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Well, I'm going to attempt to learn how to knit. Bought a pair of #7 knitting needle 9"long just to learn for now. I was wondering if this long enough to make chi clothes? What size of knitting needle do you use to make chi clothes? Do you use worsted weight (4) yarn or lighter weight?
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Knit a Chihuahua Sweater.

Here you go this pattern is so easy for a Newbie at knitting
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A shorter needle will work, depending on the pattern. For worsted weight yarns, I use an 8, but the yarn will tell you what size needle to use.


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I just recently, within the past month taught myself to knit too. I could not get it the stitches were so loose. I finally found a little kit called the Knook, taught myself on that and "upgraded" to regular knitting needles. Im still not "perfect" but I know how to knit now!
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Once you've gained a little bit of experience with knitting, there is a free pattern archive with lots of cute pet outfits that are fairly easy to resize. There are also quite a few good dogwear knitting books on the market.

A 9" needle length should be sufficient, unless you are making a dress of some sort. Increasing the stitches for a skirt often requires doubling the number of stitches on the needle, and that can get crowded, even for a Chi sized dress. However, for a basic sweater, I find that the 9" length needles are just about perfect, as the longer needles get in my way on smaller projects.

If you've never knitted anything before, however, I do suggest you try something simple first, like a dishcloth, in the same stitch that you will use for your first doggy outfit. You can use a worsted weight cotton for your "practice" dishcloth, then switch to a worsted weight acrylic for your doggy outfit (or you can stick with the worsted weight cotton, if you like the colors). Cotton and acrylic yarns tend to be what I stick with, because they handle washing well, and let's face it, we're putting these outfits on DOGS, lol...and small ones at that, who are close to the ground/dirt. I like to use Red Heart or Caron Simply Soft yarns (Caron has a lovely silky feel and sheen to it, while Red Heart has a lot of different - and bold - variegated yarns to choose from). These brands are relatively inexpensive (usually they run between $3 and $4 near me), and they handle tough wear. I know there are some absolutely gorgeous yarns at local yarn stores, but I have a hard time paying $10-$20 for an item of clothing that I know my dog is going to roll around in the dirt and grass, and that I am then going to have to hand wash, lol...

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Once you've gained a little bit of experience with knitting, there is a free pattern archive with lots of cute pet outfits that are fairly easy to resize. There are also quite a few good dogwear knitting books on the market.

A 9" needle length should be sufficient, unless you are making a dress of some sort. Increasing the stitches for a skirt often requires doubling the number of stitches on the needle, and that can get crowded, even for a Chi sized dress. However, for a basic sweater, I find that the 9" length needles are just about perfect, as the longer needles get in my way on smaller projects.

If you've never knitted anything before, however, I do suggest you try something simple first, like a dishcloth, in the same stitch that you will use for your first doggy outfit. You can use a worsted weight cotton for your "practice" dishcloth, then switch to a worsted weight acrylic for your doggy outfit (or you can stick with the worsted weight cotton, if you like the colors). Cotton and acrylic yarns tend to be what I stick with, because they handle washing well, and let's face it, we're putting these outfits on DOGS, lol...and small ones at that, who are close to the ground/dirt. I like to use Red Heart or Caron Simply Soft yarns (Caron has a lovely silky feel and sheen to it, while Red Heart has a lot of different - and bold - variegated yarns to choose from). These brands are relatively inexpensive (usually they run between $3 and $4 near me), and they handle tough wear. I know there are some absolutely gorgeous yarns at local yarn stores, but I have a hard time paying $10-$20 for an item of clothing that I know my dog is going to roll around in the dirt and grass, and that I am then going to have to hand wash, lol...

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Well...the last past week I been praticing how to knit. I think I got the knit and purl down. I had so much trouble with the purl for some strange reason, even tho I know it's just the opposite way of knit. Today I bought 2 more colors of yarn because I'm going to try to make a baby banket for my best friend's baby by just making squares and stitching it together...like a quilt, which I think it's good pratice. I think that would be good pratice before I move on to doggy clothes.

I can crochet doggy clothes but they are not stretchy like knitting. Plus I was getting bored of crocheting sweaters.

I bought some red heart today because it was about $2.29 at AC Moore

My problem with doggy clothes is that my dog is very long for the clothes and I'm picky about the length, so I have to make them. I have a few that I bought that fits great on her and price is good too. Plus crochet and knitting is like a stress reliever for me, and I been in over my limit on stress lately and it helps a lot.

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I just recently, within the past month taught myself to knit too. I could not get it the stitches were so loose. I finally found a little kit called the Knook, taught myself on that and "upgraded" to regular knitting needles. Im still not "perfect" but I know how to knit now!
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Thanks! Doesnt it feel good to learn something complicated like knitting?
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I am so excited about this thread! I am learning to knit!


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There is an on line knitting class ill find link and post. the needles all depends on pattern. Also I like the wooden one that are attached with thick line.
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