Puppy Dog Throw


Your dog may spend more time in your home than in the dog house, but that shouldn't stop you from making this cute Puppy Dog Throw. Featuring fun crocheted doghouse motifs, this free crochet afghan pattern is perfect for a canine household. You can either make this for human use, or leave it for Fido to curl up with in his kennel or (let's face it) your living room sofa or bed.


Crochet HookH/8 or 5 mm hook

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


  • RED HEART® Super Saver®:
    2 skeins each 334 Buff A and 400 Grey Heather B
    1 skein each 512 Turqua C, 3941 Chili D and 365 Coffee E
  • Susan Bates® Crochet Hook: 5mm [US H-8]
  • Yarn needle
  • Chart

Throw measures 31½” (80cm) square.

GAUGE: Square = 6” (15cm). CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.


(make 12 in A and 13 in half B/half A)
Note: For A squares, begin with A and use
Row 1 (half B/half A square): With B, ch 3, 3 dc in 3rd ch from hook (one shell made) ch 3, turn.
Row 2: 3 dc in 3rd ch from hook, slip st in ch-3 space of first shell, ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 space, ch 3, turn—2 shells.
Row 3: 3 dc in 3rd ch from hook, *slip st in ch-3 space of next shell, ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 space; repeat from * across, ch 3, turn—3 shells.
Rows 4-7: Repeat Row 3. At end of Row 7, do not ch 3, turn, slip st in each st across shell, slip st into ch-3 space of shell, fasten off B—7 shells.
Row 8: With A, slip st in ch-3 space of same shell, ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 space, *slip st in ch-3 of next shell, ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 space; repeat from * across to last shell, end with slip st in last ch-3 space, turn, slip st in each st across shell.
Rows 9-13: Repeat Row 8 until 1 shell remains, fasten off.

DOGHOUSE (make 12)
Row 1: With C, ch 10, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 1, turn—9 sc.
Rows 2-6: Sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn.
Rows 7-9: Sc first 2 sc together, sc in each sc across, sc last 2 sc together, ch 1, turn—3 sc.
Row 10: Sc 3 sc together, fasten off—1 sc.
With D, ch 20, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 8 ch, 3 sc in next ch, sc in each of last 9 ch, fasten off.
Row 1: With E, ch 3, sc in 2nd ch from hook, 5 sc in last ch, working down opposite side of foundation ch, sc in next ch, ch 1, turn—7 sc.
Row 2: Sc in each of next 3 sc, 3 sc in next sc, sc in each of last 3 sc, fasten off—9 sc.

With yarn needle using running stitch, sew doorway to lower edge of doghouse at center. Sew doghouse to center of solid color square, making sure to leave enough room at top of doghouse for roof. Sew roof to top of doghouse. With D, embroider heart at center of doghouse above doorway as shown.
Assemble squares rows 5 across and 5 down using sc to join rows on wrong side of throw as follows:
Rows 1, 3, 5: Half A/B square with B triangle to lower left, solid square, half A/B square with B triangle to upper right, solid square, half A/B square with B triangle to lower left.
Rows 2, 4: Solid square, half A/B square with B triangle to lower right, solid square, half A/B square with B triangle to upper left, solid square.

See assembly diagram (above, materials list)

Round 1: With D, sc evenly around, working 3 sc in each corner, join with slip st to first sc, fasten off.
Round 2: With B, join with slip st to center sc of any corner 3-sc group, ch 3, dc in same sc, *ch 2, skip next 2 sc, slip st in next sc, ch 2, skip next 2 sc, 2 dc in next sc; repeat from * around, adjusting stitches as necessary, fasten off.


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Only a true fur mommie would consider making one of these. When I read the directions I would not think this as an easy project but because I have a little experience on my side I can completely understand and get this done without any problems. The design is involved but even if you still a novice you can complete this design as well.

This is a special throw for your very special fur baby. This is a motif design with a lot of elements that are needed for the project to be completed. If you are one of those people that thrive on piece work, this is the project for you. I know my special fur baby will enjoy this for years to come.

Uh oh, someones in the doghouse. What a great idea for a practical joke for when you make hubby sleep on the sofa. Give him this doghouse blanket to cover up with and think about what he did to get thrown in the doghouse again. Could be a cute gag gift for the new bride to use later.

I love both my dogs and any throw or blanket is considered a puppy dog throw but I love that this throw is created with a dog motif in mind. I enjoy creating designs with blocks so I cant wait to get started on this project. Thank you for the free pattern.

I'm afraid I have the same issues as stated below. I do not understand how to do rows 8-13. How do you reduce the number of shells per row and still end up with a square when done? I've ripped apart numerous times. ???

On the squares I get to row 7 just fine but then I'm lost. I can't figure out how to reduce the shells one each row until I'm back down to 1 shell in the 13th row. Please help.

It seems we both have the same problem. Up to row 7, no problem, after that, no go. I am assuming you also have not received any answer to your problem. Hopefully at some point someone will read our issue and give us some guidance.


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