that a knitted sweater brings a cat? Look at that cat’s face; he’s in heaven! Ok actually he hates it, but cat sweaters are too fun and cute not to knit up! This pattern works up very quickly in Aran weight yarn, with a little cabling to keep things interesting. I would recommend using a machine-washable yarn if you plan on the cat actually wearing the sweater so you can clean it without hassle. I chose a cotton yarn for that reason.
A note on fit: I designed this sweater with no ease. That seems to be the most comfortable fit for a cat. If you would like your sweater to be snug or a bit loose, make sure you bump up or down a size accordingly. This pattern was designed for a cat body, meaning the main body of the sweater has no shaping, to match a cat’s shape. If you would like to make this for a dog, you may need to add decreases after the ribcage to accommodate for their anatomy (unless they’re a chubby cutie!)
Sizes: X Small (Small, Medium, Large). This pattern is designed with no ease. See the schematic on the last page for actual garment dimensions.
|X Small||2 – 5 lbs|
|Small||5 – 10 lbs|
|Medium||10 – 18 lbs|
|Large||18 – 28 lbs|
Yarn: 90 – 120 yards/85 – 110 meters of Aran weight yarn. Sample shown in Lana Grossa Organico Print colorway 404 Navy/Grey Spray.
Needles: Size US 8/5 mm and size US 7/4.5 mm circular needles with a long (40”/100 cm) cable.
Gauge: 18 sts x 26 rows = 4”/10 cm in Stockinette stitch on the larger needles.
Notions: A large cable needle, 3 stitch markers, and 1 small stitch holder.
Techniques: Knitting in the round and basic cabling.