It’s cold in your area and you wanted a sweater for your dog? Don’t want to buy one? Then now let’s make a cozy crochet style sweater for your dog. This sweater will keep your dog warm keep her in the fashion game too. Here we will tell you complete steps about how to crochet your dog sweater.
Some dogs avoid wearing any kind of clothes including sweaters too. In the colder seasons wearing a sweater become essential and beneficial for your dog’s health otherwise, they’ll get flu and other seasonal diseases like that.
A making-of-crochet style sweater for you is a beginner thing to do. If you are new to stitching you will find it a bit difficult but once you pick the flow it becomes really easy. For crocheting a basic sweater you have to take the measurements of your dog and then have to crochet the thread according to the measurements.
Things you need for crocheting a sweater:
Following are some major and basic things you will need to have for crocheting a dog sweater.
- Crochet hook
- A bundle of soft thread
- Wide eye needle
- Stitch markers
How to crochet a dog sweater:
For crocheting a dog basic sweater follow the following simple steps.
1.Taking measurement; In the first step, you have to take the measurements of your dog’s body. Take the measurements from three areas that are the neck, chest, and the slimmest part of the waist.
It is to note that don’t use a measuring tape to do measurements. Simply take a thread with whom you will be going to crochet the sweater and roll it around the areas that are the neck, chest, and waist.
2.Crocheting the neckpiece; Starts from the neckpiece stitching. Take the thread that you have measured for the neck and crochet it on that neckpiece thread.
Make the first chain of six pieces crochets for the neck and continue making chains on that base of 6 piece crochet. You have to make a total of 29 rows. After making 29 rows make a single crochet outline on the top and the bottom of the rows. On the shoulder, the side makes 3 rows of single crochets.
When you will be done with your neck piece your result will be going to have 43 single crochets. If don’t then go back and see where you make a mistake.
3.Crocheting armholes; After making the neckpiece let’s head towards the arms. For making holes for the arms count five single crochets from each side and place stitch markers there. And after that stitch markers count 4 more spaces and add the other two stitch markers
Make 10 rows of single crochet to the end of the first stitch markers from each side. Now from the other marker leaving the four spaces make ten rows of single crochet that you made previously.
4.Crocheting the chest; Once you make the armholes now start to crochet the chest piece of the sweater covering the 4 single crochet spaces by making a bridge over the spaces that you have left before. Add a stitch marker on the first row. Now you have to make 26 continuous rows out of which 13 will be normal and 13 will be decreased rows leading towards the waist.
5.Completing the armholes; Makes the armholes longer by making a single crochets rows. The number of rows depends on the length you need for your dog’s sweater.
6.Connecting the leg openings; Starts stitching from the neck to the belly connecting the two edges by the use of wide-eye needles. Don’t stitch to the ends just stitch it to the belly and let the other half remain open.
7.Trying it on; Now a cozy sweater is ready to try it to your dog and check the fittings and things like that.
Frequently asked questions
What is the easiest thing to crochet for a beginner?
Following are some easy things to crochet if you are a beginner
- Crochet a necklace
- Granny square blanket
- Basic Beanie
- Friendly shawl
- Slouchy beret
How long should a dog sweater be?
There may be various fluctuations in the sizes of the dog’s sweater of different brands. Typically a general size for the dog’s sweater is 12 inches in length, neck circumferences are 12 inches and chest circumference is 16 inches.
It is recommended to measure your dog before buying a sweater for her. If you are crocheting a sweater yourself for your dog then you can make a precisely measured sweater for your dog that fits perfectly with her. Otherwise, in a ready-made sweater, you may face some little fluctuations in the sizes and so.
It is OK to leave a sweater on a dog?
For the fluffy ones, it is generally unnecessary to leave them with a heavy sweater because naturally, they have an insulating layer of hair over their skin. But if your dog has not that many fluffy hairs or is a little too skinny, or you are facing some freezing temperature in your area then you can wear your dog the warm sweater. This helps her to make her warm and cozy and also helps her to maintain her body temperature.
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Let’s end this detailed discussion of crocheting by giving a brief conclusion.
Crocheting a dog sweater is not easy if you’re new to crocheting. If you are already pro at the task you can crochet a basic dog’s sweater very easily. You have to follow some simple steps to make a basic dog’s sweater. You have to follow the precision policy while crocheting because a single miss of crochet can ruin your whole hard work and then you have to start from scratch.
If you crochet your dog’s sweater on your own then you will have the perfect size for your dog rather than buying ready-made. Crocheting is a simple DIY task you can do it by just following the steps explained above.
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Albert James is a dog owner and veterinarian by profession. He loves to write about dogs. He can also provide you solutions about your dog’s health.