If your dog tends to get cold, learning how to crochet a dog sweater can be a worthwhile skill to master.
I know my way around a crochet hook, but my mother is a crochet master, so I’m basing this article off of her tips. Although this do-it-yourself project is advanced, with a little patience you can create adorable, high-quality clothing for your pup.
- Crochet hook
1. Select the look.
Choose the color and pattern of your dog sweater. Buy the color(s) of yarn you want to use, and find a pattern online. Here are some resources to get you started:
- 25 Free Patterns From Crochet Patterns Galore
- 25+ Best Ideas About Dog Sweater Crochet Patterns on Pinterest
- Top 10 Cute DIY Dog Sweaters (With Free Crochet Patterns)
This video from Crochet Guru demonstrates an easy pattern for beginners:
2. Take your pup’s measurements.
For most patterns, you will need to measure around the neck, chest and length from neck to tail.
3. Review crochet basics and tips.
Take some time to peruse tutorial videos to refresh your memory on tips when crocheting and to learn the specifics of this type of project.
Follow step by step in this helpful video from The Crochet Crowd:
4. Get started.
The pattern you select should come with step-by-step instructions on how to make the perfect sweater for your dog. The ideal pattern will vary depending on the shape and size of your pup.
5. Add the finishing touches.
My mom adds a big, cute button to the chest strap of many of the sweaters she makes. Just make sure any flare and frills are not going to be an easily swallowable health hazard to your dog. Any time your dog is wearing clothing, they should be supervised.
6. Let your pup decide if they approve of your work.
After 1–2 weeks of crocheting in your downtime, let your pup take the sweater for a spin. My mom’s dog, Stella, is very comfortable wearing clothing. But no matter how hard you worked on making an adorable outfit, never force your pet to wear clothes if they resist.