Free Knitting Pattern For A Puppy Sweater


Hi everyone… meet Jason!

We were looking for a puppy and not having much luck in finding one, even though there are so many strays looking for homes on the island of Corfu, we somehow found Jason….or rather he found us!

Our neighbour spotted him on the road when she was driving back to our village, through Glyfada.

She stopped and picked him up, as she knew we were looking for a dog. Poor Jason has had it rough and has been through a lot.

Through many vet visits and various health issues, he is now on the mend and looking healthier every day.

He’s a happy little thing, who loves to play and explore. Named after the actor – Jason Statham, he has a scowl and a swagger just like his namesake!

I’m planning on making him a few more in dark grey, black and a red berry colour for Christmas.

Jason was so small and sick in the first couple of weeks he lived with us, that first day he was filthy, covered in fleas and he had a skin condition.

After seeing the vet it also turned out he had worms and after medication, they started to come out. He didn’t eat a lot, to begin with, and had a couple of fits, which was really scary.

But after everything was treated he has been fine. The poor little thing was in a terrible state, just being left on his own at the side of the road.

Thank goodness our neighbour was driving past and picked him up, he’s such a beautiful boy as you can see in the photographs above.


Puppy Sweater

This dog sweater knitting pattern is a great project to keep you busy during the cold nights, with only one size available, however, it can be adapted – depending on the measurements you take of your dog.

Knitted with 4mm (US 6) needles and double knit yarn, the dog sweater is a good pattern for beginner knitters as well as the more experienced.

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. 


Puppy Sweater Knitting Pattern

What you will need >

9mm (US 13) Straight Knitting Needles

Chunky yarn or two strands of DK knit together

Tape Measure

Darning Needle / Scissors

Gauge = 3 stitches per inch

Back Piece >

Cast on 14 stitches

Knit in rib x 2 = (2 x Knit, 2 x Purl) until piece measures 2″

Next – work in stocking stitch (one row knit, one row purl) until piece measures 7″

Then work 2 rows in rib x 2 (2 x Knit, 2 x Purl)

Cast off in rib.

Back piece measures – length 9″ / width 6″

Chest Piece >

Cast on 14

Knit 3 rows in rib x 2 (2 x Knit, 2 x Purl)

Knit stocking stitch until piece measures 2″

Next row – SKPO – knit to last 2 stitches – K2tog

Purl 1 row

Next row – SKPO – knit to last 2 stitches – K2tog

Purl 1 row

Next row – SKPO – knit to last 2 stitches – K2tog

Purl 1 row

Cast on 2 – Knit

Cast on 2 – Purl

Cast on 1 – Knit

Cast on 1 – Purl

Knit in rib x 2 (2 x Knit, 2 x Purl) until piece measures 2″

Cast off in rib.

Chest piece measures – length 6″ / width 6″

Place pieces together with the right sides facing.

Stitch the seams leaving holes on either side for the legs.

Sew in any loose ends.

Turn it the right side out and try it on your puppy.

I hope you have fun making this puppy sweater, I can’t wait to make a few more for Jason, to match my own sweaters!

Abbreviations >

  • Approx = Approximately
  • Beg = Beginning
  • Cont = Continue(ing)
  • K = Knit
  • K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together
  • P = Purl
  • Rem = Remaining
  • Rep = Repeat
  • Rib = 1 knit st, 1 purl st
  • 2 x Ribbing = 2 knit stitches, 2 purl stitches
  • Rnd(s) = Round(s)
  • SKPO – Pass slipped stitch over
  • St(s) = Stitch(es)

For any help with the knitting stitches please visit the video tutorials page here >

If you would like to download an easy to print out PDF of this puppy sweater pattern, please click on the button below >>

Jason is off to play now and see what trouble he can get into……!

We are not sure what type of dog Jason is – he is a mix for sure, some say he looks like a red fox labrador, or a Rhodesian Ridgeback or even a Vizsla and others say he could be mixed with smaller breeds like a pug or (this made me laugh) chihuahua.

It was the vet that suggested the last one!

Let me know if you enjoy making the pattern and what you think in the comments below! xoxo

If you want to help the animals of Corfu, here’s how you can get involved >

There are many animals in need here on the island of Corfu, Greece – including many kittens and puppies who get left in the trash, by the roadside or on the beach.

If you want to help out an organisation that really works hard to save as many animals as possible and get them re-homed – you can help the ARK here >

The ARK help to make the animals healthy so they can be re-homed and this incurs a great cost, with vet bills reaching into the thousands.

If you can help in any way – the animals of the island will thank you from the bottom of their little hearts.


  1. celma
    December 14, 2016 / 12:43 pm

    Hello. Thank you for sharing this pattern. I have a dog yorshire terrier, I’m gona try doing one for him.

  2. Janis
    March 11, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    Can you give instructions to make this swester for a 20 pound dog? I have a miniature Schnauzer. Thanks!

  3. Joanne
    April 23, 2017 / 3:23 am

    Jason definitely has some chihuahua in him…. he’s adorable. I just finished your sweater for my own little chihuahua puppy…. I get home tomorrow and I can’t wait to see it on him. Thank you so much for this pattern.

    Cheers, Joanne

  4. Gabriela Sepúlveda
    August 7, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing! Could you kindly tell me what SKPO means? Is it skip, knit, purl,? I could not get the last one😬.

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