Free Dog Sweater Knitting Pattern

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Make your dog a cosy chunky sweater this month with this free knitting pattern, to keep warm and look stylish when out in the park!

Jason wore his dog sweater on a recent visit to Mon Repos park here in Corfu, Greece. He loves this park, as he often meets his buddies (+ many joggers) and has a good run around.

We normally visit at least 3-4 times a week during the winter months, but in the summer it is way too hot and full of tourists.

Jason + tourists is not a good combination! He likes to try and steal their hats, food and anything else they have in their hands.

He also likes to run away from us and make his way down to the beach for a swim, so winter is definitely more laid back!

How To Make A Dog Sweater

This dog sweater knitting pattern is easy to knit requiring stitches of knit and purl to create ribbing for the edges and for the main body garter stitch.

Knitted with 12.00mm (US 17) circulars/straight needles and chunky yarn, the dog jumper is a good pattern for beginner knitters as well as the more experienced.

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 Pattern

This knit dog sweater is just so cute! Keep your best friend nice and warm with this chunky knit sweater.

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

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

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

Materials >

  • 2 balls of chunky yarn I used Hayfield 100g bonus Chunky in shade 0931.
  • Set of 12.00mm (US 17) circulars / set of 12mm (US 17) straight needles
  • Darning needle/scissors/tape measure

Measurements >

Jason is a medium sized dog and weighs about 21 kilos.

The back piece of the sweater measures – length = 28″ / width = 12″

Chest piece – length = 23″ / width = 9″

Sleeves – length = 3.5″ / width = 6″

To adapt for your dog – measure the length and width of the back/chest and adjust the pattern according to their measurements.


Knit Dog Sweater Pattern

Back Piece >

With 12mm (US 17) straight needles cast on 30 sts

Work in ribbing – K2, P2 until piece measures – 4.5″

Continue to knit every row until piece measures 21″ from cast on edge

Then work in ribbing to finish the back edge – K2, P2 for 2.5″

Cast off in rib.

With 12mm (US 17) straight needles cast on 16 sts

Work in ribbing – K2, P2 until piece measures – 4.5″

Continue to knit every row until piece measures 16″ from cast on edge

Then work in ribbing to finish the back edge – K2, P2 for 2.5″

Cast off in rib.

Making Up >

To make up the sweater place the back piece and chest piece together with the right sides back to back.

After that stitch from the neck down on both sides for 7″.

Leave 6″ leg holes then stitch again for 5.5″.

Weave in any loose ends, then prepare to make the sleeves.

Sleeves >

With the sweater inside out ->

With 12mm (US 17) circular needles pick up and knit 30 sts

Purl every row until the sleeve measures 2″

K2, P2 rib for 1.5″

Cast off in rib

Weave in all loose ends.

Abbreviations >

Approx = Approximately

Beg = Begin(ning)

Cont = Continue(ing)

K = Knit

K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together

P – Purl

M1 = Make 1 stitch

Rem = Remaining

Rep = Repeat

Rnd(s) = Round(s)

SKPO – Slip one, knit one

St(s) = Stitch(es)


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


If you need any help with the knitting stitches please visit the knitting tutorials page here >


If you want to help the animals of Corfu, here’s how you can get involved >

There are many animals in need here on the island of Corfu, Greece – including many kittens and puppies who get left in the trash, by the roadside or on the beach.

If you want to help out an organisation that really works hard to save as many animals as possible and get them re-homed – you can help the ARK here >

The ARK help to make the animals healthy so they can be re-homed and this incurs a great cost, with vet bills reaching into the thousands.

If you can help in any way – the animals of the island will thank you from the bottom of their little hearts.

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