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Connie’s Ruffle Butt Dog Sweater

Connie’s Ruffle Butt Dog Sweater

Hello there fellow crocheters and dog lovers!

Today I want to share with you something super special!

It’s my Nessa’s Ruffle Butt Dog Sweater, which I designed for small dogs, but in slightly larger dogs. ?

Small Dog Sweater Free Crochet Pattern by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com
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I just have to tell you these size adjustments came about!

A few months ago, a reader named Connie Garcia, contacted me with adorable photos of her dog, Ren, wearing a sweater with ruffles made from my pattern.

I thought it was super adorable!

And, it turns out that Connie had adjusted the pattern so that it would fit a dog slightly larger than 10 pounds (roughly 10 -12 lbs).

Small dog sweater free crochet pattern by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com

I thought this was just great, as I know there are lots of people out there who would want to make this sweater for their approximately 10-12 pound dogs.

As luck would have it, Connie offered to provide me her pattern adjustments.

In tribute, I dedicate this post to Connie Garcia and her doggie, Ren.


Dog Sweater with Ruffles Pattern for dogs 12-15 Pounds

**THIS IS AN ORIGINAL PATTERN.  Please see my Copyright Statement for details.

***Adjustments from size SMALL (10 lbs) to 10-12 lbs made by Connie Garcia.***

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Small Dog Sweater Free Pattern by www.itchinforsomestitchin.com
Modeled by Ren. Image via Connie Garcia.

Summary:

This ruffled small dog sweater is perfect for your little girl fur babies who are roughly 10-12 pounds.  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: 4 rows  and 13 stitches = 4-inches in double crochet (dc).

Materials:

~ Total yardage:  100 to 160 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.
  • All in pattern photos come from the original Ruffled Small Dog Sweater pattern.

Instructions:

Back

~ Start at the neckline and work towards the tail.

Chain 33

Row 1:  DC in 2nd ch from hook and then across (32 sts).

Rows 2: Ch 2, turn work, DC in 1st DC from hook and then across (32 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, DC across.

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. *Connie only went to row 16.

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

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 30 sts.

Row 20: Repeat row 19. (28 sts)

Row 21: Ch 2, turn work,  Dc in the next 12 stitches, Sc2tog the next two stitches, Dc in the last 12 stitches. (26 sts). 

Bind off & weave in ends.

NOTE: Alternatively, at this point, you can choose not to bind off, but continue by slip stitching up the side and start crocheting the ruffles on row 3 from the bottom.

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

Ruffles

~  To make the ruffles, you will 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 3 rows up from the bottom of the back piece.

On the right-hand side of the 5th row, begin the first double crochet (dc) of the back piece with a ch-3

Step Two

Work 3 double crochet (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.

Small Dog Sweater  Free 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 1 row up from the bottom of the back piece.

On the right-hand side of the 1st 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 #3 and row #1).

Step Ten

Repeat rows 2-8.  Weave in ends.

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. (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

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 be a slight opening in the neck.

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.
  • 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.

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

Small Dog Coat 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 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 won’t your 10-12 pound fur babies just look adorable this?

A big thanks to Connie Garcia for these awesome size adjustments!

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

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