Dog Sweater Knitting Pattern

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 Dog Sweater

This cute pullover dog sweater is ideal for wearing on those cold winter walks. It has a snug easy fit and is comfy enough for your dog to sleep in.

Knitted with 4mm (US 6) needles and double knit yarn, the dog jumper is a good pattern for beginner knitters as well as the more experienced.

This knitting pattern is a good project to keep you busy during the cold nights, with three sizes available.

You can make this sweater for a small dog, medium sized dog and a large dog, the measurements are listed below in the pattern information.

You can knit with the stripes or without, using one block colour.

If you would like to make more knitted items for your dog, please take a look at the other patterns in the pet knitting pattern library.

*There is an easy to print – download PDF version of this pattern at the end of the post. 

Dog sweater Dog Sweater Pattern

This knit dog sweater pattern is just so precious! Keep your best friend nice and warm with this striped sweater.

The pattern is an easy level pattern for beginners, using basic knit and purl stitches, with increases and decreases to shape.

I have made this sweater with the stripes and without and it looks good either way.

I knit the sweater for my parent’s dog Billy (who unfortunately died a few years ago) and he really loved them, he would get excited every time mom got the striped sweater out from the cupboard.

He used to do a happy dance and wait to be dressed before going out for his walk. We still miss him terribly.

Smaller dogs love their knitted sweaters, not only do they look really cute, but it stops them from shivering in the cold weather.

Make your dog a cosy knit for the colder months that they will love!

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Dog Sweater Pattern Free

Materials >

50 (100:100g) any double knitting (dk) yarn, colour (yarn A)

50 (100:100g) any double knitting (dk) yarn, colour (yarn B)

50 (100:100g) any double knitting (dk) yarn, colour (yarn c)

50 (100:100g) any double knitting (dk) yarn, colour (yarn D)

Pair 4mm (US 6) knitting needles

Crochet hook 4mm

Stitch holder

Darning needle

Measurements >

Length (excluding collar) – small 29cm / medium 34cm / large 44cm

(Small-12” Medium- 14” Large- 17.5” inches)

Chest (at widest part) – small 35cm / medium 41cm / large 44cm

(Small – 14” Medium – 16” Large – 17.5” inches)

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Knitted Dog Sweater Pattern

Start at collar edge.

Using 4mm needles and yarn A, cast on 68 (80:88) sts.

Row 1: (RS of collar, ws of coat) *k1, p1; rep from * to end.

Row 2: (ws of collar, rs of coat) *k1, p1; rep from * to end.

Repeating 1st and 2nd rows form 1×1 rib.

Cont in rib until collar measures 11 (11.5:11.5) cm (or 4.3” / 4.5”:4.5”)inches ending with rs of collar facing for next row.

Next row (rs of collar, ws of coat) rib 11 (15:17), m1k, rib to end. 69 (81:89) sts

Divide for back and belly >

Row 1: (rs of coat) k57 (65:71) sts for back of the sweater, and work on these stitches only. Leave rem 12 (16:18) sts on a holder for the belly.

Row 2: purl

Row 3: (lead hole row) (rs) k26 (30:32), k1, sl 1, pass k1 over sl 1, * sl 1, pass next st on RHN over the stitch just slipped; rep from * 4 (4:6) times. Slip last st on RHN back to lhn. Turn (ws facing). Cast on 6 (6:8) sts. Cast on 1 more stitch bringing yarn between the needles from back to front before putting the stitch onto lhn. Turn (rs facing). K1 and pass next st on rhn over the k1 just worked. Knit to end. 57 (65:71) sts.

Row 4: purl

Break yarn A and join yarn b.

Next row (rs) knit

Next row (ws) purl

Repeating last 2 rows forms stocking stitch.

Work 2 more rows in st-st

Break yarn b and join yarn c

Beg with a knit row work 4 rows st-st

Break yarn c and join yarn d

Beg with a knit row work 4 rows in st st

Breaking and joining yarns as required, cont. in st-st working the stripe sequence

4 rows yarn A

4 rows yarn b

4 rows yarn c

4 rows yarn d

Until back of coat measures

Approx. 26 (31:41) cm or 10” (12”/ 16”)inches (from the start of st-st, ending after the 4th row of a stripe and rs facing for next row.

Break current yarn and join yarn a.

Row 1: (rs) knit

Row 2: *p1, k1; rep from * to last st, p1

Row 3: k1, *p1, k1: rep from * to end

2nd and 3rd rows form 1 x 1 rib.

Cont in rib until rib measures 3cm, or 2” inches ending with rs facing for next row.

Cast off in rib.

Pm at each end of the back between 9th and 10th (9th and 10th: 12th and 13th) rows, between 34th and 35th (42nd and 43rd: 49th and 50th) rows and between 45th and 46th (54th and 55th: 60th and 61st) rows.

Sew ends not required for seaming into their own colour.

Belly >

With rs facing, join yarn c to 12 (16:18) sts left on a holder.

Beg with a knit row work 6 rows st-st

Row 7: (rs) k1, m1k, knit to last 1 st, m1k, k1. 14 (18:20) sts.

Work 2 rows st-st

Row 10: (ws) p1, m1p, purl to last st, m1p, p1. 16 (20:22) sts.

Cont in st-st, inc 1 st at each end of 13th, 16th, 19th, 23rd, 27th and 31st rows. 28 (32:34) sts

Cont in st-st until the 36th (46th: 52nd) row has been completed from the start of st-st (belly measures approximately 12 (15:17) cm, or 5”(6:7) inches ending with rs facing for next row.

Break yarn c and join yarn a

Row1: (rs) knit

Row 2: *k1, p1: rep from * to end

Repeating 2nd-row forms 1×1 rib

Cont in rib until rib measures 3 cm or 2: inches ending with RS facing for next row. Cast off in rib.

Pm at each end of belly between 9th and 10th (9th and 10th: 12th and 13th) rows and 34th and 35th (42nd and 43rd: 49th and 50th) rows.

Lead hole edging >

Using a 4mm crochet hook and yarn a, with rs facing, work1 round of edging all round lead hole as follows:

Inserting hook into centre of each stitch, work 1 dc into each cast off stitch of hole, work 1 dc at side edge of hole, work 1 dc into each cast–on stitch of hole, work 1 dc between at side edge of hole, 1 sl-st into first-stitch round. Fasten off.

Back edging >

Using a 4mm crochet hook and yarn a, with rs facing, work 1 row of edging along each side edge as follows:

Inserting hook into centre of row edge stitch, work 1 sl-st into each row edge stitch of the 3cm/2 inches of rib, and work 1 dc into 3 out of every 4-row edge stitches of the st-st stripes.

The collar does not have a crochet edging.

Belly edging >

Using a 4mm crochet hook and yarn c, with rs facing, work 1 row of edging along each side edge as follows:

Inserting hook into centre of row edge stitch, work 1 dc into 3 out of every 4-row edge stitches of the st-St.

The rib and the collar do not have crochet edging.

Making up the sweater

Pin the sweater to the measurements given, opening out the rib of the collar and at the tail and belly.

Press following the instructions on the skein/ball band, or cover with damp cloths and leave until dry.

Stocking stitch has a natural tendency to curl towards the wrong side at the sides. Adding the crochet edging and blocking the sweater as instructed will help to minimize this but some yarns will maintain the curl more than others.

With rs of collar (ws of sweater) facing, using mattress stitch and yarn a, join the collar seam for 5.5 (6:6) cm or 2.1”(2.5:2.5) inches taking one stitch into the seam at each side so that the 1×1 rib is continuous all the way around. Reverse the sweater.

With rs of the sweater (ws of collar) facing, using mattress stitch and yarn a, continue to join the collar seam to the end of the 1×1 rib, again taking one stitch into the seam at each side. Fasten off yarn a.

Using mattress stitch and yarn c, join the belly and back seam from the top of the 1×1 rib of the collar to the marker between the 9th and 10th (9th and 10th: 12th and 13th) rows (joining the 9th (9th and 12th) rows ends the seam), taking the crochet edging into seam at each side. Fasten off yarn c.

Leave the seam open between the markers at the 9th and 10th (9th and 10th: 12th and 13th) rows and at the 34th and 35th (42nd and 43rd: 49th and 50th) rows.

Using mattress stitch and yarn c, join the belly and back seam, starting at the markers at the 34th and 35th (42nd and 43rd: 49th and 50th) rows (joining the 35th(43rd: 50th) rows starts the seam) and ending at the last row of the belly rib, matching the belly to the back row for row.

Take the crochet edging into the seam at each side along the stocking stitch and half a stitch at the side edge for the belly rib.

Join the other side edge of the belly to the other side edge of the back to match.

Fold collar in half to rs of the sweater.

Abbreviations >

Alt – alternate

Beg – beginning

Cont – continue

Dec – decrease by knitting the next 2 stitches together

Foll – following

Inc – increase by knitting into the front and back of the next stitch

K – knit

Lhn – left-hand needle

M1 – make a stitch by picking up yarn before next stitch and knitting into the back of made loop.

P – purl

Rem – remaining

Rhn – right-hand needle

S1 – slip next stitch

Stockinette (stocking stitch) st-st – row 1 knit, row 2 purl

Sts – stitches

Rs – right side

Ws – wrong side


*If you would like to download an easy to print PDF version of this pattern please click on the link below >

4 Comments

  1. Bashieda
    July 26, 2017 / 9:16 am

    I’m kinda confused with row 3.. is that a cast off and if so do I do the same on the other side? Please help!!!

    • Louise Bollanos
      Author
      July 28, 2017 / 10:04 am

      Hello! sorry for the late reply, I have been on vacation. In row 3 – you need to slip stitches. Here is a video to help you >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lH31nc7dRYI
      Check the abbreviation list for other terms that you need to know. This is to make a hole for the lead. If you do not want this you can just knit row 3. I hope that helps. Thanks for looking and let me know if you need any further help. 🙂

  2. Shaleena
    September 22, 2018 / 4:55 am

    What is the gauge for this pattern?

    • September 24, 2018 / 6:13 am

      Hello! Thank you for your question, the gauge for the sweater is – 5 rows/1″. Thanks for visiting 🙂

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