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

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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  • 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.

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Step Four

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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.

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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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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!

34 Comments

  1. Reply

    ThisniCaza

    October 20, 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!

    • Reply

      Itchin4Stitchin

      October 30, 2020

      Hi there,

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

      Sincere thanks,

      RaeLynn

  2. Reply

    Anjonette Pezan

    July 30, 2020

    Thank you so much! I tried to reply to your reply and it would not let me, 🙂 If I run into any issues I will let you know 🙂 Thanks again!!

    • Reply

      Itchin4Stitchin

      July 31, 2020

      No problem! Idk why it wouldn’t let you reply to my reply – I will have to look into that as soon as I get a chance.

      Sincere thanks,

      RaeLynn

  3. Reply

    Anjonette Pezan

    July 30, 2020

    How can I modify the pattern to make this for a dog that is more medium in size, 15-16 pounds? My frin loved the hooded one, and I know she will love this one, and her baby is my godgirl, 🙂 so I want to make one of them for her, and I know she would adore the ruffles, I am just not sure how to make it larger. Any help would be great, thanks 🙂

    • Reply

      Itchin4Stitchin

      July 30, 2020

      I Anjonette,

      Oh it would be super easy! Check out my medium dog sweater pattern: https://itchinforsomestitchin.com/free-crochet-dog-sweater-pattern/

      You can use this one as the basis for what you want to do. If you use hdc instead of dc it will give more of the ribbed look you see with the hoodie sweater pattern. Then you could add the hood and the ruffles from my girl pattern.

      Does this make sense?

      Email me if you have any further questions and I’ll be happy to help you with the adjustments – [email protected]

      Sincerely,

      RaeLynn

  4. Reply

    Alexandra French

    July 29, 2020

    Still saying the coupon code has expired 😔

    • Reply

      Itchin4Stitchin

      July 29, 2020

      Hi Alexandra,

      That’s because the promotion ended already. I will remove the button, but send me an email and I will be happy to send it to you! [email protected]

      Sincerely,

      RaeLynn

      • Itchin4Stitchin

        July 29, 2020

        Alexandra,

        My apologies – I have been a massive failure this week! LOL. My goodness! It should run through the 30th. I have fixed it in Ravelry… again. But if you do have any further issues, please do email me and I will get it to you.

        Thanks for your patience!

        Sincerely,

        RaeLynn

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    Lori

    July 29, 2020

    Hi, your adorable sweater says the summer round up pattern’s code has expired. I wanted to check the date, is it not from 24 July to 30 July it is available? Thank you!

    • Reply

      Itchin4Stitchin

      July 29, 2020

      Hi Lori,

      Yes it still supposed to be available. I am having an issue with Raverly this week as I have already fixed this once! I must be having a rough week because I think I fixed it wrong – lol. Anyway, it should be fixed again, however, if you have any further issues while the promotion is running (through July 30th) please email me at [email protected] and I will get it to you!

      Best wishes,

      RaeLynn

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    Tammy

    July 26, 2020

    It is telling me that the coupon has expired

    • Reply

      Itchin4Stitchin

      July 26, 2020

      Hi Tammy,

      I am so sorry. I accidentally set it to expire on the wrong day! It should be fixed now. 🙂

      Thanks for letting me know!

      Best,

      RaeLynn

  7. Reply

    Katie

    January 24, 2020

    I’m not quite sure I’m understanding something… could you please clarify if, at the collar, I’m supposed to join it, to make it round, or stitch it flat??

    • Reply

      Itchin4Stitchin

      January 24, 2020

      Hi Katie,

      The entire project is stitched flat and then seamed together. For the collar, it is stitched flat as well. You fold the edge down lengthwise (so it’s long) and sc across to seam it together — it will stay flat. Then move on to the next step.

      I have added some photos from my Quick and Easy Dog Sweater for Medium-sized Dogs to help clarify. Please take a look and let me know if you are still confused.

      Best wishes,

      RaeLynn

  8. Reply

    Donna Fransen

    January 3, 2020

    Just finished this outfit for my chihuahua today! I used a #3 acrylic yarn as she is tiny and it fit perfectly! I love the pattern, even though I must say the ruffle at first was a pain. But once I got the hang of it, it went well! Thank you for such a cute pattern. It’s hard to find patterns for a teacup chihuahua and this was great!

    • Reply

      Itchin4Stitchin

      January 9, 2020

      Hi Donna,

      I am so glad to hear it! The ruffles do take a bit of practice, but once you get it down they go pretty smoothly. I will be adding a video soon to help out.

      Best wishes,

      RaeLynn

  9. Reply

    Darlene A Fetterman

    November 10, 2019

    That sounds wonderful

    • Reply

      Itchin4Stitchin

      November 14, 2019

      Hi Darlene,

      I am so glad it sounds wonderful! But I think I may have missed exactly what you think sounds wonderful. LOL. Can you let me know?

      Thanks,

      RaeLynn

  10. Reply

    Angie Becker

    October 18, 2019

    Help!

    Why can’t I figure out the collar? Where does the head go?

    • Reply

      Itchin4Stitchin

      October 18, 2019

      Hi Angie,

      So, I hope I am understanding your question correctly.

      When the sweater is finished the back end should be wide & open. On the other end there should be a smaller hole shaped by the collar.

      You put the sweater on by placing the wide end over the dog’s head and pulling it down its body until the head goes through the smaller hole – this should place the collar around the dog’s neck.

      Be sure to put the front paws through the holes you should have created on the sides of the sweater.

      Does this make sense?

      If not, you can always send me a picture of your project at [email protected] and maybe I can better assist you.

      Best wishes,

      RaeLynn

  11. Reply

    Anita

    June 28, 2019

    Sorry, but my brain is not processing well. After R3, when u fold in half, will your working yarn be to your right and closest to you??

    • Reply

      Itchin4Stitchin

      June 28, 2019

      Hi Anita,

      Yes you are correct. When you fold, your tarn should be in the right hand side closest to you. When you finish seaming it will be on the left furthest from you. You then turn your work and begin R4.

      Let me know if you have any further questions and feel free to email me at [email protected]

      Sincerely,

      RaeLynn

  12. Reply

    Itchin4Stitchin

    May 2, 2019

    Hi Ashley,

    Okay… so how big is your Chihauahua? This pattern is for small dogs, but roughly around the size of a 10lb Yorkshire Terrier. I did modify the pattern to fit an 8-week old puppy, so if your Chihauahua is a little smaller you should try that pattern.

    In order to check gauge, you need to do a small swatch of crochet fabric – for this pattern, I believe it needs to be done in double crochet (dc) – that is about 5-inches square. You then measure 4-inches square, avoiding the edges (that’s why I said make it 5-inches square), and count how many rows and sts you have in that 4-inch square. To meet the gauge here you should have 13 sts and 4 rows in that 4-inch square.

    However, since this pattern is too big for your dog, I would suggest ignoring the gauge and simply work the pattern in a smaller hook size (which should make your project smaller overall) or try the puppy pattern.

    Here is the link to the puppy pattern: https://www.itchinforsomestitchin.com/free-puppy-sweater/

    You can also feel free to email me ([email protected]) and I can help you figure out how to adjust the pattern to your dog if the two tips above don’t help.

    Best wishes,

    RaeLynn

  13. Reply

    Ashley

    April 25, 2019

    I’m wanting to make this for a chihuahua, I made this with acrylic before and it was to big for my chihuahua, it says the gauge is 13 sts and 4 rows. Where do I get the gauge?

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    Ashley

    April 18, 2019

    Can I use I Love This Cotton?

    • Reply

      Itchin4Stitchin

      April 19, 2019

      Hi Ashley,

      Honestly, I wouldn’t. Not because it wouldn’t work up well, but because my experience with cotton is that it tends to shrink when washed. I would stay with acrylic or a blend that will not shrink too much.

      Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Sincerely,

      RaeLynn

      • Ashley

        April 25, 2019

        Really? Dang I specifically bought Cotton to make this sweater with ☹️

      • Itchin4Stitchin

        May 2, 2019

        Ashley,

        Don’t be discouraged! I just read your comment about the Chihauhua. In your case, the cotton may be fine because you are looking to make the sweater a little smaller so the shrinkage may be okay.

        I say give it a try! 🙂

      • Ashley

        April 25, 2019

        Would it work if it was hand washed every time and hung up to dry?

      • Itchin4Stitchin

        May 2, 2019

        Hmmm… perhaps… I do think if you hand wash it in cool water (hot water will make it shrink) and hung it up to dry it should be fine. I can’t be 100% positive as I have not actually tried this myself. I am just surmising based on my experience with cotton in general.

        If you give it a try I’d love to know what your results are as this would definitely be good information to share with others!

        Sincerely,

        RaeLynn

  15. Reply

    CHANTELLE WILLIAMSON

    September 21, 2018

    May I have your free beginners guide please

    • Reply

      Itchin4Stitchin

      September 21, 2018

      Hi Chantelle,

      Absolutely! The free beginner’s guide is available through signing up for the newsletter via this link: http://eepurl.com/cdLr7X

      You may have to copy and paste it into your browser.

      Best wishes,

      RaeLynn

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