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Large Dog Sweater Knitting Pattern

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

This sweater is meant for large breeds, with comfort and colder climates in mind.

View the free pattern below or grab the ad-free printable PDF in my shop here.

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, SKPO, and K2tog.

This sweater is knit with super bulky yarn for warmth, with a loose ribbed collar.

This sweater could easily fit over a harness (clipping the lead through the knitted fabric).

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The Yarn I Used

  • I used super bulky yarn to knit the dog sweater.
  • 2 x skeins of super bulky yarn I used Hayfield 100g bonus chunky in shade 0931.
  • A good substitute would be Lion Brand Hometown USA.
  • Anything that is suitable to use with 12mm (US 17) needles will be fine.

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

This pattern is great for any advanced beginner knitters.

dog sweater knitting pattern

Dog Sweaters For Large Dogs

Dogs love to wear their dog coat or dog jacket, not only do they look really cute, but it stops them from shivering in the bitterly cold weather.

Finding dog clothes for large dogs can sometimes be difficult never mind expensive, so making your own can be a lot cheaper.

This sweater pattern can be adjusted for your pet – by measuring their neck and back and adjusting the number of stitches you cast on.

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

More dog sweater patterns…

Dog sweater knitting pattern

Large Dog Sweater Knitting Pattern

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

Notes

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

Big dogs don’t normally need a sweater but if they have short hair they will feel the colder temperatures more.

This extra layer of protection will help them to feel warm and toasty in the winter months.

Copyright Info

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  • If you wish to share this pattern, link to the pattern page only.
  • You may sell items produced using this pattern.
  • Do NOT use copyrighted photos for your product listing.
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Skill Level- Easy

Measurements/Size –

The back 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

Gauge – 9 sts and 16 rows = 4in/10cm in garter stitch

The supplies you need…

Yarn

  • 2 x skeins of super bulky yarn I used Hayfield 100g bonus chunky in shade 0931.
  • A good substitute would be Lion Brand Hometown USA or Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick.

Needles

  • Set of 12.00mm (US 17) 24″ circulars

Notions

  • Darning needle
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure

Abbreviations

  • Approx = Approximately
  • Beg = Begin(ning)
  • Cont = Continue(ing)
  • CO – Cast on
  • K = Knit
  • K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together
  • P – Purl
  • Rem = Remaining
  • Rep = Repeat
  • Rnd(s) = Round(s)
  • St(s) = Stitch(es)

Pattern Instructions

Back Piece

  1. With 12mm (US 17) straight needles cast on 32 sts
  2. Work in ribbing – K2, P2 every row until the piece measures – 4.5 inches from the CO edge.
  3. Next row – Knit
  4. Continue to knit every row until the piece measures 21 inches from the CO edge.
  5. Next – Then work in 2 x 2 ribbing (K2, P2) to finish the back edge – for 2.5 inches.
  6. Cast off in rib.

Chest Piece

  1. With 12mm (US 17) straight needles cast on 16 sts.
  2. Work in ribbing – K2, P2 every row until the piece measures – 4.5 from the CO edge.
  3. Next row – Knit.
  4. Continue to knit every row until the piece measures 16 inches from the CO edge.
  5. Then work in 2 x 2 ribbing (K2, P2) to finish the back edge – for 2.5 inches.
  6. Cast off in rib.

Making Up

  1. To make up the sweater place the back piece and chest piece together with the right sides back to back.
  2. After that stitch from the neck down on both sides for 7 inches.
  3. Leave 6-inch leg holes then stitch again for 5.5 inches.
  4. Weave in any loose ends, then prepare to make the sleeves.

Sleeves

  1. With the sweater inside out ->
  2. With 12mm (US 17) circular needles pick up and knit 30 sts.
  3. Purl every row until the sleeve measures 2 inches from the picked-up st edge.
  4. K2, P2 every round in ribbing for 1.5 inches.
  5. Cast off in rib.
  6. Weave in all loose ends.

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I’d love to see your work!

Happy Knitting! xoxo

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4 Comments

    1. Hello! I had the pattern translated into Spanish, so hopefully, it is clear to understand and you will be able to make it! Thanks for visiting and happy knitting! 🙂

    1. Hello Melany,
      I love it that your Sally looks the same as Jason!
      He wears the large size for all of the sweater pattern photos.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise