Dog Sweater Crochet Pattern

Dog Sweater Crochet Pattern
Dog Sweater Crochet Pattern

Keep your beloved pup warm and cozy on walks with this adorable dog sweater crochet pattern. Stripes of blue and white are just right for the discerning dog, and a special long stitch makes this intermediate crochet pattern more interesting. Making clothes for your pet is an adorable way to get your craft on while still pampering your pooch. Smaller dogs need extra warmth in the winter and something made of cuddly yarn like this dog jacket crochet pattern will keep them happy. This pet crochet pattern was created for a smaller dog, but you could easily extend your stitches if your rover is a bit more rotund. 

It's hard to imagine a cuter crochet project to undertake than this endearing sweater. Your dog will be the trendiest pooch in the neighborhood with this winsome, free crochet pattern. This is one project you won't want to do without. Whether it's for your own dog or a friend or family member's, this is one crochet dog pattern you will absolutely want to try.

Crochet HookI/9 or 5.5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Crochet Gauge12 sts = 4”; 16 rows = 4” in pat. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.

Finished SizeDirections are for size Small; changes for sizes Medium and Large are in parentheses.

Materials List

  • Yarn: RED HEART® “Super Saver®”: 1 Skein each No. 316 Soft White CA and No. 995 Ocean CB
  • Crochet Hook: 5.5mm [US I-9]
  • Yarn needle


  1. With CB, ch 6

  2. Row 1 (Wrong Side): With CB, ch 1, sc in first sc, * Lsc over next sc, sc in next sc; rep from * across; turn.

  3. Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st across changing to CA in last st; turn.

  4. Row 3: With CA , rep Row 1.

  5. Row 4: Rep Row 2 changing to CB in last st.

  6. Rep Rows 1-4 for pat.


  1. With CB, ch 6.

  2. Row 1 (Right Side): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; turn – 5 sts.

  3. Row 2: Ch 1, sc in back lp of each sc across; turn.

  4. Rep Row 2 until 29 (39, 49) rows in all have been worked, changing to CA in last sc of last row. Fasten off CB.


  1. Row 1 (Right Side): Working across long edge, ch 1, sc in each row end across; turn – 29 (39, 49) sc.

  2. Row 2: Ch 1, work 1 (2, 1) sc in first sc, * 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc; rep from * across – 43 (59, 73) sc.

  3. Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, changing to CB in last st; turn.

  4. Now work in pat for 2 rows.

Divide for Leg Openings:

  1. Row 1 (wrong Side): Keeping continuity of pat, work across first 5 (7, 9) sts; turn. 

  2. Work even in pat on these sts for 9 (13, 17) more rows.

  3. Fasten off.

  4. With wrong side facing, skip next 3 (5, 7) sts of last long row for leg opening; join yarn and work in pat across next 27 (35, 41) sts for back for 10 (14, 18) rows. 

  5. Fasten off.

  6. With wrong side facing, skip next 3 (5, 7) sts of last long row for 2nd leg opening; join yarn and work in pat across last 5 (7, 9) sts for 10 (14, 18) rows. Do NOT fasten off.

Next Row- Join Underbody:

  1. Work in pat across first 5 (7, 9) sts, ch 3 (5, 7), work across next 27 (35, 41) sts, ch 3 (5, 7), work across last 5 (7, 9) sts; turn.

  2. Next Row: Work in pat across first 5 (7, 9) sts, sc in next 3 (5, 7) ch, work across next 27 (35, 41) sts, sc in next 3 (5, 7) ch, work across last 5 (7, 9) sts; turn – 43 (59, 73) sts.

  3. Work 1 row even in pat

Shape Back:

  1. Keeping continuity of pat, dec 1 st each end of next row, then every other row 13 times – 15 (31, 45) sts. Fasten off.

Leg Openings:

  1. Rnd 1: With right side facing, attach CB in any st at leg opening; ch 1, sc evenly around; join with a sl st in first sc.

  2. Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same st, * dec, sc in next st; rep from * around, adjusting at end of rnd as necessary; join.

  3. Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in each sc around; join.

  4. Rnds 4 and 5: Rep Rnds 2 and 3.

  5. Rnd 6: Ch 1, working from LEFT to RIGHT, work 1 rnd Reverse sc. Fasten off.


  1. Sew underbody seam from Neckband to the first shaping row of Back.


  1. With right side facing, join CB in seam; ch 1, sc evenly around entire edge working 3 sc in corners; join to first sc.

  2. Next Rnd: Ch 1, working from LEFT to RIGHT, work 1 rnd Reverse sc. Fasten off. Weave in ends.


Color A
Color B
[ ]
work directions in brackets the number of times specified
* or **
repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated
Lsc (Long Single Crochet)
Insert hook in st indicated one row below and draw loop through, yarn over and through 2 loops on hook. Skip st under Lsc.
dec (decrease)
draw up a loop in next 2 sts, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

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on the dog sweater how many do you chain to start it?

Sally, thank you for asking! With CB, ch 6. I will update the pattern right now. That's important information that's missing! Thank you again. -Dana from FaveCrafts

can't figure out how to attach underbelly, this is how far I am but can't continue. Please, helpppppp

Hi there! This is a helpful video tutorial for this project. I hope this helps!

I picked this pattern as I needed something that would cover my little ones butts as we live in WNY. Anyway, I just CAN'T get past the 1st row !!! How the heck do "c h 1, sc i first c , Lsc over next c , sc in next sc rep from across turn" ?????? specifically, the Lsc over next c????? any help would be greatly appreciated . . . I don't normally get this stuck over a pattern - but maybe I'm reading it wrong ..... thanx in advance

Hi there! Mikey from the Crochet Crowd actually did a video of this pattern! Here's the URL: I hope that helps! -Dana from FaveCrafts

This pattern is so adorable. I spend so much money dressing up my 1 year old chihuahua in cute costumes and coats to keep warm. This would definitely save me so money. I am curious as to know how this will hold up with all his chewing and playful antics.

Do folks have permission to use the photos that are accompanying this pattern? If not, you should look around FB, there are people using this photo (and others) and claiming it's their work.

I have a doberman and none of the dog patterns allow for a 35-36 inch chest and he is 25 inches long. Does anyone know of any patterns for this sized dog? URL=http// == e/media/IMG0772zps2ca321bd.jpg.htmlIMGhttp//i792.p == == ps2ca321bd.jpg/IMG/URL

Hi sorceress mage! First of all, your dog is adorable! Second of all, you may have better luck either re-sizing the pattern yourself or looking for a sewn dog coat for your pup. I have not seen a ton of big dog coats before, probably because they take way more time/can practically be a human sweater. :) Hope that helps! - Kaylee, Editor of

Chain 6 to start. One would think that with all of the commenters who said "how many chains to start?" that the site would update the pattern to make it more visible. I had to read through a couple dozen comments before I found it. Yes, it is in the pattern, but I have never seen a pattern so poorly formatted that you had to search for the actual first step.

I've worked out that the actual finished chest sizes will be Small 14.33 inches, Medium 19.66 inches, and large 24.33 inches. My dogs are in between medium and large, I am thinking I will never be able to get the finished sweater on my arthritic dog, so I am going to try redesigning it with a button band down the spine so it is easier.

Can anyone tell me what chest size the three sizes are please? I have two dogs, one with 20inch and one with 22 inch chest, both are mini Schnauzers so they are not large dogs, but another pattern I have goes 16 inch then 24 inch, neither is great for my dogs. Thanks.

I've worked it out now, 14, 19 and 24 inch chest.

Lots, got 6 dogs in family, so easy pattern, and it's a nice sweater, for weather in Colorado, and Canada

Could you tell me what the starting ch count should be.

Hi there, the pattern on our site matches the pattern from Red Heart, so follow the pattern instructions under pattern to get started. Thanks! - Julia from FaveCrafts

I'm not seeing how many chains to begin with?

Hi there, I have updated the pattern according to the most recent instructions provided by Red Heart. If you have any more questions, please contact Red Heart directly. Thanks! - Julia from FaveCrafts

maybe I'm just not seeing it... could you please tell me what the finished dimensions are for small, medium, and large?

I'd like to know the same thing!

Hi there - This is a pattern from Red Heart Yarn. I went back and checked the original and they did not provide finished dimensions. If you'd like more information about this pattern, I suggest contacting Red Heart directly via their website or social media channels. Thanks! - Julia from FaveCrafts

Maybe I'm just missing it, but what are the finished dimensions of small, medium, and large?

I'm stuck on joining the underbelly, there must be some instructions missing, it makes no sense.

How do I save this pattern to my computer ?

The pattern is not so easy to understand unless your an experienced crocheter. That is my pet peeve about most crochet patterns.

This is totally off the subject. But who does this little dog belong to and what is she?? We have what could be her twin and she is a rescue that we know nothing about. Love the sweater and will have to make Lucy one too!

Is there a Utube to help with this pattern?

this is to confusing it doesn't tell how many stitches to start with to begin with. or which end your working from

Actually it does. At the heading Instructions it gives the starting ch number and states Neckband.

It tells you the number of stitches under "Instructions." The section you are talking about is to show you the stitch pattern. Good patterns preface with the stitch pattern and after that give number of stitches per row, etc. I know it's confusing. If you would read the whole pattern before you start to stitch it really helps. I start picturing things in my head and find I'm all wrong because I didn't read all the instructions. So I have to delete those weird pictures from my memory banks.................>I'm sure you don't need all this info< :)

I'd like this pattern a lot better if the finished measurements were given for the various sizes.

Help! I am at this point and can't figure out the next step. Too bad there weren't step by step pictures of what it's supposed to look like at this point! Can anyone help me out? Preferably with a diagram. *******: Fasten off. With wrong side facing, skip next 3 (5, 7) sts of last long row for 2nd leg opening; join yarn and work in pat across last 5 (7, 9) sts for 10 (14, 18) rows. Do NOT fasten off.

Help! this is exactly where I am stuck. Did you get any response what to do from here.

I made a variation of this sweater using all single crochet and a size H hook to fit a small Chihuahua. I came out good and the fit is excellent.

I would love to make one of these for my Min Pn puppy, however you failed to tell us how many chains are needed to start the project!!!

Hi, the pattern does say how many chains to begin with, it's kind of hidden, but it is there. The instructions are as follows: Neckband: With CB, ch 6. Row1: Ch 1, sc in the back loop of each sc across, turn. I hope this helps you. :)

how many stitches do I chain to begin with?

I really like the doggie sweater better although the shrug is cute I think the sweater would benefit a small dog better for warmth. Shrug is more of a fashion kind of thing!

I love this sweater, it's absolutely adorable! I'm gonna try making it this week!

This one covers so much better from the cold...adorable....

i love this one!!!

I like this sweater a lot. In fact, I am going to make it for my Yorkie but will probably use shades of pink for my little girl

I have made both of these patterns, my cocker spaniel "Daisy" prefers the coat over the shrug, best to ask the wearer, both easy to make, Carole

Hi, I was just wondering if you could tell me the measurements of your Daisy. I want to make this sweater for my 2 dogs, but the pattern doesn't give the measurement for the different sizes. Thanks in advance for your help. :)

I like it because it looks easy to make and the little one may not be able to get out of it by herself.hahashe will stay a lot warmer than the other one.

The sweater is more functional - it provides cover for the chest area where small dogs need it as they are prone to chest/lung problems.

Very cute, the colors are wonderful.

love the cheery colors. will have to make one for my friends dog.

i like the sweater the best

I really like this one. The colors are great

I love this pattern,, can't wait to make one

I definitely like the doggie sweater better than the shrug. It looks much cosier for the dog to have its belly protected too.

I love this pattern.. I have made 3 this past week.. One for our puppy and 2 more for my grand-daughters dogs... I embelished them with small crochet flowers in contrasting colors..

Much more detail and easy to make.

I just love the sweater! I've made 3 of them so far. My dog also likes it. It covers his belly and keeps him warmer than the shrug. It's pretty easy to make and takes very little time.

I like the sweater, agree that it would be warmer. I need to make one, this sweet puppy reminds me of my own.

I like the sweater better. It would provide more warmth than thr shrug.

My Yorkie Echee will love this. Have been looking for a pattern that I could whip up quickly.

This is neat...a shrug just isn't for more than looks. My Pug needs the warmth and style. This sweater provides both.

think this is a great little sweater for my puggle. I can make it in a light yarn for summer or a heavy yarn for winter.

Seems the sweater will provide more warmth. Shrug... not so much.

This one seems more functional and could be used for any dog. The shrug, on the other hand, seems more suited for a small female dog.

Love this sweater. I can't wait to get started on it!

I like this pattern. I've made several of them in various sizes. They are easy to do and look great on your pet.

Love it, my Chihuahua's will look great in this, and since they are of different sizes from apple head to the terrier type, it will so easy to adjust the style.

Love this!

I wish I had a dog just so I could make this little sweater! I wonder if my cats would let me put it on them. Hmmm. Probably not!

I love this pattern. It's easy to adjust the size. I made several for Christmas presents.

love this Shaggy boy will look great in it!!!

love the sweater, can't read the pattern. please help.

I had no trouble at all with this pattern. And it fit perfect! I would, however, make it with a softer yarn than the one called for, like Caron Simply Soft, so it won't be so stiff.

Wonderful pattern, yes, a little confusing, so go slow. I have a friend with 2 pups and no family. He gave me their sizes and I made one in lavendar/purple (girl's) and light and dark blue (Boy's). It made his Christmas. Thanks for the pattern.

I have made many of these sweaters and don't find any issue with the instructions. Just take your time and look at the picture and you will find it quite easy

Does anyone read these responses? I too am an intermediate to advanced crocheter and find this very difficult to follow. I would LOVE to make several of these because of the design for the legs. Could someone PLEASE re-do this in simpler directions. I agree with above comments.

i am trying real hard to understand this pattern . is the stich pattern 1-4 equal to 1 row cuz i followed the directions and you lost me completlywhen it came time to join underbody. there is no underbosy to join

Who ever wrote this pattern does not consider the beginning crocheter. I consider myself an intermediate crocheter and found it very very difficult to read. Can you re-write it with the steps instead of all over the place...the pattern makes no sense to me at all.

This is completely unrelated, but who's dog is this? This looks exactly like my dog. I rescued him a few years ago and they are identical. I would like to know more about what breed(s) he is if anyone knows

I would love to make this pattern. but the directions are'nt explained well at all. I do love your free patterns. this is the only one I have had any trouble with. Crafter 5391

Regarding the sizing - how big would small, medium, large dogs mean? My granddog, I believe, is about 20" in the middle, around the belly. What size would I make?

This looks great for my dog! but i don't know how to switch off colors when i'm crocheting!!! HELP!!! :(

The stitch pattern is listed before you start crocheting the neckband. To start the neckband, you chain 6.

I guess I am just confused and need some pictures or better clarification. The sweater is adorable and I would really like to make it. Please help.

Pattern begins with neckband by ch 6 - work the 29 (39,49) rows then begin the body working on the END of each neckband row for 29 (39,49) stitches for the first 3 rows then 2 additional rows of the pattern stitch. Great pattern! Thanks for sharing!

this pattern doesn't state how many chains to begin with and needs to be corrected. I'd really like to make it. Thanks!

This is a great sweater. It took me a few times and some ripping out to truly understand the pattern. I think it just needs to be rewritten with more clarification of the directions. Screenshots of steps would be helpful. My little dog looks so cute in it. Thanks for sharing it.

The pattern starts at...NECKBAND With CB, ch 6....

I liked the pattern but it looks like the beginning is missing. in order LSC there has to be a previous row and if I start at the beginning under pattern there isn't any beginning row. I just can't seem to figure this pattern out.

the way i read it is, that you start at the neck,tie on new color work the body,for 3 rows then work 2 row of the pattern and follow the rest of the direction.that is how i read it

Re Dog Sweater Crochet Pattern This looks like a really nice pattern, but it seems to begin in the middle of something. It doesn't tell how many to chain to begin with. This is how it starts. Row 1 (Wrong Side) With CB, ch 1, sc in first sc, Lsc over next sc, sc in next sc rep from across turn. Rep from across turn. "across", across WHAT??? It doesn't make sense. Please clarify.

I love the appearance of the dog coat but how many stitches do you begin with?

I think this is the best place to get patterns. I can always find what I need here. Thank you for sharing the free patterns.


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