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Vanessa’s Ruffle Butt Dog Sweater Pattern

Vanessa’s Ruffle Butt Dog Sweater Pattern

I love dogs.  Well, I love all animals actually, but doggies hold a special place in my heart.

Did I ever tell you that I have five of them?  At one point I actually had eight!

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Years ago I designed a small dog sweater for my little boy Yorkshire Terriers.  I have two of them, Jack & Jake.  Then a few years later came Vanessa, aka “Nessa”.  She’s my little girl.

And I just had to update the pattern especially for her.  I decided that my pretty princess needed something girly.. like ruffles.  That’s how Nessa’s tutu sweater dress came to be!

Small Dog Tutu Sweater Dress Pattern by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

Now, you might be a little nervous about the ruffles.  Don’t be!  They are actually super easy to do.  Once you finish your first row, you’ll be amazed at how little effort it took to make these fabulous embellishments!


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I used Red Heart variegated yarn to create this pattern because it’s economical and comes in a variety of colors.

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

Plus, it holds up well to all the washing these sweaters get due to all the grass, dirt, and mucky water my dogs like to get into!


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How to Crochet a Small Dog Sweater with Ruffles

Small Dog Sweater with Ruffles by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

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Pattern

Ruffled Small Dog Sweater Pattern by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

Summary:

This ruffled small dog sweater is perfect for your little girl fur babies who are about 10-lbs.  It’s so cute and stylish she’ll be prancing around like a pampered princess in her fancy tutu coat!  Plus, it’s super easy to put together and requires only basic stitches.  Don’t let the ruffles intimidate you.  They are actually really simple to make!

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: I used Red Heart Super Saver Economy – it is 4 Medium Worsted-weight, 5oz, 141g (236 yards)

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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.

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.

Ruffled Small Dog Sweater Pattern by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com
Image from Quick & Easy Medium Dog Sweater
Ruffled Small Dog Sweater Pattern by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com
Image from Quick & Easy Medium Dog Sweater

Row 4:  Ch 2, 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 17

Row 1:   DC in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. (16 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

NOTE:  Up to this point, this pattern is the exactly the same as my Free Quick & Easy Small Dog Sweater pattern that I designed for my boy Yorkies, except with a different yarn.  I used a yarn more suitable for boys for the original pattern.

So, at this point in the pattern, you want to put the chest piece aside and add the ruffles to the body.


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Ruffles:

~  To make the ruffles, you will basically be working in a serpentine pattern across the back piece of the dog sweater.

See photos below.

Step One

With the back piece facing right side up, count 5 rows up from the bottom of the back piece.

On the right-hand side of the 5th row, attach new yarn to the first double crochet (dc) of the back piece using a slip-stitch (slp-st).

Step Two

Work 3 double crochets (dc) around that first double crochet (dc) of the back piece.

Step Three

Chain 1.  Then moving to the left, work 5 dc around the second double crochet (dc) of the back piece.

Step Four

Chain 1.  Skip the next double crochet (dc) of the back piece.  Find the little bar of yarn between the two double crochet stitches of the lower row (the row below where you are working) on the back piece and work 3 dc around that little bar.

Ruffled Dog Sweater Pattern by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

Step Five

Chain 1. Skip the next double crochet (dc) of the back piece. Work 5 dc around the next double crochet (dc) of the back piece.

Step Six

Chain 1.  Find the little bar of yarn between the two double crochet stitches of the upper row (the row above where you are working) on the back piece and work 3 dc around that little bar.

Step Seven

Chain 1.  Skip the next double crochet (dc) of the back piece. Work 5 dc around the next double crochet (dc) of the back piece.

Step Eight

Repeat steps 4-7, moving left until you are completely across the entire back piece.  You should end with 5 double crochets around the first double crochet (dc) on the left side of the back piece.

Ruffled Dog Sweater Pattern by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

Bind Off.

~  You have completed one row of ruffles.

Step Nine

With the back piece facing right side up, count 3 rows up from the bottom of the back piece.

On the right-hand side of the 3rd row, attach new yarn to the first double crochet (dc) of the back piece using a slip-stitch (slp-st).

NOTE:  There should be one row (row #4 from the bottom up) between the rows where you will start the ruffles (row #5 and row #3).

Step Ten

Repeat rows 2-8.  Weave in ends.

Assembly:

Step One

Place chest piece in the center of back pieces with right sides together.  The ruffles should be facing up and 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.

Ruffled Small 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.
Ruffled Small Dog Sweater Pattern by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com
  • 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-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.

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.

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

When done, your ruffled dog sweater should look like the one below.

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

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

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

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

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

Now that wasn’t so hard, was it?

I bet you thought those ruffles would be tough!  

They are really not.  

I don’t know about you, but after learning how to crochet ruffles, I became ruffle crazy.

 I started putting ruffles on everything!  LOL

I’d love to see your Ruffle Butt Dog Sweaters!

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Please share!

Ellie

Tuesday 11th of May 2021

Made this for my Shih Tzu, and she looks very fancy in it. Shame I can’t post a picture here.

Itchin4Stitchin

Friday 14th of May 2021

Hi Ellie,

I know I really wish you could attach photos here! If you want to email it to me or contact me with a photo on social media that would be great! My email is [email protected] and you can most readily reach me on Instagram @itchinforsomestitchin. I'd love to see it!

Best wishes,

RaeLynn

Kari

Wednesday 13th of January 2021

Hi RaeLynn!

I would love to test the large dog pattern! I have never tested a pattern before, so please just let me know what all I need to do!

Itchin4Stitchin

Friday 15th of January 2021

Hi Kari,

That's wonderful! Thank you so much! I'll send you and email. :)

Best wishes,

RaeLynn

Kari

Friday 1st of January 2021

Do your happen to have this pattern for a large dog? I saw the medium pattern, but I have a 65 lb Cur mix, and a 70 lb golden retriever mix.

Itchin4Stitchin

Monday 4th of January 2021

Hi Kari,

I have made a large dog version, but it has not been tested by pattern testers yet. As soon as it is I will get it out. If you are interested in testing it, please let me know.

Best wishes,

RaeLynn

Lois Harrison

Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

Do you have a video tutorial? I am a visual learner as I am sure many others are too. Having a video to be able to back up, several times if necessary, is always helpful.

Itchin4Stitchin

Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

Hi Lois,

I actually did film a tutorial for this pattern, but it ended up filming incorrectly and I have to redo. I will get it out and attach it to this post as soon as I can!

Best wishes,

RaeLynn

ThisniCaza

Tuesday 20th of October 2020

What is the finished neck and girth (around the ribcage, behind the front legs) circumference? I know the girth could vary, based on the dog's shape. I'm making a sweater for a 7.5 lb Maltese, so should be similar to your Yorkies. Thanks!

Itchin4Stitchin

Friday 30th of October 2020

Hi there,

The girth is 11 - inches in diameter. I will add this!

Sincere thanks,

RaeLynn