Measuring for a Knitted Pet Sweater
Updated: Aug 12
I have started making pet sweaters! I'm creating this post more for me than for anyone else, but also for anyone asking me to make their pet a sweater lol because I am bad at explaining anything if it is not in written text.
Here's how to measure your pet for this custom-fit knitted sweater:
Use a measuring tape to measure the circumference of your pet's neck, loosely, where it would be comfortable to wear for your pet.
Same as the neck, measure the circumference of the largest part of your pet's chest area.
This measurement can be as short or as long as you would like for your pet! Measure from the top of the neck area to the back where you want the sweater to end.
This will typically be to the start of the hips/waist. If wanting to add a ruffled skirt to the sweater, take this measurement a little shorter, maybe to the middle of the ribs, but also include the entire length wanted as well.
The before/after arm measurement can be added as well to help me place the armholes in the perfect place for the pet!
Pets come in all shapes and sizes! I like to have this measurement to ensure there is good coverage between the armholes covering the chest, and also to allow the armholes to be large enough for movement while wearing the sweater.
Take a measuring tape and just take the width of your pet's arm, and the width of their chest between their arms as shown here.
Standard Sweater Size Measurements:
If your dog fits within these standard measurements, you can use this size guide to simply choose which size your pet needs and it should fit just fine, they do stretch!
I even made a sweater for my cat, Mittens, and I swear he loves it <3