XS Dog Sweater

XS Dog Sweater
Since the cold temperatures are on their way to Indiana, I thought it would be best to make my Avis a new sweater. I went to follow my old dog sweater pattern and was horrified from how poorly it was written. So last night I rewrote the pattern :) Hoping this one will be a lot easier for everyone to follow.
Although this sweater is for my furbaby, I do not have a picture to share with you at this moment of him wearing it- but plan to get one asap. Be sure to follow me on Facebook so you do not miss it. Avis is currently not feeling too well. It appears he has a tumor or infection in one of his testies. I have an appointment for the vet to check it out and remove it but I do worry he wont make it that long :'( So all the positive thoughts and prayers will be appreciated.

Follow this link for the next size up!- Size Small Dog Sweater

And because I cannot talk about him without sharing a photo of him :)

This dog sweater is size XS.  The sweater is 12 inches in length, 6 inches wide, and the edge of the neckline is 9 inches around. This sweater is designed for dogs 5-10 lbs. If your Dog wears size Small, try using a 6mm crochet hook.

This free dog sweater crochet pattern is made to have a snug fit with a fantastic stretch. Easy to pull the head through. The underbelly has a V opening so male dogs do not have an accident on the sweater while hiking their leg outside.

Update: Perfect fit!!!
Free Crochet Dog Sweater Pattern

5.5 mm crochet hook
(#4)Medium weight yarn (Yarn Bee- Effervesce- Shadow)
Yarn needle for weaving in ends

CH- Chain
SC- Single Crochet
HDC- Half Double Crochet
Half Double Crochet 2 together
Front Post Double Crochet – FPDC
Front Post Single Crochet – FPSC

Get Started!

Row 1: CH 37, HDC into 2nd CH from hook, HDC across the rest of the
CH. (36 HDC)
Row 2-3: CH 1, Turn, HDC into each stitch across. (36 HDC)
Row 4: CH 1, Turn, 2 HDC into first stitch, 1 HDC into next 34
stitches, 2 HDC into last stitch. (38 HDC)
Row 5-6: CH 1, Turn, HDC into each stitch across. (38 HDC)
Row 7: CH 1, Turn, 2 HDC into first stitch, 1 HDC into next 17
stitches, 2 HDC into next stitch. 1 HDC into next 17 stitches. 2 HDC
into last stitch. (40 HDC)
Row 8-11: CH 1, Turn, HDC into each stitch across. (40 HDC)

Slip stitch to Join the last and first stitch from the previous row. This will make it a circle instead of a flat piece. 

Row 12-23 : CH 1, Turn. HDC into each stitch around, Join to top of the first HDC.
(40 HDC)

Row 24: CH 1, HDC into the next 3 stitches. CH 7, Skip 7 stitches. HDC into the next 20 stitches.
CH 7, skip 7 stitches. HDC into the next 3 stitches. Join to first HDC. (26 HDC)
Row 25: CH 1, HDC into the next 3 stitches. HDC into the next 7 Chains. HDC into the next 20 stitches.
HDC into the next 7 Chains. HDC into the last 3 stitches. Join to the first HDC. (40 HDC)

Row 26-28 : CH 1, Turn. HDC into each stitch around, Join to top of the first HDC.
(40 HDC)
Row 29: CH 1, **HDC Two Together. HDC into the next 8 stitches. Repeat from ** 3 more times.
Join to the first stitch.(36 HDC)
Row 30-33:(make sure you are working with the nice side of the stitches on the outside of the sweater) CH 1, **HDC into the next stitch. FPDC over the next stitch. Repeat from ** around.
Join to first HDC. (36 stitches)
Row 34: CH 1, FPSC into each stitch around. Join to first FPSC.(36 stitches)

HDC around the leg holes.
Attach yarn into one of the stitches of the leg hole. CH 1. – One HDC into each of the 7 stitches, each of the 7 Chains, and 2 HDC into the side of the HDC on both sides. (18 HDC) Repeat for other leg hole.

Weave in your ends.

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    • CorinaCorina says

      You could just start with a larger chain.. try adding 10 chains and see if it will fit around your dogs belly.

  1. says

    hope your puppy is ok. love,love,love this sweater!!! sooo easy and took just under 3 hours to complete in a green and white stripe for my little dog Pickles. will be making a lot more of these!!! thanks so much for the pattern.

    • CorinaCorina says

      Thank you! I would love to see yours!! Avis is actually doing a lot better. We haven’t made it to the vet yet bc of the weather but the swelling is going down and he is acting his normal self again <3

  2. Becky Hartman says

    Thanks for posting this cute XS Dog Sweater Pattern!
    I knit one up this afternoon and was a bit confused by the directions…

    Rows 1-11 are worked flat, with a CH1 and TURN at the beginning of each new row.

    Then the pattern says to slip stitch the last st to the first st of the row to make it a circle instead of flat (so as to crochet ‘in the round’), but then one is told to CH1 and TURN at the beg. of rows 12-23…but not on rows 24-25… then CH1 and TURN again rows 26-28… but not on rows 29-34. So, sometimes I was going back and forth ‘in the round’, and sometimes going round and round ‘in the round.’ Does that make sense? Am I just mis-reading the pattern instructions?


    The second one I make tonight(the blue one), I’m just going to crochet it ‘in the round’ on ALL rows once I start ‘in the round’ at row 12…and see what happens! Wish me luck! And thanks again for posting the cute pattern!

    • CorinaCorina says

      I kept the “turn” so that the rows looked the same even though it wasn’t a flat piece anymore. I just decided I wanted the part around the arm holes to be different. I liked the look it made when not turning for just those couple rows. I didn’t have you turn around the neck band because the stitches were different so there was no need to try to stick with the same visual pattern. I am glad that you like it! I always encourage people to make their own unique and creative twist based from my patterns. I am glad you were able to see ways you would prefer it. I think I was just checking out your sweater on raverly :) I will keep an eye out for the next one as well! 😀

    • CorinaCorina says

      Oh, I should also let you know that if you do not turn from the V opening to the arm holes, the seam will move to the right.. so you may end up having to adjust where you put the armholes so they are still on the underbelly. Maybe if you are wanting to work in the continuous round, you could start after reaching the arm hole area?

      • Amber says

        This is the problem I had… The seam goes to the right so its kinda lopsided on my dog.. How can I avoid this..? Thanks!

    • Brittany says

      I am having trouble understand row 30-33. Do I need to alternate between a HDC and a FPDC or is it one HDC and then a FPDC in the next 35 stitches…

  3. Linda says

    Hi, I’m going to give this sweater a try for my miniature poodle. I will have to increase it but will start with the additional 10 chains you describe below. Most sweaters are long enough from tail base to neck but too short from lower belly point to in front of legs. We shall see.

    Your dog is cute.

    • CorinaCorina says

      I would love for you to share it. Just make sure to link the pattern and not copy it. Thanks so much! I will come check out your blog.

  4. Survivor389 says

    Love the ease of this sweater! My little Pedro, weighing in at 7 lbs, will really appreciate it also. Hope all goes well with Avis. I’m sure you love him very much.

    • CorinaCorina says

      Hey Survivor389, I hope you Pedro loves it! Last week we took my Avis and had the tumor removed. he is slowly healing but he is doing well. My biggest concern is getting him to stop licking and ripping out stitches. lol but other than that, he is almost back to his normal self. We take him back into the vet this week to get the incisions looked at.

  5. Kim Lamphere says

    Having trouble with rows 12-23. I’m only getting 39 stitches instead of 40. I have 40 stitches where it is worked flat, but once i start joining and ch 1 and turning, i’m only getting 39. Even putting the first HDC in the same stitch where the ch 1 is. What am i doing wrong? It seemed like this was going to work up quickly until i hit this road block.

  6. sarah sies says

    Thank you for this free pattern. I have weird cats that LOVE sweaters. It was a very easy pattern to follow. Loved how they turned out.

  7. Sabrina says

    I discovered this pattern and have made 2 already. your pattern is simple and easy to read and they came out beautifully! Thank you so much for this free pattern. I think I might want to make a bunch and donate to them to the animal shelter. would that be ok? I wouldn’t be selling them. Just not sure about copy right and all that 😛 Oh and If they do it in the round after the ‘v’, there is a trick you can use. What i do is I will skip the first on every other row and then on the last stitch I will do 2 hdc. I end up with a straight seam that way :) Oh and I would love to show you a picture. How can I do that?

    • CorinaCorina says

      Yes! I made some and donated them to the local animal shelter as well. You can sell them too if you would like. Once you have made something from one of my patterns, it’s your item to do whatever you wish with <3. I would love to see!!!! You can share with me on my facebook page if you would like. https://www.facebook.com/stitch11page

  8. Princess says

    Hi Corina!

    What’s the gauge of this pattern? The measurements matches up with my dog but when I wrapped it around her belly there’s a big gap. I’m hoping the gauge will help me.
    Thanks in advance!

  9. sabrina Montgomery says

    Hi. I’m on row 7 and i have redone this row about 7x and i still end up with 41 stitches. Pleat help am i doing something wrong. Thank you.

    • CorinaCorina says

      I did edit the pattern recently. I made it start with 37 CH instead of 38. Are you using the older one before I edited?

  10. Robin says

    Hi. I an trying to figure out, is the beginning the neck? I’m wanting to switch colors when I get to the body. That’s what I an trying to figure out if I should switch colors in row 4. Thanks!

  11. JESS says

    Hi there ive just made this but the neck dont seen to look right it dont seem to go in as much as urs did and seems more near size of the body please help i folloed your hdc two tgher then hdc 8 repeat 3 more times

  12. says

    Thanks for the easy pattern! Definitely one of the best I’ve made for my little Dexter. I did make an adjustment with the ribbing. I found that I was losing stitches for some reason and the ribbing wasn’t as accentuated as what you have. So I did alternate FPDC/BPDC and it worked!


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