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Life is Ruff Knit Dog Sweater

Life is Ruff Knit Dog Sweater

Maybe Spot just got surgery, or his fur just isn't warm enough for the chilly weather. Knit him a Life is Ruff Knit Dog Sweater to keep your pooch happy and warm when nature fails him. This easy knit dog sweater is made with a bright and happy orange yarn, fastened with a single button on the front to give your dog some style. From extra-small to extra-large, this easy-knitting dog sweater can fit any pup who needs it. Curl up by a fire together in your sweaters and enjoy the diversity of projects knitting has to offer.


Knitting Needle Size9 or 5.5 mm, 10 or 6 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

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

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch


  • RED HEART® “Super Saver®” 256 Carrot - 1 (1, 2, 3, 5) Balls
  • Knitting Needles: 5.5 mm [US 9] and 6mm [US 10] knitting needles, 5.5 mm [US 9] circular knitting needle 24”/60 cm long, 5.5 mm [US 9] double-pointed knitting needles.
  • Button.
  • Stitch markers.
  • Stitch holders.
  • Yarn needle



Finished Chest: 15 (19, 23, 35, 44)”.
Finished Length: 11 (14, 17, 23 28)”.



A, B, etc= color A, B, etc;
dec = decrease;
inc = increase;
K = knit;
K2tog = knit 2 sts together;
mm = millimeters;
P = purl;
St st = Stockinette stitch;
st(s) = stitch (es);
[ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times


Gauge: 14 sts = 4”; 22 rows = 4 in Stockinette stitch using larger needles. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the specified gauge.



Note: Directions are for size Extra-Small. Changes for sizes Small, Medium, Large and X-Large are in parentheses.


With smaller needles, cast on 41 (47, 59, 83, 99) sts. Work in K1, p1 rib for 1 (1½, 1½, 2, 2)”, end with a wrong side row, inc 3 sts evenly on last row – 44 (50, 62, 86, 102) sts.


Change to larger needles and work in St st for 2 rows. Working in St st, inc 1 st each side every row 3 (5, 5, 9, 5) times – 50 (60, 72, 104, 112) sts.


Inc 1 st each side every other row 2 (4, 5, 9, 21) times – 54 (68, 82, 122, 154) sts.


Purl 1 row.


Shape Leg Openings
Next Row (Right Side): K5 (5, 7, 11, 13), join second ball of yarn and bind off next 4 (6, 6, 10, 13) sts, k36 (46, 56, 80, 102) sts, join third ball of yarn and bind off 4 (6, 6, 10,13) sts, k5 (5, 7, 11, 13) sts to end of row46 (56, 70, 102, 128) sts total.


Working all sections at same time with separate balls of yarn, continue in St st until pieces measure 1 (1½, 1½, 2½,3)” from beginning of Leg Openings, end with a wrong side row.


Joining Row:
K5 (5, 7, 11, 13), cast on 4 (6, 6, 10, 13) sts, k36 (46, 56, 80, 102), cast on 4 (6, 6, 10, 13) sts, k5 (5, 7, 11, 13) sts to end of row 54 (68, 82, 122, 154) sts total.


Work even until piece measures 5½ (7, 8½, 12, 15)” from beginning, with a wrong side row. Place a marker each side of last row.


Shape Back
Bind off 6 (7, 9, 13, 14) sts at beginning next 2 rows – 42 (54, 64, 96, 126) sts.


Decrease Row (Right Side): Skp, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog.
Repeat Decrease Row every other row 14 (16, 20, 28, 34) times – 12 (20, 22, 38, 56) sts.
Slip sts to a stitch holder for Edging.


Sew seam from Neck edge to where marked.


With right side facing and circular needle, join yarn at seam edge, pick up and knit 35 (43, 51, 75, 90) sts along edge of Back, knit 12 (20, 22, 38, 56) sts from Back stitch holder, pick up and knit 35 (43, 51, 75, 90) sts along opposite edge of Back – 82 (106, 124, 188, 236) sts. Join to work in rounds. Place marker for beginning of round.
Work in K1, p1 rib for 1”.
Bind off.


Leg Rib
With right side facing and double-pointed needle, pick up and knit 22 (32, 32, 54, 68) sts around Leg Opening. Divide sts evenly around needles and join to work in rounds. Place marker for beginning of round.
Work in K1, p1 rib for 1”.
Bind off.
Weave in ends.

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I am in the middle of this pattern and when I get to the leg openings it says to join balls 2 and 3?? Pattern says only one ball needed. What do I do now?

Typically you wind the single ball into separate balls before you start knitting, this is how a single skein in used to complete the sweater. Alternatively, if you have already started the sweater without having read the whole pattern first, you can wind smaller balls off the end of the skein currently in use, since only small amounts are needed.

Has anyone come across a sweater pattern like this for a large dog??

I hear Boo the Dog's favorite color is orange, too, so it's great that this dog seems to have that in common with Boo.

can someone tell me if this pattern works for both female and male dogs?

I love this pattern, however, I don't want to use your (4) yarn, only want to use (3), as this is a small dog. She is a ShitsuXSilkie and is only 35 cm from neck to tail. If there is a like pattern using 8 Ply (Aust.) I would appreciate it. And if there is a pattern using straight needles, that would be appreciated.

How cute is this sweater!?!?! I have this pattern in queue to make for my aunt's dog, who just had surgery. I think it would be nice to make is in a fluffy or reflective yarn for some added warmth and safety. This looks like a pretty simple pattern that will be easy to follow, even as a fairly novice knitter. I am a big fan of the single button closure at the front. What an absolutely adorable pattern!

I tried making this one for my Chihuahua mix. It ended up being too big. Good luck.

This looks pretty easy. I have a small dog that is always chilly. I have tried to make sweaters before but it never worked out right. I think this one, with its simplicity may be ok for me. I am not the best knitter in the world but do enjoy it unless I become frustrated. I think this one may be a winner.

My dogs are much too big for this sweater - for any sweater - but a friend has a little Yorkie and I am hoping that when this is finished it will fit her it seems eperfect for her

This is such a sweet little dog sweater. I can imagine adding a few felt triangles to the back and creating a practical, warm and fun trick or treat costume for a pup or an aloof cat. My cat would be insulted, poor thing. It such a quick easy knit that it would be simple to make a sweater like this for every occasion.

Knitted this and it turned out very cute- used a reflective threaded yarn for trim and pocket. Not very "easy" for me. But worth the effort!

HI there, wondering why there is a purl row? That doesn't make sense to me. Lesa

The purl row is just the next progression in the St st (knit 1 row, purl back 1 row).


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