As the leaves change colors and it starts colder again, we have to start pulling sweaters out of the closet. Sweaters keep us warm and cozy, and that’s something our dogs can benefit from as well!
If you like to knit, why not pick up a new pattern and learn how to knit a sweater for your dog? Knitting dog sweaters for your dog and as gifts for other people can be lots of fun.
Keep reading to learn all about DIY puppy sweaters and how they can keep your pup warm during the colder seasons.
Sweaters for Dogs
Knitting a sweater for your dog or as a gift for someone else’s dog is a fantastic way to show your creativity. As a knitter, you get to pick the stitch, the color, and any additions you want to add, or you can take requests! Get your dog to choose the yarn by putting a few colors on the floor and see which one they go toward!
Learning how to knit a sweater for your dog can be fun but, you want to make sure it stays clean. You can prevent bacteria and germs from getting on the sweater by using a sanitizer like Alpha Tech Pet in their crate. This will keep it from carrying anything icky between washes.
How to Measure Your Dog
To measure your dog, you want to get the length of their back from below their collar to the base of their tail. This will tell you how long to make the sweater. You should also measure the circumference of their neck and their chest, along with the width between their front legs. Last but not least, measure from their neck down to where the leg openings will be.
Once you have your dog’s measurements, it’ll be much easier to knit something that will fit them. You may want to wait until your dog is fully grown before knitting them a sweater because puppies grow so rapidly!
Where to Find Knitting Patterns
There are a bunch of websites to find dog sweater knitting patterns. You can customize however you want and even add things like hoods with covers for their ears.
You can also turn an old used sweater into a dog sweater if you want a more straightforward sweater project. All you need to worry about is making a few easy cuts. This will keep a dog warm as they wait for their cozy winter sweater.
Now You Know How to Knit a Sweater for Your Dog
Learning how to knit a sweater for a pet or loved one can be a great experience. Giving a handmade gift has so much sentiment, and it’s almost always appreciated. If you live somewhere with harsher winters, you may want to consider getting jackets for dogs rated for much colder temps and just let your dog cozy up at home in their sweater.