Textured Dog Sweater (with sleeves!)

Updated: Nov 16, 2020


Do you know what bothers me the most about dog clothes? I can hear a smart comment like, "that they exist?" :) But no, that's not it. They don't have sleeves! Why is that? I couldn't imagine buying a sweater (for warmth) that didn't have sleeves- my arms get cold! It's insane!


It's been on my list to make a dog sweater for some time now. Daisy, my little dog at my parents, has always been prone to being cold (not lucky for her that we live in MN). Now that she's getting older, she gets cold easier. We've purchased her sweaters at the pet stores but none of them have sleeves!



I understand that if they wear them outside the sleeves might get dirty but I wouldn't wear shorts in the winter so that my pants didn't get snow on... I am a little bit of a crazy dog lady, so excuse my previous ranting if it's not your thing. But if it is, here is my dog sweater pattern with sleeves so you can keep your whole dog warm. (The larger size I made for Finley couldn't have full length sleeves (to my disappointment) because it's harder to get their long legs into them! I settled for short sleeves- still better than nothing!)





The stitch I chose for the sweater is so simple but provides such a great texture! Who would have thought something as simple as alternating slip stitches with half double crochets would look so cool? I'm envisioning a sweater for myself with this stitch in the near future... add it to the list! ;)


Happy Crocheting!

~Dana


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Here's the Darling Dana Designs original Pattern:


Pattern Notes:


  • Sizing: At this point in time I only have size Small and Large for the sweater. Since dogs come in different shapes (not just different sizes) I used my pups to get some standard measurements for the space in between their legs, chest, etc. If you have a dog that is Medium or Extra Large- use the size down as a start and add stitches. It's pretty easy to manipulate since the pattern is worked in multiples of 2 (slip stitch and half double-crochet) alternating. When chaining- ensure if goes all the way around your dogs chest (a little extra space is good). When you get to the arm holes- try it on your dogs arms after the chains to ensure the spacing is correct.

  • In Collar and Sleeves be mindful that the stitch is showing on the correct side- you can flip inside out when complete.

  • I've created two styles of collar so this sweater can be made for a boy or a girl! The “girl style collar” is made to be folded over in a turtle-neck style but can be adjusted for your pup.





Size Small (Modeled by a Shitzu and Mini Poodle)


Materials:

  • Yarn- Weight 4 (I used Herrshners Pastry Puff in Wildberry- get yours here!)

  • Size 5 mm Hook

  • Yarn Needle

Ch 60


R1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook, *sl s in next ch, hdc in next; rep from * to end. Turn.

R2: Ch 1, Sl st in the hdc in the row before, *hdc in next, sl st in next (working opposite type of stitch from the previous row); rep from * to end. Turn.

R3: Ch 2, *hdc in next st, sl stitch in next; rep from * to end. Turn

R4-R29: (25 rows) Rep R2-R3

R30: Ch 2, hdc in next st, {sl stitch in next, hdc in next} 4 times, ch 25, skip 8 stitches, {sl st in next st, hdc in next,} 12 times, ch 25, skip 8 stitches, hdc in next, {sl st in next, hdc in next} 4 times. Sl st together to form a circle at R30.

Finish off.





Belly Side (between the arm on the side that is slip stitched together)

R31: Reattach yarn in between the arm loops in the first sl st of the chains, *hdc in next (previous row should have been a slip stitch), sl st in next; rep from * to next set of chains, sl stitch into first chain of chains. Turn.

R32: Sl st into the next chain on the arm hole, *sl st in next, hdc in next; rep from * to next set of chains, sl st into next chain on the chains. Turn.

R33: Sl st into the next chain on the arm hole, *hdc in next, sl st in next; rep from * to next set of chains, sl st into next chain on the chains. Turn.

R34-45: Rep R32-R33

Finish Off


Front Side:

R31: Reattach yarn in between the arm loops in the first sl st of the chains, *hdc in next (previous row should have been a slip stitch), sl st in next; rep from * to next set of chains, sl stitch into first chain of chains. Turn.

R32-46: Rep R31


Collar (Girl Style- Shells)

R45: *At this point, you should have used all of your chains in the last rows so none are showing and you have two armholes. This row will be the start of going all the way around. *Hdc in next, sl st in next, rep from * to end, sl st to join.

R46: Ch 1, *sl st in next st, hdc in next; rep from * to end, sl st to join.

R47: Ch 1, *Hdc in next st, sl st in next; rep from * to end, sl st to join.

R48-56: Rep R46-47 (or continue to desired length)

R57: ch 1, sc in next, sk next 2, *7 dc in next, sk 2, sc in next, sk 2, rep from * to last 2 stitches, 7 dc in next, skip next stitch, sl st to starting.

Finish Off.


Collar (Boy Style- Ribbing)

R45: Ch 2, *FPDC around next st, BPDC around next; rep from * to end, sl st to join.

R46: ch 2, *FPDC around (stitch in previous row should be a FPDC), BPDC around next; rep from * to join.

R47: Rep R25

*Continue to desired length.

Finish Off.






Sleeves: (Both Sides)

R1: Attach yarn at arm hole, sc 38around. Sl st to start

R2: ch 1, *hdc in next, hdc2tog; rep from * to last 2 sc, hdc in each stitch. (29 hdc)

R3: Ch 1, *sl in next, hdc in next; rep from * to last stitch, sl st in last stitch, sl st to join.

R4: ch 1, *hdc in next, sl st in next; rep from * to last stitch, hdc in last stitch, sl st to join.

R5-R22: Rep R3-4

R23: ch 2, *FPDC in next, BPDC in next; rep from * around. Sl st to join.

R24: ch 2, *FPDC in next (previous should be a FPDC), BPDC in next; rep from * around. Sl st to join.

R25: Rep R24

Finish Off.


Hem: (Sew together bottom piece before starting hem).

R1: Attach Yarn, Ch 1, sc in each stitch around (60 sc)

R2: ch 2, *FPDC around next stitch, BPDC around next; rep from * around, sl st to join.

R3: ch 2, *FPDC around next, (previous should be a FPDC), BPDC around next; rep from * around. Sl st to join.

R4-R5: Rep R3

Finish Off.


Sew in Ends.





Size Large (Modeled by English Springer Spaniel)


  • Hook Size: Size 5.5 mm

  • Yarn- Weight 4- I used Red Heart Super Saver in Icelandic- get yours here! *I used a separate color for the ribbed parts (color 2)- Loops and Threads Joy DK in Cloud- get it here.

  • Yarn Needle


Ch 106


R1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook, *sl s in next ch, hdc in next; rep from * to end. Turn.

R2- R27: Rep R1.

R28: Ch 1, [hdc in next, sl st in next] 5 times, ch 35, sk 10, [hdc in next, sl st in next] 33 times, sk 10, ch 35, [hdc in next, st st in next] 5 times, Sl st together.





Belly Side:

R29: Reattach yarn in between the arm loops in the first sl st of the chains, *hdc in next (previous row should have been a slip stitch), sl st; rep from * to next set of chains, sl stitch into first chain of chains. Turn.

R30: Sl st into the next chain on the arm hole, *sl st in next, hdc in next; rep from * to next set of chains, sl st into next chain on the chains. Turn.

R31: Sl st into the next chain on the arm hole, *hdc in next, sl st in next; rep from to next set of chains, sl st into next chain on the chains. Turn.

R32-48: Rep R30-31

Finish off.


Front Side:

R29: Reattch yarn in between the arm loops in the first sl st of the chains (right side of front), *hdc in next (previous row should have been a slip stitch), sl st; rep from * to next set of chains, sl stitch into first chain of chains. Turn.

R30- R44: Rep R29

R45: Continue pattern but go all the way around, sl st to join.

R46- R50: Rep R45

R51: ch 1, hdc2tog, slst2tog, (hdc in next sl st, sl st in next hdc) 26 times, hdc2tog, slst2tog,(hdc in next sl st, sl st in next hdc) 12 times, sl st to join

R52: ch 1, (hdc in next sl st, sl st in next hdc) 5 times, (hdc2tog, slst2tog) 2 times, (hdc in next sl st, sl st in next hdc) 11 times, (hdc2tog, slst2tog) twice, (hdc in next sl st, sl st in next hdc) 5 times, hdc2tog, slst2tog, (hdc in next sl st, sl st in next hdc) 7 times, hdc2tog, slst2tog, sl st to join.

R53: ch 1, (hdc in next sl st, sl st in next hdc) 10 times, (hdc2tog, slst2tog) 3 times, (hdc in next sl st, sl st in next hdc (11 times) (hdc2tog, slst2tog) 2 times, (hdc in next sl st, sl st in next hdc) 3 times, sl st to join.

R54: Ch 1, (hdc in next sl st, sl st in next hdc) 23 times, (hdc2tog, slst2tog) 2 times, (hdc in next sl st, sl st in next hdc) 2 times


Collar (Boy Style-Ribbing) Color 2:

R55: ch 2, FPDC, BPDC around next; rep from * around, sl st to join

R56: ch 2, *BPDC around FPDC from row before, FPDC around BPDC from row before; rep from * around, sl st to join

R57: ch 2, *FPDC around BPDC from row before, BPDC around FPDC from row before; rep from * around, sl st to join

R58-R59: Rep R57 (or to desired length).


Collar (Girl Style- Shells)

R55: ch 1, *Hdc in next, sl st in next, rep from * to end, sl st to join.

R56: Ch 1, *sl st in next st, hdc in next; rep from * to end, sl st to join.

R57: Ch 1, *Hdc in next st, sl st in next; rep from * to end, sl st to join.

R58-76: Rep R56-57 (or to desired length)

R77: ch 1, sc in next, sk next 2, *7 dc in next, sk 2, sc in next, sk 2, rep from * to last 2 stitches, 7 dc in next, skip next stitch, sl st to starting.

Finish off.





Sleeves:

(Both Sides)

R1: Attach yarn at armhole, sc 51 around. Sl st to start

R2: ch 1, *hdc in next, hdc2tog; rep from * to last 2 sc, hdc in each stitch. (34 hdc)

R3: Ch 1, *sl in next, hdc in next; rep from * to last st, sl st to last stitch, sl st to join

R4: ch 1, *hdc in next, sl st in next; rep from * to last st, hdc in last stitch, sl st to join.

R5-R12: Rep R3-4

R13: ch 2, *FPDC in next, BPDC in next; rep from * around. Sl st to join.

R14: ch 2, *FPDC in next (previous should be a FPDC), BPDC in next; rep from * around. Sl st to join.

R15: Rep R14

Finish Off.


Hem: (Sew bottom piece together before starting hem)

Color 2

R1: Reattach yarn, ch 2, *FPDC around next st, BPDC around next; Rep from * around, sl st to join

R2-R5: Rep R1

Finish Off.


Sew in ends.


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