Crocheted Dog Sweater

We have two miniature pinschers, Sebastian will be 2 on Valentine’s Day and Weezy (in the picture above) will be 4 in June.  As I mentioned in a previous post, they wear sweaters in the wintertime for function not fashion. They are a very small breed of dog (just 7 and 10 pounds) and are prone to pneumonia so we try to keep them as warm as possible during the cold months. The biggest problem I’ve had since we got Weezy is that the store-bought sweaters are two things: crazy expensive and terrible quality. They’re great for a short period of time but they fall apart in the washer and they stretch out until they just hang off their bodies. I recently learned how to do a basic crochet and thought I’d take a stab at a super simple pattern I came up with to crochet a handmade sweater for Weezy. It ended up turning out great… the combination of the suede yarn and the small hook I used resulted in a tight-knit super warm sweater that Weezy has been living in since I finished it!

Supplies: size H (5mm) crochet hook, yarn (I used Lion Brand’s suede yarn in a great rust color) and a yarn needle.

Start off by measuring the top of your dog’s body. From armpit to armpit, Weezy was about 10″ by 10″. Add an inch across (you don’t want the sweater to be skin-tight) and take a couple of inches off the length (you don’t want the sweater too far down on their backside), then crochet a rectangle reflecting these measurements. In my case, the top piece ended up being 11″ by 8″. Next measure underneath… go from armpit to armpit again and measure about half way down their abdomen (you have to leave enough free space underneath for them to go to the bathroom). This measurement for me ended up being 5″ by 7″. Once you have both pieces crocheted, use your yarn needed to sew the two pieces together leaving about a 3.5″ gap on each seam for the arm holes. Next crochet a long piece for the neck. The width is whatever you prefer… I wanted to roll mine over making a little bit of a turtle neck so mine was 4″ wide. The length is however long the “neck hole” you’ve created by sewing the top and bottom pieces together is (mine was about 16″). Sew the strip together at the short ends and sew to the sweater pieces using your yarn needle. Roll the neck piece in half to create a turtle neck and you’re done! Below is a little better side view of the sweater (ignore the string hanging off I hadn’t quite finished the sweater yet).

dog sweater

Aside from being extra warm, this sweater washed up perfectly. If you’ve ever bought a sweater for your dog at the store they usually start at $20 and go up from there which is ridiculous.The best part of the sweater I made is that the yarn was on clearance and the whole sweater only cost me $3.00 to make, and it will last far longer than any other sweater we have!!

34 thoughts on “Crocheted Dog Sweater

  1. Hiya
    I really want to make this for my pooch and have been to the wool shop today. I couldnt find any suede wool but think I have found similar.
    Could you tell me what basic stitch you use for this? US double crochet?

      1. thank you so much for replying, I’m going to make a start on it tonight and shall let you know how I get on :0)

  2. Could you tell me what kind of stitch did you use for the dog sweater,my little is a Shih Tuz,he weights about 13lbs.,how many more stiches would I need to add,i would like to add a bite of a selive,i am used to knitting him a sweater in a size M.,his name is JoJo,he is 3yrs.,old,he is my sweaty,i love him so much.

    1. I just used a single crochet stitch… I used this video to learn how to do it: I would just use the measurements that I explained in the post to figure out what size you’ll need to make your pieces. I am actually making Weezy a new one right now where I’m going to try to add sleeves, I’ll post on that once it’s done so that might help you add sleeves for JoJo’s sweater!

  3. this gave me inspiration and i actually finished my very first crocheted dog sweater for my minipin. he hated all the ‘try-ons’ but he looked pretty damn good for the photo shoot 😉 thank you!

  4. Hi first of all let me just tell you how adorable wheezy is!!!!!! Love him!
    Thanks so much for this simple pattern, I have been looking for a simple and quick sweater pattern for my Boston Theodore and I think I can pull this one off.


    1. Yes! So the first rectangle is from armpit to armpit across their back and from the base of their neck down their back to their tail (taking a couple inches off the length so it’s not too long). The other rectangle is arm pit to arm pit across their belly.

  5. Great idea you had and looks so easy to put over the head too. I was reading that you knew the basic stitch and based this sweater on it !I have four little dogs and I’ll make everybody one as they love to be in a cave blanket to keep warm. .I’ll bet I can do all four for the cost of one store bought sweater # boys and a new little girl,can,t wait to get some hot pink in suede. Thanks again ever so much from the gang !

  6. Thank you for your awesome idea! cant wait to get started on this project. I have four little dogs 3 boys and a new little girl.She’s a patterdale terrier and looks so close to Wheezy in shape and size! Off to the store for some pink suede yarn.And again thank you for a creative idea…..

  7. I thank you again for sharing your easy to make sweater ..that besides my dogs a made a very small one for a tiny chihuahua and she loved it. I always am being told how cute they look and they love them too

  8. Love the pattern! Just have one for you: will this pattern work with thinner yarn? My pup and I live in Hawaii (yes, Hawaii) and the coldest it gets here is 72 degrees F. With that being said, I would like to use a thinner yarn as there is no need for thick yarn sweaters in the warm climate. Can you please let me know if your pattern works with thinner yarn? 🙂 It would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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