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Sparky's Favorite Knit Sweater

Sparkys Favorite Knit Sweater

Some of our pups have thick, luscious fur coats, but some of them aren't that lucky. When man's best friend starts shivering in the cold, it's man's job to make him Sparky's Favorite Knit Sweater. This basic sweater pattern is available in sizes small to extra-large, making it perfect for a pooch of any size. You spoil all of your favorite humans with knit goodies, so it's time to treat your furbabies the same way by learning how to make dog sweaters. Besides, you know Sparky would do the same for you, if he had thumbs.


Knitting Needle Size6 or 4 mm, 8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch


  • Bernat® Super Value (Solids: 197 g/7 oz) (389 m/426 yds) #53044 (True Grey) - 1 (1-1-2) ball(s) OR Ombres (251 m/275 yds) / Twists (280 m/307 yds) 142 g/5 oz - 1 (1-2-2) ball(s)
  • Bernat® Berella 4 (Solids: 100 g/3.5 oz) (197 m/216 yds) 2 (2-2-3) ball(s) OR Ombres (85g / 3oz) (150m / 165 yds) 2 (2-3-4) ball(s)
  • Size 5 mm (U.S. 8) knitting needles. Size 4 mm (U.S. 6) circular knitting needle 36 ins [90 cm] long or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Set of four size 4 mm (U.S. 6) double-pointed knitting needles.

S (M-L-XL)
To fit dog chest measurement: 10 (13-16-24) ins [25.5 (33-40.5-61) cm].


Bernat Abbreviations


Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in stocking st with larger needles.



The instructions are written for smallest size. Larger sizes follow in ( ).


With larger needles, cast on 40 (46-58-82) sts. Knit 5 rows, inc 4 sts evenly across last row. 44 (50-62-86) sts. Proceed in stocking st, inc 1 st at each end of needle on 3rd and every row to 50 (60-72-104) sts, then on following alt rows to 54 (68-82-122) sts. Purl 1 row.
Leg Openings: Next row: (RS). K5 (5-7-11). Cast off 4 (6-6-10) sts. K36 (46-56-80) (including st on needle after cast off). Cast off 4 (6-6-10) sts. Knit to end of row.
Note: All Leg sections are worked at the same time using separate balls of yarn for each section.
Beg with a purl row, work 1 (1½-1½-2½) ins [2.5 (4-4-6) cm] instocking st, ending with purl row.
Joining row:K5 (5-7-11). Cast on 4 (6-6-10) sts. K36 (46-56-80). Cast on 4 (6-6-10) sts. Knit to end of row. 54 (68- 82-122) sts.
Cont even until work after neckband measures 5 (6½-8-11) ins [12.5 (16.5-20.5-28) cm], ending with purl row. Place marker at each end of last row.


Back shaping: Cast off 6 (7-9-13) sts beg next 2 rows.42 (54-64-96) sts.
Next row:(RS). Sl1. K1. psso. Knit to last 2 sts. K2tog.
Next row: Purl. Rep last 2 rows to 26 (36-42-66) sts.
Cont even until work after neckband measures 10 (12½-15½-21) ins [25.5 (32-39.5-53.5) cm], ending with purl row. Leave sts on a spare needle.


Hood: Place markers along cast on edge on 6th (7th-9th-10th) st from each edge. (RS). Pick up and knit 29 (33-41-63) sts between markers along cast on edge. Purl 1 row.
Next row: (RS). K14 (16-20-31). M1. K1 (place marker on center st). M1. Knit to end of row.
Next row:K3. Purl to last 3 sts. K3.
Next row: Knit to center marked st. M1. Knit marked st. M1. Knit to end of row. Rep last 2 rows 4 (5-7-9) times more. 39 (45-57-83) sts. Cont even until hood measures 5 (5½-6½-7½) ins [12.5 (14-16.5-19) cm], ending with a purl row. Cast off. Fold cast off edge in half and sew hood seam.


Back Ribbing: (RS). With circular needle pick up and knit 33 (37-51-67) sts along body from marker to back. K26 (36-42-66) from spare needle, dec 1 st at center. Pick up and knit 33 (37-51-67) sts along opposite side of body to marker. 91 (109-141-197) sts. Do not join in rnd. Knit 8 rows. Cast off. Sew neck and belly seam.


Leg Edging: (RS). With double-pointed needles, pick up and knit 23 (29-32-38) sts around leg opening. Divide sts evenly on 3 needles. Join in rnd, placing a marker on first st. Work 8 rnds in garter st. Cast off.

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I'm an experienced knitter, and after reading through all instructions, I think this pattern should be marked Intermediate, not Easy.

I'm giving up on this pattern. I can't figure that first instruction Proceed in stocking st, inc 1 st at each end of needle on 3rd and every row to 50 (60-72-104) sts, then on following alt rows to 54 (68-82-122) sts. If there were a few more guidelines, clarifications and pictures, that would be great!

It's seems pretty clear that you start increasing 1 stitch each end of the row beginning with the 3rd row until you have 50 (60-72-104) stitches, then on the next alternate rows to 54(68-82-122) stitches. This is pretty standard format for pattern writing and seems pretty straight forward. Your initial increase occurs on every row from the 3 rd row until the required stitches are achieved, then the following increases occur on alternate rows.

What a cute little sweater for your best friend. I love the hood also. My thought on this pattern if you don't have a dog. Why not work several and donate to a Humane Society or local rescue to go home with a dog that is heading to his forever life? I think that would be very special. I think I will make up a few. I love to donate my work. It makes me feel really good and people love to be thought of.

Can the legs be made with the same yarn as the rest of the sweater? I think Bernat Berella 4 was discontinued.

It looks like the holes for the legs are going to be too small. Am I supposed to purl over the cast off stitches?

If you think they'll be too small for your pup, you could try picking up extra stitches to make the hole a bit larger.

I'm not sure I entirely understand the directions really, from the part where I cast off for the feet. Could you explain it a little for me? Thank you

What better way to show love to your doggy kids than to make a sweater. I don't have a dog but if I did this would be my go-to pattern. Maybe I can do some doggy charity knitting. -)


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