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DogGone Knit: Free Dog Sweater Patterns

Updated on April 10, 2012

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Free dog sweater knitting and crochet resources from around the web. Pamper your precious pooches and keep them warm at the same time. Try a design from our library, or submit your own to the community. Every dog should have its own dog sweater!

Dog sweaters have made a lot of headway online and there is related content everywhere. Let us do the legwork for you! 

Camouflage Winter Dog Sweater - This Boston Terrier has Style!

I didn't knit this camo dog sweater for my Boston Terrier, Shepherd - but that doesn't make it any less awesome. I'm particularly proud of the "boing" sound effect I added while he's jumping through the snow. Enjoy all the Portland, Ontario Canada pooch fun.

DGK Visitor Poll

Would you rather buy a dog sweater, or knit one yourself?

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Skeeter's New Sweater - Video

Generate Your Own Custom Dog Sweater!


This page will chart a custom dog sweater for you to knit by hand or on your machine. The shape of the dog sweater is designed based on dog sweaters pictured in Foster & Smith's catalog. In that catalog, the basic tube shaped sweater is shown two different designs. One design has a fairisle body in a traditional snow flake pattern and ribbed collar, trim and legs. The other design has a shaker rib body; 1 x 1 rib is used for the collar, legs and welt trims around the edges.

To use this page, you must measure your dog and knit a swatch. Then enter your dog's measurements and some gauge information in the boxes you'll see. You may also chose to work in inches or centimeters. Fill out all measurements and hit "send"! Your chilly pooch will thank you.

One-Piece Dog Sweater Pattern For Small, Medium & Large Dogs

This quality pattern is perfect for beginners!



- Size - Small - Medium - Large

- Length (neck to base of tail) - 10 inches - 14 inches - 20 inches

- Width (without side tabs) - 9 inches - 12 inches - 18 inches

The instructions are given for the smallest size. The medium and large sizes are in parentheses.



- Chunky Yarn - 2 (3,6) ounces

- Size 9 straight needles, (5 ½ mm) or size required for gauge

- One 4inch stitch holder

- Crochet Hook

- Hook and Loop fastener such as Velcro

- Straight pins, needle and matching thread



7 stitches and 11 rows = 2 inches



- Cast on 16 (22, 42) stitches

- Row 1: (Wrong Side) Purl 1 Knit 1, (P1, K 1) ribbing.

- Row 2: (Right Side) Increase 1stitch in the first stitch, (knit in front and back of the stitch) and P1 K one to the last stitch. Increase 1 stitch in the last stitch.

- Repeat rows 1 and 2 until there are 43 (57, 80) stitches on the needle.

- K1, P1, evenly until work measures the required length from neck to base of tail.

Dividing Row


- K1, P1 14 (18, 25) stitches and place these on the stitch holder.

- Bind off the next 15 (21, 30) stitches for neck opening. K1, P1 to the end of the row. These 14 (18, 25) stitches will form the first shoulder.

Shoulder Shaping


- K1, P1 to the last 2 stitches. Knit or Purl the last 2 stitches together as per pattern.

- Work in rib pattern until work measures about 2 (3, 5) inches from the bound off stitches at the neck edge.

- With Right side facing pattern to the last 2 stitches K2 together.

- Purl 2 together pattern to the end of the row.

Repeat these 2 rows until 4 (7, 15) stitches remain.

- Bind off all stitches.

Second Shoulder


- Slip stitches from the stitch holder onto needle with right side facing.

- Join wool at side. Pattern to the last 2 stitches. K or P 2 together.

- Continue in pattern until shoulder measures about 2 (3, 4 ) inches from the bound off stitches at the neck edge.

- Row 1: K or P 2 together, pattern to the end of the row.

- Row 2: Pattern to the last 2 stitches, K or P2 together.

- Repeat these 2 rows until 4(7,15) stitches remain. Bind off all stitches.

See the full pattern!

Another DGK Poll

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      JeffGilbert 4 years ago

      This is a great lens, and the play on words on the title is hilarious... :)

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      Sara Dowling 5 years ago

      Might have to get the needles out my shoodles would look so cute!

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      franstan lm 5 years ago

      Love this lens

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      Thomscy 5 years ago

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      entertainmentev 6 years ago

      I love a good dog I need to learn how to knit.

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      DanielTiley 6 years ago

      I also have boots for my Golden Lab to ensure that there is no risk of him catching frostbite or losing heat through his paws.

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      DanielTiley 6 years ago

      The winter can be bitterly cold and a dog will still want to go for his/her walk no matter what the weather. It is only sensible and responsible to protect your dog's health by keeping him/her warm.

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      DanielTiley 6 years ago

      The winter can be bitterly cold and a dog will still want to go for his/her walk no matter what the weather. It is only sensible and responsible to protect your dog's health by keeping him/her warm.

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      Sheila 6 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Great lens! I'm a crocheter, not a knitter, but I have a Schnauzer rescue and I design crocheted sweaters for all my furkids every winter. Loved seeing all the schnauzers featured in this lens too!

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      davidbendtner 6 years ago

      An added benefit for small dog sweaters is when these clothes are made from 100% cotton, fleece or neoprene. These types of cloth are meant to keep the warmth inside the dog's body. So regardless if it's the strongest of wind or the coolest of weather, your dogs are protected from the unhealthy cold that they will feel lest they be exposed without dog sweaters remember however that there are certain type of cloth that would not be recommended to be worn too long like polyester so you also have to ask around for the pros and cons of the type of cloth used to construct the dog outfit. apprendre a tricoter

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      buenasmichelle 6 years ago

      Sweaters for your dogs do not just protect them from the cold. They can also look highly fashionable too. This is important especially if you want your dog to stand out and look good whenever he or she is out for a walk with you. You can also match your dogâs sweater with yours just for the fun of it. Check out Yuppy Puppy Boutique Here for more information

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      Darcie French 6 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I love that 96% of pollers said, "only lazy mommies buy sweaters" - too cute -:)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Don't get me wrong, i have nothing against people who put sweaters on there dogs, but i think some dogs just aren't "made for sweaters"

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      Dad-The-Lad 8 years ago

      How do I teach my German Shepherd to knit though?

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      sisdude 8 years ago

      As a knitter of sweaters for humans, I appreciate your excellent lens. It also makes me realize that I need to do some work on my various lenses on dog obedience training.

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      Lee Hansen 8 years ago from Vermont

      Thanks for all the dog sweater patterns and that cool make your own sweater pattern link - lensrolling this to Costumes and Fashions for Pets. It's time to knit my kitties a sweater or hat!

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      rob-anderson 8 years ago

      in my defence my wife made me visit here

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      BusyQueen 8 years ago

      Nice lens. 5* from me! Thanks. Really informative. Nicely detailed.

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      Laraine Sims 9 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I just had a request from a friend to knit her a sweater for her dog. Very timely information - for me anyway. Thank you. 5 stars, lensrolled to my LaraineRose lens so I can find you when I need your pattern.

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      UMT 9 years ago

      Dogs never had it so good, great lens by the way. Come see mine too.

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      A . I like the lens. Now I have to learn to knit.

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      thomasz 9 years ago

      Cool lens. Interesting info.

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      thomasz 9 years ago

      Cool lens. Interesting info.

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      MrElite 10 years ago

      Time to get out the knitting needles!

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      Vicki 10 years ago from USA

      I put a red & white dog sweater on my cat, Scooter one Christmas (he looked kinda like Santa), & I thought he would have a fit, but he liked it! Warmed him up, & he went right to sleep. Hope you'll visit Retro Christmas.

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      Aika 10 years ago

      lovely lens, learned a lot. Maybe I could try to this on my dogs.

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      ChristopherScot1 10 years ago

      Great lens. We have to keep the dogs warm.

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      Vicki 10 years ago from USA

      and vids are doggone cute! Great work. 5*'s.

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      Vicki 10 years ago from USA

      Terrific lens! The photos

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      salesbysandra 10 years ago

      love your lens. my two yorkies live in their sweaters during the fall and winter. dogs are so cute in sweaters.

      check out one of my len's



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      Karendelac 10 years ago

      Congratulations on a well designed site.

      This was most informative and I learned a lot !

      Best wishes,


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      Those doggies look so cute in the sweaters! 5/5 If you have time Id love to know what you think of my dating tips for men lens?

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      DeWayne-FilmFreak 10 years ago

      Great dog knitting lens! 5 stars!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      have seen dog jumpers in shops useless some knit patterns are the same designed my own for poodles that fit properly and cover properly and are comfortable the ones with elastic at legs stupid annoys the dog shape them prpperly at the back and they stay in place

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      one SquidAddict 10 years ago

      Great knitting lens! Rated 5* from the new management at your knitting group

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      KimberlyDawnWel1 10 years ago

      This is the first winter in WI I actually considered getting my dog a sweater. What she really needs are some booties...if she'd just leave them on. ;) Great pattern info!

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      Ann Scaling Tucker 10 years ago from Enid, OK

      We have added your link to our site. This is great to give free patterns. Our site helps people choose a great dog name!! Or, as we like to call them, a baby dog name! We understand how difficult it is to come up with that one great, unforgettable puppy name, like Scooby Doo. So we created this site to give you guidance in naming the second most important member of any family (next to your baby of course). Stop by, with your dog and its sweater, our site -

      Baby Dog Names.

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      anonymous 11 years ago

      just learning to make cloths for the little ones instead of kids --grandpuppies instead of grandchildren it's a new ball game in the sizing ill tell you !!

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      Poolala 11 years ago

      omygoodness! what a great lens! I'm new to all this lark but I'm considering counselling too! My dog Jim has a website - I spend most of my time helping him record his podcasts ;-)

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      tmdblogger lm 11 years ago

      We have a dog 'dress' shop in town - its just amazing what you can get. Alas we are cat prople and the cats really hate dressing up :-)

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      Thamisgith 11 years ago

      I just moved from Scotland to Brazil. Everyone here is dog mad and they dress their dogs up in crazy get-ups. Brazilian football tops were a big favourite during he world cup.

      However, I never dreamed that anyone would actually knit these things themselves! You learn something new everyday.