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Dog Jumper Knitting Pattern – Rainbow Stripes

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In this pattern post, I want to share with you a very colorful dog jumper knitting pattern with rainbow stripes.

This bright sweater will make anyone you pass on your daily walks smile.

Made in rainbow stripes, you can knit this dog jumper in any color you like!

Scroll down for the free pattern or you can grab your printer-friendly ad-free PDF here.

dog jumper with rainbow stripes

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An Easy Level Knitting Pattern

This is an easy pattern for those of you who are advanced beginner level, and the techniques you will need to know are knit, purl, k2tog, and m1.

Using mainly knit and purl stitches, it will also introduce you to decreasing and shaping.

The dog sweater has added ribbed sleeves and ribbed edging on the back piece to help it to lay flat when worn.

You may also like these easy level dog sweater patterns:

*Please scroll down to see the free pattern*

Rainbow dog jumper knitting pattern

The Yarn I Used To Make The Rainbow Sweater

I made the rainbow-striped sweater using a bulky weight (05) yarn – Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky from Love Crafts.

This meant the dog sweater was knit up quite quickly on size 6.5mm (US 10) needles.

I selected an assortment of rainbow colors but used their Raspberry Pink which I had leftover in my stash as opposed to buying the more suitable Pansy Purple color they have.

Any bulky weight yarn 05 (chunky) will be okay to use for this pattern.

dog wearing a knitted rainbow sweater

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:

This pattern is great for any advanced beginner knitters.

knitted dog jumper in rainbow stripes

Make A Matching Rainbow Cardigan

This rainbow dog sweater is wonderful for your dog to wear while walking around your local area.

There is a matching rainbow cardigan knitting pattern available to make in five sizes: S / M / L / 1L / 2X.

The dog sweater is knit in the same yarn and on the same size needles as the cardigan.

View the free rainbow cardigan knitting pattern here.

Grab the inexpensive printable PDF here.

rainbow sweater and matching dog sweater

Dog Jumper Knitting Pattern – Rainbow Stripes

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Copyright Notes

The dog sweater knits up quickly in chunky/bulky yarn, and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

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Pattern Notes

  • 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 size before beginning.
  • The yarn color is changed to make stripes.
  • Work each color in your given row count for your size.

Skill Level – Easy

Measurements + Size

  • S/M/L
  • Length excluding collar – Small – 14” / Medium – 16” / Large – 18”
  • Chest at widest part – Small – 8” / Medium – 10” / Large – 12”

Gauge – 4 inches/10 cm = 14 stitches in 18 rows of st st.

dog sweater pattern

The Supplies You Need…

Yarn

Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky / 100% Acrylic, 100g (3.5oz), Chunky/Bulky/12 ply yarn weight.

  1. Rose Red – 313
  2. Blood Orange – 319
  3. Daffodil Yellow – 321
  4. Slate Green – 326
  5. Light Blue – 304
  6. Dolphin Blue – 336
  7. Raspberry Pink – 343

For the following sizes you will need approx:

  • Small – 1 x each color – 50g (350g)
  • Medium – 1 x each colour – 50g (350g)
  • Large – 1 x each color – 100g (700g)

Chunky/bulky/12 ply – yarn weight guide

Needles

  • 6.5mm (US 10.5) knitting needles – straight or circular with a 40″/100cm cable.
  • A 16″ or 20″ cable may be needed for the sleeves.
  • Spare needle or stitch holder to hold spare stitches.

Notions

Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations List

  • Beg = begin(ning)(s)
  • Cont – continue
  • K = knit
  • K2tog = knit 2 stitches together
  • M1 – Make one stitch
  • P = purl
  • Rep = repeat
  • RS = right side
  • St(s) = stitch(es)
  • St st = stockinette stitch
  • WS = wrong side

Stitch Explanations

  • M1 (make 1) An increase worked by lifting the horizontal strand lying between needles and placing it onto the left needle. Knit this new stitch through the back loop – 1 st increased.

rainbow dog jumper

Dog Sweater Pattern

  • Yarn A – Red
  • Yarn B – Orange
  • Yarn C – Yellow
  • Yarn D – Green
  • Yarn E – Light Blue
  • Yarn F – Blue
  • Yarn G – Purple

Start at collar edge.

Using Yarn A – Cast on 48 sts (S) 58 sts (M) 68sts (L)

  • Row 1: (RS of collar/WS of coat) *K1, P1: rep to end.
  • Row 2: (WS of collar/RS of coat) K the knit sts and P the purls sts to the end of the row.
  • Rep row 2 until collar measures 5 (5.5/6) inches ending with RS of the collar facing for next row.
  • Next row: (RS of collar/WS of coat) Rib 11, M1K, rib to end.

Divide for Back and Belly.

  • Row 1 (RS of coat) K 37(47/57) sts for the back of the sweater and work on these sts only.
  • Leave rem 12 sts on a holder for the belly.
  • Row 2: Purl
  • Row 3: Knit
  • Row 4: Purl
  • Change to Yarn B
  • Next row (RS): Knit
  • Next Row (WS): Purl
  • Rep the last 2 rows to form stockinette stitch, cont to work in Yarn B (in st st) for a further 8 (10/12) rows.
  • Change to Yarn C and cont in st st for 10 (12/14) rows.
  • Change to Yarn D and cont in st st for 10 (12/14) rows.
  • Change to Yarn E and cont in st st for 10 (12/14) rows.
  • Change to Yarn F and cont in st st for 10 (12/14) rows.
  • Change to Yarn G
  • The back of the coat should measure 12 (14/16) inches from the start of the st st – ending with the RS facing for the next row.
  • Row 1: Knit
  • Row 2: *K1, P1 – rep from * to last st, K1.
  • Row 3: K the knit sts and P the purl sts to the end of the row.
  • Cont in rib until rib measures 2 (2.5/2.5) inches ending with the RS facing for the next row.
  • Cast off loosely in rib.
  • Sew ends not required into their own color.

Belly (Large Size Only)

With RS facing, join Yarn A to the 12 sts on the holder.

Beg with a K row – work 4 rows in st st.

Change to Yarn B – work 2 rows in st st.

  • Row 7 (RS): K1, M1K, knit to last st, M1K, K1. (14 sts)
  • Row 8: P
  • Row 9: K
  • Row 10 (WS): P1, M1P, purl to last st, M1P, P1. (16 sts)
  • Row 11: K
  • Row 12: P
  • Row 13: Rep row 7. (18 sts)
  • Row 14: P
  • Row 15: Rep row 7. (20 sts)
  • Row 16: P
  • Row 17: Rep row 7. (22 sts)
  • Row 18: P
  • Change to Yarn C
  • Row 19: K
  • Row 20: P
  • Row 21: Rep row 7. (24 sts)
  • Row 22: P
  • Row 23: Rep row 7. (26 sts)
  • Row 24: P
  • Row 25: K
  • Row 26: P
  • Row 27: Rep row 7. (28 sts)
  • Row 28: P
  • Row 29: K
  • Row 30: P
  • Row 31: Rep row 7. (30 sts)
  • Row 32: P
  • Change to Yarn D
  • Row 33:
  • Row 34: P
  • Row 35: Rep row 7. (32 sts)
  • Row 36: P
  • Row 37: Rep row 7. (34 sts)
  • Row 38: P
  • Row 39: Work in rib – *K1, P1* to the end of the row
  • Cont to work in 1×1 rib for 7 more rows.
  • Cast off loosely in rib.
  • Total length of the belly from the beg of st st – 10.5 inches.

Belly (Medium Size Only)

With RS facing, join Yarn A to the 12 sts on the holder.

Beg with a K row – work 4 rows in st st.

Change to Yarn B – work 2 rows in st st.

  • Row 7 (RS): K1, M1K, knit to last st, M1K, K1. (14 sts)
  • Row 8: P
  • Row 9: K
  • Row 10 (WS): P1, M1P, purl to last st, M1P, P1. (16 sts)
  • Row 11: K
  • Row 12: P
  • Rows 13 -16: Cont in st st for 4 more rows and then change to Yarn C.
  • Row 17: Rep row 7. (18 sts)
  • Row 18: P
  • Row 19: Rep row 7. (20 sts)
  • Row 20: P
  • Row 21: Rep row 7. (22 sts)
  • Row 22: P
  • Row 23: Rep row 7. (24 sts)
  • Row 24: P
  • Row 25: Rep row 7. (26 sts)
  • Row 26: P
  • Row 27: Rep row 7. (28 sts)
  • Row 28: P
  • Change to Yarn D
  • Row 29: Rep row 7. (30 sts)
  • Row 30: P
  • Row 31: Rep row 7. (32 sts)
  • Row 32: P
  • Row 33: K
  • Row 34: P
  • Row 35: Work in rib – *K1, P1* to the end of the row
  • Cont to work in 1×1 rib for 5 more rows.
  • Cast off loosely in rib.
  • The total length of the belly from the beg of st st – 9 inches.

Belly (Small Size Only)

With RS facing, join Yarn A to the 12 sts on the holder.

Beg with a K row – work 4 rows in st st.

Change to Yarn B – work 2 rows in st st.

  • Row 7 (RS): K1, M1K, knit to last st, M1K, K1. (14 sts)
  • Row 8: P
  • Row 9: K
  • Row 10 (WS): P1, M1P, purl to last st, M1P, P1. (16 sts)
  • Row 11: K
  • Row 12: P
  • Rows 13 -14: Cont in st st for 2 more rows and then change to Yarn C.
  • Rows 15-16 – Cont in st st for 2 rows.
  • Row 17: Rep row 7. (18 sts)
  • Row 18: P
  • Row 19: Rep row 7. (20 sts)
  • Row 20: P
  • Row 21: Rep row 7. (22 sts)
  • Row 22: P
  • Row 23: Rep row 7. (24 sts)
  • Row 24: P
  • Change to Yarn D
  • Row 25: Rep row 7. (26 sts)
  • Row 26: P
  • Row 27: Rep row 7. (28 sts)
  • Row 28: P
  • Row 29: Work in rib – *K1, P1* to the end of the row.
  • Cont to work in 1×1 rib for 5 more rows.
  • Cast off loosely in rib.
  • The total length of the belly from the beg of st st – 7.5 inches.

Making Up

  • Sew in all loose ends on the back and the belly.

Making up the dog sweater

  • Using the mattress stitch, seam the ribbed neck with the wrong side facing you so that when turning the collar over, you will see a neat edge.
  • Seam the red ribbed collar and the red yarn in stocking stitch on either side of where the armholes start.
  • I would also suggest stitching the ribbed collar into place with a few stitches in red yarn, as this tends to roll up when your dog runs.
  • Then seam the section on either side that is in green yarn.
  • This should be half st st and half rib.
  • This leaves two large openings for the front legs to fit through.

Dog Sweater Making Up

The Sleeves

*You may want to use a 16” or 20” cable for this section*

  • Choose one of the armholes – then with Yarn A pick up and knit 34 (40/46) sts
  • You will join in the round and work in rib.
  • Round 1: *K1, P1 – rep from * to the end of the round.
  • Round 2: K the knits and P the purls.
  • Rep round 2 – work in 1×1 rib for 3 more rounds.
  • Cast off loosely in rib.
  • Sew in any loose ends.
  • Rep for the other sleeve.

The side borders on the back of the sweater.

  • On one side of the back edge of the sweater – With Yarn A pick up and knit 32 (36/40) sts.
  • Row 1: *K1, P1 – rep from * to the end of the row.
  • Round 2: K the knits and P the purls.
  • Rep round 2 – work in 1×1 rib for 3 more rows.
  • Cast off loosely in rib.
  • Rep for the other side border.
  • Seam the top of the red ribbing to the ribbed section of Yarn D (green) on either side.
  • Sew in any loose ends.

Dog Sweater Making Up

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10 Comments

  1. This is gorgeous as usual 😊
    What size did you do for the dog in the picture please . As if like to do this, I’ve already done your striped one. Thanks

    1. Hello Amanda, thank you!
      I made the large size for Jason, he is between a medium and large size in measurements, but the large fit him better.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

  2. I love this sweater and would love to try it but my dog, a boxer, is larger in length and chest. Should I double for xl?

    1. Hello Jenn, if you look at the large sweater measurements against your dog, you could cast on 78sts or 88sts to make the sweater in XL.
      Then for the belly increases instead of leaving 12 sts on the stitch holder for the start of the belly, you could leave 24sts (if you cast on 88).
      Then increase for the extra width to more than 34sts – say 38 sts or 40 sts depending on how wide your dog’s chest is.
      I hope that helps 🙂
      Louise

  3. Hello Louise,
    Thank you for sharing this pattern. The sweater looks gorgeous. I have an English Setter. Her chest measures 31.5” and her length is 23.5”. I guess even size L would be too small for her. Can you please help me out?
    Thank you

    1. Hello Oya,
      I can suggest that you increase the cast on stitches and measure/check against your dog.
      The large size is 18″ in length – you can measure the length of your dogs back up to the neck and divide the stripes/rows for the stripes in that number.
      So instead of 14 rows per stripe for the large – you may need to work something like 20 rows or more.
      For the width – you would have to measure your dog and use that number to help you to cast on more stitches.
      The chest at the widest point for the large size is 12 inches lying flat – so you would need to cast on more than 57 sts – perhaps even 77sts.
      You would have to check the knitting against your dog as you work to custom make it for her size.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

  4. Hi
    is there a video that shows how this jumper goes together I have knitted the first piece that is back and belly and cant for the life of me figure out how it goes together many thanks. help

    1. Hello Jenny,
      I don’t have a video but there are images in the pattern post in the ‘making up’ bit that will help you to see how to stitch it together.
      The instructions talk you through how to do it step by step.
      There is only one piece for the sweater and then you can add the sleeves later if you want to.
      I hope that helps,
      Louise