Easy Knit Dog Sweater

This easy knit dog sweater is designed in garter stitch so it is a perfect pattern for a beginner. The sweater will fit a small or lap dog and features a collar and velcro closure below the dog's chest. 

The sweater will fit a small dog with a length of 25cm from the neck to the tail and a chest measurement of approximately 40cm. To make this sweater, you will need a pair of 4.0mm single pointed needles and 2 50 gram balls of 8 ply or double knitting wool.

© Knitting Naturally - Wool for the Easy Knit Dog Sweater in Stripes

You can use any yarn to make this dog sweater, but I would recommend that you use a machine washable wool as a wool sweater will still keep your dog warm even if the fabric is wet.

Easy Knit Dog Sweater Knitting Instructions


Cast on 56 sts. Knit first row into the back of stitches.
Knit 12 rows.
Next row (inc row): k5, m1, knit to last 5 sts, m1, knit to end of row.
Continuing in garter stitch increase at each end of the foll sixth row 2 times. 62 sts.
Continuing in garter stitch increase at each end of the foll 4th row 5 times. 72 sts.
Cast on 4 sts at the beginning of the next row.
Knit 2 rows in garter stitch.

Next row: k15 sts, turn
Next row: knit to end of row.
Work another 11 rows on these stitches. Break yarn.
Rejoin to remaining stitches. 
Next row: K 50 turn.
Next row: knit to end of row.
Work another 11 rows on these stitches. Break yarn.
Rejoin yarn to remaining stitches and work to end of row.
Work another 12 rows on these stitches.
Next row: Knit across all three pieces to end of row.
Work another 6 rows.
Next row: Cast off 4 sts, k4 sts, *k2tog, rep from * to last 4 sts, knit to end of row.

Knit 22 rows of garter stitch.
Cast off loosely.


Using a knitter wool needle thread, the yarn ends into the back of the fabric. Sew a small strip of velcro to both sides of the chest, one on the right side of the straight edge, and the other on the under or wrong side of the tab on the other side.

I hope you enjoy using this dog sweater pattern.

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