Ombre Dog Sweater
I originally made this pattern for my small chihuahua mix for the winter months. Anyone else who has had a small dog in the northern states surely knows the feeling of watching your little friend shiver and shake while hurriedly looking for a place to go potty. Most stores carry sizes mostly meant for purebred breeds, and those of us with small little mixed puppies see how awkwardly shaped each individual animal can be. My little Gizmo has legs longer than her body and a body longer than most chihuahuas, making buying jackets for her extremely hard. So instead of trying to struggle and find a sweater that would fit her, I made her some. I went out spent about $10 on yarn and have made her several warm sweaters for the harsh Minnesota winter. That's half the price of the jackets at the store! To learn to make this sweater, keep reading below. I will be writing the exact pattern used for my little girl's sweater, and then I will include options on sizing up and down for your unique fur babies!
This pattern is done primarily in single and half double crochet, making it pretty beginner-friendly. You will need to know how to work half double crochet increases and decreases, and know how to seam your work. The only part you need to sew is up the center, since the sweater is worked flat and then seamed close.
Supplies and Abbreviations
- For the sweater in the picture I used Red Heart Super Saver in the color Cool Stripe.
- 5.75mm hook
- Darning needle (for weaving in your ends)
- Ch- Chain
- Sc- Single Crochet
- Slst- Slip stitch
Below will be how you work the collar of the sweater. Remember as you work that you will be working down the side of the collar once done, so make sure your stitches are loose enough you can easily get your hook through the edge of your sweater.
Row 1- Work 1 sc in the second ch from hook and in each ch across.
Row 2-52- Ch 1, work 1 sc in each stitch across.
Don't tie off.
To decide your base chains if your dog is a different size: I measured her neck from an inch behind her ears so it didn't irritate her at all. After that, work sc rows until it fits loosely around your animal's neck; you want it to come off easily while still being snug enough to provide heat. I measured her neck in inches and it was 11 inches around so I did the collar at 11.5 inches.
Turn your work so you're facing down the side of the project.
Row 1- work 1 sc into the side of each row you worked for your collar.
Row 2- Ch 1, work 1 sc in the first 3 stitches *work 2 sc in the next stitch, work 1 sc in the next 3 stitches* repeat * until end of row. (65)
Row 3- Ch 1, work 1 sc in each stitch across until you reach the last stitch, work 2 sc in the last stitch. (66)
Row 4- Ch 1, work 1 sc in each stitch
Row 5- Ch 1, work 1 sc in each stitch
Row 6- Ch 1, work 1 sc, Ch 13, skip 13 stitches, sc into 14th stitch. Sc in each remaining stitch until you have 14 left, ch 13, and sc into the last stitch (these are the leg holes).
Row 7- Ch 1, work 1 sc into each stitch, making sure on the chains to only work in the top loop of each ch (you will need the bottom loops to crochet the sleeves).
Row 8-26- Ch 1, work 1 sc in each stitch across.
Row 27- Ch 1, work 3 sc decreases in the first 6 stitches, sc in each remaining stitch until you have 6 left. Work 3 more sc decreases in the last 6 stitches. (60)
Row 28- Ch 1, work 1 sc in each stitch across
Row 29- Ch 1, work 3 sc decreases in the first 6 stitches, sc in each remaining stitch until you have 6 left. Work 3 more sc decreases in the last 6 stitches. (54)
Row 30- Ch 1, work 1 sc in each stitch across.
Row 31- Ch 1, work 3 sc decreases in the first 6 stitches, sc in each remaining stitch until you have 6 left. Work 3 more sc decreases in the last 6 stitches. (48)
Row 32- Ch 1, work 1 sc in each stitch across.
Row 33- Ch 1, work 3 sc decreases in the first 6 stitches, sc in each remaining stitch until you have 6 left. Work 3 more sc decreases in the last 6 stitches. (42)
Row 34-50- Work 1 sc in each stitch across.
Ch 1, and begin working down the side, working 1 sc into the side of each row. Once you reach the top edge of your collar on side one, tie off, and rejoin on the opposite edge.
Repeat this side working 1 sc into the side of each row, making a border to work your seam.
Once you give each side a sc border, tie off, and with a darning needle work a whip stitch starting at the collar, and going until you reach your first row of decreases. At the decrease spot, weave in your end and secure the seam, leaving the rest open.
To size this part for a smaller or larger dog, take your base collar that was already made to fit around your puppy's neck. Measure around your dog's chest now and the distance between neck and legs. Work several increase rows until it reaches the legs and add your leg holes in when it reaches that length (keeping with the increase pattern used above, adding in more rows to properly fit your dog's chest). To size the leg hole, measure the width of your dog's leg on only one side. Chain until you reach the length you measured.
Tie your yarn back in on the inside corner of your leg hole.
Row 1- Ch 1, work 1 sc in each stitch around, making sure to only work into the back loop of your ch stitches.
Row 2-5- Ch 1, work 1 sc into each stitch around.
Once you finish your legs, go through and weave in all the ends along your sweater.
Before we go
I hope you all enjoyed this pattern, I plan on making some more puppy sweaters in the future so if you are interested check back soon! If you would like to see other patterns I have several others published and feel free to take a look at those as well!
Hope all your puppies have a warm winter and as always, happy hooking!
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