I’d Have Done Anything for One of These as a Kid!

Every Saturday during football season, my sister and I used to help my dad root for his favoirte college team: the Michigan Wolverienes. Dad never played football, but he went to the U of M for a time and still felt those old school ties. For us kids, it was just another opportunity to dress up all the stuffed animals in “maize and blue”. Never in my wildest imagination did I ever think I’d have a real cheerleader outfit for any of them. Well, now I do, and here’s how you make it:

Pound Puppies Cheerleader Outfit

This pattern is for an original Pound Puppies newborn, which is about the size of a Lil’ Kinz except it lays flat, rather than sitting on all fours. If you want to make the pattern for a Li’l Kinz, add a few stitches to the back and a few rows to the shoulder straps. I worked this pattern on size 8 needles with an unknown brand of lightweight worsted yarn.

            Back:

                        Cast on 18 stitches

                        Work 10 rows stockinette stitch

                        Row 11: Knit 1, knit 3 together, knit 10, knit 3 together, knit 1

                        Row 12: Purl 4, cast off 6, purl 4              

                        Row 13: Knit first 4 stitches, slip last four stitches on a holder

                        Work 4 more rows stockinette stitch with the first four stitches

                        Bind off first 4 stitches

                        Re-attach yarn to the last (left) 4 stitches and work 5 rows stockinette stitch

                        Bind off

 

            Right Side:

                        Cast on 8 stitches

                        Work 10 rows stockinette stitch

                        Row 11: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 5

                        Row 12: Cast off 3, purl 4

                        Work 4 rows stockinette stitch with the 4 stitches

                        Bind off

 

            Left side:

                        Cast on 8 stitches

                        Work 10 rows stockinette stitch

                        Row 11: Knit 5, knit 2 together, knit 1

                        Row 12: Purl 4, cast off 3

                        Re-attach yarn to last 4 stitches

                        Work 4 rows stockinette stitch

            Skirt:

                        Cast on 74 stitches

                        Knit 3 rows

                        Break off yarn

                        Row 4: Purl with contrasting color

                        Work in stockinette stitch until entire piece measures 1 ½ to 2 inches

                        DO NOT BIND OFF!

                        Cut a long tail and thread it through the live stitches to make a gathered skirt

            Finishing:

Sew side seams approximately 1 inch. Attach the gathered skirt to the bodice, remembering to pick up 2-3 “loops” on the skirt for every stitch you pick up on the top. Sew the shoulder seams. Cut a letter out of felt and sew it to the back of the outfit. Sew on 5 4/0 size snaps for closure.

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