Puppy Christmas Sweater – Knitting Pattern

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This free dog sweater pattern has been designed for a small sized dog or puppy.

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

Knit with 12mm (US 17) straight knitting needles and chunky yarn, the dog jumper is a good pattern for beginner knitters as well as the more experienced. 

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To make the dog sweater for a medium or large sized dog, add stitches, for example, a medium sized dog – cast on 18 or 20 sts depending on the size, you can measure the width of their neck/back/chest to see the size needed.

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. 

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Dog Christmas Sweater

This free Christmas dog sweater pattern is just so sweet – perfect for holiday walks, visits and of course Insta photos!

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

The amount of yarn I used – I didn’t need all of the 100g red yarn but depending on the size of your dog, you could possibly use more or less.

You also don’t need a full ball of white – and a 50g ball should be fine. Use bulky/chunky yarn if possible – like Lion Brand Hometown or Wool-Ease Thick and Quick.

Anything that is suitable to use with 12mm (US 17) needles will be fine.

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I have made this Christmas dog sweater with bulky white and red yarn to look like a little Santa Claus sweater and Jason liked it a lot.

Because the jumper was so chunky it seemed really comfortable when he was wearing it.

Smaller dogs and puppies 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 sweater for the holidays that they will love!

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Dog Sweater Knitting Pattern

Materials >

12mm (US 17) Straight Knitting Needles

Chunky yarn – 1 x 100g red and 1 x 50g white.

Scissors / Darning Needle / Tape measure

Gauge – 1″ = 3sts

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Puppy Sweater Knitting Pattern

Back Piece >

Cast on 16 sts with cream yarn.

K2, P2 rib until piece measures 3.5″.

Change to red yarn and knit in stockinette stitch starting with a knit row until piece measures 9″.

Change to cream yarn K2, P2 in rib until you have 1″ of an edge.

Cast off in rib.

Length of back piece 13″ / Width 9″


Chest Piece >

Cast on 16 sts with cream yarn.

K2, P2 rib until piece measures 3.5″.

Change to red yarn and knit in stockinette stitch starting with a knit row until piece measures 6″.

Decrease as follows: SKPO – Knit to last 2 sts K2TOG

Purl row

SKPO – Knit to last 2 sts K2TOG

Purl row

SKPO – Knit to last 2 sts K2TOG

Purl row

Cast on 2 knit row

Cast on 2 purl row

Cast on 1 knit row

Cast on 1 purl row

Change yarn to cream and work in K2. P2 rib until that edge measures 1″

Cast off in rib

Length of chest piece 11″ / Width 9″

Making Up >

Sew in any loose ends, then stitch the back piece and chest piece together with the right sides facing.

Leave holes for the legs and sew in any loose ends.

Turn the right way out and try it on your dog!


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 >


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