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!

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Comments (9)

Martine 01.11.2020 - 13:50:

Bonjour, Que voulez-vous dire par tricoter allers et retours ? Merci

DROPS Design 02.11.2020 - 10:04:

Bonjour Martine, tricoter en allers et retours signifie tricoter en rangs (= on tourne à la fin de chaque rang, sur l'endroit et sur l'envers, autrement dit, on tricote alternativement sur l'endroit et sur l'envers), alors qu'au début, et à la fin, on va tricoter en rond = toujours sur l'endroit. Bon tricot!

Linda Olsen 27.10.2020 - 17:39:

Kan den strikkes på kun 2 pinde mon , hvis ja findes der et mønster på det ?

DROPS Design 02.11.2020 - 08:07:

Hei Linda. Det finnes ikke noen mønster å strikke denne med 2 pinner / frem og tilbake. Men du kan jo prøve å skrive den om til å strikker frem og tilbake ut fra den detaljerte Leksjonene som er laget og deretter sy den sammen. Evnt se oppskrift 102-40, hundedekke som er strikket frem og tilbake i perlestrikk. God Fornøyelse!

Linda Olsen 24.10.2020 - 15:05:

Jeg skal til at strikke hundeblusen til en hanhund. For han ikke skal komme til at tisse på trøjen skal den være lidt kortere under maven. Hvordan gør jeg det. Det er den mindste str jeg skal strikke. Vh Linda

DROPS Design 26.10.2020 - 06:55:

Hei Linda. Du kan da begynne å felle tidligere og evnt felle de maskene som skal felles over flere pinner til du har 32 masker på pinnen og arbeidet måler ca 30 cm. God Fornøyelse!

Chantal 08.10.2020 - 13:13:

Je narrive pas a tricoter avec 4 aiguille auriez vous un autre model svp pour bichon ?

DROPS Design 09.10.2020 - 09:03:

Bonjour Chantal, nous n'avons qu'un modèle qui se tricote en rangs: Suzi, toutefois cette leçon pourra peut être vous aider. Bon tricot!

Ann-sofie Hansen 28.09.2020 - 19:20:

Jeg forstår ikke at der står følgende: 3) Skift til lille rundpind 4mm. Strik 1 omgang ret samtidig med at der tages 16-32-54 masker ud jævnt fordelt - læs INDTAGNINGSTIP = 76-112-154 masker. Jeg er rimelig nu strikker, men jeg syntes ikke det giver mening af fjerne masker, skal jeg ikke lave flere masker altså udtagning?

DROPS Design 02.10.2020 - 14:56:

Hej Ann-Sofie, skriv dit spørgsmål i opskriften, så kan vi se hvilken det er og få den rettet hvis vi har lavet en fejl :)

Aline 15.07.2020 - 19:20:

Est-ce qu'il y aurait possibilité d'avoir d'autre patron de pull pour petit chien . Je vous félicite parce que vos tricot sont en français et j'adore les tricots pour petit chien. Merci à l'avance.

DROPS Design 16.07.2020 - 10:59:

Bonjour Aline et merci :) Vous trouverez ici tous nos modèles pour animaux: différents types de pulls pour chien, avec jacquard, côtes, torsades, etc... Bon tricot!

Ma José Sotoca Marti 12.07.2020 - 08:15:

Me a gustado mucho. Te doy las gracias.

Ulrike 10.07.2020 - 20:18:

Unsere Sissi war schon 16 Jahre alt und ließ sich nichts mehr über den Kopf ziehen. Aufgrund ihres Alters fror sie sehr. Deshalb habe ich den Hundepullover mit Knopfleiste auf em Rücken gestrickt.

Marilena Viale 19.06.2020 - 23:21:

Vorrei sapere se i diagrammi m3 dopo il 10 giro si ricomincia dal. 1 e lo stesso x m1 seguo il diagramma x 22 giri e poi ricomincio da n. 1?

DROPS Design 27.08.2020 - 19:32:

Buongiorno Marilena, si certo, alla fine dei diagrammi ricomincia dal primo giro. Buon lavoro!

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