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Striped Knit Dog Coat

This knit sweater for small dogs and big dogs alike just exudes yacht-vibes.

Striped Knit Dog Coat
Striped Knit Dog Coat
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You've knit yourself enough sweaters; it's time to knit one for your best friend! This Striped Knit Dog Coat is a big, cozy, warm easy dog sweater pattern that just about any knitter can manage. Made with yarn specially designed to warm you, this sweater is guaranteed to keep your short-furred or temperature-sensitive pooches warm in the biting cold of winter. You'll never have to worry about a shivering pup during walks again, and as a little bonus, you're bound to get some coos from passersby... not that your cute dog wouldn't have gotten them without the sweater.


Knitting Needle Size8 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.

Materials List

  • Red Heart® Heat Wave™ (3.5 oz/100 g; 198 yds/181 m)

    Sizes S (M, L, XL)

    • Contrast A: Ocean (0888) - 1 (1, 2, 3) ball(s)

    • Contrast B: Sandy Shores (0110) - 1 (1, 2, 3) ball(s)

  • Set of 4 size U.S. 8 (5 mm) double-pointed knitting needles.
  • Size U.S. 8 (5 mm) circular knitting needle 16" [40.5 cm] long or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • 2 stitch holders.
  • Stitch marker.



  1. SIZES

    To fit dog chest measurement:

    S: 12" [30.5 cm]
    M: 15" [38 cm]
    L: 18" [45.5 cm]
    XL: 22" [56 cm]

  2. Transfer sts from double-pointed needles to circular needle when necessary.

  3. Stripe Pat

    With B, work 4 rows.
    With A, work 2 rows.

    These 6 rows form Stripe Pat.


  1. Collar:

    With double-pointed needles and A, cast on 44 (56-68-80) sts. Divide sts onto 3 needles. Join in rnd, placing marker on first st.

    1st rnd: With A, *K2. P2. Rep from * around.

    Rep 1st rnd for 4 (4½-5-6)" [10 (11.5-12.5-15) cm].

    Break A. Join B.

    Next rnd: With B, *K11 (14-17-20). M1. Rep from * to around. 48 (60-72-84) sts.

    First row of Stripe Pat is now in position. Keeping cont of Stripe Pat, proceed as follows:

  2. Body:

    1st and 2nd rnds: Knit.
    3rd rnd: K1. M1. Knit to last st. M1. K1. 50 (62-74-86) sts.

    Rep these 3 rnds 4 (5-6-10) times more. 58 (72-86-106) sts.

    Knit 4 (6-6-10) rnds even.

  3. Leg Openings:

    Keeping cont of Stripe Pat, proceed as follows:

    1st rnd: K5 (8-10-12). Cast off 7 (9-10-12) sts loosely. Knit to last 12 (17-20-24) sts. Cast off 7 (9-10-12) sts loosely. Knit to end of rnd.
    2nd rnd: Knit, casting on 7 (9-10-12) over cast off sts.

    Knit even until work from last rndof ribbing measures 5 (7-9-12)"[12.5 (18-23-30.5) cm].

  4. Back Shaping:

    Keeping cont of Stripe Pat, proceed as follows:

    1st rnd: Knit to last 6 (8-12-16) sts. Place last 6 (8-12-16) sts and first 6 (8-12-16) sts of next rnd onto st holder. 46 (56-62-74) sts.

    Working back and forth across needles in rows, and keeping cont of Stripe Pat, proceed as follows:

    1st row: Purl.
    2nd row: (RS). K2. ssk. Knit to last 4 sts. K2tog. K2. 44 (54-60-72) sts.
    3rd row: Purl.Rep last 2 rows 3 (4-4-8) times more. 38 (46-52-56) sts.

    Rep last 2 rows 3 (4-4-8) times more. 38 (46-52-56) sts.

    1st row: (RS). K2. ssk. Knit to last 4 sts. K2tog. K2. 36 (44-50-54) sts.
    2nd row: P2. P2tog. Purl to last 4 sts. P2togtbl. P2. 34 (42-48-52) sts.

    Rep last 2 rows 4 (5-6-6) times more. 18 (22-24-28) sts. Leave sts on needle.

  5. Ribbing:

    With RS facing and A, pick up and knit 15 (19-22-28) sts along right edge of Coat.

    K12 (16-24-32) from st holder.

    Pick up and knit 15 (19-22-28) sts along left edge of Coat.

    Knit rem 18 (22-24-28) sts on needle.

    Join in rnd, placing marker on first st. 60 (76-92-116) sts.

    1st rnd: *K2. P2. Rep from *around.Rep last rnd 9 (12-14-18) timesmore. Cast off in ribbing.

  6. Leg Edgings:

    With RS facing, A and double-pointed needles, pick up and knit 16 (20-24-28) sts evenly around leg opening. Divide sts onto 3 needles. Join in rnd, placing marker on first st.

    1st rnd: *K2. P2. Rep from * around. Rep last rnd for 1½ (2-2-3)" [4 (5-5-7.5) cm]. Cast off in ribbing.


Right side
Knit next 2 stitches together
Make 1 stitch by picking up horizontal loop lying before next stitch and knitting into back of loop
Purl next 2 stitches together
Purl next 2 stitches together through back loops
Slip next 2 stitches knitwise one at a time. Pass them back onto left-hand needle, then knit through back loops together.
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