How to knit a dog sweater with seamless results (+ giveaway!)

Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

Your dog needs a sweater. You want to knit that sweater. But figuring out how to make a dog sweater from a human-shaped pattern is downright daunting.

Enter Seamless Knits for Posh Pups.

Seamless Knits for Posh Pups

What’s your pooch’s personal style? Pearls and a little black dress? All-American sports mascot? Celtic-style cable aficionado?
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Take your pick from these and plenty of other adorable dog-sweater patterns designed to be the perfect fit for man’s best friend. Sweaters for dogs from 8 to 30 pounds, long-sleeved, and sleeveless—you’ll find something to fit just about every doggy breed, body type, and personality.

And because most sweaters in Seamless Knits for Posh Pups are knit top-down and seamless, you can try your creation on your pup while your knitting is still on your needles, adjust as needed, then cast-off and head straight for the dog park where he can strut his stuff in style.

Want to see just how much your dog wants a sweater? Go behind the scenes of our dog fashion shoot and meet the glamorous models from Seamless Knits for Posh Pups in this video. There were tails wagging for sweaters all around!

Outtakes? In a building full of dogs? Yep, we’ve got outtakes.

Seamless Knits for Posh Pups outtakes
The life of a model. . .it ain’t as easy as it looks!

Have you ever played dress-up with your dog? Share a photo on Facebook or tell us all about it in the comments and you could win a copy of the Seamless Knits for Posh Pups eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

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Thanks to all who entered the giveaway! The winner is Joanne, who posted this photo of her super pup, Jack, on Facebook.

Congratulations, Joanne! We’ll contact you about your prize.


  • I play dress up all the time with our pet. He doesn’t like it at all though.
    Still cute!

    —anna donato on May 15, 2015
  • I don’t have a dog, but I’ve always wanted to make something for my cat. She is a little prissy and loves to be under the covers with me, so I feel that she would love a pretty light weight sweater to play in. The boy on the other hand would want no part of it.

    —connie b on May 15, 2015
  • I am not on facebook… but definitely dress up dogs… it is our way of "shaming" them… for the holidays, we have hand made antlers, for valentines day we have red "wigs" from yarn… it is a scream!

    —ronnie gosnell on May 15, 2015
  • My granddog, Ella, a pug was given a complete wardrobe by me, including a little black dress for an evening out!
    I would love this book so I could knit her a sweater.

    —Nancy Johnson on May 15, 2015
  • My granddog, Ella, a pug, was given a complete wardrobe by me, including a little black dress! I would love this book so I could make her a sweater.

    —Nancy Johnson on May 15, 2015
  • I have bought toddler size t-shirts for my dog to wear if it was a little chilly in the house. I now have a new puppy, 10 weeks old, and I plan to make him a sweater. "Seamless Knits for Posh Pups" is perfect to have to whip up a sweater for my pup.

    —Barbara OC on May 15, 2015
  • I haven’t knitted for an animal before but our local knitting group is always looking for a charity to donate to. This would be an awesome project to benefit our local animal rescue!

    —LaVonne on May 15, 2015
  • Such cute designs you could talk a cat into wearing them!

    —ckachel on May 15, 2015
  • The most "dress-up" we do with our beagle is an insulated coat he wears for walks when the temperature is below 20-degrees F. Anything knit or crocheted would be snagged beyond repair in our woods understory. Some of the sweaters shown would be great for my neighbor who keeps her "senior" dog indoors except for walks in mild weather, and uses sweaters on the dog to keep off the chill.

    —Jane on May 15, 2015
  • To keep my grandpuppy warm, I "dress" him in an old T shirt. I’d love to knit him some brand-new sweaters that he can actually walk around in!

    —Mary P on May 15, 2015
  • Oh yes, our Sarah loves to be girly girl, get her nails painted, and be dressed up. She’d love some lovely knitted sweaters!:o)

    —Cheryl on May 15, 2015
  • Before my dog passed away, I used to play dress up with him for almost every holiday, especially Halloween! Since he was a golden retriever, it was difficult to find costumes that fit him properly and were often so small that it didn’t reach his bottom. I would’ve loved to knit him a sweater for winter since he was often cold at night (we lived in a VERY drafty house), but he passed before I was good enough at knitting. We’re getting another dog soon and I’d love make them a little something special for winter.

    —Nathalia on May 15, 2015
  • I like to dres up my dog when we do therapy visits to senior centers. Usually he wears a fancy neck wrap or scarf, so he is easy to pet. But he would look really cute in a "shrug" from one of these patterns.

    —Lynne on May 15, 2015
  • I sewed up a small blanket with velcro straps to hold it in place. It needs some modifications but works in really cold weather. I really want to knit something for her.

    —Lori S on May 15, 2015
  • I’ve never dressed any of our dogs, or other pets, but I’ve worn a dog collar back in the days when I was in the punk scene. Does that count?

    —KittenWithAWhiplash on May 15, 2015
  • I love everything about these designs. I have always wanted to make my spoiled standard poodle a sweater but sizing was a big problem! I can’t wait to try this n

    —Judi on May 15, 2015
  • I can not remember exactly how I played dress up with our dog as a child, but some friends have rottweillers and I sent them a picture of a dragon outfit I would like to knit them,

    —Tabitha D. Bezalel on May 16, 2015
  • The only time I’ve dressed a dog is when my previous dog had spinal surgery – his incision had to be covered until his fur grew back, so I put a t-shirt on him (he weighed 83 pounds).

    —Karen Cohn on May 16, 2015
  • We had three Weimaraners: Cindy, Lily and Amy. While not knitted, I sewed each of them brightly colored orange vests (each a different print) during hunting season in Maine. As a new sewing enthusiast, my sixth grade creations were well tolerated and everyone survived hunting season. Somehow, my Dad "lost" all of them by the following season!

    —Erin on May 19, 2015
  • Oh, I love the sweaters! Yes, I’ve knitted a number of doggie sweaters for my little puppies!

    —Nicole Sender on May 20, 2015
  • I posted a picture taken this Cinco de Mayo of our dogs dressed up. They really take it well!

    So cute! Thanks for sharing! ~Cornelia

    —JenniferAnne Keefer on May 21, 2015
  • i love dressing my german shepherd up in little jackets or neck scarves.. shes not a huge fan but she looks SO CUTE!!!

    —Vunda V on May 21, 2015
  • I had an idea, that I was thought was quite funny at the time, and decided to dress our two jack russell terriers in my partners daughters baby knits that she had kept since they were babies. Long knitted dresses and bonnets.
    It was indeed funny until they both ran off and up and over the hill together on our farm, just like Thelma and Louise which to be honest was quite hilarious, and they eventually came back half an hour or so later completely de-robed!
    Of course I was not popular when my partner found out I had used her treasured baby knits for such a ‘funny at the time’ purpose. But the strangest thing was we all went searching for the two long christening dresses and bonnets and never ever found them…to this day, completely vanished! Down a rabbit hole? We’ll never know.

    —Geoff on May 22, 2015

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