Crocheted Goat Sweater

Crystal Miller

 

After my first two kids were born this year the weather here turned unusually cold.  I was concerned for these kids and decided I would crochet them each a sweater.  I could not find much on line for a simple to crochet goat sweater.  The day they were born was a busy day for me so I really was looking for something that was simple to make.  I decided to just make them a dog sweater instead.  It did help them to stay warmer but the sweater seemed too sloppy on them and it did not cover their neck.  So I basically reworked the pattern and made a lot of changes to it until I finally had something that was simple to make and fit nice and snug on them. 

 

Since starting this project I have had people let me know that if I come up with a pattern to please share it.  So that is what this web page is all about.  Since I am by nature a more visual learner I decided to go ahead and make another sweater and take pictures of it along the way.  This way if there is something in the pattern that confuses you, maybe being able to see the pictures in steps will help you out.

 

I am not anything close to an expert in crocheting!   I really enjoy it, and know how to do it but this is the first pattern that I have ever written.  So if it is strange to any of you who are pros at this.. you will know why!!

 

 

Now for the pattern……….

 

Supplies:

Use worsted weight yarn, 4 ply.. just the basic stuff

Size K crochet hook, I use Boye hooks

2 Good sized buttons (the exact size is not that important. Just something that will fit through the double crochet on the belly band without slipping out)

 

To make the body of the sweater:

 

Ch 28

Row 1: Dc in 4th chain from the hook and in each ch across.  This should leave you with 26 sts.

Row 2: Ch 3 and turn.  This ch 3 is your considered your first dc now and in throughout the rest of the pattern. Dc in the rest of the sts across.

Row 3: Ch 3 and turn. Dc in each st across

Row 4: (increase) Ch 3 and turn.  Dc in same ch 3 st and each st until the last st.  2 dc in last st. (28 sts)

Row 5: ch 3 and turn.  Dc in each st across

Row 6: (increase row) Ch 3 turn.  Dc in same ch 3 st and each st until the last st.  2 dc in last st. (30sts)

Row 7: Ch 3 and turn. Dc in each st across

Row 8: (increase row) Ch 3 turn.  Dc in same ch 3 st and each st until the last st.  2 dc in last st. (32 sts)

Row 9: Ch 3 and turn. Dc in each st across

Row 10: (increase row) Ch 3 turn.  Dc in same ch 3 st and each st until the last st.  2 dc in last st. (34 sts)

Row 11: Ch 3 and turn. Dc in each st across

Row 12: (increase row) Ch 3 turn.  Dc in same ch 3 st and each st until the last st.  2 dc in last st. (36 sts)

Row 13: Ch 3 and turn. Dc in each st across

Row 14: Ch 3 and turn. Dc in each st across

 

What you have should now look like this:

 

 

Neck (this will be one side of the neck):

 

Row 1: ch 3 and turn.  Dc in next 13 sts (14 total).

Row 2: ch 3 and do a Decrease Stitch: *YO insert hook into next st, YO and pull loop through. YO and draw through 2 loops. YO and insert hook into next st, YO and pull loop through.  YO and pull through 2 loops, YO and pull through all 3 loops.* Dc in each st to the end of the row.

Row 3: ch 3 and turn.  Dc in all but the last 3 sts.  Do a decrease in the next 2 sts (* to * above). Dc in last st.

Row 4: ch 3 and turn.  Do a Decrease Stitch in the next 2 sts (* to * above). Dc in last st and tie off. 

 

 

Neck ( to make the second neck side):

 

Row 1: On the other side of the body opposite from the first neck piece use a sl st to join yarn to body.  Ch 3 and dc in the next 13 sts (14 total)

Row 2: ch 3 and do a Decrease Stitch: *YO insert hook into next st, YO and pull loop through. YO and draw through 2 loops. YO and insert hook into next st, YO and pull loop through.  YO and pull through 2 loops, YO and pull through all 3 loops.* Dc in each st to the end of the row.

Row 3: ch 3 and turn.  Dc in all but the last 3 sts.  Do a Decrease Stitch in the next 2 sts (* to *above). Dc in last st.

Row 4: ch 3 and turn.  Do a Decrease Stitch in the next 2 sts (* to * above). Dc in last st and tie off. 

 

 

 

Neck Band:

Using a sl st put the small ends of the neck together and sew them closed starting from the bottom and working up.  When you are at the top of the neck, ch 1

Row 1: sc around the neck band and connect with a sl st back at the first ch 1.

Row 2 – 10: Ch 1.  Sc around the neck band connecting with a sl st to the first ch 1.  Tie off after row 10.

 

The picture below shows the sweater folded and on the left side is where I sewed the the 2 neck pieces together

 

 

Here is what it looks like after the neck rows have been crocheted on:

 

 

 

 

Belly Band:

 

Row 1: Lay sweater on its side and count down 7 rows on the edge.  join with a sl st and ch 1.  Sc in the next 7 sts (total 8 sts). 

Row 2: Ch 3 and turn.  DC across in each st.

Row 3: Ch 3 and turn.  DC across in each st.

Row 4: Ch 3 and turn.  DC across in each st.

 

 

 

 

 

Between the Leg Band

 

I make a small band from the front of the sweater at the bottom edge that will go between the legs and button on the belly band.  This helps the sweater to fit more snug on the goat.

 

Row 1: I find the center point where I sewed the 2 neck sides together and with a sl st I tie on 2 sts to the right from the center and ch 1.  I then work 4 more sts giving me a total of 5 sts. with the 3rd st being in the center.

Row 2: Ch 3 and turn.  Dc in each st across

Row 3 to 6: Repeat row 2 and tie off at the end of row 6.

 

 

Buttons:

I use large buttons from my button box.  Size of buttons is not as important as that they can’t slip through the dc as I don’t make any button holes, just use what I have already there. 

 

Sew a button on the belly band and on the Between Leg Band.  If my buttons are on the smaller size I may sew 2 on the belly band, one on each corner.  

 

This pictures shows the button on the Belly Band:

 

 

 

Hannah is holding the sweater for me and in her hand on the left side of the pic is the button on the In Between Band and on the right side is the button on the Belly Band.

 

 

 

Now the finished project is being put on the little goatie baby:

 

 

 

Here she is wearing her new sweater!  :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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