Iggy Sweater Pattern

Free Custom Italian Greyhound Sweater Knitting


Pippin gets excited when I pull this custom sweater out, and he helps me put it on him too, by thrusting his paws through the leg holes and holding them up until I’m done!

Screamin’ Cutie’s Italian Greyhound

Sweater Pattern






Yarn: 440 yards of worsted weight yarn (somewhere around there)


Circular Needles: 9 & 6 us


Double Pointed Needles: 8 & 6 us


2 Stitch Holders and markers




4 sts & 5 ¾ rows over St st with largest size needles: 1 ins



Sizes; S, (M, L)




1. With yarn doubled, cast on 40 (40, 42) sts using size 8 dpn.  Work in the round in k1 p1 rib for 2 ½ (3, 3 ½) in, or however far you want.  You can make it shorter, like a crew-neck, or you can make it so it covers the ears like a snood.  It’s all up to you.  Just remember that you’ll need to adjust your yarn requirements accordingly.  Increase 16 (30, 44) sts evenly across last row, so you’ll end up with 56 (70, 84) sts.



Chest and Shoulders


2. Change to larger size needles. k 3 rounds.


~ Starting at M, k 4 (4, 5), ” WST, P 3, WST “.  K 14 (18, 18). Repeat ” to “.  Finish round.  K 1 more round ~.

Repeat ~ to ~ until piece measures ½ (1, 1 ½) in from base of neck, or end of ribbing.


(~ Then, starting at marker, K 4, “WST, P 4, WST”) K 16 (20, 20). Repeat ” to “.  Finish round. K 1 round ~.


Repeat ~ to ~ until piece measures 2 ins from end base of neck.  Then, repeat ( to ). K 8 (11, 14). WST.  Purl 24 (34, 40).  WST.  K to round marker.  Repeat ( to ).  K 9 (12, 16).  WST Purl 26 (36, 46).  WST. K to round M.







Leg Opening.


3. Next round: Bind off 4 sts, k 8 (12, 12) sts.  Then put the other sts on a holder, for now you will be working on only these 8 (12, 12) sts flat, still in St st.


Work on sts for 2 (2 ½, 3) in, ending with a right side row.  Place sts on a second holder.  Cut yarn.


4. Rejoin yarn at the left hand base of your “tab” and bind off the next 4 sts.  Then work around to the other side of the first bound off sts.   Cast on 4 sts. Then, take the “tab” off it’s holder and k those sts and cast on another 4 sts.


K 3 rows.  Starting at M, K 21 (27, 31).  WST.

P 24 (35, 42), yes you will pass your marker.  Don’t sweat!  Once again, you’re making short rows.  WST.

K 23, (34, 41).  WST.

P 22 (30, 40).  WST.

K to marker.  K 1 round.

K 18 (25, 27).  WST.

P 21 (31, 38).  WST.

K 20 ( 30, 37).  WST.

P 19 (29, 36).  WST.  K to M.





5. Continue on all sts until piece measures 4 ½ (5, 5 ½) ins from base of neck, measured on the back of the sweater, or, see below.  But this is the time to adjust for your dog ‘s length if you need to.  For a Girl Iggy, the issue of length isn’t an issue at all, but for a boy… well, you know.  Check out the measurements for each size to see if you need to adjust length.

Change to size 6 circular needle.  K2 p2 around.  Continue until piece measures 6 (7, 8 ) ins from the neck.

Here’s a little more detail on custom length;

For S, knit Stockinette Stitch until about 2 1/2″ from the thing that will get the sweater wet, if it’s a boy.  If it’s a girl, don’t worry about the length.  If you picked the right chest size, the length shouldn’t be a problem.

For M, 3″

For L, 3 1/2″

Now, for the ribbing.
For S, work 1 1/2″ of ribbing.

For M, 2″

For L, 2 1/2″

Then you can work the rest of the pattern like it is written.



Tail shaping


6. Change back to size 9 needle.  K 2 sts, then bind off 12 (14, 14) sts.  Finish round in P2 K2 (K2 P2, P2 K2).  If you want to, you can remove the marker because you will now be working flat again and you will not work in the round until you do you tail border.  Stop working the ribbing, just do St st.

P 1 round.  At the beginning of each row thereafter, s1, ssk or s1 p2t, whichever needed, until you have 28 (30, 32) sts.  Make sure that you end with a right side row.







7. Tail border: With the right side facing, using the smallest circular needle, pick up and knit however many sts you need to lie flat around the perimeter of the sweater, and I’m talking about ALL of the perimeter.  The sides were you slipped the sts, the bound off sts, everything.

Now, work in k1 p1 rib for ½ (1, 1) in.  In every other (every, every) round, decrease 2 sts at both of the low corners (those being the ones beside the bound off sts).  Also decrease in the middle of the sts that you picked up on top of the bound off edge.  And decrease 2 sts over the back of the sweater, the part by the tail.  That’s 8 sts decreased total.  Then bind off the sts loosely.


8. Leg bands: Pick up and k 18 (20, 22) sts with the smallest dpn and work in k1 p1 rib for 2 in, or however long you want!  Make it so the Iggys’ wear long sleeves, if they’ll let you! Repeat for other leg.





Hooray! All done! My last bit of instruction? Put

your sweater on your beautifully shaped and well

loved dog and admire the fit!







dpn; double pointed needle

K; knit

K1 p1; knit one, purl one

M; Marker

P; purl

p2t; purl two together

ssk; slip, slip, knit

s1; slip one

St st; Stockinette stitch

st/sts; stitch, stitches

WST; wrap stitch, turn

I’m sorry it’s taken so long. This is my first pattern though, and to be entirely honest, I’m not completely confident that it has no mistakes in it. When I re-knit the sweater, it was very hard for me to follow my instructions and not work from memory. I usually (and unfortunately, I must add) subconsciously guess what a pattern’s intent is anyway, and will just knit away on my own judgment without following the details. Most of the time I’m right, but then again, I’ve also messed up several projects by doing that. :-D So, my point is, I’d love to hear what kind of results you get when you knit this up, and if you find any mistakes, or don’t understand an instruction, let me know and I will fix it to the best of my ability! Thanks, and enjoy!

And here's an ancient proto-type; Pip's coat of many colors.

Here's an ancient knit-up; Pip's coat of many colors.

Here's one of the many knit-ups of the Iggy sweater

Here's the most recent knit-up of the sweater

Heres the original!

Here's the original!

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Diane October 17, 2008 at 12:49 am

I found this link on IG Post. Thanks. I’ve been wanting a knitting pattern. I can make my own crochet patterns (I’ve crocheted for about 40 yrs) but I’ve only been knitting a few years. I haven’t done it yet, but will be making a crochet pattern. If you’d like a copy let me know. Diane

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Cindy November 19, 2008 at 2:00 am


Can you estimate what size S-M or L that I should knit for my Iggy who measures 16 inches from neck to base of his tail ?


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IggyGirl December 9, 2008 at 1:10 pm

Hi Cindy!

Oh, I’m so sorry I haven’t responded to your question earlier! I should’ve put this in the pattern. I meant to, but I guess I forgot! I’ll put it in, but for now, here’s your answer: The length of your dog doesn’t really determine the size you need to knit. It’s more a matter of the chest size, which is measured around the biggest part of the chest. If your dog is like Pippin, who is also exactly 16″ long, then I would knit him a medium. But, your dog may have a long back, or a short back, or he/she may be stouter than most, or perhaps more dainty. So, here’s the line-up; S – 15″ chest, M (which is average)- 19″ chest, L – 22″ chest. My Pippin has an average size chest, but his body is longer then average.

Anyway, so if you want to customize the length, adjust it in step 5, right where I talk about length. The ribbing in the pattern is rather important for fitting reasons, so I’ll do the math here to leave it in and put in the pattern.

For S, knit Stockinette Stitch until about 2 1/2″ from the thing that will get the sweater wet, if it’s a boy. If it’s a girl, don’t worry about the length. If you picked the right chest size, the length shouldn’t be a problem.

For M, 3″

For L, 3 1/2″

Now, for the ribbing.
For S, work 1 1/2″ of ribbing.

For M, 2″

For L, 2 1/2″

Then you can work the rest of the pattern like it is written, unless I made another mistake, which I think is possible, knowing me. :D

Cindy, thank you soooo much for asking this question! I need all the correction I can get on this pattern! I am glad you asked!

Thanks again!
IggyGirl :)

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Pat Washington December 11, 2008 at 1:12 pm

Does anyone have any crochet patterns for an iggy sweater. Unfortuanately I cannot knit and would like to make sweaters for recue iggies.


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IggyGirl December 31, 2008 at 1:08 pm


I don’t know if anyone has crochet patterns, but I do know of someone who might. At A & B Originals, Angela makes by hand cute crochet Italian Greyhound sweaters that she sells. If anyone knows about where to get crochet sweater patterns, she would. Here’s the link to her website page that has her email address on it ~

Good Luck!

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Beverly September 4, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I guess my brain is getting to old for this. Step 2. Do I “WST, P 3, WST’ all the way around, or what? Sorry to be so dense. Thanks.

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IggyGirl September 5, 2011 at 1:20 pm

“WST, P 3, WST” just once, then K 14 (18, 18). Now repeat ” to ” ( which is WST, P 3, WST) then finish the round just plain knitting.

So on that round, you do “WST, P 3, WST” twice, with 14 (18, 18) sts between them. This is to shape the shoulders to help fit little bony IGs better.

Good luck! And let me know if you need any more help! :)

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sm58 November 15, 2011 at 7:58 pm

is it easy to convert this knitting pattern into a crochet pattern?? i am looking to make this sweater but i do not knit

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IggyGirl December 3, 2011 at 3:56 pm

I have honestly never tried to convert it. But here’s one that looks very similar to mine but that is crochet! Dog Sweater Tutorial

Good luck!

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Pat Washington December 19, 2011 at 7:48 am

Season’s Greetings!
sm58, was anyone able to convert the italian greyhound sweater pattern to a crochet pattern? Would love to make one over the holidays!


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Mary Verbeek July 7, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I am trying to make this sweater for a friend of mine’s Italian Greyhound and I might have a few questions as I go….. would you help me along the way?

My first question is…… Starting at M, k 4 (4, 5), ” WST, P 3, WST “. K 14 (18, 18). Repeat ” to “. Finish round……. what does this row end with e.g. k 4 (4, 5)?

Hope you can help me.

Thanks very much,


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IggyGirl July 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I’d be glad to!

It ends with a WST. :) The different numbers in k 4 (4, 5) are the different sizes. 4- S, 4- M, 5- L.

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Emily Walters March 7, 2013 at 4:53 pm


I would love to knit this for my lurcher. he is the size of a small greyhound. i am new to knitting and wondered if the large would fit him or if i could add an extra inch onto the measurements for an x large? thank you

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IggyGirl September 13, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Hey Emily,

It’s been a very long time since I knit this pattern, but I believe the large size will in fact be too small for your lurcher. It’s more of a size for a Whippet than a lurcher.

The last time I looked, I was able to find some patterns for full sized greyhounds. But it’s been a while, so I bet there are even more now. :)

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