How To... The Juno Jumper - a classic jumper for the four legged friend in your life! Alice Neal for

Published on March 11th, 2015 | by Merion


Knit with Alice: The Juno Jumper

Who can resist a Jack Russell in a jumper?  Meet Juno, canine fashionista, modelling the latest look for small dogs everywhere!

This is Juno, the cutest Jack Russell in the world, wearing a jumper knitted by her mum, Alice Neal, who blogs as Alice in Knittingland. We’ve long admired Alice’s style, so we were thrilled when she agreed to create some fabulous patterns for us!   The first of these is the Juno Jumper, a classy little jumper for the four legged friend in your life.

This jumper is perfect for most small dogs – but for a size guide, Juno’s measurements are:

  • 26cm around the neck
  • 41cm around the chest

The jumper measures:

  • 18 cm from the top of jumper to leg holes
  • 40cm from top to bottom

Measuring your dog will give you an idea of whether you need to add rows to the neck/body, or stitches to the circumference, but this jumper will fit most small dogs. Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky gives a guideline tension of 15 stitches for 10cm, which gives a good guide for working up or down, depending on the size of your canine companion.

You will need:

  • 100g Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky in your chosen hue. These pictures show it in Rust.
  • 6.5mm circular needle
  • 4 stitch markers
  • 6mm or 7mm crochet hook (optional).
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

Step 1: Cast on

Cast on 40 stitches and knit 3 rows, being careful not to twist the stitches.  This gives a nice little curl at the top of the neck ribbing.

The Juno Jumper - casting on. Loveknitting blog

Step 2: The rib

Knit 10 rows of knit 1 purl 1 (K1 P1) ribbing.  Since this is in the round and there is no work turning, just knit the knit stitches and purl the purls.

Juno Jumper: the ribbing. Loveknitting blog

Then place a marker (PM) either side of the second stitch in the row. There will always be only one stitch between these two markers for this next stage.

Step 3: Make the increases

For the increases, use the following two-row repeat:

Row 1: make 1 stitch (M1) through the front and back loop of the stitch before the first marker and the stitch after the second marker. (You are therefore increasing two stitches per increase round.)
Row 2: knit around.

Repeat these rows 10 more times (11 in total) until you have increased to 62 stitches – 18cm from the start of the piece.

Juno Jumper with Alice Neal - Loveknitting blog

Now, remove the markers and PMs 5 stitches either side of the beginning of the row. Place another marker 10 stitches out either side of those. You will now have three 10-stitch groupings. The middle 10 stitches are for the chest, and the outer two are for each leg-hole.

Step 4: Make the leg holes

From the beginning of the round, knit to the first marker from the centre (blue in this picture) and bind off the next 10 stitches (up to the black marker).
Knit around the back of the jumper until you reach the third (red) marker and bind off the next 10 stitches until you reach the fourth (green) marker.
Knit to the first (blue) marker and remove all the markers.

Knitting the legs - Juno Jumper - Alice Neal, Loveknitting blog

Using your preferred cast on method, cast on 10 stitches and then pick up and continue knitting around the back of the jumper until the next bind-off hole begins. Cast on 10 stitches and then continue to knit around.

The Juno Jumper - Loveknitting blog

Step 5: The body

Knit 10 rows for the body – you can add or subtract a few rows here, depending on the length of your dog.

Juno Jumper - Loveknitting blog

Step 6: Begin decreases

PM either side of the first stitch in the row (as above). You now have a two-row repeat for the decreases:

Row 1: k2tog either side of the markers.
Row 2: knit.

Repeat 4 times (5 in total) until you have 52 stitches left on the needles.

Step 7: Ribbing

K1P1 rib for 10 rows and bind off all stitches.

Juno Jumper - Alice Neal - Loveknitting blog

And here she is, Juno, in her gorgeous jumper!

The Juno Jumper by Alice Neal, Loveknitting blog

Alice has used the gorgeous Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky for Juno’s jumper, in shade Rust, 005.  This really suits Juno’s gorgeous colouring, but we also absolutely love (left to right, below) Sea Green (030), Storm (022) and Ruby (015).

Explore the shades of Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky at

Don’t forget you can substitute with chunky weight yarn of your choice – take a look at our selection here!

Alice has designed some other fabulous jumpers for Juno, and her labrador Aphrodite!  The Lab Coat!

dog jumper

And not to be outdone, Juno had a new jumper designed – And Juno Too!

dog jumper

And the most stylish dog in the world also has a rather lovely Christmas jumper!

Juno Christmas jumper

Juno’s jumper fame spread, and soon Alice was designing for celebrity Simon Cowell’s yorkshire terriers – The Yorkie Christmas Jumper!

dog jumper

For more of Alice’s patterns for dogs and humans, click here!

For our whole collection of dog jumpers for stylish pooches, click here!



About the Author

Merion admits that her stash is wildly out of control, but has many projects in dream-form! She loves knitting, crochet, Shire horses, cake and garden swing-seats.

Last updated: February 7th, 2018.

23 Responses to Knit with Alice: The Juno Jumper

  1. Pauline Lofkin says:

    Hi. Lovevyhe Juno jumper! I have a Jack Russell only he’s a boy! I’m not sure if the jumper would get a little wee on it! How would I get around thìs?

    • Sairey says:

      I think you might try and make it a little shorter at the end, so that it doesn’t hit the pee zone.

      • Merion says:

        Hi Pauline and Sairey – yes, that’s what I’d do – just knit it short of “the pee zone” !!!

        Merion & the Loveknitting team

  2. Lis7 says:

    Adorable! Would love to see this pattern scaled up for a large dog.

    • Merion says:

      Hi Lis7,

      Alice says that the Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky yarn gives a guide of 15 stitches for 10cm, so if you measure your dog’s circumference and length, you should be able to work out how many stitches to cast on compared to the measurements for Juno.

      Hope that helps!

      Merion & the Loveknitting team

  3. laraine says:

    Hi how would it work out for a shi sui its bril x

    • Merion says:

      Hi Laraine,

      Am fairly sure this size jumper would fit a Shih Tzu – and you could lengthen to fit a longer back before the last rib section.

      Merion & the LoveKnitting team

  4. claire christie says:

    How can I print this pattern out please

    • Merion says:

      Hi Claire, you should be able to print the whole page from your browser.

      Kind regards
      Merion and the LoveKnitting team

  5. Jacqueline says:

    I have Yorkshire terrier he love where jumper how can you get the pattern

  6. Doris says:

    Gracias esta adorable

  7. Callie says:

    Hi Merion,

    What length of needles did you use?


  8. Rhonda Jones says:

    A friend has just asked me for a pattern for a Jack Russell. What a coincidence! Thanks.

  9. Kate says:

    Could you tell me how would you adjust the arm hole part of this pattern for a bigger dog?

  10. Janet says:

    I love this!! Finally, a dog sweater that makes sense. Thank you so much for sharing!

  11. Carole Pollock says:

    Love these doggy knitting patterns but how do I get them .dont have a printer. Don’t mind paying got them. X I have two miniature Schnauzers .

    • Cherie says:

      You could “copy” the page with your mouse then “paste” on a blank page in MS Word, Note, or equivalent. Now you can look at the pattern on your computer without using internet.

  12. Kayla says:

    Hi! Love the pattern so far, but I’ve come to a little snag. In Step 3, Row 1, aside from the first and third stitches being your increases, what do you do for stitch 2 and the rest of the row? Are they just knits? Thanks!

  13. Barbara Oehm says:

    This dog looks like my Jasmine!!! CUTE!!!!! Jasmine is a slightly lighter colour. I will knit the coat for next winter (we are coming into the Australian summer)

  14. Jacquie says:

    This is absolutely the best fitting Jack Russell sweater I have seen. I have some chunky yarn (not Debby Bliss though) and it will be easy to dress it up a bit with some fancy stitches once I’ve done a plain one.

    For Kayla, as you are knitting in the round, and most of it is stocking stitch every stitch will be a knit stitch unless you are told to do something else, ie when you are told to do k1p1 rib or to work an increase stitch.

  15. Danielle says:

    I have started this pattern over 3 times and each time the leg holes are not coming out in the right spots when markers are places from the beginning of the round. It looks like they are supposed to be placed from the center

    • Merion says:

      Hi Danielle – you could try this: place a marker 5 stitches after the beginning of the round, and another marker 10 stitches after that – that is one leg. The other leg needs to go *backwards* from the beginning of the round, so place a marker 5 stitches *back* from the beginning of the round and another 10 stitches *back* from that. The centre is still, therefore, in the middle of the legs, and is still the beginning of the round. If you look at picture number 3 in the tutorial, you can see that one leg is one side of the middle and one leg the other. There are 10 stitches in the middle for the chest, and 10 to be bound off either side for the legs.

      Merion and the LoveKnitting team

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