Cosy Crochet Dog Sweater

Don't forget to

The Cosy Dog jumper is a beginner friendly crochet dog sweater you can make to keep your best friend cosy and warm.

I am going to use the terms dog sweater and dog jumper interchangeably for UK, US and international makers.

Free Dog Sweater Crochet Pattern

This crochet pattern was first published in Crochet Now and I was asked to provide a sample crocheted dog sweater size small, as shown in the photo.

Dog Jumper sweater free crochet pattern
Regal Dog Jumper crochet pattern as seen in Crochet Now magazine

Sizes and Measuring your Dog

The pattern is written in three sizes, however you can use this as a guide to fit any size dog.

Firstly you need to take some measurements:

  • Circumference of the neck
  • Circumference of the chest area
  • Length of your dog’s back from neck to base of tail

Follow the pattern size closest to the neck and chest measurements. As all dogs shapes are different, you may need to adjust the starting chains and/or the pattern repeats to fit your dog.

If making the crochet dog jumper for someone else’s dog and you can’t get measurements, follow these guidelines:

Small dogs include puppies, small jack russells, mini yorkshire terriers, pugs, chihuahuas, dachshunds.

Medium dogs include frenchies, poodles, bigger jack russells and terriers, west highland terriers, spaniels.

It would be really helpful if people write in the comments what dog they have and what size they made.

As you can see in the photos, the model is a shitzu and the jumper is size small. If I had known the dog’s size beforehand I would have made a longer version by including more repeats of the middle rounds and the back rows.

Overall I would say if making for your own dog, the pattern is very forgiving and easy to adjust as you go along.

Pin this free crochet dog sweater pattern
Save for later: Free Crochet Dog Sweater Pattern

Construction

The dog sweater is started at the collar where you work in rounds to the middle of the back, missing stitches to create leg holes. You then turn your work and continue in back and forth rows to the base of the tail. Work directly into the missed stitches and chain spaces for the leg cuffs which are worked in rounds.

crochet dog sweater
Crochet dog jumper, neck to tail base

Choosing the Yarn

The crochet dog jumper is made using Stylecraft Special aran weight yarn. It is an acrylic yarn with a typical aran or worsted weight gauge.

You need three colours and depending on the size of the dog sweater you crochet, you could use scrap yarn. This project is also a great stash buster.

If you want to use DK yarn I would suggest making sure your gauge matches or is similar. You could also go up a size.

Please note, this pattern is written in US terms. For UK terms see Abbreviations chart below.

crochet dog sweater back view
Crochet Dog Sweater back view

The Pattern

Yarn

Stylecraft Special Aran; 215yards/196m per 100g ball

3 balls (you will not need full balls)

Notions

Hook size: H 8, 5mm; stitch markers

Gauge

15 sts x 7 rows = 4 inches/ 10cm measured over pattern

Sizing

S (M, L)
Actual inside neck size of jumper: 12 inches/30cm (13 inches/34cm, 16.5 inches/42cm) to fit dog with neck size 10-12 inches/25-30cm (12-14 inches/30-36cm, 14-17 inches/37-44cm)
Actual inside chest size of jumper: 15 inches/ 38cm (18 inches/46cm, 20 inches/53cm) to fit dog with chest size 13-15 inches/ 33-38cm (15.5-18 inches/40-46cm, 18-20.5 inches/ 46-53cm)
Length of jumper: 10 inches/ 26cm (10 inches/ 26cm, 12.5 inches/32cm)

Notes

Beginning ch2 and ch3 are counted as stitches unless otherwise indicated. Beginning ch1 does not count as a stitch.

Do not fasten off at the end of each round/row, instead work 1 chain after the last stitch, place a stitch marker in the chain. When needing this colour again pull up a long loop and proceed in the pattern.

Alternatively colour changes can be made by cutting the yarn for each new colour. Stop at the last yarn over and complete the stitch with the new colour.

Special Stitches

Spike double crochet (Sdc): Work dc over ch3-sp by inserting hook into top of stitch in row below.

Abbreviations

US Terms (UK terms)

Beginning beg
Chain ch
Double crochet dc (tr)
Front post double crochet fpdc (fptr)
Half double crochet hdc (htr)
Half double crochet two together hdc2tog (hdt2tog)
Pull up a loop pul
Repeat rep
Right side RS
Round rnd
Row row
Single crochet sc (dc)
Stitch st
Slip stitch sl-st
Stitches sts 
Wrong side WS
Yarn over yo

Start Crocheting

With Yarn Colour A chain 48 (54, 66), join to work in the rnd being careful not to twist.

Collar

Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc here and throughout), dc around, sl-st to top of beg ch3 to join. 48 (54, 66) sts

Rnd 2: Ch 3, *1 fpdc, 1 dc; rep from *around, sl-st to top of beg ch3 to join.

Rep Rnd 2 another 2 (2,4) times or more as required for a deeper collar section.

Fasten off.

Yoke

Join Yarn Colour B to any stitch.

Rnd 1: (2 ch, 1 hdc) in first st (counts as 2 hdc here and throughout), hdc in next *3 (5,7) sts, 2 hdc into next st; rep from * to last 3 (5,9) sts, hdc in next 3 (5,7) sts,  0 (0,1) hdc2tog, sl-st to top beg ch2 to join. 60 (63, 73) sts

Stop here for SIZE S only and cont to Body.

Rnd 2: (2 ch, 1 hdc) in first st, *hdc in next – (6,5) sts, 2 hdc into next st; rep from * to last – (6, 6) sts, hdc in next -(6,4) sts, -(0,1) hdc2tog, sl-st to top of beg ch2 to join. (72, 84) sts

Rnd 3: 2 ch, hdc around, sl-st to top of beg ch2 to join. 

Stop here for size M only and cont to Body.

SIZE L ONLY

Rnd 4: As Rnd 3.

Body

Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as first st), dc in each of the next 2 sts, *ch 3, miss 3 sts**, dc in each of the next 3 sts;  rep from * around, ending last rep at **, sl-st in top of beg ch3 to join round, 1 ch, pm (place marker) in ch. 

Join Yarn C to first missed st in last rnd.

Rnd 2: 2 ch (do not count as sts), 1 Sdc in same st, 2 Sdc in each of the next 2 missed sts from below, *ch 3, miss 3 sts, Sdc in the next 3 sts; rep from * around ending with ch 3, miss 3 dc, sl-st in top of beg ch3 to join round, 1 ch, pm in 1 ch.

Join Yarn A to first missed st in last rnd.

Rnd 3: 2 ch (do not count as sts), 1 Sdc in same st, 2 Sdc in next 2 missed sts from rnd below, *ch 3, miss 3 sts, Sdc in next 3 sts; rep from * around ending with ch 3, miss 3 dc, sl-st in top of beg ch3 to join round, 1 ch, pm in 1 ch.

With Yarn B remove marker and pull up a long loop from previous rnds.

Rnd 4: *3 ch, miss 3 sts, Sdc in next 3 sts; rep from * around ending with ch 3, miss 3 dc, sl-st in 1 ch to join round, 1 ch, pm in 1 ch.

With Yarn C remove marker and pull up a long loop from previous rnds.

Rnd 5: *3 ch, miss 3 sts, Sdc in next 3 sts; rep from * around ending with ch 3, miss 3 dc, sl-st in 1 ch to join round, fo.

With Yarn A remove marker and pull up a long loop from previous rnds, sl-st into first dc.

Rnd 6: 2 ch (counts as 1 hdc) , 2 hdc, *3 Sdc, 3 hdc; rep from * around ending with 3 Sdc, sl-st into top beg ch2 to join rnd, fo.

SIZE M, L ONLY

Repeat Rnds 4-6 as needed.

Leg holes

With Yarn B remove marker and pull up a long loop from previous rnds, sl-st into first hdc.

SIZE S ONLY

Rnd 7: 1 ch, dc into the first st, dc in next 4 sts, ch 11, miss 9 sts, dc in next 32 sts, ch 11, miss 9 sts, dc in next 5 sts, sl-st to first dc to join round. 64 sts

Rnd 8: 1 ch, dc into same st, [dc2tog, 14 dc] three times in total, dc2tog, dc in each st to end, sl-st to first dc to join rnd. 60sts

SIZE M ONLY

Rnd 7: 1 ch, dc into the first st, dc in next 5 sts, ch 13, miss 11 sts, dc in next 38sts, ch 13, miss 11 sts, dc in next 6 sts, sl-st to first dc to join round. 76 sts

Rnd 8: 1 ch, dc into same st, [dc2tog, 17 dc] three times in total, dc2tog, dc in each sts to end, sl-st to first dc to join rnd. 72sts

SIZE L ONLY

Rnd 7: 1 ch, dc into the first st, dc in next 6 sts, ch 15, miss 13 sts, dc in next 44 sts, ch 15, miss 13 sts, dc in next 7 sts, sl-st to first dc to join round. 88 sts

Rnd 8: 1 ch, dc into same st, [dc2tog, 20 dc] three times in total, dc2tog, dc in each st to end, sl-st to first dc to join rnd. 84sts

ALL SIZES

Rnd 9: dc in each st around, sl-st to first dc to join rnd.  60 (72, 84) sts

Rnd 10-15: As Rnd 1-5 of Body.

Rnd 16: With Yarn colour A, as Rnd 5.

SIZE S, M ONLY

Rnd 17: With Yarn colour B, as Rnd 6.

SIZE L ONLY

Row 17: With Yarn B remove marker and pull up a long loop from previous rnds and cont as Rnd 2.

Rnd 18: With Yarn colour C, as Rnd 2, fasten off.

Rnd 19: With yarn colour A, As Rnd 2, fasten off.

Rnd 20: With Yarn colour B, as Rnd 6, fasten off.

Top base

Fold your work flat with edges even. 

Turn work so that the leg holes are underneath. You are now working back and forth in rows to finish the top of the jumper leading towards the tail. 

Place a stitch marker at each of two edges with 30 (36, 42) sts in between.

Row 1 (RS): Join Yarn colour C to the first st after the marker. 1 ch, dc in first st, dc in next 13 (16, 19) sts, 1 dc2tog, dc in next 14 (17, 20) sts, turn. 29 (35, 41) sts

Row 2 (WS): Ch 2, 1 dc (counts as 1 dc2tog), dc in next 2 sts, [ch 3, miss 3 sts, dc in next 3 sts] a total of 3 (4, 5) times, ch 3, miss 3 sts, dc in next 2 sts, 1 dc2tog, 1 ch, pm in ch, turn. 27 (33, 39) sts

Row 3: Join Yarn A to top of dc2tog, 1 ch, sc in same st, 1 ch, miss 2 sts, * Sdc in next 3 sts**, ch 3; rep from * across to last 3 sts ending last rep at **, 1 ch, miss 2 sts,1 sc in last st, 1ch, pm in last ch, turn.

Row 4: With Yarn colour B cont as Row 2. 25 (31, 37) sts

Row 5: With Yarn colour C remove marker and pull up a long loop, sl-st to top of dc2tog, 1 ch, sc in same st, 1 ch, *Sdc in next 3 sts, ch 3; rep from * across until last 3 sts, 1 ch, 1 sc into last st, turn. 

Row 6: With Yarn colour A, remove marker and pull up a long loop, sl-st to top of sc, ch 2, 1 dc (counts as 1 dc2tog), [ch 3, miss 3 sts, tr in next 3 sts] a total of 3 (4, 5) times, ch 3, mis 3 sts, 1 dc2tog, ch 1, pm in ch, turn, 11 (17, 23) sts

Row 7: With Yarn colour B as Row 5. Fasten off.

Row 8: With Yarn colour A remove marker and pull up a long loop, ch 2, 1 dc in next st, (counts as dc2tog), dc in each st across until last 2 sts, dc2tog, turn. 21 (27, 33) sts

Row 9: Ch 2, 1 dc in next st, (counts as dc2tog), *1 fpdc, 1 dc; rep from * to end, turn. 20 (28, 34) sts

Row 10: 2 ch, 1 dc in next st, (counts as dc2tog), *1 fpdc, 1 dc; rep from * to end. Fasten off. 19 (27, 33) sts

Join Yarn colour A to centre of underside (belly) dc evenly around the edges to finish.

Leg Cuffs

Working in the round. 

Rnd 1: Join Yarn colour A to any st of leg opening. Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in each st around, sl-st to top of beg ch3 to join.

Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), *1 fpdc, 1 dc; rep from * to end, sl-st to top of beg ch3 to join.

Rnd 3:  As Rnd 2

SIZE L ONLY

Rnd 4: as Rnd 2.

Fasten off and break yarn.

Weave in ends and lightly block.

Crochet Dog Sweater free pattern: side view

Don't forget to

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Close
The Stitch Foundry © Copyright 2020. All rights reserved.