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When I first got my dog, he already had the name Wesley. I’m pretty sure the rescue gave it to him, because he didn’t really respond to it, but it seemed fitting so I decided to keep it. Eventually, I added “Crusher” to the end, because the idea of a little chihuahua being a Crusher cracked me up. Plus, even though I’m not exactly a hardcore Trekkie, I do enjoy Star Trek: The Next Generation and it’s fun to name a pet something nerdy.
The character Wesley Crusher wears a certain iconic sweater, so it seemed only natural to make a replica for my little guy. It’s more or less a simply turtleneck shape, with the colors making the so recognizable. What I needed was a good basic dog sweater where I could easily make the neck longer.
Enter the Barkley Sweater. I actually came across it by searching for “Wesley Crusher dog sweater” on Ravelry, because someone else had used the pattern for the same purpose I planned to. It already has a little bit of a turtleneck, so I wouldn’t have to do a whole lot to adapt it.
I got myself a skein each of light gray and charcoal gray acrylic* worsted weight yarns, and used scraps for the stripes. If you want to replicate this sweater, see the end of this post for yarn options.
Aside from the color, the only real change I made to the pattern was that I used US 5 needles for the sleeves instead of US 6. My dog has skinny legs. I also made a hole for his leash, though TBH usually I put his harness over the sweater anyway. It’s nice to have options, however.
I did Jeny’s Stretchy Bind-Off for the sleeves and the bottom ribbing, but a regular bind-off for the neck. I’ve found in past dog sweaters that if you do the stretchy bind-off at the neck and put a harness over it, it quickly becomes an off-the-shoulder number. Cute for a human on a night out, but not too practical for a dog.
This was a really quick project — it only took about two days — and super easy to do. I’d probably use this pattern again; I like the visual detail of the underside chevron coupled with the simplicity of the rest. Plus it fits Wesley really well without doing any size modifications. Which is great, because I don’t want to do math.
*I know some people balk at acrylic yarn, but I find that for pets and kids, something that’s super easy to wash is the best choice.