Since we are now approaching the winter season, here are some steps on how to crochet a dog sweater. You may also include other accessories like dog raincoat and dog boots. When choosing for a yarn, be sure that it is comfortable for your dog. There are some yarns that can cause your dog skin irritation if you use it for your dog sweater.
When this happens, your dog’s hair might fall off. Before you start, be sure that you are familiar with the terms chain, single crochet, double crochet, half-double crochet, half-treble crochet, and slip stitch.
Here are some basic materials you will need: 4 ply worsted yarn (color will be your own choice), scissors, large eye blunt needles, crochet hook (gauge will depend upon the size of your yarn), tape measure, and accessories (optional). With these materials on hand, you are now ready to crochet your dog a sweater for this season.
Step 1: Measure the neck, front legs, chest, waist, and the length of the back of your dog using your tape measure. Jot down your measurements on a piece of paper.
Step 2: Make a chain. The chain should measure from the left upper front leg of your dog to his right upper front leg. For example, make 52 chains. Use double crochet second chain from the hook; double crochet in the next 49 chains (50 double crochets all in all).
Step 3: Turn. Chain 2. Double crochet in the next 49 chains. Repeat this procedure till the width of your pattern will cover from the neck to the shoulders area of your dog. Finish the last stitch and cut off the yarn leaving at least 5 inches. Pull the yarn with the crochet hook and secure its end to ensure that the yarn does not unravel.
Step 4: Count 10 dc (double crochet) from the first part and make a single crochet on the 11th dc. Use single crochet for the next 30 dc. Turn. Chain two and dc in each of the next single crochet. Turn. Chain two and dc in each of the next 30 double crochets. Repeat this procedure till the measurement covers the shoulders area to the back area (at the beginning of the tail). Cut off and secure remaining end.
Step 5: Repeat procedures one to four. Your pattern will look like a letter T. Follow the instructions below and sew it accordingly. Now that you know how to crochet a dog sweater, you could experiment using different or mixed colors to make it look adorable.