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 (27)

Anne 18.08.2021 - 19:48:

M3 - M2 - M1 har ikke lige mange linjer i mønsteret. Når man strikker bliver M2 færdig først. Starter M2 så forfra selvom M3 eller M1 ikke er færdige eller er M 2 færdig?

DROPS Design 27.08.2021 - 07:02:

Hei Anne. Ja, det stemmer. God Fornøyelse videre :)

Rune Tonstad 15.04.2021 - 12:06:

Hei. Hva mener dere med Størrelse S: * M.2, 2 vrang *, gjenta fra *-* 2 ganger, M.2, * M.3, M.2 *, gjenta fra *-* 2 ganger, M.1 (= midt oppå ryggen), * M.2, M.3 *, gjenta fra *-* 2 ganger.? Hva betyr * ..hva betyr *-*. Kan dere skrive helt ut så man forstår hvordan man skal strikke? Jeg er ferdig med trinn 1-3 og skal begynne på trinn 4 men den forklaringen er vanskelig å forstå. Kan dere forklare f.eks første runden maske for maske uten forkortelser, som ikke er selvforklarende.?

DROPS Design 19.04.2021 - 08:21:

Hei Rune. I begynnelsen av leksjonene står det: Forklaringer til oppskriften før vi starter (fet/stor skrift)... og under her står det: Når vi skriver *-* i teksten, så skal man strikke det som står mellom stjernene og det skal gjentas det antall ganger som står i oppskriften. Da skal det i f.eks str S strikkes slik: Strikk diagram M.2, strikk 2 vrang , strikk diagram M.2, strikk 2 vrang, strikk diagram M.2, strikk diagram M.3, strikk diagram M.2, strikk diagram M.3, strikk diagram M.2 , strikk diagram M.1 (= midt oppå ryggen), strikk diagram M.2, strikk diagram M.3 , strikk diagram M.2, strikk diagram M.3 . God Fornøyelse!

Erin Hamalainen 11.03.2021 - 03:05:

Hello! I am really struggling!! I am knitting the XS. When I get to step 12, I have 32 stitches on the needle and 44 bound off stitches (that have been bound off over the last 16 or so rows in step 11). So I have a total of 32 + 44 = 76 stitches. How do I pick up 84 stitches from 76 stitches?????? As far as I know, I can't pick up more than 1 stitch per stitch - but I'd have to do that somehow in order to get 84 out of 76 stitches. I am puzzled!!!

DROPS Design 11.03.2021 - 08:46:

Dear Mrs Hamalainen, you can increase the number of stitches by picking up 1 stitch between 2 stitches evenly distributed so that you will get the correct number of sts - you need here 84 sts for the rib since the rib will tighten piece. You can also increase on first round after picking up, adjusting the number of sts evenly to 84 sts if it looks easier for you. Happy knitting!

Judith Lord 08.03.2021 - 13:53:

On pattern #DROPS102-43 there are 76 stitches. In knitting the design it only comes out to 66 stitches. Am I suppose to repeat something??

DROPS Design 09.03.2021 - 08:13:

Dear Mrs Lord, see previous answer below where we explained how to work these 76 stitches, this should help you to work the desired size. Happy knitting!

Judith Lord 08.03.2021 - 01:48:

The stitch count does not come out right to add up to 76 (xtra small size). Please help. Thank you.

DROPS Design 08.03.2021 - 10:54:

Dear Mrs Lord, work as follows in XS: M.2 (4 sts), P2 , M.2 (4 sts), P3, M.3 (14 sts), M.2 (4 sts), M.1 (24 sts), M.2 (4 sts), M.3 (14 sts) and P3 = 4+2+4+3+14+4+24+4+14+3= 76 sts. Happy knitting!

Maggie 07.03.2021 - 16:25:

I am knitting size S. 112 stitches. First row of pattern I am 42 stitches short! The pattern as written takes 154 stitches to complete. Please advice.

DROPS Design 08.03.2021 - 10:53:

Dear Maggie, work the 112 sts as follows: * M.2 (= 4 sts), P2 *, repeat from *-* 2 times (=6 sts x 2 = 12 sts) , M.2 (= 4 sts), * M.3 (= 14 sts), M.2 (= 4 sts) *, repeat from *-* (= 14+4=18 sts) 2 times (= 18 sts x 2 = 36 sts), M.1 (= mid back = 24 sts ), * M.2, M.3 *, repeat from *-* (= 4+14= 18 sts) 2 times (= 36 sts) = 12+4+36+24+36=112 sts. Happy knitting!

Ane Skrede 12.02.2021 - 13:28:

Hei dere ... nå fortjener min hund en genser :) Hvordan kan jeg endre oppskriften til en større rase? Jeg har lett etter opplysning på tipps-siden deres tidligere. Finnes det en formell eller råd ang. å øke størrelsene ? Takk for alle de fine oppskriftene.

DROPS Design 15.02.2021 - 08:55:

Hei Ane. Ja, alle fortjener en deilg varm genser i kulden. Vi har dessverre ikke oppskrifter til store hunder. Men om du ser på en hundeoppskrift vi har, så sjekk strikkefastheten (hvor mange masker på 10 cm) og ta mål på din egen hund, så kan du prøve å tegne/skrive en genser som vil passe din hund perfekt. mvh DROPS design

Nicole Veilleux 09.02.2021 - 14:08:

Continuer maintenant en allers et retours – en même temps, rabattre de chaque côté tous les 2 rangs: 1 -1-1 fois 3 m, 2-3-4 fois 2 m, 2-3-4 fois 1 m, 2-3-4 fois 2 m et 1-1-1 fois 3 m = il reste 32-50-74 m. \r\nL\'ouvrage mesure environ 30-39-48 cm. Bonjour je ne comprends pas le 11 , je ne suis pas capable de lire le design \r\nJe ne sais pas se que veut dire2 rangs :1-1 1 fois 3m, 2-3 4 fois sais qu’il faut rabattre ...pas ca pable de détailler le patron...merci

DROPS Design 10.02.2021 - 07:40:

Bonjour Mme Veilleux, si vous tricotez la 1ère taille, vous allez rabattre 3 mailles au début des 2 rangs suivants (= 1 x 3 m de chaque côté), puis 2 mailles au début des 4 rangs suivants (= 2 m de chaque côté), puis 1 m au début des 4 rangs suivants, puis 2 m au début des 4 rangs suivants et 3 m au début des 2 rangs suivants = il vous restera 32 mailles. Bon tricot!

Nicole Veilleux 08.02.2021 - 22:53:

Bonjour Madame, je ne comprends pas l’étape 11...du tout..peut-être l’expliquer plus en détails...merci

DROPS Design 09.02.2021 - 09:45:

Bonjour Mme Veilleux, maintenant que vous avez rabattu les mailles du ventre, vous tricotez en rangs (cf réponse précédente et vidéo si besoin) en rabattant au début de chaque rang de chaque côté pour former l'arrondi du manteau. En fonction de votre modèle et des explications, rabattez les mailles de chaque côté (sur l'endroit et sur l'envers) puis, dans ce modèle, nous relevons les mailles tout autour de cet arrondi + les mailles rabattues pour tricoter une bordure en côtes. Bon tricot!

Nicole Veilleux 08.02.2021 - 15:49:

Moi c’est tourner l’ouvrage avec aiguilles circulaires que je ne comprends pas

DROPS Design 09.02.2021 - 09:43:

Bonjour Mme Veilleux, pour tricoter en rangs avec une aiguille circulaire, tournez simplement votre ouvrage (comme pour des aiguilles droites) pour tricoter alternativement sur l'endroit et sur l'envers - cette vidéo montre comment tricoter du jersey en allers et retours sur aiguille circulaire. Bon tricot!

Nicole Veilleux 08.02.2021 - 04:39:

Bonjour, moi je tricote le petit gilet sans torsade , je fais ordinaire mais je suis la description de votre gilet, je suis rendue ...j’ai mis mes 10 mailles sur un fil ...après vous dites tourner l’ouvrage et continuer à tricoter là je ne comprends pas , je ne sais quoi faire , car si je tourne mon travail le côté que je tricote fait à l’envers sur l’endroit de mon travail. ....merci de me répondre

DROPS Design 08.02.2021 - 12:04:

Bonjour Mme Veilleux, Quand on met les mailles du ventre en attente, on continue d'abord le dos en allers et retours (à partir de l'image 6 ci-dessus) - puis, à la hauteur indiquée, on met en attente et on tricote alors les mailles du ventre (image 7) -puis on va reprendre toutes les mailles (image 9). N'hésitez pas à poser votre question sur le modèle concerné pour une aide plus précise. Bon tricot!

Maggoo 04.02.2021 - 23:46:

Ich möchte gerne den Zopfhundepulli in M stricken - komme leider mit der Beschreibung für die Strickschrift nicht klar - bin eine erfahrene Strickerin - aber hierbei stehe ich auf dem Schlauch - es steht z.B. Größe M: * M.2, 2 Maschen links*, von ** 3 x arbeiten, M2, * M.3,M2* , von * * 3x arbeiten, M. 1 (= obere Rückenteil) etc. ich verstehe es einfach nicht - bitte schreibe es für mich verständlich auf - der Pullover ist soooo schön und ich möchte ihn gerne stricken.

DROPS Design 05.02.2021 - 09:35:

Liebe Maggoo, in M haben Sie 154 M. und so stricken Sie: *M.2 (= 4 M), 2 M li*, stricken Sie diese M noch 2 Mal (= 3 Mal insgesamt= über die ersten 18 Maschen), dann stricken Sie die 4 M von M.2, dann stricken Sie 3 Mal (M.3 (= 14 M), M.2 (= 4 M) 18 Maschen x 3 = 54 M ), M.1 (= 24 M ), (M.2 (= 4 Maschen), M3 (= 14 M)) x 3 (= diese 18 Maschen stricken Sie 3 Mal = 54 M), so haben Sie: 18+4+54+24+54=154 M. Hier lesen Sie mehr über Diagramme. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Susan Ann Aston 30.01.2021 - 16:45:

Hi there, I am struggling to find a dog jumper in crochet using just UK terminology. Can you please help?

DROPS Design 01.02.2021 - 11:24:

Dear Mrs Aston, we have currently no crochet patterns for dog jumper sorry. We do have some to knit but not to crochet.

Suong 17.01.2021 - 00:27:

Guten Abend ich habe eine frage,da ich anfängerin bin wie stricke ich dann ohne Muster?meine Mäuschen brustumpfang 48cm!FG

DROPS Design 19.01.2021 - 07:45:

Liebe Frau Suong, hier finden Sie alle unsere Anleitungen für Hundepullover, sicher finden Sie ein Modell ohne Muster. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Katia 15.01.2021 - 08:09:

Salve io sarei interessata a questo modello di cappottino per se volessi aggiungergli le zampe posteriori come devo fare... o se ci fosse un altro modello o una spiegazione di tutina a quattro zampe ai ferri per la mia cagnolina...grazie

DROPS Design 15.01.2021 - 09:54:

Buongiorno Katia, purtroppo al momento non abbiamo modelli che comprendano anche le zampe posteriori, ma tenga d'occhio il sito: nelle prossime settimane ne verranno pubblicati altri! Buon lavoro!

Margareta Wålinder 06.01.2021 - 18:59:

Jag har problem med dropp 102-43. Stickar Small.efter att ha stickat mönster enl instruktion hur går jag vidare? Har ju utökat till 112 maskor men det mönstret blir det 136. Förstår inte hur jag ska komma vidare

DROPS Design 11.01.2021 - 10:02:

Hei Margareta. Du har 112 masker og skal nå strikke M.2 (= 4 masker) + 2 vrang masker, dette skal strikkes 2 ganger = 12 masker. Deretter M.2 (= 4 masker). Så strikkes M.3 (= 14 masker) + M.2 (= 4 masker) = 18 masker, dette skal også strikkes 2 ganger, 18 x 2 = 36 masker. Deretter M.1 (= 24 masker) og så M.2 (= 4 masker) + M.3 (= 14 masker) = 18 masker x 2 ganger = 36 masker. Da blir det: 4+2+4+2+4+14+4+14+4+24+4+14+4+14 = 112 masker. God Fornøyelse!

Bettina 29.12.2020 - 15:42:

Welche Größe wähle ich für einen Zwergdackel? Ich möchte den Pullover verschenken und kann daher den Hund nicht ausmessen.

DROPS Design 05.01.2021 - 14:19:

Liebe Bettina, ich kenne also die Maße vom Zwergdackel nicht, und je nach dem Hund kann es auch unterschiedlich sein, veilleicht können Sie vom Internett mal schauen? Ihr DROPS Laden hat sicher mehr Erfahrung damit und kann vielleicht Ihnen auch mal weiterhelfen - Viel Spaß beim stricken!

COUSIN Chantal 15.12.2020 - 16:00:

Bonjour, je souhaite tricoter ce modèle, toutefois, il y a une chose que je ne comprends pas. Lorsqu'on tricote avec l'aiguille circulaire, on fait un rang endroit selon le diagramme, mais ensuite doit-on tricoter un rang "envers" c'est à dire un rang comme quand on tricote sur des aiguilles droites ?Je ne suis pas sûre d'être très claire ? Merci. Chantal de Normandie

DROPS Design 15.12.2020 - 16:21:

Bonjour Mme Cousin, quand on tricote en rond, on tricote tous les tours sur l'endroit et on va donc lire les diagrammes de droite à gauche à chaque rang. Quand vous diviserez l'ouvrage, faites bien attention à ce que les torsades soient toujours sur l'endroit. Retrouvez ici plus d'infos sur les diagrammes. Bon tricot!

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!

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