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Christmas Puppy Sweater Knitting Pattern

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This Christmas puppy sweater knitting pattern has been designed for a small-sized dog or puppy.

This cute pullover dog sweater is ideal for wearing on those cold winter walks and of course for special occasions and a holiday photo.

Scroll down to view the free pattern or grab the ad-free printable PDF from my shop here.

Puppy sweater

Christmas Sweaters For The Holiday Season

Your pet will look super cute in this sweater!

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, K2tog, and working with two different colored yarns.

Using mainly knit and purl stitches, there are also decreases to shape.

Christmas Puppy Sweater Pattern

The Yarn I Used

  • I used super bulky yarn to knit the dog sweater.
  • I didn’t need the full skein of red yarn but depending on the size of your dog, you could possibly use more or less.
  • You also don’t need a full skein of white a 50g skein should be fine.
  • Use super bulky yarn if possible – like Lion Brand Hometown or Wool-Ease Thick and Quick.
  • Anything that is suitable to use with 12mm (US 17) needles.

Yarn Substitutes

  • Novita – Folk
  • Stylecraft – Swift Knit
  • Grundl – Alaska
  • Big Twist Yarns – Natural Blend
  • Buttercream – Luxe Craft Alpaca Solid
  • Mary Maxim – Starlette Chunky
  • Lion Brand – Hometown USA
  • Patons (Australia) – Super Quick
  • Cascade Yarns – Pacific Bulky
  • Paintbox Yarns – Wool Mix Super Chunky
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Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:

This pattern is great for any advanced beginner knitters.

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knitted dog sweater

Christmas Puppy Sweater Knitting Pattern

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

Skill Level – Easy

Notes

If your fur baby puppy or small dog feels the chill, then this sweater is just the thing they need!

Wear to holiday parties or around the block, with a harness fitted over the top or wearing a leash and collar.

Knit the best dog Christmas sweater with a comfortable fit.

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 copyrighted photos for your product listing.
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Gauge – 7 sts and 12 rows = 4in/10cm measured in stocking stitch.

Size/Measurements

  • Small dog or puppy
  • Length of back piece 14′′/Width 9′′
  • Length of chest piece (chest girth) 12.5′′/Width 9′′
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The Supplies You Need

Yarn

Needles

Notions

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Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations List

  • Approx – Approximately
  • Beg – Begin(ning)
  • CO – Cast on
  • Cont – Continue(ing)
  • K – Knit
  • K2tog – Knit next 2 stitches together
  • P – Purl
  • M1 – Make 1 stitch
  • Rem – Remaining
  • Rep – Repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • SKPO – Slip one, knit one
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
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Pattern

Yarn A -White/Yarn B – Red

Back Piece >

  • Cast on 16 sts with Yarn A.
  • Work in K2, P2 ribbing until the piece measures 3.5 inches from the CO edge.
  • Change to Yarn B and knit in stockinette stitch starting with a knit row until the piece measures 13 inches from the CO edge.
  • Change to Yarn A, and work in K2, P2 ribbing until you have 1 inch of an edge.
  • Cast off in rib.
  • Length of back piece 14′′/Width 9′′

Chest Piece >

  • Cast on 16 sts with Yarn A.
  • Work in K2, P2 ribbing until the piece measures 3.5 inches from the CO edge.
  • Change to Yarn B and knit in stockinette stitch starting with a knit row until the piece measures 9.5 inches from the CO edge.
  • Decrease as follows:
  • SKPO – Knit to last 2 sts K2TOG.
  • Purl row.
  • SKPO – Knit to last 2 sts K2TOG.
  • Purl row.
  • SKPO – Knit to last 2 sts K2TOG.
  • Purl row.
  • Cast on 2 sts, knit to the end of the row.
  • Cast on 2 sts, purl to the end of the row.
  • Cast on 1 st, knit to the end of the row.
  • Cast on 1st, purl to the end of the row.
  • Change to Yarn A and work in K2, P2 ribbing until that edge measures 1 inch.
  • Cast off in rib
  • Length of chest piece 12.5′′/Width 9′′

Making Up >

  • Sew in any loose ends, then stitch the back piece and chest piece together with the right sides facing.
  • On one side – stitch 7 inches from the top of the neck down, then leave a 3-inch gap for a leg hole.
  • Stitch up the rem 2.5 inches.
  • Rep on the other side seam.
  • Turn the right way out and try it on your dog!
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If you enjoyed making the puppy sweater, I’d love to see yours on Instagram, be sure to tag me @handylittleme.

I’d love to see your work.

Happy Knitting!

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4 Comments

    1. Hello Becky, step 4 of the back piece says – Change to white yarn K2, P2 in rib until you have 1″ of an edge. You need to add in the white yarn for the border and then work in ribbing (Knit 2, Purl 2) until you have knitted 1 inch. You join in the yarn for the yarn change by knitting the next stitch with the white yarn – but if you just want the sweater to all one colour you don’t need to do that. I hope that helps 🙂

  1. Hi! I’m trying to knit this for my new puppy and since it’s near the holidays I looked at this pattern. And I finished the back, and it all seemed all right, but once I got to the chest and I started doing it, I was right about to finish when I realized that there were no instructions on how to do the cut outs for the arms. I am still learning how to knit, and this is my first dog sweater pattern, so I have no idea how to do the sleeves! I do love the look of the sweater, so I really hope that I can get an answer for this so I can put it on my dog!

    1. Hello Kylie, the leg holes are created through the decreases in the pattern. Then when you seam the back piece and front piece together, you leave gaps for the legs – where you can see those cutouts in the chest piece. I hope that makes sense 🙂