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Easy Crochet Dog Sweater – Free Pattern in Nine Sizes

This free, easy crochet dog sweater pattern fits very small, medium and large dogs and is perfect for winter! Easy pattern appropriate for beginners in sizes XXXS-2XL.

Learn how to cozy your pup up for winter with this easy crochet dog sweater. Designed in nine sizes to fit very small to very large dogs, the tutorial includes notes on how to customize further for your furry friend. Get the complete free pattern below or purchase the ad-free, printable PDF here

Free pattern! Learn how to make this easy crochet dog sweater with optional buttons. Designed in nine sizes to fit very small to very large dogs, the tutorial includes notes on how to customize sizing. Great for chihuahuas, terriers, yorkies, dachshunds, and big fluffy dogs too.

This easy crochet dog sweater pattern is part of a collaboration with Lion Brand Yarn. This post contains affiliate links.

‘Tis the season to make gifts for those we love, but there’s no reason our canine companions need to be left out of the gift-giving. This free crochet dog sweater pattern uses very simple shapes to make a stylish statement that’s sure to be a hit at the dog park.

Because different dogs may feel more or less comfortable putting on a dog sweater, I’ve included two options for fastening the sweater–a basic seam or a more flexible button attachment for dogs who don’t want to have their legs bent to “get dressed.” Read more details on this easy crochet dog sweater pattern below or scroll down a bit for the free, step-by-step pattern.

Free pattern! Learn how to make this easy crochet dog sweater with optional buttons. Designed in nine sizes to fit very small to very large dogs, the tutorial includes notes on how to customize sizing. Great for chihuahuas, terriers, yorkies, dachshunds, and big fluffy dogs too.

Basic Shapes Make for a Dog-Gone Cute Sweater

One of the things I like most about crochet is that you can use really simple shapes to make projects that look complicated and fashion forward. In the case of this crochet dog sweater, it’s made from two rectangles and one trapezoid, but the effect is quite stylish. With minimal decreasing, you’ll be able to crochet a dog sweater that is both easy, cozy and fast to work up.

Easy, free crochet dog sweater pattern made from simple shapes. Featuring Lion Brand Vanna's Choice.

A Crochet Dog Sweater With No Leg Holes

Since I normally design crochet patterns for humans, it took me a bit of time to wrap my head around what would make the best crochet sweater for a dog. Eventually I came to the conclusion that the easiest version would simply have side seams to create the leg holes. This allows the sweater to stay super cozy and be crocheted from three basic pieces.

I also realized though that some dogs, especially maybe larger dogs, would prefer a crochet dog sweater with no leg holes so they didn’t have to scrunch up their legs to put the sweater on. That’s where the button option comes in. If you’re dog is more sensitive about having their legs maneuvered, follow the instructions for adding a button faster to each side of your crocheted dog sweater.

In the sample below, both options are shown.

This free, easy crochet dog sweater pattern fits very small, medium and large dogs and is perfect for winter! Easy pattern appropriate for beginners in sizes XXXS-2XL.

A Crochet Dog Sweater for Small, Medium or Large Dogs

When I set out to design this crochet dog sweater pattern, I really didn’t quite realize how complicated it might become to accomodate dogs of all shapes and sizes. My tech editor, Amy, deserves a ton of the credit for becoming an expert on dog body shapes in a very short about of time!

We decided to include nine (!) sizes in this sweater pattern for dogs so that you can really get the best possible fit for your dog’s body. From very, very small dogs, to super large dogs, I hope this pattern is useful for you and your furry family!

Since dog bodies can vary even more than human bodies, I suggest taking your pup’s measurements as outlined in the pattern and then choosing the most appropriate size. If the dog is between sizes, I’d choose the larger applicable size. As I mentioned above, this dog sweater pattern is crocheted from very simple shapes, so feel free to customize the pattern length or width further to fit your particular dog’s body.

Learn how to wrap up your pup in cozy with this easy crochet dog sweater. Designed in nine sizes to fit very small to very large dogs, the free pattern and tutorial includes notes on how to customize for your furry friend.Easy, free crochet dog sweater pattern made from simple shapes. Featuring Lion Brand Vanna's Choice and DIYarn.

Machine Wash This Crochet Dog Sweater!

Choosing a yarn for a crochet dog sweater pattern feels a little like designing for a baby. The yarn needs to be soft AND practical. And the ability to machine wash is essential.

For this easy crochet dog sweater pattern I went with Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn for a few reasons:

• It’s worsted weight so you can make this dog sweater quite quickly.

• It’s very low maintenance, doesn’t seem to pill and can be washed easily in the machine.

• There are so many great colors so however you like to dress up your pup, Vanna’s Choice probably has a colorway to inspire you.

The red collar accent is worked using Lion Brand DIYarn because it offers the perfect yardage and price point for little pops of color in your crochet and knit projects. I also used DIYarn in the Alpaca Love C2C Afghan and the alpaca stuffed toy pattern.

Okay, are you ready to crochet a dog sweater? Let’s do it!

Free Crochet Dog Sweater Pattern

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Explanation:
Learn how to cozy up your pup for winter with this easy to crochet dog sweater. Designed in nine sizes to fit very small to very large dogs, the pattern includes notes on how to customize for your furry friend.

Because different dogs may feel more or less comfortable putting on a dog sweater, two options for fastening the sweater are included–a basic seam or a more flexible button attachment for dogs who don’t want to have their legs bent to “get dressed.”

This easy sweater is made with basic shapes and crochet skills including double crochet and simple seaming.

Supplies:
• Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (Weight: 4/medium – 170 yds, 3.5 oz)
– Color A: Fisherman (#860-098) – 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3) skeins
– Color B: Graphite (#860-407) – 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 4) skeins
• Lion Brand DIYarn (Weight: 4/medium – 65 yds, 1.05 oz)
– Color C: Red (#205-113) – 1 skein for all sizes
• Tapestry needle
• Size K (6.5 mm) crochet hook
• Stitch markers or safety pins
• (2-4) 1.5” wooden buttons (optional–see “Overall Notes” below)

Sizes:
XXXS, XXS, XS, S, M, L1, L2, 1X, 2X

Sample pictured is a size M on a 45 pound dog.

Choose your size based primarily on the dog’s length from the base of the tail to the dog’s collar and secondarily on the dog’s chest circumference at its widest part. L1 and L2 difference is based on the length of of dog’s back.

See sizing chart below to guide size selection. If between sizes, size up. For details on where to measure dog, see this website. A good rule of thumb is to allow space for two fingers between measuring tape and dog to ensure a comfortable fit.

How to size a dog sweater for crochet or knitting. Perfect for small dogs, medium dogs and large dogs.

Gauge:
Main Sweater: 13 dc x 7.5 rows= 4”

Ribbing: 13 hdc x 8 rows through the back loop only = 4”

Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
dc2tog – double crochet two together
hdc – half double crochet
hdcblo – half double crochet through the back loop only
PM – place marker
RS – right side
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
st(s) – stitch(es)
WS – wrong side
yo – yarn over

Overall Pattern + Sizing Notes:
• Pattern is written and pictured with two options for fastening along side of dog’s body. For dogs that don’t mind having their legs put through a sweater hole, choose to seam the sides as described in finishing section. For more sensitive dogs, choose optional side fastener, which allows sweater to be buttoned around dog’s legs. Reference Side Fastener section for details on how many buttons you’ll need. (See photo of both options in blog post above as well as photo in Side Fastener section.)

• Pattern is written for smallest size with larger sizes following in parenthesis. Because pattern includes so many sizes, please go through and circle the stitch counts pertaining to your size before beginning. XXXS (XXS, XS, S, M, L1, L2, 1X, 2X)

BOTTOM RIBBING

Notes:
• Ribbing is worked sideways.

• Ch 2 at beginning of row does not count as a stitch.

• Row 2 and beyond are worked through the back loop only of the hdc stitches (hdcblo).

Using Color A:

Foundation Row: Ch 6 (8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17).

Row 1: Sk 2 ch, hdc in each ch; turn. [4 (6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15)]

Row 2: Ch 2, hdcblo in each hdc; turn. [4 (6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15)]

Rows 3-16 (22, 25, 28, 31, 34, 34, 37, 44): Ch 2, hdcblo in each hdc; turn. [4 (6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15)]

Do not fasten off. Rotate ribbing 90 degrees. Row 1 of Back piece will be worked into long edge of ribbing.

BACK

Notes:
• Row 1 is worked at a frequency of approx. 3 sc per 1 visual ribbing ridge (which is 2 hdc rows).

• Ch 3 at beginning of row counts as first dc.

Using Color A still attached:

Row 1 (RS): Ch 1, sc 26 (36, 40, 46, 51, 55, 55, 60, 72) along long edge, completing final yo of last sc with Color B; turn. [26 (36, 40, 46, 51, 55, 55, 60, 72)]

Using Color B:

Row 2 (WS): Ch 3, sk first st, dc in each sc; turn. [26 (36, 40, 46, 51, 55, 55, 60, 72)]

Rows 3-12 (17, 21, 25, 28, 32, 36, 41, 44): Ch 3, sk first st, dc in each dc; turn. [26 (36, 40, 46, 51, 55, 55, 60, 72)]

Note:
Decreases should begin when sweater length reaches from end of dog’s back (where tail is) to approximately the front of dog’s front legs. If you’re finding the sweater piece too long, simply remove a couple of rows from the back section and move on to decreasing. Similarly, for a long, thin dog, feel free to add additional rows of double crochet before decreasing.

Decreasing:

Row 1 (WS): Ch 3, sk first st, dc2tog, dc in each dc until 2 remain, dc2tog; turn. [24 (34, 38, 44, 49, 53, 53, 58, 70)]

Rows 2-3 (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11): Ch 3, sk first st, dc2tog, dc in each dc until 2 remain, dc2tog; turn. 2 sts decreased each row

At end of Row 8, there should be 20 (28, 30, 34, 37, 39, 37, 40, 50) dc. Fasten off leaving 25” tail.

BELLY

Notes:
• Ch 3 at beginning of row counts as first dc.

Using Color B:

Foundation Row: Ch 20 (27, 30, 34, 37, 40, 40, 43, 52).

Row 1 (RS): Sk 3 ch, dc in each ch; turn. [18 (25, 28, 32, 35, 38, 38, 41, 50)]

Row 2 (WS): Ch 3, sk first st, dc in each dc; turn. [18 (25, 28, 32, 35, 38, 38, 41, 50)]

Rows 3-7 (10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 23, 24): Ch 3, sk first st, dc in each dc; turn. [18 (25, 28, 32, 35, 38, 38, 41, 50)]

Note:
If you added or eliminated rows of double crochet before decreasing in the Back, considering doing the same thing with the Belly.

COLLAR RIBBING

Notes:
• Ribbing is worked sideways.

• Ch 2 at beginning of row does not count as a stitch.

• Row 2 and beyond are worked through the back loop only of the hdc stitches (hdcblo).

Foundation Row: Ch 16 (21, 23, 26, 28, 31, 31, 33, 39).

Row 1 (WS): Sk 2 ch, hdc in each ch; turn. [14 (19, 21, 24, 26, 29, 29, 31, 37)]

Row 2 (RS): \Ch 2, hdcblo in each hdc; turn. [14 (19, 21, 24, 26, 29, 29, 31, 37)]

Rows 3-18 (26, 29, 34, 37, 40, 41, 46, 53): Ch 2, hdcblo in each hdc; turn. [14 (19, 21, 24, 26, 29, 29, 31, 37)]

Fasten off.

SIDE FASTENERS

Notes:
• Side fasteners are optional. See “Overall Pattern + Sizing Notes” for more details.

• Ch 3 at beginning of row counts as first dc.

• For the 1X and 2X sizes, you may choose to add an additional button hole to each fastener to make it extra secure. To do this, work the Center Row (buttonhole) after you’ve completed Row 2 three times. Then work 3 more rows of regular double crochet before completing one more Center Row (buttonhole). Finish with 3 rows of double crochet and the last row as listed below.

how to crochet a dog sweater with no leg holes (and a button fastener instead). Free pattern.

Make 2 using Color B:

Foundation Row: Ch 8 (8, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11, 16, 16).

Row 1: Sk first ch, sc in each ch; turn. [7, (7, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 15, 15)]

Row 2: Ch 3, sk first st, dc in each sc; turn. [7, (7, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 15, 15)]

Repeat Row 2 another 0 (0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4) times

Center Row (buttonhole): Ch 3, sk first st, dc in next 2 dc, ch 1, sk 1 dc, dc in each dc; turn. [6, (6, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 14, 14) and 1 ch-1]

Next Row: Ch 3, sk first st, dc in each dc and ch-1; turn. [7, (7, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 15, 15)]

Repeat Row 2 another 0 (0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4) times

Last Row: Ch 1, sc in each dc. [7, (7, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 15, 15)]

Fasten off leaving 20” tail.

Fastener will have 5 (5, 7, 7, 9, 9, 11, 11, 13) rows.

FINISHING

1. Attaching Back to Belly: With RS of Back and belly piece facing, align last (top) row of Belly with Row 12 (17, 21, 25, 28, 32, 36, 41, 44) of Back (last row before decreasing). Pin if desired.

If omitting Side Fasteners: Working from bottom of Belly up on each side, seam approx. 1.5 (2, 2.5, 3, 3.33, 3.75, 4.25, 5, 5.25)”. (See photo below.)

If including Side Fasteners: Seam Side Fastener to Back so that bottom row of Fastener aligns with bottom row of Belly. Take care to ensure button hole is on edge opposite of seam edge. (See photo in Side Fastener section above.)

This free, easy crochet dog sweater pattern fits very small, medium and large dogs and is perfect for winter! Easy pattern appropriate for beginners in sizes XXXS-2XL.

2. Attaching Collar: Turn sweater RS out. Align last row of Collar with top edge of Belly as pictured in photo C. Pin if desired. Using Color B,  seam last row of Collar to top edge of Belly beginning at left edge of Collar.

Continuing with yarn attached, seam row edges of Collar to Back working across decrease section, continuing across straight edge, then across next decrease section. Finish by seaming first row of Collar to last row of Belly behind section that is already seamed and beginning with left edges of Belly and Collar aligned.

3. Collar Trim: Using Color C, attach yarn at bottom front corner of Collar. (See photo in blog post of sweater laying flat for more visual detail.)

With inside of Collar facing you:

Row 1: Ch 1, sc evenly around Collar edge, ending where Collar meets Belly inside sweater; turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc, ending where Row 1 began.

Fasten off and weave in remaining ends.

Take your stylish pup out for romp, but don’t forget to post their #OOTD picture first! 😉

I love to see your finished projects! Use #MakeAndDoCrew and tag me Instagram (@MakeAndDoCrew) to show off your stitches and have a chance to be featured.

More Free Crochet Patterns Made From Simple Shapes

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Free crochet patterns for beginners with step-by-step tutorials. Includes sweaters, cardigans, shrugs and a beanie.

1. Up North Cardigan – free crochet pattern with minimal seaming + video tutorial

2. Stonewash Shrug – easy, free crochet sweater pattern made from a folded rectangle

3. 1 Hour Beanie – super easy and quick crochet hat pattern in sizes preschool through adult + video tutorial

4. Habitat Cardigan – draped, flowy crochet cardigan pattern made from a simple rectangle + video tutorial

19 Comments

  • Tracy King
    December 12, 2018 at 11:49 am

    You read my mind! My Sadie does NOT like going out in the cold and I was just considering crocheting something for her. Thanks so much! This is so stylish and modern. That means my hubby won’t make fun of me quite as much for crocheting for the dog. Ha ha!

    Reply
  • MG
    December 12, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    What breed of dog is your model, he or she looks so much like the dog I had, his eyes were beautiful, like a lion.
    Cute sweater. My dog loved wearing coats, I sewed one for him years ago.
    Thanks for the pattern.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 4, 2019 at 11:19 am

      Hey MG,

      This is my dog “nephew” and I know he’s a mix. I can’t quite remember of what right now though. Pregnancy brain has def gotten the best of me lately. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Colleen
    December 15, 2018 at 3:43 am

    I will have to study your pattern. My son and his wife have two miniature daschunds, and it’s tough making something for them. Very broad chested, long body,(that thins out after that broad chest) and so short. I made sweaters for them one year and seemed to fit them ok, but if it was wet outside, the chest part of the sweaters were always wet and muddy when they returned home..lol. They also weren’t use to wearing anything, and as soon as they put their sweaters on, they would just freeze and not move. Thanks for taking the time to make so many sizes!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 4, 2019 at 11:18 am

      Hey Colleen,

      Yes, I think you might be able to figure out how to customize the pattern based on looking at the pattern notes. It’s pretty easy to make the main rectangle longer, so you might choose to make a fairly small size (based on the dogs’ neck measurements) and then just make the main rectangle longer to cover their long bodies. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Enid
    December 15, 2018 at 9:22 am

    OMG!!! How spiffy he looks! Totally adorable.

    Reply
  • Zhinka Chunmee
    December 15, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    anyone have any ideas on how to make this fit a big dog?
    It only has sizes for tiny dogs.
    My mastiff puppy has a 49 inch chest and a 34 inch neck, 37 inches from his neck to the base of his tail.
    I was so excited when they said they were making more sizes, but still, nothing for a big dog anywhere, so depressing

    Reply
  • Colleen
    December 15, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Am I not allowed to leave comments? I left one this morning her, but it is nowhere in sight?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 4, 2019 at 11:16 am

      Hey Colleen,

      They are moderated, so I have to approve them before they appear on the site. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • melissa bordelon
    December 15, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    This is a really haute dog sweater and I’m so glad you finally did a pattern for our doggies. I can’t wait to make this for my dog to help keep warm and cute at the same time. Thanks so much for this wonderful pattern.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 4, 2019 at 11:16 am

      Thanks so much, Melissa! It was surprisingly hard to break out of the designing for humans box, but I found it really fun.

      Happy crocheting!
      Jess

      Reply
  • Nana K
    December 16, 2018 at 8:53 am

    This is so cute and your dog looks very handsome! Thank you so much for sharing.

    Reply
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    December 16, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    This design is wicked! You definitely know how to keep a
    reader entertained. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost
    moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Fantastic job.

    I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it.

    Too cool!

    Reply
  • Jess Asman
    December 16, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Jess,
    Awww, the sweater is pretty, but I’ve got to say your model looks positively.regal wearing it…I notice when I take my baby to the groomer,and he gets a little scarf tied round his neck he stands a little straighter, gets the same look in his eyes as your nephew model! …..they KNOW when they”re lookin’ good lol…they is a sweater in my baby’s future ( my petite flower weighs ninety pounds, but we don’t believe in fat shaming in this household lol…..jess

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 4, 2019 at 11:15 am

      Haha, everything about your comment made me lol, Jess. I think they DO know when they’re good lookin’–just like people do!

      Reply
  • Sandy
    January 23, 2019 at 10:07 am

    hello. i have my pieces made but am having trouble understanding putting them together. do you have any illustrations showing how to do this? thanks so much!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 4, 2019 at 11:14 am

      Hey Sandy,

      I’m sorry, I don’t have more photos than those that are shown in the tutorial. Is there something specific I can try to answer for you about sewing them together. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply

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