Fall is one of my favorite seasons. The brisk air, apple cider donuts and cooler temps. What makes the cooler temps even better? Sweater weather. What makes sweater weather even better? Dogs in sweaters. I thought for this month’s column I should spread a little cheer and share one of my favorite things about fall: dogs in sweaters.
I talk about a lot of things in this monthly column but one of the things that people want to talk to me about the most in life and online are the sweaters I’ve knit for my dogs. I shared how I take my favorite human sweater patterns and adapt them to fit dogs here, but over the last few years there have been more sweater patterns written for dogs that have caught my eye.
So if you have a dog that you want to knit a sweater for or you know someone with a dog you can knit a sweater for, this month’s column is dedicated to you.
A Woof of Inspiration
Seamless Knits for Posh Pups by Sharon Sebrow is the book that got me started on knitting for dogs. I always said I wouldn’t be that crazy dog lady, but who am I kidding? I AM that crazy dog lady. The very first sweater I ever knit for a dog was Sparkle for my dog Cher and she was so cute in it that I have knit it 6 more times for my dogs and dogs of friends.
It is a simple and classic top down sweater that is easy to fit as you go along and quick to knit if you have a smaller dog. The book comes with 14 patterns and there is something for every type of dog in your life. It is definitely the first book I recommend when someone wants to knit for their dog.
Sparkle on, Cher.
Lucky Dog Sweater by Sole Salvo
Most recently, Sole Salvo (behind the Instagram account Haute Dogue) put her love of dogs and design skills to work to create the Lucky Dog Sweater. It is a timeless sweater design with a little bit of drama with the neck ribbing and it comes in sizes XXS to XL to fit a wide range of dogs in your life. You should also really check out how Sole translates runway looks into dog sweaters because it’s kind of amazing.
Harness Friendly Dog Sweater by Jacqueline Cieslak
Maybe you’ve knit an Ursa sweater or a Rift tee? If so, you know Jacqueline’s work. But did you know she has an adorable dog, Raii, who she knits for too? She created a harness friendly sweater that’s knit in two parts, a cowl neck for the neck and shoulders and then you pick up stitches for the body. I’ve got this one on my list to knit for Jellybean.
Heart eyes emoji x 1,000,000.
Sweaters not your thing? Then how about a dog hat?
Comfy Dog Hat by Valya Boutenko
There are a so many cute designs for dog hats (with bunny ears, with tassels, with poms, with a cupcake on top) that you can pick the one that best represents your pup. When the air gets really chilly and brisk, Jellybean’s tiny 5-pound frame can’t handle the cold so we layer her up whenever she has to go outside. I figure why not make her as cute as possible?
The Poms are everything.
In the MDK Shop
I know that knitting for your dog can seem silly to some but for times like these, why not inject a little joy in the everyday moments like dog walks when you can? And if you do decide to knit something for your dog, share it with us! Whether you used my formula to come up with a custom knit or followed a pattern, share it on Twitter and Instagram with #yardsofyappiness so we can see it too.