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Monday, December 7, 2009

Doggie Sweater

**A NEW Version of this pattern is available with full photo tutorial! Please see this post here to find it!**

I started making this sweater just 3 days ago after being frustrated that every time I bought my maltese bichon puppy, Snowflake, a sweater it was too small , mostly in the arms. I thought he needed a little something since he gets cold when we walk him in the mornings, so I made a little sweater without arms!
You can adjust it for your pooch (just hold it up against them as you go and make it a bit smaller than they actually are since it will stretch)
The finished piece I made is 71/2 inches long and about 12 inches around
If you'd like your design that started with my pattern posted here (with a link to your page if you want), I'd love to see it! just send me an e-mail at:

I used an H/8 hook, but really any size will do
About 50g of yarn for my small dog, more if you need


1) Chain 21 (or more or less for your pet (enough to cover from their neck to their tummies))

2) Single crochet in second chain from hook and each chain across, turn.

3) Chain 1, single crochet in back loops only of each stitch. turn.

4) Repeat last 2 rows until your piece is the size of your pets back from the top of one leg to the other.

5) Now, when you are satisfied with the length, start from the bottom of your piece (the opposite of where you started) and single crochet in each stitch only until you almost reach your pets arms, turn. leave remaining stitches unworked. For me here, I did 8 stitches.

6) Keep single crocheting each row until your piece wraps around your pets tummy comfortably, but not too loose. For me, this was about 12 rows. Fasten off.

7) Now, the neck:
Go to the top edge of your piece and single crochet in each stitch, then when you reach the end, chain as many stitches as you need to go around your pets neck (really make sure it's not too loose here or it won't be very cozy)
Join with  a slip stitch to the first single crochet.
For me here, I did 15 chains.

8)Now single crochet in each round until you have the desired length of your pets neck. Fasten off. Depending on your pet you may need to single crochet 2 stitches together so the neck will be smaller. Or you may want to make it really long and fold it over like a turtleneck.

9) Now, sew together the bottom part of your piece that goes around the tummy.

Any you're done!
Add some embroidery, sequins, anything you want.
I hope your pet enjoys this one!! :)



  1. i was wondering if you can tell me how many chains to do for a 50 lbs dog?

    1. I couldn't tell you without knowing the measurements, but if you can get those I can help you out!

    2. How much does your dog weight?

  2. Hi,
    I want to make a ferret on. what would it be if the ferret is neck= 7 inches; chest= 8 -9 inches; length = 12-13 inches
    Thank You,

    1. I wouldn't be able to give exact instructions for that, just simply follow the pattern above, but use your own measurements :) for example the beginning chain, chain enough stitches so your first row will be 12-13 inches (length of the ferret)
      Hope that helps!

    2. hi silly question is the first chain 21 the width or length?

  3. Thanks! My pomeranian looks adorable in his new Christmas sweater. :)

  4. Hi Debbie, I started the doggie sweater and when I got to #5, I was stumped. Can you be more explicit what to do at that point. thank you

  5. Hello Debbie,.I Also was stumped on #5,on the doggie sweater, Help

  6. Just wanted to thank you for this very nice and easy pattern. It was easy to adjust to fit my Pug size and needs.

  7. I made this sweater for my chihuahua and i love it! My daughter suggested I add a piece to cover the chest so I crocheted in a strip 7 chain wide to fit the length of the opening. It looks and fits great.

    1. I'm so happy it came out for you :) thanks so much for leaving a comment and reading!

    2. I can't figure out#5, could you please help me?
      Thank you

  8. Love your pattern. Your little one looks so cute in it. Just have a couple of questions. In 4, how many repeats of row 2 did you do. I would like mine the same size as the one you made. I'm also assuming you do not finish off after the last row and proceed to row 5. Am I correct? Thanks looking forward to your answers.

  9. Hi, I am from the UK - what ply yarn did you use, please? :)

  10. Hello,
    What an adorable sweater. The pattern seems very simple, too. I just have a question - what type of yarn did you use, please?
    Thank you.

  11. Just out of curiosity, how much does your dog weigh? He looks about the size of my llasa apso. Figure if it's about the same size, I wouldn't have to make adjustments on the sweater.

  12. Please help me with #5 and #6. I cannot figure it out.
    Mary Anne

    1. Hi Mary Anne - thanks for reading :) in row 5 you are crocheting the part of the sweater that will go under your pets belly. Youll continue crocheting as you were before, but not the entire row. only crochet up until the sweater goes from the hind legs to almost behind the front legs, then continue crocheting until the sweater will wrap around your pet. does that help any? let me know - i know its a bit confusing, i hope to update the pattern soon!