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Christmas Dog Sweater Knitting Pattern

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Make your dog something fun to wear over the holidays with this Christmas dog sweater knitting pattern.

The sweater is knit in 2×2 ribbing with small pom poms stitched to the neck in a coordinating colored yarn.

Scroll down to view the free pattern or you can grab the inexpensive printer-friendly ad-free PDF here.

Christmas dog sweater

Knitted Dog Sweater And Bow Tie

This dog sweater and bow tie will turn your pup into a little Christmas cutie that will delight your family and friends.

The holiday outfit is equal parts adorable and festive, plus a harness can be placed on top of the sweater for any winter walk.

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You can also make this novelty knitted bow tie that can be slipped on and off the collar easily.

Dog sweater and bow tie

More Dog Sweaters

For more dog sweater knitting patterns you may be interested in this post, which features a roundup of 10 fall dog sweaters.

You may also like these dog sweaters:

Knitted Christmas dog sweater

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern

This pattern is great for any advanced beginner knitters.

knitted dog sweater with pom poms

Christmas Dog Sweater Knitting Pattern

Purchase the inexpensive ad-free, PDF printable pattern in my shop here.

Grab 12 dog sweater patterns in my discounted bundle here!

This pattern is the same as The baby Yoda dog sweater pattern with minor changes.

You can find the bow tie pattern here.

Notes

  • This dog sweater knits up quickly and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.
  • The pattern is written for all sizes starting with the small size – with changes for different sizes listed in all necessary places.
  • To follow the pattern more easily, circle or highlight all numbers pertaining to your dog’s size before beginning.
  • The small size is listed first, then the medium and large in ().
  • Please note – You can find the bow tie pattern here.

Copyright Info

  • Please do not copy, sell, redistribute or republish this pattern. 
  • If you wish to share this pattern, link to the pattern page only.
  • You may sell items produced using this pattern.
  • Do NOT use the copyrighted photos for your product listing.
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Skill Level – Easy

Gauge

  • Dog sweater – 16 sts and 20 rows to 4×4 inches/10 x 10 cm in 2×2 ribbing.

Size / Measurements

  • The instructions are for small, medium, and large dogs.
  • S/M/L
  • Length excluding collar – Small – 11.5” / Medium – 15.5” / Large – 18.5”
  • Chest at widest part – Small – 8” / Medium – 10” / Large – 12”
dog sweater with sleeves

The Supplies You Need

Yarn

  • Bulky/Chunky/12 Ply yarn.
  • I used Alize Lanagold Classic 100g/240m/262yds (Grey 651) for the dog sweater.
  • You need around…
  • Small – 100g (240m/262yds).
  • Medium – 150g(360m/393yds).
  • Large – 200g (480m/524yds).
  • For the pom poms – scraps of yarn in a coordinating color.

Yarn Notes

  • I used up leftovers from my yarn stash for this project.
  • The sweater could be knit in a thicker Aran/Worsted/10 Ply yarn that is near to the Bulky/Chunky/12 Ply weight.

Needles

Notions

Ribbed knit dog sweater

Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations List

  • Cont – Continue
  • Dec – Decrease (you can K2tog or cast off)
  • Inc – Increase (you can KFB) 
  • Foll – Following
  • K – Knit
  • KFB – Knit into the front and back of the stitch to increase – Tutorial
  • K2tog – Knit the next two stitches together – Tutorial
  • P – Purl
  • Rem – Remaining
  • Rep – Repeat
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • St, st – Stockinette stitch – Tutorial
  • 2 x 2 Ribbing – K2, P2  Tutorial

Stitch Pattern Notes

2 x 2 ribbing = K2, P2 – It is obtained by alternating knit and purl stitches in one row and “knitting by pattern” in every next row.

This means that we make a knit stitch when the previous row stitch looks like V and make a purl stitch when the previous looks like a bump.

Cast On: even number of stitches.

  • Row 1 (RS): (k2, p2) till the end of the row.
  • Row 2 (WS): (k2, p2) till the end of the row.

Repeat these two rows.

This is a reversible pattern, meaning that both sides of your work, the right and wrong sides, are identical.

Large dog Christmas sweater

Dog Sweater Pattern

The Back Piece

Knit flat – Back and forth on the needles.

  • Cast on 44 (64/84) sts.
  • Work in 2×2 ribbing for 2 rows.
  • Increase 1 st at each end of every other row 5 (5/6) times, forming new patterns in ribbing as you work.
  • Continue to work in 2×2 ribbing – (for size medium only – increase 1 st at each end of this first row).
  • Continue to work in 2×2 ribbing until the piece measures 11.5 (15.5/18.5) inches or any desired length to the neck of your dog.
  • Decrease 1 st at each end of the last row – (For the medium size decrease 2 sts at each end of the last row and for the large size decrease 2 sts at each end of the last row).

Working The Neck

  • Now you will join your work in the round to continue the ribbing for the neck.
  • Work in 2 x 2 ribbing (K2, P2) on 52 (72/92) sts for 4 (5-6) inches or longer if you wish depending on the length of your dog’s neck.
  • Cast off loosely in rib.

The Underside/Chest

  • Cast on 20 (24/28) sts and work in K2/P2 ribbing for 2 (3/4) inches.
  • Increase 1 (0/2) sts at the end of the last row of ribbing.
  • Continue to work in 2 x 2 ribbing until the piece measures 5.5 (6.5/7.5) inches.
  • Decrease 1 st at the beg and end of every other row 5 (5/6) times, then every row until you have 2 sts left (all sizes).
  • Cast off.

Making Up

  • Sew the underside/chest to the main piece, fitting the point of the underside to the opening underneath the neck.
  • Seam for 3 (3.5/4) inches and leave a 2(2.5/3)inch gap for the leg holes on either side.
  • Mattress Stitch Tutorial.
  • Sew up the rem length after the leg holes have been measured out.
  • Weave in any loose ends.

The Sleeves

  • In the same colored yarn or a contrasting color, you may wish to add the sleeves.
  • Pick up and knit 40 sts.
  • Join in the round and work K2, P2 ribbing.
  • Cont to knit in 2 x 2 ribbing for 2 inches (you may want to make this longer).
  • Cast off in rib.
  • Secure and weave in any loose ends.
  • Repeat for the second sleeve.

*The image below shows the Baby Yoda Dog Sweater.

knitted dog sweater

The Pom Poms

Using the pom pom maker – Clover 1 3/8 inch/35mm – make pom-poms to stitch to each knit section of ribbing around the neck edge.

Use a coordinating color for the pom poms.

They will weigh the neck down slightly when worn.

Knitted dog sweater with bow tie

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