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Dog Shrug

By: Molly Mahoney for Red Heart Yarn

Crochet a comfortable shrug for your dog with this dog crochet pattern. A crochet flower completes this fashionable accessory. Perfect for a birthday gift! This crochet pattern is quick and easy.

Crochet Dog Shrug


  • Yarn: RED HEART® “Super Saver®”: 1 skein each 319 Cherry Red A, 312 Black B, and 400 Grey Heather C
  • Crochet Hook: 6.5mm [US K-10.5]
  • Yarn needle

Size: Directions are for size Small; changes for sizes Medium and Large are in parentheses.
Finished Length from Cuff to Cuff: 17 (21, 23)”.

Gauge: 9 sts = 4”; 4 rows = 4” in dtr with double strand of yarn. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.

NOTE: Work with two strands held together as one throughout.

Special Stitches
dtr (qtr) = [yo] 3 (5) times, insert hook in stitch and draw up a loop, [yo and draw through 2 loops] 4 (6) times – 1 loop is left on hook.

With A (doubled) ch 22 (24, 28); join with a slip st in first ch taking care that ch is not twisted.
Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as first tr), tr in next ch and in each ch around; join with a slip st in top of ch-3 – 22 (24, 28) tr.
Rnd 2 (2, 2-3): Ch 2 (counts as first dc), dc in next st and in each st around; join in top of ch-2.
Rnd 3 (3-4, 3-4): Ch 3, * ch 1, skip 1 st, tr in next st; repeat from * around; ch 1; join in top of ch 3 – 11 (12, 14) tr.
TURN at end of the last rnd.

Divide for Body
Rows 1-2 (1-2, 1-3) (Wrong Side)
: Ch 4 (counts as first dtr), [ch 1, skip ch-1 space, dtr in next st] 6 (7, 8) times; turn – 7 (8, 9) dtr.
Row 3 (3-4, 4): Ch 2, * ch 1, skip ch-1 space, dc in next st; repeat from * across turn.
Row 4 (5, 5): Ch 6 (counts as first qtr), * ch 1, skip ch-1 space, qtr in next st; repeat from * across; turn.
Row 5 (6-7, 6): Repeat Row 3 (3-4, 4).
Row 6 (8, 7-8): Repeat Row 2 (2, 2-3).

Join for Second Sleeve-Row 7 (9, 9): Ch 3, tr in each dc across; ch 9 (9, 11); join with a slip st to top of ch-3 at beginning of last row; turn.
Rnd 1 (1-2, 1-2) (Right Side): Ch 3, * ch 1, skip 1 ch, tr in next ch or st; repeat from * around; ch 1; join to top of ch-3 – 11 (12, 14) tr.
Rnd 2 (3, 3-4): Ch 2, dc in each ch-1 space and st around; join top of ch 2 – 22 (24, 28) dc.
Rnd 3 (4, 5): Ch 3, tr in next dc and in each dc around; join in top of ch-3. Fasten off.

With B (doubled) ch 3; join with a slip st to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring; join with a slip st to first sc.
Rnd 2: [Ch 4, (dtr, tr, dc, sc) all in same sc, slip st in next sc] 6 times. Fasten off.

With C (doubled) ch 3; join with a slip st to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 5 sc in ring; join to first sc.
Rnd 2: [Ch 3, (tr, dc, sc) all in same sc, slip st in next sc] 5 times. Fasten off.

With B (doubled) ch 3; join with a slip st to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring; join. Fasten off.

Sew all three flower parts, one on top of the other, at corner between sleeve and body.

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This is just too cute. I run a doxie rescue and this would be a precious item to make for the little girls when they go to their new homes and the sweater for the little boys. I am torn over which I like best they are both too sweet.

This is most adorable. My dog loves to sleep under a cover. This would be perfect for her plus the flower would just make it for her. She is a rat terrier by the way......

I really like this shrugg. This is where my vote will go. But for my dog and all practical reasons when it comes to my dog the other sweater is more practical for my dog.

This is so adorable. I want to make this for my chihuahua.

OMG how cute, I make the crocheted hats with a flower on the side, never thought of putting a flower on my dog sweaters. Thanks for the idea.

My neighbor wants me to teach her to crochet. She has 2 little Maltese dogs...this pattern will be perfect.

I think this little shrug is so cute and elegant too ! This little dog sure seems to like it too.

Hello, now my 9 year old granddaughter will have me making this cutie for her little chihuhua-- I sew dresses, bathings suits, pj's, booties, snowsuits, now she need this. Too darn cute!


Love this for a smaller dog - color is great also!

I think this is so adorable! It's not the same ole same ole. Great color too!

I love this pattern. I actually made it smaller for a kitten that had a wound that needed to be covered. It was so cute and worked perfect.

excellent idea...:)

This is adorable. I give it two thumbs up. I have crocheted for 30 years and I am picky. So go Girl.

The instructions for the flower are included at the end of the pattern. Hope this helps.

Everytime I click on the word "flower" to get the directions for the flower, I'm taken to an ad page for Lowe's. How do I get the directions for the flower that goes with this cute little shrug? Thanks for your help.

I will have to try this one, and instead of a flower put a service dog patch on!

I can't wait to make this for Peachie. She's my 11 year old Blue Heeler who will need at least the large size. The groomers call her a "coffee table" do to her short legs and fat body. She weighs in at a little over 70 pounds. I think I'll try to adjust this pattern so that more of her back is covered. Anyway, thank you for this pattern. I appreciate all that you do and offer. Judyth in Kansas

how do i get to the comment sections from here-i don't do facebook, etc. do you have a page where comments are responded to?

cannot understand the instruction for joining second sleeve-in particular, the chain 9 part and connecting this to the chain 3 in previous row (?) tried four different ways-it doesn't work well-what am i missing? looks like a cute pattern-thanks for any help


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