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Do you have a dog that gets cold easily? Do you know how to knit? You can help keep your pup warm with a homemade sweater! Henry isn’t the biggest fan of sweaters, but I’ve made him a few for the coldest winter days. I don’t use dog sweater patterns because I’ve been knitting for a long time and I like to make them up as I go along, but there are plenty of patterns available online for those who want to take on the challenge! I’ve rounded up seven of my favorites, so keep reading to get inspired!

PLEASE NOTE: This post was written several years ago, and, at that time, all patterns were free. Since then, some of these patterns may have changed from free to paid. Since we have no control over external websites, we can’t guarantee that these patterns are still free. Apologies for any inconvenience! 

Seven Free Dog Sweater Patterns

The Broke Dog: 7 Free Dog Sweater Patterns

Cabled Dog Cardigan

This sweater reminds me of a couple that I own for myself. Cabled sweaters are so classic and timeless, so you dog will be warm and stylish for years.

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The Broke Dog: 7 Free Dog Sweater Patterns

Buster Dog Coat

Look at this little preppy guy! So cute. He even has a little popped collar! The buttons are adorable too.

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The Broke Dog: 7 Free Dog Sweater Patterns

Cabled Dog Sweater

Another adorable and classic cabled sweater! I love the detail on this sweater – look at the ribbed chest and detailed pattern on the back.

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The Broke Dog: 7 Free Dog Sweater Patterns

Pug Dog Sweater

This sweater was inspired by a Pug, but that doesn’t mean you need a Pug to knit one! It comes in several sizes and is easy to adapt.

The Broke Dog: 7 Free Dog Sweater Patterns

Hoodie Dog Coat

This was the first dog sweater I ever made! I knitted one for my former roommate’s pit bull mix several years ago. I remember it being easy to knit and absolutely adorable.

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Puppy Pullover

I LOVE this sweater! It actually reminds me a lot of one that I made for Henry (see it here). This sweater is definitely for the trendy, stylish pup in your life.

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Knitted Dog Sweater

This pattern makes a simple, garter-stitch sweater with beautiful shaping. The button is a cute touch!


There you have it: a roundup of seven free dog sweater patterns! Do you knit? Have you knitted any sweaters for your dog? Please share in the comments!

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The Broke Dog: 7 Free Dog Sweater Patterns


Rochelle BaRoss is an accessory designer by day and a blogger, entrepreneur, and dog mom by night. She moved to Brooklyn in 2012 without a paying job, signed a lease on a two-bedroom apartment with five other people, and worked hard and saved for years until she could move into her own studio apartment and adopt Henry, her terrier mix.


  1. Love your blog and writeup on the dog sweaters. It’s been so cold in the north that they all need a sweater.

  2. Melissa Storms Reply

    I love the hooded sweater. Thanks for sharing! I need to get knitting before fall.

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  4. Great Choices !
    I love the cabled sweater the most.
    What a great pic of the two of you ! Your friendship bracelet and his collar ! Lucky Dickie to have each other !
    I like to make my dog sweaters up as I go along too.

    • TheBrokeDog Reply

      Thank you so much, Debra! 🙂 We’re very lucky to have each other!

  5. Connie z. Taylor Reply

    I want to learn! how to make clothes for my male Chihuahua mixed knit & sawing his cloths like sweaters & cloth for spring & summer! Heis 15 yrs old now! Love to dress him up! He is and always be my furry baby! Family!

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