Puppy Rocket Pack Pattern Assembly GO!
*CREATED FOR small BREEDS
First we gotta start with the knitting part of it. I used black yarn because my pups are black, so you can choose according to the color of your doggy's fur, or have fun with it.
1 Skein of any Bulky/Chunky Weight yarn
10½ U.S. (6.5 mm) needles
14 sts x 18 rows = 4 inches (10 cm)
Loosely CO 27 sts.
rows 1-4: 1x1 rib
rows 5-6: k to end.
row 7: k3, BO 3 sts, k15, BO 3 sts, k3
row 8: k3, m3, k15, m3, k3
rows 9-14: k to end.
rows 15- 18: 1x1 rib, BO loosely.
Now we will create the rockets.
You will need:
1 sheet of felt for each color: grey, black, blue, red, orange and yellow
sewing thread in the colors grey and blue
cotton for stuffing
First cut out the pieces to the measurements provided in the image below. You will need two pieces of each cut out.
Apply fabric glue at the base of the yellow flames and lay the orange flames on top. Next, apply fabric glue at the base of the orange flames and gently lay the red flames on top. Repeat for the next set of flames and set aside to dry.
When the flames are dry, you will attach them to the bottom of the grey pieces, matching the dimensions, naturally... Use the needle and grey thread to assemble the top of the flames to the bottom of the grey felt, being sure to place the grey OVER the flames. Work from one end to the other in a blanket stitch.
Once you have connected the two pieces, bring the sides together to create the cylindrical shape.
Continue using the blanket stitch technique to sew the edges together.
Attach one of the grey circles to the top of your rocket and sew its edge along the top edge of the cylinder you just created. Secure and tie off the thread.
Then take the cotton, a little at a time, and stuff it into the rocket through the bottom where the flames open.
Finally, take the fabric glue and apply a generous amount to one side of a blue felt circle. Then place the circle over the opening of the rocket in the middle of the flames to close off the other side of the rocket. Set aside to dry. With the needle and the blue thread, reinforce the closure by sewing the edge of the circle to the flames using the blanket stitch. Tie off. You have just finished assembling your first rocket! Don't get lazy on me, finish the second one, there's still more work to do.
I found it easiest to pin the rockets on the top of the knitted piece before I attached it. There is quite a bit of movement when trying to sew them on. Overlap your stitches as much as possible, and if you feel more comfortable with using a thicker gauge of thread to do the work, don't hesitate. While there won't be much pulling going on when they're being worn, if there is any crazy play between animals, rockets can get chewed on. Be sure you fasten them tightly and securely.
To add another use to the jet packs (besides the OBVIOUS), try using them as harnesses! All I did to make them more utilitarian was to chain a loop for the leash to clasp onto in between the two rockets.
*I added the little blue stripes later, just having fun with the design. You could also use fabric paint and make little emblems or letters for their initials, or even some super fancy embroidery.