Rainbow Dog Sweater


Rainbow Dog Sweater

Knit a cute and comfortable sweater for your dog in a rainbow of colors. This dog sweater knitting pattern is for intermediate knitters. Combining an array of colors, this bright and colorful free knitting pattern is perfect for your pup. The warm design will keep smaller dogs warm in the winter, and the colorful pattern will help them stay visible while you walk in the winter. You can look out below for several sizes, allowing you to make a sweater for canines of all sizes.

Find this and other Rainbow Crafts at "14 Simple DIY Rainbow Crafts for Springtime"!  Can't get enough knitting?  Dog sweater pattern ideas are waiting for you at FaveCrafts!  Here are two of our favorites:  Camouflage Dog Coat and Dog Hooded Coat.

Rainbow Dog Sweater


Gauge: 14 sts and 18 rows = 4” (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS) with one strand each MC and CC held tog on larger needles. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

Finished Measurements:

  • S (M, L, XL)
  • Chest measurement 14 (18, 22, 26)"
  • Finished sweater measurement 15 (19, 23, 27)"
  • The instructions are written for smallest size.


NOTE: Sweater is knitted with two strands of yarn held together throughout. When you are working with one skein of yarn and the pattern calls for knitting with two strands, pull the yarn end from the
inside of the skein and the end from the outside of the skein and hold them together.

Beg at neck opening with two strands of Color A held tog and larger needles, cast on 40 (54, 68, 72) sts. Work in St st, changing yarn colors every 8 rows, following the color pattern (B, C, D, E)* until piece measures 8 (12, 16, 17)" from beg ending with a WS row. Maintaining the color pattern, dec 1 st each edge every other row 8 (8, 12, 12) times
— 24 (38, 44, 48) sts. Work even until piece measures 12 (16, 21, 23)" from beg. Bind off all sts loosely.

Beg at neck opening with two strands of Color A and smaller needles, cast on 7 sts. Following color pattern (B, C, D, E)* work in K1, P1 Rib, inc 1 st each end every 3rd row 7 (9, 13, 16) times – 21 (25, 33, 39) sts. Work even, following the color pattern, until piece measures 8 (12, 16, 17)" from beg. Bind off all sts loosely.

Sew Underpanel to Back leaving a 2 (21⁄2, 3, 31⁄2)" space on each side for front leg openings at the widest point of Underpanel. When sewing panels together make sure stripes match.

With double-pointed needles and two strands of Color F, pick up and knit 44 (58, 72, 76) sts evenly around neck opening. Place marker, join, and work in K1, P1 Rib for 3" or desired length. Bind off all sts loosely.

With double-pointed needles and two strands of Color F, pick up and knit 20 (22, 24, 26) sts evenly around opening. Place marker, join, and work 5 rnds in K1, P1 Rib. Bind off all sts loosely.

With double-pointed needles and two strands of Color F, pick up and knit 78 (96, 120, 130) sts evenly around Back opening. Join and work 5 rnds K1, P1 Rib. Bind off all sts loosely.

Weave in ends.

* Color pattern may vary depending on the size of the dog sweater.


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What a cute sweater. It has such a neat look. This little guy is all set for the cold weather. The directions are well written, easy to follow and doesn't take much. My best friend has a maltipoo that this would look precious wearing. What a marvelous Christmas present for me to give to them.

I cannot find a download button for the "33 Patterns for Pet Clothing e-book? Please help

Hi there, 33 Patterns for Pet Clothing is a project roundup, not an eBook. You can click on any of the projects and you will be taken to the project's page for the pattern. Thanks! - Julia from FaveCrafts

How can I download this from my Samsung Tablet Please.

Hi MaryTrose23--Thanks for the comment. Unfortunately, at this time, you're unable to download patterns to your device. You can print it as a PDF and store it on your tablet that way, if that's easier for you. We're updating our tablet features all the time, so check back again soon and see what's new! Thanks so much!--FaveCrafts Editors

Just want to thank you for this fantastic pattern. I have adapted it with many different stitches. Also added a hood to 2 sweaters I sent to America! So easy and quick, it is very easy to adapt it to any size of dog! Looking forward to many more patterns. Have also passed this sight onto many friends! Happy knitting!!

This is my first dog sweater. I am stuck at the under panel stage where the pattern indicates casting on 7 sts and ribbing. The problem is where I am to add 1 st on each end every 3rd row, this is changing the pattern of ribbing. Am I to knit these extra sts and then continue with the ribbing for the original 7 sts to keep the ribbing pattern flowing? I am very confused with this instruction. Can someone please explain it to me? Thank you, G

Increase at the beginning of the row and at the end of the row. When you do the next row, just knit in pattern. So if your third stitch in is knit, then the beginning of that row will be knit. You're just going to incorporate the added on stitch into the pattern. Does that make sense?

Wow, I lost my doggie coat pattern in the January flood. This has made my day finding this one. Can't wait to start knitting. Thx

Adorable. We need dog coat patterns also. Not the coats you have listed but ones without leg openings. A coat with a girth strap. Some of our furry family members expecially the small ones, can curl up their front legs and get it caught in the front of the sweater. If they jump down or go to take off, they can break a leg or numerous other injuries to themselves. I love the sweaters, but we do need coats also on your web site. Without leg openings. I know I requested this a long time ago, but alas nothing. Thank you for all of your other wonderful patterns. I am not complaining, but sending another request. We would like to wish ya'l a very Merrry Christmas and God's Blessins to ya'l.

I think this is real cute. I would like to know how many ounces of yarn it actually takes because there are so many yarns that you can get that change color automatically, I think I would like to use one of them. I just want to have enough yarn to finish the project.


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