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Sapphire Knit Dog Sweater

This dog sweater pattern is the most paw-esome way to keep your best friend cozy.

Sapphire Knit Dog Sweater
Sapphire Knit Dog Sweater
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Woof! Bark! Us knitters spend so much time on sweaters for ourselves and our loved ones, so why not knit your best friend a sweater? This Sapphire Knit Dog Sweater is the perfect pattern for pooches who are always cold or suffer from anxiety and need a bit of a warm hug to feel comfortable. Since it's written for sizes small to extra-large, any dog could wear this knit dog sweater pattern. Easy to knit and relatively quick to work up, it's the perfect quick little birthday or Christmas gift for your four-legged fur baby.


Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm, 8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

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

Gauge18 sts and 24 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stocking st with larger needles.

Finished SizeBy chest measurements - S: 10" [25.5 cm]; M: 13" [33 cm]; L: 16" [40.5 cm]; XL: 24" [61 cm]

Materials List

  • Bernat® Super Value (7 oz/197 g; 426 yds/389 m) Royal Blue (00610) - 1 (1, 1, 2) balls
  • Size U.S. 8 (5 mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Size U.S. 7 (4.5 mm) circular knitting needle 36" [90 cm] long.
  • Set of four size U.S. 7 (4.5 mm) double-pointed knitting needles.


The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger size the instructions will be written thus ( ).

With larger needles, cast on 41 (47-59-83) sts.

Knit 6 rows (garter st), inc 4 sts evenly across last row. 45 (51-63-87) sts.

1st row: (WS). Knit.
2nd row: *K1. P1. Rep from * to last st. K1. Last 2 rows form pat.

Work 1 more row in pat.

Continue in pat, inc 1 st at each end of needle on next and every row to 51 (61-73-105) sts, then on every following alt row to 55 (69-83-123) sts, taking inc sts into pat.

Work 1 row even in pat.

  1. Leg Openings

    Next row: (RS). Pat across 5 (5-7-11) sts. Cast off 4 (6-6-10) sts. Pat across 37 (47-57-81) sts (including st on needle after cast off). Cast off 4 (6-6-10) sts. Pat to end of row.

    Note: All Leg sections are worked at the same time using separate balls of yarn for each section.

    Work 1 (1 1/2-1 1/2-2 1/2)" [2.5 (4-4-6) cm] in pat, ending with WS row.

    Joining row: (RS). Pat across 5 (5-7-11) sts. Cast on 4 (6-6-10) sts. Pat across 37 (47-57-81) sts. Cast on 4 (6-6-10) sts. Pat to end of row. 55 (69-83-123) sts.

    Continue even in pat until work after neckband measures 5 (6 1/2-8-11)" [12.5 (16.5-20.5-28) cm], ending with WS row.

    Place marker at each end of last row.

  2. Back Shaping

    Cast off 6 (7-9-13) sts beg next 2 rows. 43 (55-65-97) sts.

    Next row: (RS). ssk. Pat to last 2 sts. K2tog.
    Next row: Knit.

    Rep last 2 rows to 27 (37-43-67) sts.

    Continue even in pat until work after neckband measures 10 (12 1/2-15 1/2-21)" [25.5 (32-39.5-53.5) cm], ending with WS row.

    Leave sts on a spare needle.

  3. Back Edging

    (RS). With RS of work facing and circular needle, pick up and knit 33 (37-51-67) sts along body from marker to back. K27 (37-43-67) from spare needle dec 1 st at center. Pick up and knit 33 (37-51-67) sts along opposite side of body to marker. 92 (110-144-199) sts.

    Do not join in rnd. Knit 8 rows (garter st). Cast off.

    Sew neck and belly seam.

  4. Leg Edging

    (RS). RS of working and double-pointed needles, pick up and knit 23 (29-32-38) sts around leg opening. Divide sts on 3 needles. Join in rnd, placing a marker on first st. Cast off.

    Next rnd: Knit.
    Next rnd: Purl.

    Rep last 2 rnds 3 times more.

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