This adorable crochet dog sweater pattern might be the cutest thing we have ever seen! Imagine it on your furry friend? Scroll down for the complete free pattern or purchase the ad-free, printable PDF here.
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This crochet dog sweater is designed for dogs (and cats) who weigh 8-16 lbs. It measures 15.5 inches long and 8 inches wide (laying flat). If your pet weighs 5-10 lbs, try the XS Dog Sweater.
Crochet sweaters for pets are great stash buster projects because they don’t care if they are wearing lots of funky colors all at once! Just make sure that all the yarns you use are machine washable because odds are good that this sweater is going to get dirty!
Small Dog Sweater Crochet Pattern
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6.5 mm crochet hook
(#4)Medium weight yarn (Red Heart with Love)
Yarn needle for weaving in ends
SC- Single Crochet
HDC- Half Double Crochet
Half Double Crochet 2 together
Front Post Double Crochet – FPDC
Front Post Single Crochet – FPSC
-Note- I used a contrasting color for rows 4, 35, 38 and around the leg holes.
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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 36 stitches. 2 HDC
into last stitch. (40 HDC)
Row 8-13: 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 14-25 : CH 1, Turn. HDC into each stitch around, Join to top of the first HDC.
Row 26: CH 1,turn. HDC into the next 2 stitches. CH 8, Skip 8 stitches. HDC into the next 20 stitches.
CH 8, skip 8 stitches. HDC into the next 2 stitches. Join to first HDC. (24 HDC)
Row 27: CH 1, turn. HDC into the next 2 stitches. HDC into the next 8 Chains. HDC into the next 20 stitches.
HDC into the next 8 Chains. HDC into the last 2 stitches. Join to the first HDC. (40 HDC)
Row 28-31 : CH 1, Turn. HDC into each stitch around, Join to top of the first HDC.
Row 32: CH 1, Turn.**HDC Two Together. HDC into the next 8 stitches. Repeat from ** 3 more times.
Join to the first stitch.(36 HDC)
Row 33: CH 1, Turn. **HDC Two Together. HDC in next 7 stitches. Repeat from ** 3 more times. Join to first stitch. (32 HDC)
Row 34-37:(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. (32 stitches)
Row 38: CH 1, FPSC into each stitch around. Join to first FPSC.(32 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 8 stitches, each of the 8 Chains, and 2 HDC into the side of the HDC on both sides. (20 HDC) Repeat for the other leg hole.
Weave in your ends and get your cute crochet dog sweater on your pup!
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I love this. Thank you for sharing it free. I have lung cancer and I’m working on a wave blanket queen size for my daughter & her kids right now but want to make this for my minature schnauzer. I’m going to add some chains as she weights more than this. Thank you again I love getting your emails.
I just finished one for my mini Schnauzer, and it is perfectly beautiful!
I made this for my 11 lb. Cavapoo. It fits well, but it’s a bit hard to get on and off. Would it be possible to cut through the slip stitches and tie them off, and add velcro or buttons or something like that? I’m relatively new to crochet so I’m not sure if that would work or if the whole project would unravel
I would make an open pattern and crochet ties on the back. (put on via the front, leaving the back open and attach ties on both sides). I’m going to try to make this pattern for my short hair cat with the ties.
I wouldn’t recommend cutting the slip stitches. If you can find your last tied off stitch and unravel from there until you reach the spot(s) you need to fix. Don’t slip stitch, use SC. slip stitch makes things tight.
Cutting would ruin your hard work
I hope you are doing better
Have fun crocheting
Debra Sue says
Thank yo so much for sharing this pattern! We have 4 mini-dachshunds and this should be the perfect size for them. I’m going to add a few rows to the “backend” of it to cover their extra long bodies and they should be warm & toasty
Did they fit? I’m making one for my mini Doxie and it seems like it’ll be too big, might try again with a smaller hook.
This count is not working for me & I can’t figure what I’m doing wrong. At the end of row 6 I have the 38 stitches. When I finished row 7 I had one extra stitch, plus with 3 hdc increases in the row should have 41 sts, not 40. Please help!
I made a correction to the pattern. I had one short of starting CH. So sorry for the confusion. I followed this pattern so many times and never caught it until following the larger version a second time!
Did you make the correction? Row 7 should be 41, not 40.
Hmm… I wonder how this happened. I made the correction so it adds up to 40. I am following the pattern now to double check everything.
I have made 3 of these now and my stitch count is exactly as the pattern. Only thing is that the V is not spread out and my dog pees on the sides. So I tried the beginning with a smaller hook and crocheted to row 17 (to make it tighter around backend and to make the V longer before joining the two sides together) after that I continued with the bigger hook. Just finished the third one, hope it works
I hope your adjustments helped prevent your dog from peeing on it!
Raquel Polson says
Hi! I made the Small one for my chorkie. I loved the pattern, but wondered if you had this pattern in bigger sizes. I have small, medium and an xl dog.
I currently only have XS and Small.
Suzanne Trapp says
I love this pattern but I also was looking for one size up. I can’t find anything anywhere else like this one in a bigger size. 🙁
Thank you for sharing this pattern. I just want to make sure I am clear on your directions after Row 13. Am I only making one slip stitch, so that only one row is joined and the remainder of the rows kind of flap open? I hope that makes sense! I am trying to make this for my Malti-Poo and want to make sure I am doing it correctly. Thanks again 🙂
Yes, the part before joining is left open. .just to help make sure they don’t pee on the sweater 🙂
hayley vedder says
I’m confused on exactly what to do after row 13 I’m not sure exactly what to slip stitch or where to go from there
You slip stitch into the first stitch of the round. It joins so it’s no longer a flat/back and forth piece but working around.
This is such a cute pattern. I’m going to make one for my sister’s mini doxie in neon hot pink. So she can see her in the Minnesota snow. One question though, I am familiar with a front post double crochet, but how is a front post single crochet done? Same way? Thanks much.
Yes. The same way. The best thing about the front post single crochet is its AMAZING stretch. It is so great for edging on the neckline and even the bottom of hats and clothing.
Wendy L says
I am having the same trouble at row 6. I read that you changed the pattern, and I started with a chain 37, but I still have an extra stitch. Should it be a starting 38 which makes all the ( ) counts different or is it a starting 37 which makes all the ( ) counts will be different? This is so cute and I really want to make it for my Niece’s dog that looks JUST LIKE the puppy in the photo. =)
Yeah that will work. I need to re-follow this pattern again. I wrote out the size small one and thought I made all the corrections. Just make sure that when you get to the neck of the sweater, that you have an even amount of stitches.
I have made several of these sweaters for my own dog. I love them.. I make him the small pattern. I made the same for a friend’s dog and it is a bit too small. Do you have a medium sized pattern? Or can you give me tips on making it larger?
You just start with a larger starting CH. Just make sure it in counts of even numbers. 🙂
this pattern is awesome, I am going to make this for my two doxies so they dont freeze in our cold norwegian winter. I may do one in this size and one in the x-small size since one of my doxies is still a puppy 🙂 thank you for the pattern 🙂 i really like it. it`s simple but pretty. <3
Quick question – is this in US stitches?
Whipped up in one day! Easy pattern to follow. Thank you! My Cooper loves it!
I was wondering if anyone knows of a crochet dog jumper pattern that will fit a Jack Russell of about 2kg (22pounds) ?
My very caring friend is will to do this for me, please let me know how much yarn do I buy and the size of the Yarn needle? Thank you :0)
You would use about a half skein of Red Heart or I Love This Yarn. I didn’t measure it in yards or I would give more detail. You will also need a 6.5 mm crochet hook.
How much yarn will I need in order to make one sweater? Thank you.
You would use about a half skein of Red Heart or I Love This Yarn. I didn’t measure it in yards or I would give more detail.
Anyone know if there is a pattern like this but for knitters? Love this idea though!
I made this for my Jack Russell but it isn’t wide enough between the leg openings. I am going to unravel and add some stitches.
Rose Mary Luna says
Just wanted to say Thank You for your pattern, I am a newbe at crochet, I can follow a chart but never a written pattern, but your pattern was so easy to follow, what I liked most is that you wrote how many stitches should total at the end, if it hadn’t been for that I would have quit. Thank you.
I love this pattern for my small dogs. Do you have a pattern for bigger dogs?
Thx so much for this pattern..I have created some real “Diva” versions for my Bichon Girl and some “Duded Out” versions for my Grand Pug Puppy..Oscar…it is a fantastically easy pattern to work up…again thx so much
Anna Parmelee says
Great easy pattern done for my 2 yorkie brothers weighing 14lbs. & 13lbs. I decreased a couple of rows at start of pattern for the shorter in length brother. Love it, thank you so much for sharing your Free Pattern. Anna P
I made one yesterday and making another one today. Thanks so very much for sharing. Pattern is perfect.
I am absolutely thrilled with your pattern!!! I have Dachshunds and its so difficult to find anything that fits them correctly, but your sweater pattern is perfect and easy to follow and adjust to my long dogs, lol. Thank you sooooo much. And my shivering girls thank you too.
Ken Baker says
I am new at following patterns.. What does it mean when I see **? I did well until row 32
You will repeat from ** when directed in the pattern.
Ken Baker says
What does hdc 2 together mean?
Its a half double crochet decrease.
Can you please tell me if this sweater is worked from the bottom up or neck down? Thanks so much!
The bottom up. 🙂
Wendy Gray says
I’m new to crochet, im still confused at what the ** are for.
It’s to mark what part of the pattern you will repeat from.
I have a 55 pound dog how many chains should I do to make it big enough for a medium or large
Made this yesterday, but something went wrong, “v” ended up on side of sweater, now I have to tear it out and start over.
Pat Hernandez says
I got a,long fine until I Had to Rows 28-31. I don’t know how to HDC together.
Diana Zaner says
I just finished and it turned out perfect – but I made XS only to find out I should have made it in a S.
Beautiful pattern -extremely simple to follow.
Kathryn W says
Getting ready to try this pattern. Made another sweater pattern that was super easy, but want something different now. My little Harry is 14 and getting frail. We keep him clipped and don’t let him out in bad weather.
Made one this evening, used a smaller hook to make it a bit smaller. Easy to follow pattern! Thanks!
Loretta Washburn says
Love the pattern. Have a five month old shih tzu I’m making this for. One question please when you slip stitch to start stitching in the round is the chain one considered a stitch. Thank you
Kat Fain says
Great and easy pattern.! Thank you. I gradually increased to 50 stitches around the chest for my dog. It worked out great and he loves it.
Great pattern for my chi-mix. Very cozy. I added some ribbing around neck, sleeves and bottom.
I would LOVE to know what kind of dog that is modeling the sweater! SO CUTE! It resembles the dog I had who was a mix of a lotta things! He was light and medium gray, charcoal and tan. He was 25.9% cocker spaniel, 24.3% bichon, 16.9% poodle, 3.5% beagle, 3.1% dachshund, 3.7% yorkie, 3.5% maltese, 4.2% chihuahua & 14.9% unknown! LOL When a big truck went by and the ground rumbled he barked & sounded JUST like a BEAGLE! I am glad he was only 3.5% beagle. I couldn’t any more. LOL He had a BIG nark for a small dog, which is good where strangers knocking on the door are concerned. LOL He looked like a mini-schnoodle when his hair was long. (That’s what they told us he was when we adopted him.) He was about 21 lbs. He hated sweaters. But he had no choice. hahaha
Evidently my proof reading was NOT so good. Sorry! LOL
Nina Drummond says
I hope it’s not too late to ask a question. I am a little confused about the measurements. Before you slip stitch the flat part together, is that supposed to be 8 inches? Once I slip stitch the sides together, I get only 6 inches across. I’m trying to make several sweaters for a dachshund rescue and I want to make sure they will fit most of them.
Thank you in advance!