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Free Crochet Dog Sweater in Medium

Free Crochet Dog Sweater in Medium

Hey folks!

I am so glad to be sharing my latest pattern with you today.

It’s my Quick & Easy Dog Sweater Pattern designed originally for my small Yorkies, but in size medium for slightly larger doggies. ?

Quick & Easy Crochet Dog Sweater Pattern in Medium by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com
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I love dogs!

So much so that I have seven of them. Yep. I said seven.

And my little fur babies deserve the best!

So I am designing each one of them their own sweater.

I actually designed the original version of this sweater several years ago and have since made a version small enough for puppies and even added ruffles for girly dogs.

Since then I have also added a French Bulldog mix to my little fur family and he’s a bit larger than my Yorkies so it was time to make another adjustment to the pattern.

Free quick & easy medium dog sweater pattern by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

This is Tank. He’s about 22 lbs, super long (he’s part Doxen) and quite thick around his body.

In human terms I’d say he’s a medium-husky. ?

He’s absolutely the sweetest thing ever and he just LOVES his sweater!


Free Crochet Dog Sweater pattern by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com
Quick & Easy Dog Sweater in Medium modeled by Dale. Image via Katie Ober-Fitz.


Note:   
The Quick & Easy dog sweater in medium pictured above was crocheted by one of my wonderful pattern testers, Katie Ober-Fitz.

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Dog Sweater Pattern for Medium-sized Dogs

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Quick & Easy Medium Dog Sweater Pattern by www.itchinforsometitchin.com

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Crochet Dog Sweater Pattern by www.itchinforsometitchin.com

Summary:

This quick & easy crochet sweater for medium sized dogs is warm and stylish. Perfect for keeping your little fur babies fashionable and cozy during the chilly autumn & winter months.  Plus, it’s beginner-friendly & super easy to put together!

Difficulty level:  Level 1 – Beginner

Finished Dimensions:

  • Back measures about 16 1/2-inches from neck to end.
  • Chest measures about 6-inches from neck to belly.

Fits dogs approximately 18-29 lbs and approximately 19-21 – inches in length.

Gauge: 4 rows  and 13 stitches = 4-inches in double crochet (dc).

Materials:

~ Total yardage:  156 yards

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Abbreviations:

Pattern is written in US terms.  *Click on abbreviation names for tutorials

Stitch (St)

Chain stitch (ch)

Slip-stitch (slp st)

Single crochet (sc)

Double crochet (DC)

Single crochet 2 together (Sc2tog) –  This is called making a decrease and it is actually very easy to do!  So, please don’t be put off by this. You can do it!

Additional Notes:

  • Read all pattern notes, instructions, and other provided details carefully before starting the project to make sure you understand everything.  It could save you hours & a lot of headaches!
  • Make a swatch that measures at least 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4 inches using the stitch  provide under the Gauge Section. If your swatch matches the gauge, then you are all set to start the project. If the gauge is wrong, you might need to change your crochet hook – increase your hook size if your stitches are smaller & decrease your hook size if your stitches are larger.
  • All measurements given are unblocked.
  • Provided measurements are as exact as possible, but are given as approximates. This is because yarn variances, crochet tension, & individual  technique might give variations in the result, which changes from person to person.
  • Some in pattern photos come from the original Ruffled Small Dog Sweater pattern and are depicted using Red Heart Bon Bon yarn (pink & blue).

Instructions:

Back

~ Start at the neckline and work towards the tail.

Chain 48

NOTE:  Chain less for dogs of less girth or chain more for dogs of greater girth.

Row 1:  DC in 3rd ch from hook working in the BPO and then across. (46 sts)

Rows 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch), turn work, DC in 1st DC from hook and then across. (46 sts)

Row 3:  Repeat row 2.

~ Do not bind off.  Fold collar in half lengthwise, SC through both halves across the bottom to seal the collar. When you reach the end, do not bind off, simply go ahead to row 4.

Crochet Dog Sweater for Medium-sized dogs by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com
Quick & Easy Dog sweater pattern in medium by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

Row 4:  Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch), turn work, DC across. (46 sts)

Rows 5 –18:  Repeat row 4.

NOTE:  Here is where you can adjust the length of sweater.  Do less repeat rows for shorter dogs and more repeat rows for longer dogs.

Row 19: Ch2, turn work, Sc2tog the first two stitches, Dc across, Sc2tog the last two stitches.  (44 sts)

NOTE: Each time you Sc2tog it reduces your stitch count by one.  Since you did it twice in row 19, your stitch count should now be 44 sts.

Row 20: Repeat row 19. (42 sts)

Row 21: Ch 2, turn work,  Dc in the next 19 stitches, Sc2tog the next two stitches, Dc in the last 19 stitches. (40 sts)

Bind off & weave in ends.

Back piece of dog sweater by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

Chest

~ Start at belly end and crochet towards the neck.

Chain 19

Row 1:   DC in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. (17 sts)

Rows 2 – 5:  Ch 2 (does not count as a st), turn work, DC across. (17 sts)

Rows 6:  Ch 2 (does not count as a st), turn work, Sc2tog the first two stitches, Dc across, Sc2tog the last two stitches. (15 sts)

Rows 7 – 13:   Repeat row 6 – stitch count will be reduced by 2 sts every row until there is only one stitch left after row 13.

~ Remember this reduces your stitch count by two for each row because you have Sc2tog twice.

Bind off & weave in ends.

Free quick and easy dog sweater pattern by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

~ The chest piece should essentially be a triangle shape.

NOTE:  If you need a bigger or smaller chest piece, chain more or less, respectively, for the foundation chain.  Then follow steps 1-6, repeat step 6 until there is only one stitch left.

Assembly:

Step One

Place chest piece in the center of back pieces with right sides together. So that when the chest piece is seamed in, there will be a slight opening in the neck.

Free Crochet Dog Sweater Pattern by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

Step Two

Seam in the chest piece.

  • Fold one side of the back piece down so that its edge aligns with the edge of the chest piece.
Free Crochet Dog Sweater by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com
Image shown with both sides folded down before seaming.
  • Use the slip-stitch (slp st) to seam in the chest piece.
Small Dog Sweater with Ruffles Pattern by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com
  • Leave about a 2-3 inch hole on each side for legs. You can make the holes larger or smaller depending on the thickness of your dog’s legs.

~ I used my dogs as models to figure out where to make the holes, but in general, they were about 5-6 inches from the neckline.

Small Dog Sweater with Ruffles Pattern by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com
  • Fold the other side of the back piece in to align with the edge of the chest piece and the seaming.  Be sure to leave a hole for the dog’s leg.

Step Three

Use slip-stitch (slp st) to seam together the slight opening in the neck.

Ruffled Small Dog Coat Pattern by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com
Small Dog Coat with Ruffles Pattern by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

 Step Four

Free Crochet Dog Sweater Pattern by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

NOTE:  Sweaters are machine washable, but do not exceed 400C water temperature.


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Until next time… Happy Crocheting!

Anjonette

Monday 18th of October 2021

I have seen that you have a large dog sweater and it it was just waiting to be tested, was it ever finished? I am looking for one to make for someone who ordered one for Christmas. I am trying to get all orders done by November 20, because I am making all of my family's gifts this year as well and need time for theirs. i will look on ravelry, but really love yours. If there is no way to get that one, can you help me make this one larger? I have all the measure ments of the dog if that would help.

Sharon Atkinson

Tuesday 6th of April 2021

Just made this for my pooch. She doesn’t look impressed but she really suits it. She’s giving me the evil eyes though. Shame I can’t attach a photo x

Itchin4Stitchin

Wednesday 7th of April 2021

Hi Sharon,

Oh I so wish you could attach a photo! However, I think - did you reach out to me on Instagram? If so, I believe I saw it and it turn out fabulous! Also, just fyi, my little ones seem to hate wearing clothes at first, but then after a while actually become possessive of their little sweaters and get upset if I try to take them off! LOL. Perhaps your little fur baby will come to feel the same way.:) Regardless, I am so glad you made my pattern and thank you for letting me know - if that wasn't you on IG then please feel free to send me photos to [email protected] - I'd love to see them!

Best wishes,

RaeLynn

San

Friday 18th of December 2020

Hi! Do you have a sweater pattern for large dogs?

Itchin4Stitchin

Saturday 19th of December 2020

Hi San,

I do have a sweater pattern for large dogs, however, I have yet to post it because it has not been through pattern testing. As soon as it comes out of testing I'll get it up on the website.

Best wishes,

RaeLynn

Doreen

Friday 20th of March 2020

I think everything is great, but why do you not have a PRINT to go with everything else? Just asking. Doreen Rogowski

Itchin4Stitchin

Saturday 21st of March 2020

Hi Doreen,

Great question! The answer is I honestly don't know how to do it. lol. I have seen the print option with recipes - I think it is an option for food bloggers, but I have never seen one for patterns or anything like that.

If you know of one, please let me know!

Best wishes,

RaeLynn

Harper

Monday 27th of January 2020

Thank you for sharing this pattern! The guide is very helpful. My maltipoo wear snoods from zoo snoods so I'm planning on making her homemade for a change. Will make this! Can't wait for the finished product :)

Itchin4Stitchin

Wednesday 29th of January 2020

Hi there,

You are so very welcome! I am glad you like it. :)

Best,

RaeLynn