2 lb Cabled Dog Sweater

June up in Canada requested a 2 lb chihuahua sweater for her 8-week old puppy.  In this post I will revise the pattern for Darby’s Cabled Sweater for a 2 lb chihuahua.  The original pattern was for a 3 lb puppy and was a wee bit short and tight.  I would encourage you to use the 3 lb pattern so that there is room for the pup to be comfortable and have room to go, but modifying the pattern to be a little smaller is easy enough.

My gauge is 4 stitches per inch using worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles.

Cast on 20 sts loosely, divide over 3 needles, 6 sts on 1st needle, 8 on 2nd, 6 on 3rd, join together (this will be the bottom center, between the legs area)

Do a k2, p2 rib for 2 inches

Begin increases for chest

Switch to straight stitch

kfb of first stitch, k5, p1, k6, p1, k5, kfb of last stitch (22 sts)

Kfb, k 6, p1,k6, p1, k6, kfb, (24 sts)

Kfb, k7, p1, k6, p1, k7, kfb (26 sts)

Kfb, k8, p1, k6, p1, k8, kfb (28 sts)

Kfb, k 9, p1, k6, p1, k9, kfb (30 sts)

Kfb, k 10, p1, k6, p1, k10, kfb (32 sts)

Kfb, k11, p1, do a cable crossover here, (pick up the 1st 3 sts to be knitted and put on cable needle, k the next 3 sts and then knit the 3 sts on the cable needle), p1, k11, kfb (34 sts)

Kfb, k12, p1,k6, p1, k12, kfb (36 sts)

Kfb, K13, p1, k6, p1, k13, kfb (38 sts)

Making leg holes

Kfb, k2, bind off 7, k to end of needle, p1, k6, p1 (center needle)k 2, bind off 7, k3, kfb

Knit 4, cast on 7 (I do this by making a backwards loop on my needle for each cast on st.), continue in usual way until you come to those 7 cast off stitches and cast then back on and knit to end.

K 16, p1, k6, p1, k16 (this seems a little off, if you see the problem, let me know)

K16, p1, make cable, p1, k16

K16, p1, k6, p1, k16

K16, p1, k6, p1, k16

K16, p1, k6, p1, k16

K16, p1, k6, p1, k16

K16, p1, k6, p1, k16

K16, p1, make cable, p1, k16

K16, p1, k6, p1, k16

K16, p1, k6, p1, k16

Continue in this fashion until sweater is long enough for your pup, I’m going to say about 5 inches.

K2, p2 ribbing for 1 inch, bind off loosely.

Pick up the 14 stitches around the sleeve hole plus an extra by grabbing one of the stitches in between the bound off rows for 16 sts total.Knit for 8 rows and bind off loosely.


Sew in all loose threads.(I hate this part)

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10 thoughts on “2 lb Cabled Dog Sweater

  1. ive been looking on the internet forever trying to find XXs sewing patterns, i can knit and can barly sew. i was wondering if u might know some good sites for dog sweater patterns

  2. I’m looking for a pattern to knit a sweater for a 1# Chihuahua. She is only 2 months old, but isn’t suppose to get a bigger than 3# when fully grown. Can anyone help me with this?

  3. Hi Autumn blossom, I found the problem you mentioned however it’s not on that line, it’s two lines before that. It reads right now:

    Kfb, k2, bind off 7, k to end of needle, p1, k6, p1 (center needle) k2, bind off 7, k3, kfb.

    It should read in order to stay symmetrical :

    Kfb, k2, bind off 7, k to end of needle, p1, k6, p1 (center needle) k5, bind off 7, k2, kfb.

    Just thought I’d let you know as I’m in the middle of making one right now. 🙂
    Cute pattern by the way!

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