How to knit a dog sweater

Dogs can also feel chilly when the weather is cold, so why not knit a snuggly sweater with cables for your best friend? In this step-by-step lesson we’ll show you how to knit the The Lookout doggy sweater, pattern DROPS 102-43, with DROPS Karisma.

Follow the tutorial and if you have any questions by the end, leave them in the comments section so our experts can help you!

What do you need to get started?

Size: In this lesson we work size XS, and you’ll notice that this size is marked with bold font throughout the whole tutorial. Find the complete pattern here.

XS- S - M
The measures of the dog:
Chest width: approx 28/32 – 40/44 – 48/52 cm = 11"/12 1/2" - 15 3/4"/17 1/4" - 19"/20 1/2"
Back length: approx 24– 32 - 40 cm = 9 1/2"- 12 1/2" - 15 3/4"

Examples of sizes of dogs: XS = Chihuahua, S = Bichon Frise, M = Cocker Spaniel

DROPS Karisma from Garnstudio
100-150-200 g color no. 21, medium grey

DROPS circular needle size 4 mm = US 6, 40 cm = 16" long (double pointed needles in XS) –or the size needed to obtain the correct knitting gauge; 21 sts x 28 rows in stockinette sts = 10 x 10 cm = 4" x 4".

DROPS double pointed needle and small circular needle size 3mm = US 2,5

Some notes before we start...

RIB: * K2, P2 * , repeat from *-*
When we use *-* in the text, work whatever has been written between the stars, repeating this however many times stated in the pattern.

Increase by making yarn overs. On the next round, work the yarn overs twisted to avoid holes.

PATTERN: See diagrams M.1 to M.3 The diagrams are shown from the RS.


Here's the complete diagram you'll need for the pattern. You will need to come back to it as you follow the pattern steps below.

= K from the RS, P from the WS
= P from the RS, K from the WS
= Cable: Put 1 st on a cable needle behind the work, K3, P1 from the cable needle
= Cable: Put 3 sts on a cable needle in front of work, P1, K3 from cable needle.
= Cable: Put 2 sts on cable needle behind the work, K2, K2 from cable needle.
= Cable: Put 3 sts on cable needle behind the work, K3, K3 from cable needle.

Let’s start knitting!

But first, some more notes: The garment is worked in the round from the neck down, then divided for the forelegs, where you work back and forth over part of the back, then work the part under the stomach, join the pieces together and work in the round. Stitches are bind off under the stomach followed by decreasing on each side for a few centimetres. To finish, ribbed edges are worked around the sweater and stitches are picked up around the holes for the forelegs and also worked with rib.

Cast on 60-80-100 sts with double pointed needle size 3 mm = US 2,5 and medium grey

Work in Rib for 8-10-12 cm = 3 1/8"-4"-4 3/4" (= Collar which is folded double)

Change to small circular needle size 4mm = US 6. K 1 round at the same time increase 16-32-54 sts evenly distributed - read INCREASE TIP = 76-112-154 sts.

Continue the pattern as follows:

Size XS: M.2 (4 sts), P2 , M.2 (4 sts), (= the first 10 sts underneath the stomach), P3, M.3 (14 sts), M.2 (4 sts), M.1 (24 sts) (= mid back), M.2 (4 sts), M.3 (14 sts) and P3.

Size S: * M.2, P2 *, repeat from *-* 2 times, M.2, * M.3, M.2 *, repeat from *-* 2 times, M.1 (= mid back), * M.2, M.3 *, repeat from *-* 2 times

Size M: * M.2, P2 *, repeat from *-* 3 times, M.2, * M.3, M.2 *, repeat from *-* 3 times, M.1 (= mid back), * M.2, M.3 *, repeat from *-* 3 times

At the same time when the piece measures 12 -16-20 cm = 4 3/4"-6 1/4"-8" (from the cast-on edge) split the work for the forelegs as follows (make sure to split so you work the cables from the right side): Put the first 10-16-22 sts on a thread or a stitch holder (= underneath the stomach), turn the piece and continue the pattern back and forth,bind off 1 st on each side, at the beginning of the next 2 rows, = 64 -94-130 sts (= back piece).

Knit back and forth over these sts for 6 -8-10 cm = 2 3/8"-3 1/8"-4" (the piece measures 18 -24-30 cm = 7"-9 1/2"-11 3/4" in total). be sure to knit the next row from right side, cut the thread.

Put sts on a thread or stitch holder, and put sts from the thread or stitch holder underneath the stomach back on needle.

Cast on 1 new st each side of these sts = 12-18-24 sts. Continue knitting the pattern back and forth with 1 P st each side.

When knitted 6-8-10 cm = 2 3/8"-3 1/8"-4" put all sts on needle = 76-112-154 sts, be sure to knit the next round from right side

When the piece measures 24-31-38 cm = 9 1/2"-12 1/4"-15" bind off 12-20-28 sts mid underneath the stomach

Now knit the piece back and forth on needle – at the same time bind off each side on every other row: 3 sts 1 -1-1 time, 2 sts 2-3-4 times, 1 st 2-3-4 times, 2 sts 2-3-4 times and 3 sts 1-1-1 time = 32-50-74 sts left on needle.
The piece measures approx. 30-39-48 cm = 11 3/4"15 1/4"-19".

Assembly: Put the remaining sts on a small circular needle size 3mm = US 2,5 and pick up sts around the binding off edge to a total of approx 84-108-140 sts. Knit Rib for 2-3-4 cm = 3/4"-1 1/8"-1 1/2", bind off loosely with K over K and P over P

Leg: Pick up approx. 36-44-52 sts on double pointed needle size 3mm = US 2,5 around 1 opening for leg.

Knit Rib for 2-3-4 cm = 3/4"-1 1/8"-1 1/4", bind off loosely with K over K and P over P. Repeat for the other opening.


And so is the sweater complete. Thank you for following our tutorial, we hope you had fun and that we get to see pictures of your finished sweater. Post them on social media using hashtags #dropsalong and #thelookoutdogsweater or submit them to our gallery so we can feature them!

Need some help?

Should you want more information about the different stitches or techniques, here’s a list of lessons and video tutorials that will help:

Comments (48)


Comment tricote t on en aller retour pour les torsades ?

07.02.2024 - 18:37:

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Mme Dubois, dans cette vidéo nous montrons comment tricoter des torsades en allers et retours. Lors de la division de l'ouvrage, veillez à ce que les torsades soient toujours sur l'endroit quand vous continuez, si ce n'est pas le cas, coupez le fil et reprenez du bon côté. Bon tricot!

08.02.2024 - 16:14:

Sabine Rogalski wrote:

Hallo. Ich stricke Größe S und komme bei Punkt 5 nicht weiter. Ich habe 16 Maschen stillgelegt. Aber wie soll ich von 112 Maschen auf 94 Maschen kommen, wenn ich nur in den nächsten 2 Reihen je 1 Masche abnehmen soll? Freue mich auf eine Antwort. Liebe Grüße Sabine

24.01.2024 - 17:33:

Sabine Rogalski wrote:

Hallo. Ich stricke Größe S und komme bei Punkt 5 nicht weiter. Ich habe 16 Maschen stillgelegt. Aber wie soll ich von 112 Maschen auf 94 Maschen kommen, wenn ich nur in den nächsten 2 Reihen je 1 Masche abnehmen soll? Freue mich auf eine Antwort. Liebe Grüße Sabine

24.01.2024 - 17:33:

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Sabine, so stricken Sie die 1. Reihe: 16 Maschen stricken und stilllegen, 1 Masche abketten, bis zur Ende der Reihe stricken, wenden, 1 Masche abketten = 94 M sind noch übrig (2 M abgekettet + 16 M stillgelegt + 94 M auf der Nadel =112 Maschen. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

30.01.2024 - 08:49:

Tascha Andersen wrote:

Hej.. Hvornår starter man på snoningerne ?? Er det efter man har taget de 16 masker ud (str. XS) =76 ?? Fordi hvis jeg bare strikker videre oplever jeg bare at det bliver rib linjer.. Hilsen Tascha

17.01.2024 - 14:02:

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Tascha. Når du har strikket vrangbord og minsket med 16 masker, skal du strikke etter diagram M.1, M.2 og M.3 + vrangmasker som beskrevet i oppskriften. I M.2 og M.3 starter du med fletter på 2. pinne, og når du kommer til 4. pinne, starter flettene i M.1 også. Se gjerne pkt 4 og 5 på Steb-by-Step Leksjonen vi har laget til denne oppskriften. mvh DROPS Design

18.01.2024 - 12:56:


Regarding "Assembly: Put the remaining sts on a small circular needle size 3mm = US 2,5 and pick up sts around the binding off edge to a total of approx 84-108-140 sts." Does the "total" (in my case 140 sts) include the sts left on the needle (in my case 74) so I pick up 66 sts? Or should I pick up 140 sts for a total of 214 sts. Thanks for your help!

07.12.2023 - 21:43:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Melissa, the total number of stitches in the needle should be 140 stitches so, the picked up sts and the sts already in the needle should add up to 140 sts. Happy knitting!

10.12.2023 - 18:13:

Carmela Morrone wrote:

Vorrei domandare se c'è qualcuna bravissima signora se mi potesse fare un capottino per il mio cagnolino sempre pagando per favore Grazie mille

28.11.2023 - 12:03:

DROPS Design answered:

Buonasera Carmela, può rivolgersi al suo rivenditore DROPS di fiducia che sicuramente potrà consigliarle dei nominativi di magliaie. Buon lavoro!

30.11.2023 - 22:58:

Anita Brevold wrote:

Kan man lage genseren større ?Og hvor mange masker må man da legge opp?

12.11.2023 - 18:58:

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Anita. Man kan fint lage genseren større, men vi har bare oppskrift opp til str M . Men ta mål av din hund og prøv å regne ut maskeantallet ut fra den oppgitte strikkefastheten på hva du trenger. mvh DROPS Design

13.11.2023 - 07:29:

Gemma wrote:

Благодарю покорно ! Навещайте и конечно на собственный блог :D Цена панорамного балкона

09.03.2023 - 14:36:

Caisa wrote:

Hur avmaskar jag 2m 2-3-4 ggr, 1m 2-3-4 ggr?

16.02.2023 - 16:31:

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Caisa. Det kommer an på hvilken str. du strikker. I str. XS skal du felle 2 masker 2 ganger og 1 maske 2 ganger. I str. S skal du felle 2 masker 3 ganger og 1 maske 3 ganger, og i str. M skal du felle 2 masker 4 ganger og 1 maske 4 ganger. Usikker på hvordan lese en DROPS oppskrift? Klikk på: Tips & Hjälp - Läs ett mönster - Hur man följer ett DROPS mönster. Da ser du hvordan en DROPS oppskrift er bygd opp og det blir forhåpentligvis lettere å skjønne en oppskrift. Lykke til, mvh DROPS Design

27.02.2023 - 07:27:

Angela wrote:

Buongiorno, dovrei fare un maglione per un cane con collo 41, torace 72, lunghezza 60, come mi regolo con le maglie? Grazie in anticipo per la risposta. Buona giornata

04.11.2022 - 14:43:

DROPS Design answered:

Buonasera, qui sul nostro sito può trovare migliaia di modelli gratuiti tra cui scegliere: in ogni modello trova lo schema delle misure per scegliere la taglia. Buon lavoro!

05.11.2022 - 10:26:

May Britt wrote:

Denne ser perfekt ut til tisper, finnes det et mønster spesielt for hannhunder som må ha kortere del under magen for å hindre at de tisser på genseren? Og er det er en måte å endre på, når hunden må ha S foran, men M/L i rygglengde?

16.10.2022 - 00:53:

DROPS Design answered:

Hei May Britt. Vi har kun felles oppskrifter for hanhund og tisper. Om du strikker denne modellen (102-43), kan du når du holder på med pkt 10, måle på din hund og se hvor lang du vil ha magestykket. Deretter følg oppskriften fra pkt 11. Husk å ta med i beregningen at det kommer en vrangbordskant etter at du har felt av under mange. mvh DROPS Design

17.10.2022 - 08:38:

Hlgschmt wrote:

Guten Tag, erstmal vielen Dank für die Anleitung. Könnten sie mir das, "Dann die Arbeit in Hin- und Rück-Reihen weiterstricken – gleichzeitig beidseitig, d.h. am Anfang jeder Reihe, wie folgt abketten: 3 Maschen 1 -1-1 x, 2 Maschen 2-3-4 x, 1 Masche 2-3-4 x, 2 Maschen 2-3-4 x und 3 Maschen 1-1-1 x = 32-50-74 Maschen übrig. " genauer erklären? Was bedeutet 3 Machen 1-1-1 x z.B.

14.10.2022 - 14:07:

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Frau Hlgschmt, am anfang jeder der nächsten 2 Reihen ketten Sie 3 Maschen ab (= 3 M 1 x auf beide Seite), dann am Anfang der nächsten 4-6-8 Reihen ketten Sie 2 Maschen ab (= 2-3-4 M beidseitig), am Anfang der nächsten 4-6-8 Reihen ketten Sie 1 Masche ab (2-3-4 M beidseitig) und am Anfang der nächsten 2 Reihen ketten Sie 3 Maschen ab (3 M beidseitig). 1-1-1 x gilt hier für 1 Mal in jede Größe. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

14.10.2022 - 16:21:

Jonna wrote:

Hej! Vid steg 5, hur "delar jag så att jag ser till så att jag stickar flätorna från rätsidan"? Är det beroende på vart i mönstret jag är eller något annat? Om jag gör som i videon som visar hur jag ska dela börjar jag ju sticka från avigan efter delningen för frambenen, så vad är det som ska ske från rätsidan? Tack på förhand!

12.10.2022 - 22:32:

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Jonna. Om du passer på at når du deler og skal begynne å strikke frem og tilbake, at vrangpinne strikkes der det kun strikkes rett og vrangmasker fra diagrammet . Slik at når du skal strikke flettemønster, blir dette strikket fra retten. I f.eks M.1 strikkes pinne 1-3-5-7-11 osv fra vrangen, mens pinne 2-4-6-8 osv fra retten. mvh DROPS Design

17.10.2022 - 07:52:

Virginia Swain wrote:

Hello, apologies if this is obvious, I am quite a novice but really want to knit a sweater for my dog. Can I knit this using only circular (magic loop) needles? I do not have any double pointed needles. Or could you point me to a pattern where I can use magic loop and/or normal needles? Thank you.

09.01.2022 - 13:55:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Swain, this video shows how to knit with the magic loop technique and should be able to help you. Happy knitting!

10.01.2022 - 09:48:

Birgit wrote:

Kan man ikke indsætte billed

29.12.2021 - 21:06:

Camilla wrote:

Punkt 5 - vend arbejdet og fortsæt mønster frem og tilbage. Skal man så strikke det modsatte - altså ret når det er vrangtegn? Og skal man starte ved M1 når man strikker baglæns?

24.12.2021 - 13:32:

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Camilla. Ja, se på diagramforklaringsteksten. Der står det: rett fra retten, vrang fra vrangen og vrang fra retten, rett fra vrangen. Fra retten strikker du M.1 fra høyre mot venstre og fra vrangen strikker du M.1 fra venstre mot høyre. mvh DROPS Design

04.01.2022 - 09:03:

Susanne Verdich wrote:

Jeg syntes kun man tager masker af til 1 ben, hvadmed det andet?

20.12.2021 - 09:03:

Elisabeth Birnkammer wrote:

Hallo, ich stricke den Pulli derzeit für eine ausgewachsene Dalmatiner Hündin als Überraschung und kann sie daher nicht abmessen. Ich habe die Maschenzahl für die Größe M genommen und bei den Längen in cm immer 4 cm zugegeben. Hat irgendwer zufällig den Pulli für einen größeren Hund wie zb Dalmatiner gestrickt und kann mir die Länge wo ich zb für den Bauch abketten (in der Anleitung 38 cm) soll und die Gesamtlänge (in der Anleitung 48 cm) schreiben! Vielen Dank, lg Elisabeth

05.12.2021 - 14:40:

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Frau Birnkammer, am besten können Sie andere Strickerinnen im DROPS Workshop mal fragen - Viel Spaß beim stricken!

06.12.2021 - 09:49:

Jessica wrote:

Hallo, bei einer Maschenprobe von 21 M je 10cm komme ich bei Größe M doch bei 154 M auf rund 73 cm. Warum wird ein Umfang von 48/54 cm angegeben? Das wird doch mit 20 cm Differenz viel zu groß.

27.11.2021 - 20:37:

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Jessica, die 21 Maschen sind glatt rechts gestrickt, die 154 Maschen werden im Rippenmuster + Zöpfe gestrickt, deshalb braucht man mehr Maschen. Sollte Ihre Maschenprobe stimmen, dann sollte der Pullover am Ende die richtigen Maßen haben. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

29.11.2021 - 09:20:

Ann-Cathrine Berggren wrote:

I minsta storleken xs står sist på första mönstervarvet p3 men ingen förklaring vad betyder det ? Mvh

13.11.2021 - 14:43:

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Ann-Cathrine. Her er det nok litt engelsk tekst som har blitt glemt å bli oversatt (P3/purl 3 = 3am). Dette skal vi få ordnet asap. mvh DROPS Design

15.11.2021 - 08:09:

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