Yarn Craft

Turtleneck Cluster Dog Sweater

I have been waiting for over a week to share this wonderful crochet pattern with you all! In searching for the perfect sweater, requested by a client, I could not find the perfect pattern!! This flabbergasted me! Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of dog sweaters out there, but I wanted something unique and “expandable.” The furry pup this sweater was intended for is new to life and will be growing, thus the band around the belly needed to be adjustable. In this model, Huey is wearing the sweater fit to his size. The band is attached by snaps!

Today was the perfect day to finally sit down and type up this pattern. The snow was falling lightly, spreading a sheer sheet of white across the back yard as I wrote. Indeed, if there was ever such a time to spread the warmth, today was the day. I will help those that prefer the PDF file with the link here. Don’t have the time to make it? Click here to purchase a finished sweater. All items are 25% off for the next two weeks, so act now!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • – Any bulky sized (5-6) yarn.
  • – Button (1”-2”) or snaps
  • – Susan Bates® steel needle
  • – J/10 (5.5mm) crochet hook
  • – Measuring tape


  • */** = repeat/repeat as instructed
  • ch = chain
  • sp = space
  • sk = skip stitch
  • st = stitch
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • CL = cluster stitch

Work the cluster stitch as such:

*Yarn Over, insert hook into stitch and draw up a loop to the height of a DC; Yarn Over and draw through two loops; repeat from * two more times in same stitch; Yarn Over and draw through all four remaining loops on hook.20180204_222623191_iOS

The pattern is worked freely, so it’s based on the customized measurements of your pup. A simple sizing chart is included in the PDF file.



 Foundation Ch is worked in multiples of 2.


Row 1: HDC in second st from hook, sc in same stitch (increase made), ch1, sk ch, *sc in next ch, ch1, sk ch ** to last ch, sc and hdc in last ch. Ch3 (DC made), turn.


Row 2: DC in same ch 3 space (increase made), ch1, sk sc, *CL in ch1 sp, ch1 ** to last two sts, sk sc, 2dc in last st. Ch1, turn.

Row 3: HDC and sc in same ch1 sp (increase made), ch1, sk next dc, sc in ch1 sp, ch1, *sk CL, sc in ch1 sp, ch1 ** to last dc, sc and hdc in the 3rd ch of the beginning of row 2. Ch 3, turn.

 Row 4: Repeat row 2

Row 5: SC in same ch1 sp, ch1, sk next dc, *sc in ch1 sp, ch1 ** to last dc, sc in the 3rd ch of the beginning of row 4. Ch 3, turn.

 Row 6: Sk sc, CL in ch1 sp, *ch1, sk sc, CL in ch1 sp ** to last st, dc in last sc WITHOUT creating a ch1 sp from here on out. Ch 1, turn.


Row 7: SC in first dc, *ch1, sk CL, sc in ch 1 sp ** to last st, sc in 3rd ch of the beginning or row 6. Ch 3, turn.

 Repeat Rows 6 and 7 until desired length has been reached, ending with a cluster row, DO NOT bind off. Ch1, turn.


Row 1: SC in same ch1 sp, *ch1, sk CL, sc in ch1 sp ** to desired length of dogs chest (usually repeated 3-5 times depending on size of dog.) Ch 3, turn.

Row 2: CL in ch1 sp, *ch1, sk sc, CL in next ch1 sp ** to last sc, DC in last sc.

Repeat Rows 1 & 2 to desired length of dogs chest, ending with sc row. Using she lip stitch, attach to the opposite side of the back of the sweater evenly. DO NOT BIND OFF.

Optional trim:

Working around the bottom of the sweater, ch 1, SC evenly, sl st in beginning sc of row. Detach and weave in end.


Attach at Chest seem (either side which is more comfortable to work). Work in rounds (rnd).


Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc evenly around, sl st in beginning sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in each sc around, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch. Repeat Rnd 2 two more times.

Rnd 5: Complete optional trim 1 or 2 around. Sl st at the beginning of the round, bind off and weave in end.


Attach 2.5 – 4.5 rows down from of the chest seems. Space between the belt and the chest section depends on the size of the dog.

Row 1: Ch2, dc in each sc of trim to desired width to make belt. Ch 2, turn.

Row 2: DC in each dc across. Repeat to desired length.


Decrease Row 1: dc2tog, dc to last two st, dc2tog. Ch. 1, turn.

Decrease Row 2: sc2tog, sc across, sc2tog. Repeat decrease until 3 st remain. Bind off, weaving in ends. Complete with optional trim around the belt. Attach button (size of button should be able to go through second to last sc row) or attach snaps evenly inside the sweater.

The pictures used in this post are for demonstration only and o not depict an actual completed sweater. The PDF file will include another trim option, plus a size chart for reference. All items are 25% off for the next two weeks, so act now! 

I would love to hear from you guys and see how you made out with this pattern! Leave a comment below. Happy crocheting!

You are welcome to sell what you make using this pattern. Please include a link or reference to my shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheDIYChic for the pattern. Pattern is copyright protected; do not reproduce, redistribute, or display this pattern publicly in any way without permission.

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