30 Free Crochet Dog Sweater Patterns (Easy Ideas)


In this post, you will see a round-up of 30 free crochet dog sweater patterns (cute ideas).

Dogs are a man’s best friend and everyone with a pup considers them as a member of their 

family, and we want them to be cute, warm, and fashionable, especially on special occasions like weddings.

But in the colder weather, a crochet sweater can be needed, especially by short-haired breeds.

30 Free Crochet Dog Sweater Patterns

Crochet Dog Sweater Patterns

Crochet sweaters look cute and keep your dog warm.

If you are a new crocheter, making a dog sweater can be a good project to try out your new skills.

Check out the crochet patterns below and you might find the perfect crochet sweaters for your pup.

Happy Crocheting!

Crochet Dog Sweaters 

If you are a maker and love to dress up your dogs in adorable sweaters, you can crochet their wardrobe on your own. 

You can make classic sweaters in fun or earthy colors, and they can be an excellent gift for a friend or a family member who has a dog.

Crochet a dog sweater that fits your dog’s body type and can keep your dog warm.

small dog wearing a sweater
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Why Your Dog Might Need A Sweater

Dogs look unbelievably cute wearing little sweaters on their walks and at home, but they can also be quite practical, as some dogs don’t have warm enough coats to withstand very low temperatures.

It’s important to take into consideration the dog’s comfort level.

Smaller dog breeds like Jack Russells or Terriers and dog breeds with short hair like Whippets would probably be really thankful for a warm sweater during the winter months.

small terrier wearing a sweater

What Type Of Yarn Is Best For Dog Sweaters?

Yarn Weight

The choice of yarn weight for dog sweaters depends on various factors, including the size of the dog, the desired warmth of the sweater, and the pattern you’re using.

Here are some general guidelines:

  1. Lightweight Yarn (Fingering, Sport, or DK Weight):
    • Suitable for small or toy breeds.
    • Creates a lightweight and less bulky sweater.
    • Ideal for mild or cool weather.
  2. Medium Weight Yarn (Worsted or Aran Weight):
    • Versatile option suitable for a wide range of dog sizes.
    • Provides a good balance of warmth and flexibility.
    • A common choice for general-purpose dog sweaters.
  3. Heavyweight Yarn (Bulky or Super Bulky Weight):
    • Suitable for larger breeds or dogs that need extra warmth.
    • Creates a thicker and more insulating sweater.
    • Ideal for colder climates

Yarn Fibers

Common yarn choices for dog sweaters include:

  • Acrylic: This is a synthetic yarn that is often affordable, durable, and easy to care for. It comes in a wide range of colors and can be a good choice for dog sweaters.
  • Wool: Merino wool, in particular, is known for its softness. Wool has natural insulating properties that can help keep the dog warm, but it may require special care when washing.
  • Cotton: Cotton yarn can be a good choice for warmer climates or if your dog has sensitivities to other fibers. It’s breathable and comfortable.


Always check the specific needs of the dog and any guidelines or recommendations from the sweater pattern you are using. 

Additionally, swatching and testing the yarn before starting the project can help ensure that it meets your expectations for comfort, durability, and care.

Temperature regulation: Dogs come in various shapes and sizes, and their tolerance to temperature may vary. If you’re making a sweater for a smaller or less furry dog, you might want to choose a lighter-weight yarn to prevent overheating.

Allergies: Some dogs may have allergies to certain fibers. If you’re unsure, it’s best to choose hypoallergenic yarn, or it’s a good idea to consult with a veterinarian.

dog sweater in snow

What Hook Size For A Crochet Dog Sweater?

The appropriate hook size for a crochet dog sweater depends on several factors, including the yarn weight you’ve chosen, the specific pattern you’re following, and your own crochet tension.

 Here are some general guidelines to help you select the right hook size:

  1. Refer to the Pattern:
    • Always check the pattern you’re using for the dog sweater. Most patterns will specify the recommended hook size based on the yarn weight and the desired fabric density.
  2. Yarn Weight and Gauge:
    • Match the recommended hook size to the yarn weight you’ve selected. Yarn labels often provide a recommended hook size range.
    • Check the gauge swatch instructions in the pattern. Crochet a swatch to ensure that your tension matches the pattern’s gauge. If your gauge is different, you may need to adjust the hook size to achieve the correct gauge.
  3. Adjusting Hook Size:
    • If your stitches are too tight and the fabric is too dense, switch to a larger hook size.
    • If your stitches are too loose and the fabric is too open, switch to a smaller hook size.
  4. Consider the Dog’s Comfort:
    • Choose a hook size that creates a fabric with a comfortable drape for the dog. A too-tight fabric may restrict movement, while a too-loose fabric may lack structure.
Dog that need a crochet sweater

What Supplies Do You Need To Make Your Own Crochet Dog Sweater?

  1. Tape Measure:
  2. Scissors:
  3. Yarn Needle/ tapestry needle :
  4. Stitch Markers:
  5. Buttons, Snaps, or Other Closures (Optional):
  6. Gauge Swatch Supplies: In some cases, you might want to create a gauge swatch to ensure your tension matches the pattern. Use the same yarn and hook size to crochet a small square and measure the number of stitches and rows per inch.
  7. Special Embellishments (Optional):
    • Depending on your creativity and the pattern, you might want additional embellishments like appliques, ribbons, or decorative stitches.

How To Measure Your Dog For A Crochet Sweater?    

Measuring your dog accurately is essential to ensure that the crochet sweater fits well and is comfortable for your furry friend. 

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to measure your dog for a crochet sweater:

1.You will need….

  • Measuring tape: Use a flexible measuring tape for accurate measurements.
  • Pen and paper: Jot down the measurements as you take them.

2. Measure the Neck:

  • Wrap the measuring tape around the base of your dog’s neck where the collar usually sits. Make sure it’s snug but not too tight. 
  • Record the neck circumference.

3. Measure the Chest (Girth):

  • Measure the widest part of your dog’s chest, typically right behind the front legs. 
  • Allow the tape to encircle the chest comfortably, without pulling too tight. 
  • Record the chest measurement.

4. Measure the Length:

  • Measure from the base of the neck to the base of the tail. 
  • This gives you the length of the dog’s back. 
  • Keep the tape along the dog’s spine for accuracy. 
  • Record this measurement.

5. Measure the Waist:

  • For some dogs, especially those with a distinct waist, you may want to measure the circumference around the narrowest part of the abdomen, just in front of the hind legs. 
  • Record this measurement.

6. Measure the Leg Length (Optional):

  • If the sweater design includes coverage for the legs, measure from the neck to the desired length on the legs. 
  • Record this measurement.

7. Note Special Considerations:

  • If your dog has a thick or long coat, take that into account when measuring, as the sweater may need to accommodate the extra fur.
  • Consider the ease you want in the sweater.
  •  For a snug fit, measurements can be exact, but for a looser fit, you might add a bit of extra length or width.

Crochet Lessons

If you are a beginner and need help with the crochet basics, check out the crochet lessons here – Crochet Lessons {With Video Tutorials}.

There, you will find tutorial posts for all the crochet techniques a newbie needs to know.  

Including how to hold a crochet hook, how to create a foundation chain (ch), single crochet (sc), double crochet(dc), treble crochet (tr), and all the crochet abbreviations ( in UK and US terms) a maker needs to know.  

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