Half Double Crochet Small Dog Sweater Pattern

Updated on June 13, 2019
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Kimberly is a 19-year-old jewelry artist, soap maker, and crocheter. She lives happily with her boyfriend in northern Minnesota.

This is a super simple crochet pattern using mostly the half double crochet stitch, making it perfect for beginners. As you may know if you keep up with my patterns, my fiancee and I live in northern Minnesota and it gets COLD up here. Considering how cold it gets, our little Chihuahua mix gets super cold when we take her out. The second problem: she has an oddly proportioned body, making it super hard for us to buy sweaters for her. I will also include the measurements I took to make this sweater so you can modify as you need to make it fit your little fur baby for the cold months!

Measurements

  • Neck- Just around the neck. You can also measure the collar and add on an extra inch.
  • Chest length- Start just under the neck and measure until you reach where it dips into their waist.
  • Chest width- Just behind the legs, and measure around your dog's body.
  • Waist- Where your dog's chest dips in is the dog's waist.
  • Back length- From bottom of neck to tail.

Collar

Ch 9

Row 1- HDC in second ch from hook, and in each remaining ch across, turn (8 stitches)

Row 2-42- Ch 1, HDC in each stitch across, turn

Work 42 rows, or until it is long enough to fit around your dogs throat. The neck circumference of my dog is 11 inches. You can measure with a piece of yarn you loosely wrap around their neck, or you can the measure the string. Or if you have a cloth tape measure or other tailoring tape measure you can just use that.

Body

Turn your work, so instead of facing your stitches you're facing the side of your work.

Row 1- Work 1 HDC into the side of each row (42 stitches)

Row 2- Ch 1, Work 1 HDC in the first 5 stitches *work 2 HDC in the next stitch, Work 1 HDC in the next 5 stitches* Repeat * across. (49 stitches)

Row 3- Ch 1, Work 1 HDC in first 6 stitches *work 2 HDC into the next stitch, work 1 HDC in next 6 stitches* Repeat * across. (56 stitches)

Row 4- Ch 1, Work 1 HDC in the first 7 stitches *work 2 HDC into the next stitch, work 1 HDC in the next 7 stitches* Repeat * across (64 stitches)

Row 5- Ch 1, Work 1 HDC in the first 8 stitches *work 2 HDC into the next stitch, work 1 HDC in the next 8 stitches* Repeat * across (71 stitches)

Rows 6-10- Ch 1, HDC in each stitch across

Row 11- Ch 1, work 1 HDC into the first 2 stitches.

  • Ch 15
  • Skip 15 stitches and HDC into the 16 stitch
  • 1 HDC in the next 35 stitches
  • Ch 15
  • Skip 15 stitches, HDC in the last 2 stitches.

Row 12- Ch 1, work 1 HDC in first 2 stitches

  • Work 15 HDC in the ch space
  • Work 1 HDC in each stitch until your next ch space
  • Work 15 HDC in the ch space
  • Work 1 HDC in each remaining HDC

Row 13- Ch 1, work 1 HDC in each stitch across.

Rows 14-25- Ch 1, work 1 HDC into each stitch across.

Making the Seam

  1. Turn and begin working up the side. Make sure it's the side that will be seamed for the stomach.
  2. Work 1 HDC in the side of each HDC row.
  3. Turn, ch 1, work 1 HDC into each stitch you just made. Tie off.
  4. Tie onto the opposite side and repeat working 2 rows of HDC up the side.
  5. Tie off, leaving a very long tail.
  6. Attach a darning needle to the long tail and whip stitch these edges together, making a seam along the stomach.

Bottom

Tie on, on the side of your seam where the HDC are facing the correct way. You will not be working over the seam rows at all for this; you will just be working in the HDC rows that are facing the correct way.

Row 1- Ch 1, work 1 HDC into the first 2 HDC.

  • Work 3 HDC decreases in the next 6 stitches.
  • Work 1 HDC in each remaining stitch across until you have 8 stitches left.
  • Work 3 more HDC decreases
  • Work 1 HDC in the last 2 stitches.

Row 2- Ch 1, work 1 HDC in the first 2 stitches

  • Work 1 HDC in first 2 stitches
  • Work 2 HDC decreases in the next 4 stitches
  • Work 1 HDC in each remaining stitch until you have 6 stitches left
  • Work 2 HDC decreases
  • Work 1 HDC in the last 2 stitches

Row 3- Ch 1, work 1 HDC in the first 2 stitches

  • Work 1 HDC decrease in the next 2 stitches
  • Work 1 HDC in each remaining stitch until you have 4 stitches left
  • Work 1 HDC decrease
  • Work 1 HDC in the last 2 stitches

Rows 4-6- Ch 1, work 1 HDC into each stich across, turn

Turn your work so you're facing the sides of your rows again, and work 1 sc into the sides of each row. Once you reach the seam rows work 1 sc into those as well, and continue working sc down the opposite side.

The border is optional: it's just a very simple sc border that I personally think gives it more of a finished look. However, you could also just tie off and weave in your ends.

Once you have that finished all you have left to do is weave in your ends and keep your little pup warm!

I hope you all enjoyed this pattern, and happy hooking everyone!

Look at her play!

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