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Free Quick and Easy Small Dog Crochet Sweater

Free Quick and Easy Small Dog Crochet Sweater

Hi Folks!  I am so pleased to bring you my quick and easy small dog crochet pattern today. 🙂

I designed it for my two little Yorkshire Terriers, Jack, and Jake.  Now, these are not tea-cup Yorkies, which weigh about 2-4 lbs.

They are regular Yorkies weighing about 10 lbs and are about 15-17 inches in length.  So, this pattern should work for other fur babies of similar size.

 

Quick & Easy Small Dog Crochet Sweater Pattern by https://www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

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So, first off, here’s a little background on how this pattern came to be.

About six years ago my parents decided to move out to the wilds of Idaho.  And I do mean “wilds” folks.  They traded in the hustle and bustle of the city to live a quiet simple country life.

They chose to settle down in a remote region of northeastern Idaho in 400 sq foot cabin with no running water and no electricity.  They raise goats, chickens, and ducks on their 15-acres of country bliss.

Not to mention mom’s fabulous garden in which she grows the biggest and best crops I have ever seen or tasted!  I like to call it “the farm”.  But it is really more of a homestead and I love it out there.

I made my first visit about three years ago near the end of the summer.  It was warm, beautiful, quiet, and much too brief.  I returned the following year to stay for the summer and brought my two precious little Yorkshire Terriers with me.

Jack and Jake, my Yorkie babies, had as much fun as I did.  Maybe more!  They spent their days chasing squirrels, chickens, and deer.  I  spent lazy mornings walking the property with the boys, enjoying mom’s cooking on the outside grill, and evenings listening to the wolves howl.  True story.

But as the summer nears to a close, Idaho weather can get chilly, as Jack, Jake, and I discovered.  I, fortunately, came armed with coats.  My boys, however, did not.

Now there is a lot of controversy over “dressing up” animals and I must admit that before I got Yorkies I was dead set against it.  For heaven’s sake, clothes are for people!

You may think that now, but wait until you watch your little ones shake & shiver in the nippy breeze and you’ll change your mind pretty quick.

Just FYI folks, Yorkies have hair, not fur.  It does not keep them warm.  As a responsible pet parent, I felt it was my duty to crochet them some warm winter sweaters.  🙂

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Pattern

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Summary:

This quick and easy small dog crochet sweater is warm and stylish. Crocheted with a beautifully patterned wool blend yarn it will keep your little fur babies fashionable and cozy during the chilly autumn and winter months.  Plus, it’s super easy to put together!  Even the newest of crochet beginners can do it, I promise. 🙂

 

Difficulty level:  Level 1 – Beginner

Finished Dimensions:

  • Back measures about 9 1/2-inches from neck to end.
  • Chest measures about 6-inches from neck to belly.

Gauge:

13 stitches and 4 rows = 4 – inches in double crochet

Materials:

Note:  yarn is 4 Medium Worsted-weight, Afghan, Aran Yarn; 1-3/4-Ounce (50 g), 147 yd (135 m)

Abbreviations:

Stitch (St)

Chain stitch (ch)

Slip-stitch (slp st)

Single crochet (sc)

Double crochet (DC)

Back post only (BPO)

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!  Click the link for the tutorial.

 

NOTE:  Pictures for tutorial below shown in Red Heart Super Saver – print Bon Bon.

Back:

~ Start at the neckline and work towards the tail.

Chain 31

Row 1:  DC in 2nd ch from hook working in the BPO and then across (30 sts).

Rows 2: Ch 2, turn work, DC in 1st DC from hook and then across (30 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.

Row 4:  Ch 2, turn work, DC across.

Rows 5 –18:  Repeat row 4.

Row 19: Ch2, turn work, Sc2tog the first two stitches, Dc across, Sc2tog the last two stitches.   (28 sts)

~ 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 28 sts.

Row 20:  Repeat row 19. (26 sts)

Row 21: Ch 2, turn work,  Dc in the next 12 stitches, Sc2tog the next two stitches, Dc in the last 12 stitches. (24 sts)

Bind off & weave in ends.

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Chest:

~ Start at belly end and crochet towards the neck.

Chain 18

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

Rows 2 – 5:  Ch 2,   turn work, DC across.

Rows 6 – 13:   Ch2, turn work, Sc2tog the first two stitches, Dc across, Sc2tog the last two stitches.

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

Row 14:  There should be only 2 stitches left.  Sc2tog these last 2 stitches.

Bind off & weave in ends.

~ The chest piece should essentially be a triangle shape.

Small Dog Sweater with Ruffles Pattern by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

Assembly:

****For a detailed photo tutorial on the assembly, please see Nessa’s Ruffle Butt Small Dog Sweater.

  • Place chest piece in the center of back pieces with right sides together.  The tip of the chest piece should be at the base of the neck. So that when the chest piece is seamed in, there will a slight opening in the neck.
  • Use slip-stitch (slp st) to seam together the slight opening in the neck.
  • Use slip-stitch (slp st) to seam in the chest piece.
  • Leave about a 2-inch hole on each side for 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.

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

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I think my boys just look so dashing in their warm and cozy sweaters!

We go back to Idaho every year, sometimes more than once a year.  Usually in the spring and summer when the grass is green and the flowers are in bloom, but every once in a while we make a cool autumn or snowy winter trip.

And I never forget to bring the boys coats to keep them nice and toasty!

I hope you enjoy this easy pattern as much as I did and your little ones love their coats too!

Best wishes & happy crocheting!

Itchinforsomestitchin.com

Please Share!

Kelly Noel

Sunday 20th of December 2020

Hi!! I am a beginner and I think I might be able to do this pattern. I have 2 French Bull Dogs and a Shihu / French mix - he is a little longer than a Frenchie but still as cute. Could you help me make this a bit bigger for my 3. I have made sweaters for them from thrift shop sweaters and have done well, but i have LOADS of yarn that needs a home!! I am in Florida so don't need a sweater very often but.... It would be fun to make these -- I think. I don't come to pinterest very often so you could email me Siamesekitkat @ outlook.com Thanks for this super cute pattern I will send photos of my kids uh dogs

Itchin4Stitchin

Monday 21st of December 2020

Hi Kelly,

I believe I got your email before I saw your comment. We set you up with the Quick & Easy Medium Dog Crochet Sweater pattern that is actually more appropriate for your Frenchies as I designed it for my half-frenchie. :)

As I said in the email, please let me know if you have any questions or need any help!

Best wishes,

RaeLynn

Alice

Monday 3rd of August 2020

Do you have a pattern for a 5 lb. Pomeranian?

Itchin4Stitchin

Tuesday 4th of August 2020

Hi Alice,

I have a pattern for an 8 week old puppy that might work - if not I can easily help you adjust this pattern to make it a bit smaller. Here is the link to the puppy pattern: https://itchinforsomestitchin.com/free-puppy-sweater/

Email me at [email protected] if you need help making adjustments.

Best wishes,

RaeLynn

Taylor Provence

Tuesday 7th of April 2020

Hello, I confused by the 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. What do you mean by length wise? Am I making this fold by making it skinner, and when I slip are you wanting it to go through both sets of 'V's all the way through to the end (30 times)? Please help!

Itchin4Stitchin

Wednesday 8th of April 2020

Hi Taylor,

Gosh I really wish I could put a photo here. I will update the post with a photo of what I am talking about to make it easier. In the meantime, let me shoot you a quick email.

Best wishes,

RaeLynn

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