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Crocheted Dog Sweater & Potholders

Hi... Happy day after Thanksgiving!!  Hope you had  a great one... we did! My parents came over and I cooked the turkey, party potatoes, green bean casserole, and then Mom brought a yummy broccoli and cauliflower salad, Carly made pumpkin bars and Maddy helped me make homemade dinner rolls!  We did opt for a sugar-free pumpkin pie for the diabetics in the fam.  Lots of great food, and then us girls played Phase 10 while the dads took a nap in the livingroom. Great day. *Ü*

Of course after all the yummy food, a walk was in order.  So I finished sewing buttons on the doggy sweater I crocheted for Lacy and out we went!  Here's a photo.... her tail's waggin' cause she's so happy *Ü*
I modified the following pattern as seen here:



  • I used 100% Acrylic, 4-ply knit and crochet yarn
    For larger sizes you will want to use 4, 5 and 6 oz, corresponding to the number of additional stitches shown below. However, be aware that if you use another type of yarn, the amount needed may be different. Tip: It's always better to have more than you think you'll need on hand so that you have yarn from the same dye lot.
  • Three 3/4 inch (18-20 mm) buttons
  • Yarn needle


double crochet (dc) – YO, insert hook in next st, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO draw through 2 loops. When inserting the hook, I usually pick up the first loop of the stitch facing me, not both loops, for a smoother effect. 

decrease ( uses next 2 sts) - * YO, insert hook in next st, YO and pull up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook, repeat from * once more, YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook. (counts as 1 decrease) 

front post double crochet (FPdc) - YO, insert hook from front to back around post of st indicated, YO and pull up a loop even with loop on hook, (YO and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice, skip st behind Fpdc. 


Ch 28(31, 34, 37) loosely.
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across. 26 (29, 32, 35) sts. 
Row 2: (Right Side) Ch 3, (counts as first dc now and throughout) turn, dc in next dc, ( work FPdc around next dc, dc in next 2 dc) across; 8 (9, 10, 11) FPdc 
Row 3: ( Increase Row) Ch 3, turn, dc in next dc, dc across to last st, 2 dc in last dc, 28 (31, 34, 37) sts.
Row 4: Ch 3, turn, (dc in next 2 dc, work FPdc around next st) across to last 3 dc, dc in last 3 dc. 
Row 5: (Increase Row) Ch 3, turn, dc in next dc, dc across to last st, 2 dc in last dc: 30 (33, 36, 39) sts. 
Row 6: Ch 3, turn, work FPdc around next st, ( dc in next 2 dc, work FPdc around next st) across to last dc, dc in last dc.
Row 7: ( Increase Row) Ch 3, turn, dc in next dc, dc across to last st, 2 dc in last dc: 32 (35,38,41) sts.
Row 8: Ch 3, turn, dc in next dc, (work FPdc around next st, dc in next 2 dc) across.
Rows 9-11: Repeat rows 3-5: 36 (39, 42, 45) sts. 
Additional rowsRepeat row 6 for a total of 21(25, 29, 33) rows, or until the length is from the base of your dog's tail to the middle of his/her shoulders.


Right Neck Shaping

Note: Maintain established pattern throughout.
Row 1: Ch 3, turn, work across next 13 (14, 15, 16) sts, leave remaining sts un-worked, 14 (15, 16, 17) sts.
Row 2: (Decrease Row) Ch 3, turn, decrease, work across: 13 (14, 15, 16) sts.
Row 3: (Decrease Row) Ch 3, turn, work across to last 3 sts, decrease, dc in last dc: 12 (13, 14, 15) sts.
Row 4-7: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 twice: 8 (9, 10, 11) sts.
Row 8: Work across and finish off.

Left Neck Shaping

Row 1: With right side facing, skip 8 (9, 10, 11) sts from Right Neck Shaping and join yarn with a slip st in next st; ch 3, work across: 14( 15, 16, 17) sts.
Row 2: (Decrease Row) Ch 3, turn, work across to last 3 sts, decrease, dc in last dc. 13( 14, 15, 16) sts. 
Row 3: (Decrease Row) Ch 3, turn, decrease, work across: 12( 13, 14, 15) sts. 
Row 4-7: Repeat rows 2 and 3 twice. 8 (9, 10, 11) sts. 
Row 8: work across and finish off.


Rnd 1: With right side facing and MC, join yarn with slip st at seam; ch 1, sc evenly around, join with slip st to first sc. 
Rnds 2 &3: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with slip st to first sc. 
Finish off. 


Belly Band

  • Slip the neckband over your dog's head and put the sweater in place.
  • Take a short piece of contrasting yarn and mark the row about half an inch behind the legs. This is where you will start your belly band.
  • Take another piece of yarn and mark the spot where you want your belly band to end (towards the rear of the dog).
Row 1: With right side facing, working in end of rows and using MC, join yarn with slip st on left edge of Sweater at your first yarn marker; ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in the ends of each of the next number of rows until you reach your yarn marker.
Row 2: Ch 3, turn, dc in next dc and in each dc across. 
Additional rows: Repeat Row 2 until the belly band fits snugly around your dog's tummy. Check and double check for fit.
Now it's time to add the buttonholes.


Row 1: Ch 1, turn, sc in each dc across. 
Row 2: Ch 1, turn sc in first 3 sc, (ch 2, skip 2 sc, sc in next 3 sc) twice. 
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc and in each ch across. 
Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across, finish off. 
Sew on buttons.

That's it!!  Pretty easy :)

My youngest daughter Maddy also crochets and she made some potholders for our friend Patti.  Very easy to make... and they are doubley thick.    

Easy Potholder Instructions:

Chain 30-40, depending on size you'd like.  Pictured above, she made 2 that were 30 ch. and 2 that were 40.

At the end of your chain, chain 1 and go back across.  You'll work in rounds.  Eventually, two corners will start to emerge.  When you fold the 2 corners, you should stop crocheting when the edges  meet diagonally in the middle.  Then use a yarn needle to sew up the diagonal opening and ta-da!  You're done!!

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Lorie said…
I LOVE your crochet-ing! That dog sweater is fantastic! Thanks for the shout out for my sale! :)
Patti J said…
OMG Kristine - I'm so excited! Cannot wait to get my potholders! Squeal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love the sweet Lacey sweater too. Glad you had a wonderful day with your family! Hugs...
Great work with the crochet hook - I am just getting back into it again and loving it.
Marlou McAlees said…
awwwww look at your sweet pup!!! and love your crocheting, I would someday love to learn to crochet xxx
Kathy W. said…
Sooo cute! Lacy looks adorable in her sweater!! Great job with the pot holders Maddy!!
Kelly L said…
Oh my goodness, Lacy's sweater is too, too cute! I have copied your pattern. I might have to make one of these for my parent's min pin. :) Tell Maddy - great job on her potholders too. They do look nice and thick to protect the hands. I love the pretty colors. I first learned how to crochet from my grandma, and all I used to make was potholders and granny square for a couple of years. :) lol Hugs, Kelly
Peanut said…
Sooo cute! I've been looking for something like this for my doggie. Thank you so much for sharing.
xxx Asha - new follower

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