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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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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.


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


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


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.


~ 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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~ 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.

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****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.


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!


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I'm a full time homemaker who loves to crochet, knit, quilt, and sew. I have the best fiancé in the world, four beautiful step-daughters-to-be, an amazing new little baby boy, and six wonderful dogs, who love to keep me on my toes. Life is sweet!


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    August 3, 2020

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

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    Taylor Provence

    April 7, 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!

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      April 8, 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,


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    January 18, 2019

    I am so confused after row three. I’m nit following fold color in half lengthwise sc thru both halves. Am I making a circle or leaving this flat? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

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      January 24, 2019

      Hi Linda,

      So sorry for the delay. I have been out ill for over a week. You are NOT making a circle at this point, it will still be flat. You are simply folding lengthwise and single crocheting the two sides together across. I am very happy to help if you continue to struggle. Please email me at [email protected] – this will make it easier for me to get back to you in a timely manner even if I am sick.



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    January 16, 2019

    I made this sweater for my 10lb chihuahua (Tucker) and it’s perfect. Hubby said it’s the best sweater I’ve made so far. I told him it was thanks to your easy to follow pattern. So, thank you. Tucker thanks you too.

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      January 24, 2019

      Hi Rita,

      Yay! I am so happy to hear that! My very best wishes to you and Tucker. If you get a chance, I’d love to see some pictures my email is [email protected] 🙂



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    October 4, 2018

    Hi! I am trying to make this for a 5 lb pup and I was wondering if you had any suggestions as to how to modify the pattern to do so?? Thank you so much I love the pattern!

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      November 16, 2018

      Hi Nicole,

      Wow… a smaller version of this pattern does seem to be in high request recently. I do have a pattern, but it is untested as I do not have a dog that small to try it on. However, if you would like the pattern, just shoot me a quick email and I will pass it on to you.

      [email protected]

      Best wishes,


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    Roxanne Hanna

    August 21, 2018

    I think I could do this but I want to make one for the baby Yorkie I will be getting in a couple of weeks. 8 Weeks, standard size Yorkie but I’ve no idea how big an 8 week Yorkie is! How would I make this sweater smaller? Help!!

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      August 21, 2018

      Hi Roxanna,

      I can help you with this! May I send you an email with the adjustments? I will then write an additional reply for anyone who may want it. I will try to get this to you tonight or tomorrow.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!



      • Roxanne Hanna

        August 22, 2018

        Just saw your reply here. I am so thankful for the adjustments! I can’t wait to try out the pattern!

      • Itchin4Stitchin

        August 22, 2018

        No problem. Please feel free to email me with any questions. If the adjustments work out I will add it to this post. I am actually really excited! Thanks so much for requesting these adjustments and “testing” them out for me. 🙂

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    Kelli Phillips

    April 29, 2018

    I love how quick this worked up. I, for the life of me can’t figure out how to stitch the two pieces together. Could you please help?

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      April 29, 2018

      Hi Kelli, the best thing to do is to place the two pieces with right sides together. The triangular piece should be roughly in the middle of the larger piece with the tip of the triangle at the top, but at the base of the collar. Then fold the sides of the large piece down so they match up with the edges of the triangular piece. Then seam the edges together. There will be a small gap in the collar, which you will also seam together. Then turn everything right side out. Does this help? If not, email me at [email protected] and I will try to walk you through it. Best, RaeLynn.

      • Penny

        November 5, 2019

        I thought the ruffled dog sweater was a free pattern. Least wise that’s what it said. Now it can even find it to purchase and and am willing to do so if you would please send me the link. Thank you

      • Itchin4Stitchin

        November 6, 2019

        Hi Penny,

        The ruffles dog sweater is free on the website with the option to purchase in PDF format, but purchasing is not necessary.

        Here is the link to the sweater with ruffles: https://www.itchinforsomestitchin.com/ruffled-small-dog-sweater-pattern/

        Please let me know if you have any more questions!



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    January 31, 2017

    Where is row 8

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      February 1, 2017


      I’m so sorry, it was a typo. There is no row 8. It should be row 4. Please let me know if you have any other questions.


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    Lee Forrest

    January 31, 2017

    On the “back part of dog sweater after row 4 you have rows. 5-18…REPEAT ROW 8. I am lost where are the actual rows 5,6,7, and 8?

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      January 31, 2017

      Hi Lee,

      I am so sorry! Thank you for the great catch! That should be repeat row 4 not 8. I did just change it in the post. Thanks so much for stopping by and let me know if you have any other questions.

      Best wishes,


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    July 8, 2015

    My giant, slobbering mutt destroys anything I make him. I wish I had a cute little guy to crochet for. Your adorable boys look like they enjoy their sweaters!

    -Jenny from crochetistheway.blogspot.com

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      July 8, 2015

      Thanks Jenny! My boys actually do love them. You can tell that they get nervous when I take their sweaters off. They follow the sweaters as I put them way & look at me in a way that says “that’s mine”. Lol. Perhaps you could crochet your big dog some toys rather than a sweater!

      • Jenny

        July 9, 2015

        Aww! That’s so cute!

        As for mine, there’s a chance he would destroy a toy, too. But at least a toy would be a smaller, less time consuming project to try out on him 🙂

      • Itchin4Stitchin

        July 10, 2015

        If it’s a toy, my boys will kill it! Lol. But, as you said it may just be less time consuming. Plus I wonder if it would be cheaper than buying toys? You just got my brain tinkering & ideas for new blog posts! Thanks!

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