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Dog Sweater Crochet Pattern

Here's a dog sweater crochet pattern for different sized dogs.

(Pattern sizes and shape were adapted from Doggone Knit's One-Piece Solid Dog Sweater.)

Small crocheted one piece dog sweater.

front post double crochet (FPdc) - YO, insert hook from front to back around post of st indicated, YO and pull up a loop even with loop on hook, (YO and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice, skip st behind FPdc. 

decrease ( uses next 2 sts) - * YO, insert hook in next st, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, repeat from * once more, YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook. (This counts as 1 decrease.) 

Pebble seems to be wondering what we're up to this time!



Stitches Used

double crochet (dc) – YO, insert hook in next st, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO draw through 2 loops. When inserting the hook, I usually pick up the first loop of the stitch facing me, not both loops, for a smoother effect. 



Materials and Tools

  • 4-ply knit and crochet yarn - minimum 3 oz. (100% Virgin Acrylic Fiber was used for this project.)
  • Crochet hookA size 7 hook was used for this sweater.
  • Gauge needed

    3 dc per inch [25 mm] across 

    1.25 inches [32 mm] high =           2 rows of dc per inch 

  • Three buttons3/4 inch [18-20 mm] diameter.
  • Yarn needle


Anna D. crocheted a blue sweater for her Fox Terrier, AxelAxel, the Fox Terrier, sports this lovely sweater crocheted from our pattern instructions by Anna D.




Dog Sweater Crochet Pattern: The Body

Ch 28 (31, 34, 37) loosely. (Pebble measured 10 inches across so I started with 31 stitches since 3 stitches per inch x 10 = 30)
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across. 26 (29, 32, 35) sts. 
Row 2: (Right Side) Ch 3, (counts as first dc now and throughout) turn, dc in next dc, ( work FPdc around next dc, dc in next 2 dc) across; 8 (9, 10, 11) FPdc 
Row 3: ( Increase Row) Ch 3, turn, dc in next dc, dc across to last st, 2 dc in last dc, 28 (31, 34, 37) sts.
Row 4: Ch 3, turn, (dc in next 2 dc, work FPdc around next st) across to last 3 dc, dc in last 3 dc. 
Row 5: (Increase Row) Ch 3, turn, dc in next dc, dc across to last st, 2 dc in last dc: 30 (33, 36, 39) sts. 
Row 6: Ch 3, turn, work FPdc around next st, ( dc in next 2 dc, work FPdc around next st) across to last dc, dc in last dc.
Row 7: ( Increase Row) Ch 3, turn, dc in next dc, dc across to last st, 2 dc in last dc: 32 (35,38,41) sts.
Row 8: Ch 3, turn, dc in next dc, (work FPdc around next st, dc in next 2 dc) across.
Rows 9-11: Repeat rows 3-5: 36 (39, 42, 45) sts. 
Additional rowsRepeat row 6 for a total of 21(25, 29, 33) rows, or until the length is from the base of your dog's tail to the middle of his/her shoulders.




Dog Sweater Crochet Pattern: The Neck

Note: Maintain the established pattern of stitches but work in the increases or decreases.

RIGHT SIDE OF NECK

Row 1: Ch 3, turn, work across next 13 (14, 15, 16) sts, leave remaining sts un-worked, 14 (15, 16, 17) sts. 
Row 2: (Decrease Row) Ch 3, turn, decrease, work across: 13 (14, 15, 16) sts. 
Row 3: (Decrease Row) Ch 3, turn, work across to last 3 sts, decrease, dc in last dc: 12 (13, 14, 15) sts. 
Row 4-7: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 twice: 8 (9, 10, 11) sts. 
Row 8: Work across and finish off. 

LEFT SIDE OF NECK

Row 1: With right side facing, skip 8 (9, 10, 11) sts from Right Neck Shaping and join yarn with a slip st in next st; ch 3, work across: 14( 15, 16, 17) sts.

Outline of one-piece crocheted dog sweater.

Row 2: (Decrease Row) Ch 3, turn, work across to last 3 sts, decrease, dc in last dc. 13( 14, 15, 16) sts. 
Row 3: (Decrease Row) Ch 3, turn, decrease, work across: 12( 13, 14, 15) sts. 
Row 4-7: Repeat rows 2 and 3 twice. 8 (9, 10, 11) sts. 
Row 8: work across and finish off.


NECKBAND

Laid out view of one piece crocheted dog sweater pattern.

Rnd 1: With right side facing and MC, join yarn with slip st at seam; ch 1, sc evenly around, join with slip st to first sc. 
Rnds 2 &3: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with slip st to first sc. 
Finish off. 



Dog Sweater Crochet Pattern: Final Steps

BELLYBAND

  • Slip the neckband over your dog's head and put the sweater in place.
  • Take a short piece of contrasting yarn and mark the row about half an inch behind the legs. This is where you will start your belly band.
  • Take another piece of yarn and mark the spot where you want your belly band to end (towards the rear of the dog).

Row 1: With right side facing, working in end of rows and using MC, join yarn with slip st on left edge of Sweater at your first yarn marker; ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in the ends of each of the next number of rows until you reach your yarn marker.
Row 2: Ch 3, turn, dc in next dc and in each dc across. 
Additional rows: Repeat Row 2 until the belly band fits snugly around your dog's tummy. Check and double check for fit.
Now it's time to add the buttonholes.

BUTTON HOLES

Row 1: Ch 1, turn, sc in each dc across. 
Row 2: Ch 1, turn sc in first 3 sc, (ch 2, skip 2 sc, sc in next 3 sc) twice. 
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc and in each ch across. 
Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across, finish off. 
Sew on buttons.



Ta da! You've completed this dog sweater crochet pattern!

For more free crochet dog sweater pattern ideas, return from Dog Sweater Crochet Pattern page to Crocheted Dog Sweaters 


For knitted and other sweater ideas go from the Dog Sweater Crochet Pattern page to Homemade Dog Sweaters