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Sweaters to Knit for Dachshunds

Updated February 21, 2017

With short or wiry coats and low body fat, most dachshunds are great candidates for knitted dog sweaters. Use natural fibre like wool or alpaca to keep your dachshund warm all winter long. You can knit up a matching pair of sweaters for yourself and your pet, or simply make yourself a hat to match his new winter gear. Either way, you can be sure your furry friend will be stylish and warm in his hand knit sweater.

Design Considerations

Dachshunds are long and narrow with short legs. When you plan your sweater, make one that is long enough to extend from chest to flank. Consider using a ribbed pattern to make a close fit and eliminate the risk of tripping. Keep the leg portion short to accommodate the dachshund's small stature.

Style Ideas

Any colour or yarn will work for a knitted dachshund jacket. Choose a design pattern that works well in a long, thin format before you begin knitting. Dachshunds are also great candidates for novelty knits -- knit your puppy a hot dog jacket that enhances his shape and embraces the "hot dog" dog nickname. As with any dog knit, avoid loose threads and buttons or attachments that could present a safety hazard when your dog wears his sweater.

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About the Author

Sarah Emerald is the author of books and magazine articles specializing in crafts, family, business and the home, including Create and Decorate, Hilton Head Monthly and Crafts magazine. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from a small private college in the southeastern U.S.