Kimberly is a 19-year-old jewelry artist, soap maker, and crocheter. She lives happily with her boyfriend in northern Minnesota.
This sweater is made using Mandala Sparkle cakes, but you could use any similar weighted yarn to make this adorable outfit for your fur baby. It's very difficult to try and buy sweaters for my little pup as she has a very awkward shape to her, and most sweaters we do find to fit her cost an arm and a leg to buy. This project used less than 1 cake of yarn, and if using a different brand it should never use more than a ball if you also have a small dog. Since she does have some awkward shaping, I will include how to adjust the pattern to your puppy's size so every fur baby out there can stay warm and cozy in the chilly months!
Supplies and Abbreviations
- 3mm or 4mm crochet hook (depends on your tension)
- 1 ball of Mandala Sparkle yarn (or any other weight 3 yarn)
- Darning needle (for seam and weaving in ends)
- Ch- Chain
- DC- Double crochet
- sc- Single crochet
Use a 3mm crochet hook, or whatever size will fit your gauge. I used a very loose stitch while crocheting this with a smaller hook so that it would still drape nicely, but would have tighter holes that her claws wouldn't snag in as easily while putting it on her.
Row 1- DC in each stitch across
Row 2-38- Ch 2, DC in each stitch across.
To size for your puppy, you can either measure around their neck and add an extra inch to the length so it's not too tight, or you can measure their collar, which is what I did for her neck.
Tie onto the side of the collar and work in the side of each row.
Row 1- Work 2 sc into the side of each DC row
Row 2-5- Ch 1, work 1 sc in each stitch across
Row 6- Ch 1, work 1 sc in the first 3 stitches, *work 2 sc in fourth stitch, sc in next 3 stitches* Repeat * across (95)
Row 7- Ch 1, work 1 sc in each stitch across
Row 8- Ch 1, work 1 sc in first 4 stitches *work 2 sc in next stitch, work 1 sc in next 4 stitches* Repeat * across (114)
Row 9-22- Ch 1, work 1 sc in each stitch across
Row 23- Ch 1, Work 1 sc in first 2 stitches, Ch 20, skip 20 stitches, sc into the 21 stitch.
Work 1 sc in each stitch until you have 23 sc left
Ch 20, skip 20 stitches, work 1 sc in the last 2 stitches.
Row 24- Ch 1, work 1 sc in each stitch. When you reach the ch stitches, work your sc in the back loop only.
Row 25-44- Ch 1, work 1 sc in each stitch across
Row 45- Ch 1, work 1 sc, Work 4 sc decreases, Work 1 sc in each stitch until you have 9 left, work 4 more decreases, and 1 sc in the final stitch (106)
Row 46- Ch 1, sc in each stitch across
Row 47- Ch 1, work 1 sc, Work 4 sc decreases, Work 1 sc in each stitch until you have 9 left, work 4 more decreases, and 1 sc in the final stitch (98)
Row 48- Ch 1, work 1 sc in each stitch across
Row 49- Ch 1, work 1 sc in each stitch across
Row 50- Ch 1, work 1 sc in the first stitch, work 3 sc decreases, work 1 s into each stitch until you have 7 left, work 3 more decreases, and sc in the final stitch (92)
Row 51-71- Work 1 sc in each stitch across
Using a darning needle start at the collar and whip stitch down until you reach the first row of your decreases. Once you reach that row, weave in your ends and try it on your little companion!
If you want to add little sleeves on this you easily can: that's why we worked in the back loop of the ch stitches. I personally didn't add them on this project because it was meant to be more of a spring than winter sweater for her.
However, if you would like to tie on the inside corner of the leg hole, work 1 sc in the back of each stitch, and the loop in the ch stitches we didn't crochet into. For my Gizmo, 5 rows is where I usually stop in her legs.
To adjust this to your puppy, basing it off of the collar should adjust it accordingly. For the leg holes, work the rows the same way I did, working more or less increase rows as needed until the project covers your animal's chest and touches the top of their legs. For the rest of it, just crochet until it reaches the dip in the stomach. At that point you can start working your decreases. Work decreases in the same pattern as the project, adding more or less rows as needed.
This sweater should be very beginner-friendly since it only works with 2 stitches and a decrease stitch. I used less than 1 cake of yarn, and since I bought it on sale, this entire sweater cost me only $3—making it a great option to fill your puppies wardrobe with. You could also use the Mandala cakes that don't have sparkles if you want to make it less feminine for your boy puppies, or any other weight 3 yarn!
Hope you all enjoyed this pattern and as always happy hooking!
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