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Santa Claus Dog Coat Pattern

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This Santa Claus dog coat pattern is straightforward to knit and comes with an added belt. 

Your dog will be warm and snuggly in his (or her) new coat and ready for the holiday celebrations.

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

Santa Claus dog sweater knitting pattern

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, and working with two yarns.

Using mainly knit and purl stitches, it has simple decreasing for the shaping.

The dog coat has a different colored border, which requires a little intarsia technique to do.

Dog wearing a knitted santa claus sweater

The Dog Christmas Sweater Sizes

This dog coat is available to knit in three sizes, small, medium, and large.

Measurements in inches about – Width – (16, 21, 26) / Length excluding collar – (13, 17, 21).

My dog Jason is wearing the large in the photographs, as the medium was too small for him and the large is just slightly big on his frame. 

He is a medium/large-sized dog and weighs in at 23 kilos, so the large size was the right choice for him.

Santa Claus knitted dog sweater

The Yarn I Used

  • The Santa sweater has been knit on 9mm (US 13) needles with super bulky yarn 06.
  • The recommended yarn for this pattern is Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick, or Hometown USA.
  • Any super bulky yarn that can be used with the recommended needle size is acceptable to use.
  • Not a full skein is needed for the belt or the belt buckle.
  • The main body of the coat is knit with two colors, white and red.
  • The white yarn is knit in garter stitch and forms a border around the coat.
knitted dog sweater with belt

The Collar and Belt Fastenings

  • The dog sweater is then fastened at the collar with two buttons.
  • But if you did not want to use buttons, press studs are a good alternative. 
  • This is the same for the belt fastening, I used two black buttons, but again press studs can be used.
  • If there is a chance your dog might try to chew off the buttons (*ahem* Jason!) press studs may be a safer option!
  • The belt is knit in one long piece, using garter stitch only.
  • The belt buckle is knit in five pieces, four sides of the rectangle, and then a middle length.
  • There are photographs in the pattern, that will help you to create and assemble the belt buckle.
dog wearing a Santa Claus Christmas sweater

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern

This pattern is great for any advanced beginner knitters.

dog Santa Claus Christmas sweater with belt
dog wearing a knitted Santa Claus jumper

Notes

Knit something your dog will wear during the Christmas period and for those family photos!

Great for extra warmth that a harness could probably fit over, this is a festive knit for pets.

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.
  • For the copyright T&C please read my Terms of Use.

Please note – when you knit the main body of the dog coat with two colors – you need to work it like this –

Row 1 – K4 in Yarn A, join in Yarn B – when you knit with Yarn B – pull the yarn under Yarn A and start knitting – and M1, cont to knit with Yarn B to the last 4 sts, M1, then join in Yarn A – put Yarn A underneath Yarn B and K4 sts.

*Please note – it is easier to have 2 skeins/balls of Yarn A at each end of the border if you want to have this in a contrasting color.

Row 2 – K4 sts in Yarn A, bring Yarn B and place it underneath Yarn A – Purl in yarn B to the last 4 sts, bring Yarn A underneath Yarn B, and Knit 4 sts in yarn A.

Video Tutorial

If you need help please watch the video tutorial on my YouTube channel here.

Gauge – 12 sts and 16 rows to 4×4 inches measured in stocking stitch.

Size – Small, medium, and large.

The first set of figures shown applies to the small size, then the medium, and finally the large.

Measurements in inches about – Width – (16, 21, 26) / Length excluding collar – (13, 17, 21)

dog wearing a knitted Santa Clause coat

The Supplies You Need

Yarn

Needles

Notions

Other Materials

  • 4 x buttons – I used black buttons that measure 1 inch in diameter.
Santa claus sweater for dogs

Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations List

  • Beg – beginning
  • K – knit
  • K2tog – knit two stitches together
  • M1 – make one stitch
  • P – purl
  • Rem – remaining
  • Rep – repeat
  • RS – right side
  • St(s) – stitch (es)
  • WS – wrong side
  • YO – Yarn over

Pattern Instructions

Yarn A – White, Yarn B – Red, Yarn C – Black, Yarn D – Mustard

  • Cast on (26, 40, 54) sts in Yarn A and work 7 rows in garter stitch.
  • Work in pattern for the body as follows;
  • Row 1 – K4 in Yarn A, join in Yarn B and M1, cont to knit with Yarn B to the last 4 sts, M1, then join in Yarn A and K4 sts.
  • *Please note – it is easier to have 2 skeins/balls of Yarn A at each end of the border if you want to have this in a contrasting color.
  • Row 2 – K4 sts in Yarn A, Purl in yarn B to the last 4 sts, Knit 4 in yarn A.
  • Rep the 2 rows above (3, 5, 7) times more.
  • (Because you are repeating both rows this will equal double the amount of rows worked – for example – 3 (6), 5 (10), 7 (14).
  • Then work (14, 22, 30) rows straight on these (34, 52, 70) sts.
  • 1st shaping row – K4 in Yarn A, K2tog in Yarn B, K to last 4 sts, K2tog, in Yarn A K4 sts.
  • Work (5, 3, 3) rows straight.
  • Rep last (6, 4, 4) rows (once, twice, once) more.
  • Next row – as 1st shaping row.
  • Work 3 rows straight.
  • Next row – as 1st shaping row.
  • Work 1 row straight.
  • Rep the last 2 rows (2, 5, 10) times more.
  • (Because you are repeating both rows this will equal double the amount of rows worked – for example – 2 (4), 5 (10), 10 (20).
  • Then proceed for the collar on these (22, 32, 42) sts.
  • Next 2 rows – In Yarn A cast on (8, 10, 12) sts, K to end.
  • Work 2 rows in garter stitch on these (38, 52, 66) sts.
  • Next row – K to last 10 sts, YO, K4, YO, K4
  • K 2 rows.
  • Cast off loosely.

The Belt

  • With Yarn C – Cast on (5, 7, 9) sts.
  • Work in garter stitch until the belt is long enough to fit around the dog’s body, plus 1 inch for an overwrap.
  • If you want to have a buttonhole (I have 2) knit until the belt wraps around the body, then
  • Small – K2, YO, K3, Medium – K3, YO, K4, Large – K4, YO, K5
  • K 6 rows
  • Small – K2, YO, K3, Medium – K3, YO, K4, Large – K4, YO, K5
  • K 6 rows
  • Cast off.
  • If you do not want to use buttons, you can instead stitch press studs onto the belt.

The Belt Buckle

  • The belt buckle is knit in 5 pieces and then seamed together.
belt buckle pieces
  • Make 4 pieces – In Yarn D, cast on 4 sts, Knit in garter stitch for 15 rows, and cast off.
  • For the middle section – cast on 2 sts, knit in garter stitch 15 rows, and cast off.
belt buckle with knitted pieces
  • You can then feed the black belt through the buckle.
back view of belt and buckle

Making up

Stitch two buttons onto the collar, so that the collar can fasten.

If you do not wish to use buttons or knit the buttonholes, press studs are an alternative.

knitted santa sweater

Press the coat lightly on the wrong side with a warm iron over a damp cloth avoiding the garter stitch borders.

Sew the belt to the center back of the coat and fasten it with two buttons or press studs.

flat view of dog coat

Share your work with us…

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If you enjoyed making the dog 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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  1. Jason bad business buttons are not for chewing lol lol 😉 Ava thinks so too….. so love your mommy’s idea of snaps <3