Although I have crocheted accessories for the guinea pigs in the past, I was surprised to find that I had never made them a sweater! So here’s a pattern in case you had the same realization as me, or your favorite piggie is cold, or you’re just looking for a great photo op. 🙂
- Small amount of worsted weight yarn (category 4)
- H (5.00 MM) crochet hook
- Guinea pig!
The guinea pig who modeled the sweater, Clover, is a bit bigger than the typical pet-store variety, so you may need to adjust the number of rows to fit the pig in question. (If your pig is skinnier, I suggest replacing the “Rows 7-39” with “Rows 7-31” to make it shorter (make sure to end on an odd-numbered row, or the armholes will be off.)
The entire sweater is worked in BACK LOOPS ONLY! This makes the ribbed effect (which will also help the sweater stretch to fit.)
Also, a note on turning: After you chain 1, if you turn the crochet like you’re turning the pages of a book, it will create the neatest edges and will also minimize curling.
Edit: Sorry, I forgot to write Row 42 in the pattern. It is fixed as of 1/11/15. 🙂
Guinea Pig Sweater
Row 1: Ch 16, sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across. (15)
Row 2-4: Ch 1, turn*, sc in each st across.
Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 3 sts, ch 7, sk 7, sc in last 5 sts.
Row 6: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 5 sts, sc in back loop of next 7 ch, sc in last 3 sts.
Row 7-39: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.
Row 40: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 5 sts, ch 7, sk 7, sc in last 3 sts.
Row 41: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 3 sts, sc in back loop of next 7 ch, sc in last 5 sts.
Row 42: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 5 sts, sc in back loop of next 7 ch, sc in last 3 sts.
Row 43-45: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.
I added a sc border across the top. Then fasten off and weave in your ends (you could add a fancy edging, too, like ruffles or picots!)
The chain 7 spaces are the armholes, and the sweater is open on the bottom for ease of dressing. I was afraid buttons would get caught on their fur, but if you have a short-haired pig, try adding buttonholes and sewing on buttons. I will warn you, it’s very hard to get a guinea pig in a sweater (although it’s easier than a chicken!). Keep a sharp eye on them so they don’t eat it…that’s too much fiber for their diet!