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Easy Crochet Dog Sweater for Large, Extra Large, and Extra Extra Large Dogs

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This easy crochet sweater for large dogs is stylish, warm, and fun to crochet too! Learn how to crochet a dog sweater for big dogs using this free crochet pattern. Now including an even larger size for GIANT dogs!

Free crochet dog sweater pattern tutorial for large dogs

Easy Crochet Dog Sweater for Large, X Large, and XX Large Dogs

crochet large dog sweater tutorial

This free crochet sweater pattern for large dogs, extra large, and extra extra large dogs is perfect for our long-legged furry friends. One thing I noticed while designing the extra small, small, and medium dog sweater pattern is that with larger dogs it can be difficult to get their long legs into conventionally styled dog sweaters. If your tall pet doesn’t like their legs manipulated into a sweater with leg holes – who can blame them? – they’ll love you for using this pattern as it incorporates a flap with buttons. Simply slip the collar over their head and fasten below.

How to make a stylish crocheted sweater for big dogs

This dog sweater tutorial uses the Thicket (aka Suzette) stitch. This is the same stitch as I used in the smaller three sizes of dog sweater pattern, The Dandy Dog Sweater, which means that if you’ve got a mix of breeds and different sizes of dogs, all of them can match! Dawww!

giant dog sweater free crochet pattern

If you’re looking for an XXXL Dog Sweater crochet pattern, you’ll want to head over here for the free dog sweater pattern for giant dogs. Rogi is a 1-year old Great Dane rocking his new sweater!

Find the ad-free, printable version of this pattern on Ravelry, Etsy, or in the Heart Hook Home shop. Thank you!

Crochet sweater for large dogs

I love everything about this sweater. It is easy to crochet, it works up fast, and all of the dogs so far have loved it. If you’re needing smaller dog sweaters, you’ll want to use this pattern instead.

Measuring your dog for a crochet sweater

The most important measurement when determining which size to make is their chest measurement. You’ll want to measure the widest part of their chest, just behind their front legs. Because virtually all crochet will stretch as it is worn/used, I have taken this into account when designing this pattern. If your dog is in between sizes, I would go with the larger of the two.

sizing chart for large dog sweaters

Whether you’re headed to the dog park in style, or your large dog just likes being warm, you’re sure to love this pattern!

Beautiful sweater for large dogs free pattern

Large Dog Sweater Materials:

For both of my dog sweater patterns we are using Brava Worsted yarn. The color that Jessee is wearing in these photos is “Caution”. Of course, you could substitute with any worsted weight yarn you have on hand as well.

Brava Worsted Weight Yarn
-approx. 550 yards for L
-approx. 650 yards for XL
-approx. 750 yards for XXL

Crochet hook in size H/5mm

(6) 1” (or 1.25″) Buttons

Gauge: 14 sts x 13 rows = 4”

Gauge pattern:

Row 1: Ch-18. (sc, dc) in 2nd ch from hook. * sk next ch, (sc, dc) in next * repeat between * * 6 more times. Sk next ch, sc in last. (17)

Rows 2 – 14: Ch-1, turn, * (sc, dc) in next st, sk next st * repeat between * * 7 more times. Sk next st, sc in last. (17) Measure for gauge.

Note: Always make your swatch slightly larger than it needs to be so that when you measure you are only including inside stitches, not the outside stitches that are not uniform in shape.

Pattern Notes:

The chain at the beginning of the row does not count as a stitch.

Pattern written using US terms.

Odd numbered rows are “right side”.

Front post/Back post stitches are used for the collar. There is a tutorial for these stitches here.

The body of this sweater uses the Thicket (aka Suzette) stitch. There is a tutorial for that stitch here.

Find the ad-free, printable version of this pattern on Ravelry, Etsy, or in the Heart Hook Home shop. Thank you!

See the VIDEO tutorial for this pattern below! If, for some reason, this video does not play, you can find it on YouTube as well.

Pattern:

Collar:

Round 1: Fhdc– (63, 73, 83) (or ch- (64, 74, 84), hdc in 2nd chain from hook and in each to end.) Join to top of first st with sl st. Stitch count: (63, 73, 83)

Round 2: Ch-1, do not turn, * fphdc around next st, bphdc around next st * repeat between * * around, fphdc around last st. Join to top of first fphdc with sl st. Stitch count: (63, 73, 83)

Round 3: Ch-1, turn, * bphdc around next st, fphdc around next st * repeat between * * around, bphdc around last st. Join to top of first bphdc with sl st. Stitch count: (63, 73, 83)

Round 4: Ch-1, turn, * fphdc around next st, bphdc around next st * repeat between * * around, fphdc around last st. Join to top of first fphdc with sl st. Stitch count: (63, 73, 83)

Rounds 5 through 10: alternate rounds 3 & 4. Stitch count: (63, 73, 83)

Chest/Body:

Round 11: Ch-1, do not turn. (sc, dc) in first st. * sk next st, (sc, dc) in next * repeat between * * around. Join to top of first sc with sl st. Stitch count: (64, 74, 84)

Round 12: Ch-1, turn, * sk next st, (sc, dc) in next * repeat between * * (7, 8, 10) more times. (16, 18, 22 sts so far). Sc in next st. In next st place (hdc, sc). Sc in next st. In next st place (sc, dc). (22, 24, 28 sts so far). Repeat between * * around. Join to top of first sc with sl st. Stitch count: (66, 76, 86)

Round 13: repeat round 12. Stitch count: (68, 78, 88)

Round 14: Ch-1, turn, * sk next st, (sc, dc) in next * repeat between * * (16, 18, 21) more times, sc in next st, (hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next, (sc, dc) in next. Repeat between * * around. Join to top of first sc with sl st. Stitch count: (70, 80, 90)

Round 15: Ch-1, turn, * sk next st, (sc, dc) in next * repeat between * * around until you have 4 sts remaining. Sc in next st, (hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next, (sc, dc) in last st. Join to top of first sc with sl st. Stitch count: (72, 82, 92)

Round 16: Ch-1, turn, * sk next st, (sc, dc) in next * repeat between * * (8, 9, 11) more times, sc in next st, (hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next, (sc, dc) in next. Repeat between * * around. Join to top of first sc with sl st. Stitch count: (74, 84, 94)

Round 17: repeat round 16. Stitch count: (76, 86, 96)

Round 18: Ch-1, turn, * sk next st, (sc, dc) in next * repeat between * * (18, 20, 23) more times, sc in next st, (hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next, (sc, dc) in next. Repeat between * * around. Join to top of first sc with sl st. Stitch count: (78, 88, 98)

Round 19: repeat round 15. Stitch count: (80, 90, 100)

Round 20: Ch-1, turn, * sk next st, (sc, dc) in next * repeat between * * (9, 10, 12) more times, sc in next st, (hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next, (sc, dc) in next. Repeat between * * around. Join to top of first sc with sl st. Stitch count: (82, 92, 102)

Round 21: repeat round 20. Stitch count: (84, 94, 104)

Round 22: Ch-1, turn, * sk next st, (sc, dc) in next * repeat between * * (20, 22, 25) more times, sc in next st, (hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next, (sc, dc) in next. Repeat between * * around. Join to top of first sc with sl st. Stitch count: (86, 96, 106)

Round 23:  repeat round 15. Stitch count: (88, 98, 108)

Round 24: Ch-1, turn, * sk next st, (sc, dc) in next * repeat between * * (10, 11, 13) more times, sc in next st, (hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next, (sc, dc) in next. Repeat between * * around. Join to top of first sc with sl st. Stitch count: (90, 100, 110)

Round 25: repeat round 24. Stitch count: (92, 102, 112)

Round 26: Ch-1, turn, * sk next st, (sc, dc) in next * repeat between * * (22, 24, 27) more times, sc in next st, (hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next, (sc, dc) in next. Repeat between * * around. Join to top of first sc with sl st. Stitch count: (94, 104, 114)

Round 27:  repeat round 15. Stitch count: (96, 106, 116)

Round 28: Ch-1, turn, * sk next st, (sc, dc) in next * repeat between * * (11, 12, 15) more times, sc in next st, (hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next, (sc, dc) in next. Repeat between * * around. Join to top of first sc with sl st. Stitch count: (98, 108, 118)

Round 29: repeat row 28. Stitch count: (100, 110, 120)

Round/s (30, 30 – 32, 30 – 34): Ch-1, turn, * sk next st, (sc, dc) in next * repeat between * * around. Join to top of first sc with sl st. Stitch count: (100, 110, 120)

Place a stitch marker in the last stitch made. (Makes it easier to count below) Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Chest flap:

Looking at the “right” side (see pattern notes), attach yarn in (9th, 11th, 11th) stitch to the right of the chest seam. (should be a sc)

Row 1: Ch-1, (sc, dc) in same st. * sk next st, (sc, dc) in next * repeat between * * (7, 8, 9) more times. Stitch count: (18, 20, 22)

Rows 2 – (23, 25, 27): Ch-1, turn, * sk next st, (sc, dc) in next * repeat between * * to end. Stitch count: (18, 20, 22)

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Back flap:

Looking at the “right” side, mark the (14th, 16th, 18th) stitch to the left of the chest flap. (should be a sc)

Row 1: Ch-(16, 18, 20), (sc, dc) in marked stitch, *sk next st, (sc, dc) in next * repeat between * * (27, 29, 31) more times, ch-(16, 18, 20). Stitch count: (90, 98, 106)

Row 2: (sc, dc) in 2nd ch from hook. *sk next st, (sc, dc) in next * repeat between * * to end. Stitch count: (90, 98, 106)

Row 3: Ch-1, turn. * sk next st, (sc, dc) in next * repeat between * * to end. Stitch count: (90, 98, 106)

Row 4: (buttonhole row) Ch-1, turn, sk first st, (sc, dc) in next. Sk-3 sts, (sc, dc) in next. * sk next st, (sc, dc) in next * repeat between * * (39, 43, 47) more times. Sk-3 sts, (sc, dc) in last. Stitch count: (86, 94, 102)

Row 5: Ch-1, turn. Sk first 2 sts, (sc, dc, sc, dc) in hole. * sk next st, (sc, dc) in next * repeat between * * (39, 43, 47) times. (sc, dc, sc, dc) in hole, sk next st, (sc, dc) in last. Stitch count: (90, 98, 106)

Rows 6 – 8: Ch-1, turn. * sk next st, (sc, dc) in next * repeat between * * to end. Stitch count: (90, 98, 106)

Row 9: (buttonhole row) Ch-1, turn, sk first st, (sc, dc) in next. Sk-3 sts, (sc, dc) in next. * sk next st, (sc, dc) in next * repeat between * * (39, 43, 47) more times. Sk-3 sts, (sc, dc) in last. Stitch count: (86, 94, 102)

Row 10: Ch-1, turn. Sk first 2 sts, (sc, dc, sc, dc) in hole. * sk next st, (sc, dc) in next * repeat between * * (39, 43, 47) times. (sc, dc, sc, dc) in hole, sk next st, (sc, dc) in last. Stitch count: (90, 98, 106)

Rows 11 – 13: Ch-1, turn. * sk next st, (sc, dc) in next * repeat between * * to end. Stitch count: (90, 98, 106)

Row 14: (buttonhole row) Ch-1, turn, sk first st, (sc, dc) in next. Sk-3 sts, (sc, dc) in next. * sk next st, (sc, dc) in next * repeat between * * (39, 43, 47) more times. Sk-3 sts, (sc, dc) in last. Stitch count: (86, 94, 102)

Row 15: Ch-1, turn. Sk first 2 sts, (sc, dc, sc, dc) in hole. * sk next st, (sc, dc) in next * repeat between * * (39, 43, 47) times. (sc, dc, sc, dc) in hole, sk next st, (sc, dc) in last. Stitch count: (90, 98, 106)

Row 16: Ch-1, turn, sk first st, * (sc, dc) in next, sk next st * repeat between * * (43, 47, 51) more times. Sc in last st. Stitch count: (89, 97, 105)

Row 17: Ch-1, turn, sk first 2 sts, * (sc, dc) in next, sk next st * repeat between * * (42, 46, 50) more times. Sc in last st. Stitch count: (87, 95, 103)

Row 18: Ch-1, turn, sk first 2 sts, * (sc, dc) in next, sk next st * repeat between * * (41, 45, 49) more times. Sc in last st. Stitch count: (85, 93, 101)

Continue decreasing until you reach row (43, 45, 47) ending with (35, 39, 43) sts. Do not fasten off.

Turn work clockwise to add finishing edge. Sc in each st/row end around the entire dog sweater, placing 3 scs in each corner. Fasten off using Invisible Join.

extra large dog sweater pattern

Sew buttons onto chest flap, making sure they line up with the buttonholes. You’re done!

Find the ad-free, printable version of this pattern on Ravelry and Etsy. Thank you!

I would love to see a photo of your furry friend in their dapper new dog sweaters! Please share a photo with me by tagging @HeartHookHome on Instagram and Twitter, or share in the Heart Hook Home Crochet Community on Facebook.

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245 Comments

  1. Just wondering what you would subject for a dog who’s measuring 38inches around? How would I alter the pattern to allow for this size? I can’t find anything online for a dog this size and you’re pattern is so lovely
  2. In the larger size pattern, Row 4 is a buttonhole row. You only skip 3 stitches twice for the buttonholes. The picture shows THREE buttonholes. Am I missing something or reading the pattern incorrectly? Thank you for the pattern it is quite nice and my Yorkie friends love their sweaters but now a pitbull wants one too
  3. Hi I'm loving the pattern so far! I think there might be a mistake where you start the backflap? It says to repeat 9 times and you'd end up with 22 stitches but you end up with 20. Did you mean to repeat 10 times?
  4. Hello! I am so excited to make this for my pup! Wondering where you would suggest I add rows for additional length if needed before decreasing down the back? Her neck is 15, her chest is 25 and from her shoulders to her tail is about 22 so I assume I should make a Large? She is a 50lb 7 month GSD :P
  5. Hi Ashlea: I just needed a quick clarification after viewing the YouTube instructions. When I make my gauge swatch, does the whole sc, dc unit count as one stitch or are they counted as seperate stitches? Thank You! Happy stitching!
  6. Love the way this pattern looks! I plan on making it for my dog but his measurements are a little weird. Haha! His neck is 14 inches but his chest is 28 1/2. So I’m thinking I’d make a large but I’m unsure how to make the neck small enough that it isn’t hanging off of him. Any suggestions?
    1. Hi Paige! I think you commented on the youtube video as well? If so, this here gives me better information...I think I would do the size Large pattern, but go down a hook size or 2 for the collar, then go to the regular hook size for the remainder of the pattern.
  7. Cool pattern But to print it, it is 38 pages with lots of giant photos. Is there a pattern available please ? so eager to make this ! Thanks, Julia
    1. Hi Julia! I offer ad-free printable pdfs for purchase on Ravelry, Etsy, and on the Heart Hook Home Blog Shop. The free version is only available online.
  8. Hi, I'm excited to make this sweater! But our dog's neck is 18.5" and his chest is 28". Any suggestion how to modify? Should I make the XL size, just make the collar to fit and make the body flaps smaller? Any help you can offer is much appreciated! :)
    1. Hi Kathy! I would probably just make the large and go up a hook size on the collar portion, then go down to your gauge hook for the remainder of the sweater.
  9. So I made too many rows of the chest flap so the buttons won't align correctly. Do you think I can take out rows of the chest flap or start over again? Thank you