How to Knit Dog Sweaters on a Round Loom

By Jennifer Williams
Use a round knitting loom to fit your best friend with a handknit sweater.

Use a round loom to knit a small dog sweater. The round loom is already the right size and shape for a small dog sweater knit in the round, and the loom makes for a quick start to finish project. Choose medium weight yarn and use the smallest diameter set of loom pegs for dogs that weight 4 to 6 pounds. Knit in the round for the body of the sweater and cast off stitches to make the two front leg holes. The result is a warm handmade sweater for your best friend.

Cast on all stitches on the round loom with normal tension. The dog sweater pattern is knit from back to front, so the cast on stitches are the bottom or back edge of the sweater.

Knit all stitches in the round up the body of the sweater until it is the desired length from back edge to the point where you want to create the holes for the two front legs. Knit by weaving the yarn around the pegs twice around. At each loom peg use a crochet hook to lift the bottom yarn wrap over the top yarn wrap and off the loom. Repeat this process all the way round the loom until there is only one layer of yarn left on each peg, at which point you have knit one row. Repeat this process until it is time to create the two leg holes.

Cast off the next four stitches for the first front leg hole. Designate the four pegs/stitches you want to cast off as pegs one, two, three and four. Move the loop on peg two over to peg one. Now, rather than wrapping new yarn around peg one to create the top loop of the two needed for knitting, you’ve used peg two’s loop. With the crochet hook, bring the bottom loop on peg one up and over the top loop (the loop you moved over from peg two) and off the loom. Move the remaining loop on peg one back over to peg two. The result is a hole in the knitting, i.e., one cast off stitch. Repeat this casting off process for three more stitches.

Knit the next four stitches as normal.

Cast off four more stitches for the second front leg. Use the same casting off process as in Step 3.

Knit the rest of the row as normal. Continue knitting the tube as normal until you reach the point in the tube past the leg holes where you want to start the neck hole.

Tighten the tension as you wrap the yarn around the loom to narrow the diameter of the tube for the neck opening. Knit until the narrower neck portion of the sweater tube is the desired length.

About the Author

An attorney for more than 18 years, Jennifer Williams has served the Florida Judiciary as supervising attorney for research and drafting, and as appointed special master. Williams has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Jacksonville University, law degree from NSU's Shepard-Broad Law Center and certificates in environmental law and Native American rights from Tulsa University Law.