This easy vintage crochet dog pattern is perfect for beginners ready to advance to the next level, beyond scarves and hats. You’ll learn to increase and decrease stitches for forming shapes, to assemble all the pieces, and create a 3-dimensional soft dog. It’s cute, easy and fun to make.
I can’t resist making a couple of comments about the original pattern…the ears are way too big for the size of the dog making it look part rabbit, and the front and back legs look as if they are separate. They’re not! But the dog turned out cute and I love how the tail curves inward.
Here’s my “Yellow Dog” using the original 1940 crochet pattern. I reduced the size of the ears and shaped the nose more. After completing half of the head, I found the shape of the head in the 1940 pattern is square, and I just didn’t want my dog to be square in more ways than the obvious! Besides adjusting the head, I added buttons for the eyes and embroidered an imaginary nose and mouth. The final touch was crocheting a separate collar of single crochets in gray and attaching a red heart to the collar, crocheted of course.
The yarn used to make this vintage dog is Caron Simply Soft. To make your own 1940’s dog, scroll down for the pattern.
Oh, I recommend making a further adjustment to the ears…double the yarn so the ears stand up instead of drooping like my dog. Unless you like droopy ears.
Below is the original 1940 crochet dog pattern…experiment with, have fun and send a picture.
If you wish to use the pattern in another language, click the Google Translate button to the left…the entire pattern will be translated.
American Thread Company “Dawn” Germantown Wool.
3—1-oz. Balls. White or Colors
And 1 small ball or skein of Tan, Brown and Red
Bone Crochet Hook #3.
Ch 14 for leg of dog and work 13 s c on ch, ch 1, turn and work 6 more rows of s c. (Always ch 1 before turning.)
8th Row. 1 s c in each s c, ch 31, turn, work 1 s c in 2nd st from hook and 1 s c in each ch and s c, omitting the last s c.
10th Row. 1 s c in each s c.
11th Row. Decrease 1 s c at end of row and work 1 row even.
13th Row. Decrease 1 s c at end of row and work 2 rows even.
16th Row. Work 2 s c in last s c and work 4 rows even.
21st Row. 1 s c in each s c, ch 9 for head, turn, 8 s c on ch and 1 s c in each s c. Work 1 row even.
24th Row. Decrease 1 s c at end of row and work 6 rows even.
Next Row. Begin tail. Work back on 10 sts and work 4 more rows even.
6th Row. Decrease 1 s c at end of row and work 3 rows even.
Next 5 rows decrease 1 s c at end of row, break yarn.
HIND LEG. Join Wool at end of work, working over 16 sts, work 2 rows of s c.
3rd Row. Decrease 1 s c at end of row and work one row even. Repeat 3rd and 4th rows twice, break yarn.
HEAD. Join yarn at 12th s c from tail and work 1 s c in each remaining s c.
2nd Row. Decrease 1 s c at back of head and work 1 row even. Repeat 2nd and 3rd rows twice.
8th Row. Decrease 1 s c at neck.
9th to 12th Rows. Decrease 1 s c at end of row and work 1 row even.
14th Row. Decrease 1 s c at end of row, break yarn and work other side to correspond.
Work 2 sections following the 1st 11 rows given and work hind leg following directions given for hind leg. Diamond section for throat and mouth. Ch 2, 1 s c in 1st ch.
2nd Row. 2 s c in each s c and work 3 rows even.
6th & 7th Rows. Increase 1 s c in 1st and last s c and work 1 row even.
9th Row. Increase 1 s c in 1st and last s c and work 1 row even.
11th Row. Same as 9th row. Next row begin decreasing 1 s c at end of each row until 1 s c remains.
EARS. Ch 12 and work 7 rows of s c. Next 9 rows decrease 1 s c at end of each row.
Sew or crochet the sections together leaving opening at bottom for filling. To set in the diamond section for throat and mouth begin at the 1st decrease at front of head and work down.
Fill dog with cotton, close opening and sew ears in position. Embroider the nose in Brown and the nostrils in Red. The eyes are outlined in Tan with a Brown French Knot in the center.
This dog may also be made in “Dawn” Knitting Worsted. White or Colors.
And don’t forget to visit my VintageProjects shop at Etsy where I continue to add more vintage patterns to the inventory.
Crocheted Dog Pattern courtesy of freevintagecrochet.com