Dog Sweater Knitting Pattern
'Baby Back Spare Rib'


Use this dog sweater knitting pattern to make a cute shortie sweater that will look great on your little dog.

easy dog sweater pattern with crotchet flower decal.

Knitted plain in boy colors, a perfect casual look for Fido to hang out in.

Pretty it up in girly pinks with added crotchet fringe and knitted flower appliqué. Just like Molly shown here in shades of mauve.

Make your own cool red and white sweater to include in a doggie  Canada day gift basket.

This ribbed dog sweater knitting pattern is easy fit and makes the perfect sweater to add to your dog gift basket if you weren’t sure of the dog’s size.

One, or two, sizes fit all extra small or small dogs when using this particular dog sweater knitting pattern.

Just for the record, Molly is a Schnoodle, ( a Miniature Schnauzer and Poodle mix ) who weighs around 16lb.

I used the second size instructions shown in the dog sweater knitting pattern to create this sexy little number!

Or, if you prefer, and you do have access to your dog sweater recipient, you can learn how to measure your dog first.

Here is a useful chart and some instructions to help you.

How to measure your dog for a sweater...

Measure Your Dog For Dog Clothes and accessorie

Neck: Always allow approximately 2 inches more than the actual neck measurement so the sweater will fit easily over the head.

Use this measurement when making your own custom dog collars too.

Length: This depends on what kind of dog sweater knitting pattern sweater you’re using.

Simply measure from where the collar ends to where the desired length should end. For example, most dog sweaters are longer and designed for maximum coverage so measure right up to where the tail begins. Some cute dog sweaters are just casual and fun so you can make whatever length you prefer. The length is the easiest aspect of the sweater to change so there really are no firm rules about measurements.

Chest: This is very important as you don’t want your dog sweater to fit to tightly. Measure around the broadest part of chest just behind the front legs.

Depth: This is the distance from the base of the neck to the top of the front legs.

Distance between front legs:

Not always essential but if you suspect your dog to be very broad across the chest then it’s a useful measurement to bear in mind.

Always try to pick a dog sweater knitting pattern which can be customized to fit your bigger dog's measurements. By measuring the distance between the front legs you will insure that the leg openings are in the appropriate places. The sweater may be too tight and restrict movement if the leg openings are not placed correctly.

Dog hats and Dog boots

Measuring for dog hats and dog boots can be a bit more tricky. There is always the chance that your dog won't wear a hat anyway!!

Dogs heads are not shaped like ours, they have ears to consider...Ears in, or ears out, that is the question.

If you think you may prefer the ears in option then you may choose a dog snood over a dog hat.

At the end of the day, dog head gear doesn't really serve any useful purpose and usually only stays on long enough to snap a quick funny dog picture.

As for dog boots, they can be an issue too. You'll probably find that your dog will prance about a bit like a show pony when he's first wearing socks or boots. A simple trick is to distract your dog with their favorite toy or a delicious gourmet dog treat until they get used to their funky foot wear!

For the best fit, trim your dogs claws before putting on any kind of dog boots.

You'll find that most dog paw wear come in size XS through to size L. I have found that picking a size smaller than what you actually think you need usually works...otherwise if your dogs are anything like my guys they'll blow a sock running across the garden or they'll leave one behind in a snow bank!!

Spring can be interesting at our house with little colored dog boots and socks suddenly appearing after a long Winter hibernation!

Baby Back Spare Rib

Skinny Rib Dog Sweater Knitting Pattern

Materials and Instructions:

This dog sweater knitting pattern is shown in two sizes to fit finished sizes of:

Neck: 10 (12) inches

Chest: 16 (20) inches.

What you will need:

100g (150g) worsted weight yarn – acrylic or real wool or a nice cotton blend works great for a summer sweater.

Pair 3.5mm needles

Pair 4.25mm needles or if you prefer use a 4.25mm circular needle

3mm crotchet needle (only needed if you plan on making a girly sweater)

Yarn needle

Using smaller needles cast on 46 (62) stitches.

Row 1= wrong side: Slip 1, purl 1,place marker on needle * knit 2, purl 2*, repeat to last 2 stitches, place marker on needle, purl 1, knit 1. Slip markers on every row.

Row 2= right side: Slip 1, purl 1, *purl 2, knit 2*, repeat to last 2 stitches, purl 1, knit 1.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until neck measures 1 (2) inches, ending with a wrong side row. Change to larger needles (or circular needle).

Body shaping

Row 1= right side: Slip 1, knit 1, make 1 stitch, slip marker ,work rib stitches as they appear to second marker, slip marker, make 1 stitch, knit 2.

Row 2= wrong side: Slip 1, purl 1, knit to marker, slip marker, work rib stitches as they appear to second marker, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.

Row 3= right side: Slip 1, knit 1, make 1, knit to marker, slip marker, work rib stitches as they appear to second marker, slip marker, knit to last 2 stitches, make 1, knit 2.

Row 4= wrong side: Slip 1, purl 1, knit to marker , work rib stitches as they appear to second marker, slip marker, knit to last 2 stitches, purl 1, knit 1.

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until there are 70 (84) stitches on needle. Continue with established pattern until work measures 4 (6) inches from the beginning, ending with right side facing for next row.

Make leg openings. Slip 1, knit 6 (7), cast off next 5 (6) stitches, continue to work in rib as established to last 12 (14) stitches, cast off next 5 (6) stitches, knit to end of row.

Note: All leg sections are worked at the same time using a separate ball of yarn for each section.

Always slip the first stitch and knit the last stitch in each section to maintain selvedge edge.

Work all stitches as they appear until each section measures approximately 1.5 (2) inches. Ending each section with right side facing for next row.

Body shaping: Slip 1, knit across fist section, turn and cast on 5 (6) stitches, turn and work stitches as they appear across second section, turn and cast on 5 (6) stitches, knit to end of row.

Continue with established pattern until work measures 10 (12) inches from beginning, or to desired length.

Cast off all stitches as they appear.

Finishing: Use your yarn needle to sew left and right edges together with mattress stitch to make a tube shape.

Pretty Crotchet Edge, optional.

Use cast off stitches in place of chain.

Row 1: Starting with first cast off stitch near seam, double crochet in first stitch. Chain 2, 2 double crotchet in same place. * chain 1, skip 2 stitches. 2 double crotchet in next stitch, 2 chain, 2 dc. Repeat from* all the way around bottom edge of sweater. Chain 1, turn.

Row 2: Slip stitch into first chain 2 space. Chain 3, 5 dc in same place. * Sc in chain 1 space. 5 dc in next chain 2 space. Repeat from * all the way around sweater edge. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Knitted/Crochet Daisy, optional.

Using 4.5mm needles, cast on 6 stitches.

Rows 1-3: Knit

Row 4: Slip 1, knit 3, with left hand needle lift 2nd, 3rd, and 4th

stitches over 1st stitch, knit 2, leaving 3 stitches on needle.

Row 5: Knit

Row6: Cast on 3 stitches, knit to end of row, leaving 6 stitches on needle again.

Repeat rows 1-6 five more times. Cast off.

Run threaded yarn needle through straight edge of piece, pull tightly and secure.

Centre of Daisy:

Using 3mm crotchet hook.

Chain 2

Row 1: 5 single crochet in 2ndchain from hook.

Row 2: Working in a spiral in back lps only, 2 sc in each stitch to end = 10 stitches

Row 3: * 1sc in next stitch, 2 sc in next stitch: repeat from * to end =15 stitches

Row 4: Repeat round 3, end 1 sc in last st- 22sc. Join with sl st to first sc.

Sew centre of daisy to knitted petal piece and securely sew on to rolled back sweater neck edge. Place wherever you like it best, I always like to put the decals off to one side of the neck at a quirky angle, but you may like it to right in the centre. It’s up to you.

Use this cute decal idea with any suitable dog sweater knitting pattern, or simply adapt it for use with any kind of dog clothes and accessories to include in your dog gift basket

Have fun measuring your dog and customizing this simple little dog sweater knitting pattern. If you want to really change it up, sew a snap fastener to the neck edge instead and use my cool dog collar bling idea to mix and match your sweater accessories.

Enjoy making your own gifts for pets and have some dog gone fun with it!!

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