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La-di-da Dog Sweater
La-di-da Dog Sweater
This image courtesy of redheart.com

You have hats, boots, and a warm jacket for winter, but what about Fido? If your four-legged friend needs a sweater, whether for style or warmth or both, then the La-di-da Dog Sweater is for him! This crochet dog sweater pattern is available in three sizes and will be a colorful addition to your pooch's wardrobe. This crochet pattern is at the intermediate level and is best suited to experienced crocheters. You'll love how chic and stylish your dog looks, and your dog will appreciate staying warm while out for a walk this winter.

NOTES: Directions are for size Small. Changes for sizes Medium and Large are in parentheses.

1. To change color, work last stitch of old color to last yarn over. Yarn over with new color and draw through all loops on hook to complete stitch. Proceed with new color. Cut old color or carry along wrong side until next needed to minimize weaving in ends.
2. Beginning at end of Row 3 of Body, change to next color in color sequence at the end of every other row.

Color Sequence: 2 rows with A, 2 rows with B, 2 rows
with C

Intermediate

Crochet HookI/9 or 5.5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Crochet Gauge12 sts = 4" (10 cm); 16 rows = 4" (10 cm). CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge

Finished SizeFinished Length: 12½ (13½, 14½)" [32 (34.5, 37) cm]; Finished Chest: 14½ (19½, 24¼)" [37 (49.5, 61.5) cm]

Materials List

  • RED HEART With Love: 1 skein each 1401 Pewter A, 1704 Bubblegum B, and 1502 Iced Aqua
  • Susan Bates Crochet Hook: 5.5mm [US I-9]
  • Yarn needle

Special Stitches

  1. Lsc (long single crochet) = Insert hook in bottom of indicated st 1 row below, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through both loops on hook. Skip stitch behind long single crochet

  2. reverse sc (reverse single crochet) = Work single crochet in opposite direction from which you would usually work (left to right if you are righthanded and right to left if you are lefthanded). This stitch is also known as crab stitch. It creates a rope-like twisted single crochet edging.

  3. sc2tog = [Insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop] twice, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

Pattern Stitch

  1. Row 1 (wrong side): Ch 1, sc in first sc, *Lsc in next sc 1 row below, sc in next sc; repeat from * across, turn. 

  2. Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st across; change to next color in color sequence in last st, turn

Sweater: Neckband

  1. With A, ch 6.

  2. Row 1 (right side): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn—5 sts

  3. Row 2: Ch 1, sc in back lp of each sc across, turn.

  4. Repeat last row 27 (37, 47) times; change to B in last sc of last row. 

Sweater: Body

  1. Row 1 (Right Side): Working in end of rows, ch 1, sc in each row across, turn— 29 (39, 49) sc.

  2. Row 2: Ch 1, work 1 (2, 1) sc in first sc, *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc; repeat from * across—43 (59, 73) sc.

  3. Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; change to B, turn. 

  4. Rows 4 and 5: Work Rows 1 and 2 of pattern st.

Divide for Leg Openings

  1. RIGHT UNDERBODY
    Row 1 (wrong side): Work Row 1 of pattern st in first 5 (7, 9) sts; leave remaining sts unworked, turn—5 (7, 9) sts.
    Rows 2–10 (14, 18): Work even in pattern st. Fasten off.

  2. CENTER BACK
    Row 1 (wrong side): With wrong side facing, skip next 3 (5, 7) sts of Row 5 of Body, join same color as Row 1 of Right Underbody with slip st in next st, beginning in same st as join, work Row 1 of pattern st in first 27 (35, 41) sts; leave remaining sts unworked, turn—27 (35, 41) sts.
    Rows 2–10 (14, 18): Work even in pattern st.
    Fasten off

  3. LEFT UNDERBODY
    Row 1 (wrong side):
    With wrong side facing, skip next 3 (5, 7) sts of Row 5 of Body, join same color as Row 1 of Right Underbody with slip st in next st, beginning in same st as join, work Row 1 of pattern st in last 5 (7, 9) sts, turn—5 (7, 9) sts.
    Rows 2–10 (14, 18): Work even in pattern st.
    Do not fasten off.

Back

  1. Row 11 (15, 19): Ch 1, *sc in first sc, [Lsc in next sc 1 row below, sc in next sc] 2 (3, 4) times*, ch 3 (5, 7), sc in next sc, [Lsc in next sc 1 row below, sc in next sc] 13 (17, 20) times, ch 3 (5, 7), repeat from * to * once, turn—37 (49, 59) sts and 6 (10, 14) ch.

  2. Row 12 (16, 20): Ch 1, sc in each st and ch across, turn—43 (59, 73) sts. 

  3. Row 13 (17, 21): Work Row 1 of pattern st.

  4. Row 14 (18, 22): Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, sc2tog, turn—41 (57, 71) sts.

  5. Rows 15–39 (19–43, 23–47): Repeat last 2 rows 12 times, then repeat last row once—15 (31, 45) sts. 

  6. Fasten off.

Leg Opening (work twice)

  1. Round 1 (right side): With right side facing, sc join A in any st at leg opening, sc evenly around; join with slip st in first sc.

  2. Round 2: Ch 1, sc in same st as join, *sc2tog, sc in next st; repeat from * around, adjusting at end of round as needed; join with slip st in first sc.

  3. Round 3: Ch 1, sc in each sc around; join with slip st in first sc.

  4. Rounds 4 and 5: Repeat Rounds 2 and 3. 

  5. Round 6: Ch 1, reverse sc in each st around; join with slip st in first sc. 

  6. Fasten off.

Finishing

  1. With ends of rows held together, sew seam from Neckband to Row 14 (18, 22) of Back.

  2. Edging
    Round 1 (right side): With right side of Back facing, sc join C (B, A) in seam, working in ends of rows and across last row, sc evenly around working 3 sc in each corner; join with slip st in first sc.
    Round 2: Ch 1, reverse sc in each st around; join with slip st in first sc.
    Fasten off.
    eave in ends.

Project Diagram

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Abbreviations

A, B, C
Color A, Color B, Color C, etc.
ch
chain(s)
sc
single crochet
st(s)
stitch(es)
*
repeat whatever follows the * as indicated

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Looks like our Lhasa Apso mix will be getting more than one custom made sweater this year. Since she managed to get into a patch of burdock weeds, shell be wearing a much shorter coat than usual this winter. I found the original pattern for this doggie sweater at Red Heart and was able to download it to work on once the weather gets colder.

I am the proud Mom to two fur babies and I do spoil them a little. This sweater pattern would look great on both of them as they are just about the same size of this little dog. Although the pattern uses several colors, I think my first attempt will be to select a single color and if I like it, the follow up sweaters can be multi-colored.

I have already made my dog a sweater made of wool for the winter but sometimes she just needs one because the wind is blowing when we go on our walks in the mornings. This one would be perfect for her as it looks light weight and not so heavy as the one I made previously.

Well, La di da! I couldnt resist. Oh thats a cute doggy sweater. Love the colors too and how they blend in so well with this puppys fur. Ill have to remember to color coordinate mine also when I make one for my doggy. It looks great. I love dressing my little princess up in new clothes and this will make a welcome addition to her wardrobe.

This free la-di-da dog sweater pattern is really adorable. I have two spoiled lap dogs and I am always "window shopping" for articles of clothing. The price on some of those items is outrageous. I think with a little effort I can make them several of these to wear on those chilly morning walks.

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