With the cooler weather approaching, you may find that your dog needs a little extra warmth, offered by a crochet dog sweater. Not only are these practical for animals that don’t have thick fur, but many pet owners feel that they have become a fashion accessories. Dog sweaters are popular among many different kinds of dogs, but primarily dogs of the smaller variety such as Chihuahuas or Shih tzus. If you have a little dog and want to offer him or her some extra warmth this winter, consider making your own dog sweaters. Just like with people, handmade items add a special touch that you can’t get from the store.
Why Make a Crochet Dog Sweater
Many smaller dogs have a problem in the winter because their fur is not thick enough to keep their bodies warm in the cooler temps. For this reason, many small pet owners have taken to purchasing dog sweaters to put on their pups during these months to keep them more comfortable. If you’ve ever looked at the dog sweaters in stores, you’ll see that most of them are pretty uninspiring. They use boring colors and very few embellishments, or worse-too many!
If you want to dress your pooch up for the winter but you’re picky about the style, making your own crochet dog sweater is an ideal choice! In fact, this isn’t like making your own crochet blanket or sweater for yourself. Making a dog sweater for a small dog can be done by even the most novice of crocheters. All you really need to know is how to half-double crochet or double crochet. That’s it! This project will take you approximately the same amount of time as a set of coasters or a headband. So, knowing it takes so little time and very little crochet practice, why not whip one up for your dog tonight? Since they take so little time and money to create, you could even consider making several so that you have a choice of what to put on your pet each day.
There are many free patterns available for dog sweaters, and most are created by designers who own dogs themselves to they can easily test out the designs before offering them to you. The design that you choose to make will vary based on the breed of your dog, but there are a few very popular and very simple patterns available for you to check out online.
A great standard dog sweater pattern that works up fast and looks great on many different dogs is the dog sweater designed by Lion’s Brand. You can create this sweater in many different colors and sizes to fit many different dogs. As a bonus, since it uses bulky yarn and a larger hook, it’s probably one of the fasted crochet dog sweater patterns available.
If you’re looking for a more advanced dog sweater pattern, there are many options available for free and for sale online on sites such as Ravelry.com or Crochetpatterncentral.com. You can find patterns for specific breeds of dog and you can even find patterns with fun designs or embellishments included. Depending on what you’re looking for, you may have to pay for your pattern, but the cost of a pattern and yarn is still cheaper than most dog sweaters you can find in the store.
Many pet owners are beginning to consider dog sweaters a must-have accessory for small dogs. Not only are they practical during the winter, they are also very cute and fashionable, and for dog owners who like to show off their dogs, this is considered a must. If you want to give your pooch some sweaters but don’t want to pay retail prices, consider making your own! With basic knowledge of crochet techniques and less than a skein of yarn, you can make a crochet dog sweater in less time than it would take you to go to the store and buy one. The best part is, your dog will have a sweater that is completely unique and handcrafted by you. Show off your dog with pride by giving him or her a handmade dog sweater made just by you!