Free toy knitting pattern: Jack Russell dog

Say hello to Buster, Amanda Berry's cute Jack Russell toy from the Dera-Dogs knitting pattern collection by Deramores.

Free toy knitting pattern Jack Russell dog

Woof! This super-cute toy dog knitting pattern by Amanda Berry (fluffandfuzz) is sure to get tails wagging. Buster the Jack Russell is part of the Dera-Dogs collection from Deramores, which also includes Flash the Greyhound, plus a Border Collie and Schnauzer. You can get the patterns for all four dogs, plus the yarn and stuffing you need to make them, in this Dera-Dogs knitting kit.

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Buster is made in Deramores Studio DK, an anti-pilling yarn that’s ideal for toys. The pattern uses techniques including stranded colourwork, increases, decreases and seaming, so intermediate knitters (and confident beginners who don’t mind a challenge!) will have no trouble knitting him up. He measures 21cm tall.

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Free toy knitting pattern Jack Russell dog
Make your own toy dog with this Buster the Jack Russell knitting pattern.

To cast on this dog knitting pattern you will need:

  • Deramores Studio DK (100% acrylic, 100g/250m) 1 ball each of Frost, Ebony and Oatmeal, plus less than 1g of Raspberry for the collar
  • A pair of 3¾mm knitting needles
  • Toy filling
  • A tapestry needle
  • Two 12mm toy safety eyes
  • A 10mm red button

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Your free Jack Russell knitting pattern

Our standard knitting abbreviations are used in this pattern. This pattern is written in UK metrics but it’s really easy to convert, just check out our yarn weight conversion chart and beginner’s guide.

Tension

The tension is approximately 22 sts x 28 rows for a 10cm x 10cm square in stocking stitch on 3¾mm needles. Don’t worry too much about tension for this pattern.

Jack Russell Head (Make 1)

Cast on 9 sts in beige on straight 3¾mm needles. Start at the back of the head.

Work rows 1 to 17 in beige.

Row 1 (WS) Purl.

Row 2 (RS) K1, [kfb] eight times. (17 sts)

Row 3 Purl.

Row 4 K1, [kfb, K1] eight times. (25 sts)

Row 5 Purl.

Row 6 K1, [kfb, K2] eight times. (33 sts)

Row 7 Purl.

Row 8 K1, [kfb, K3] eight times. (41 sts)

Row 9 Purl.

Row 10 K1, [kfb, K4] eight times. (49 sts)

Rows 11 to 17 Starting on a WS purl row, work in st st.

Work rows 18 to 26 using beige and white in stranded colourwork.

Row 18 In beige K24, in white K1, in beige K24.

Row 19 In beige P23, in white P3, in beige P23.

Row 20 In beige K23, in white K3, in beige K23.

Rows 21 to 22 Rep rows 19 and 20.

Row 23 Rep row 19.

Row 24 In beige K3, [K3, ssk] four times, in white K3, in beige [k2tog, K3] four times, K3. (41 sts)

Row 25 In beige P19, in white P3, in beige P19.

Row 26 In beige K3, [K2, ssk] four times, in white K3, in beige [k2tog, K2] four times, K3. (33 sts)

Row 27 In white P33.

Cast off all sts in white.

Jack Russell Snout (Make 1)

Cast on 33 sts in white on straight 3¾mm needles.

Rows 1 to 7 Starting on a WS purl row, work in st st.

Row 8 K1, [k2tog, K2] eight times. (25 sts)

Row 9 Purl.

Row 10 K1, [k2tog, K1] eight times. (17 sts)

Row 11 Purl.

Row 12 K1, [k2tog] eight times. (9 sts)

Pull through to cast off.

Jack Russell Nose (Make 1)

Cast on 8 sts in black on straight 3¾mm needles. Start at the top of the nose.

Row 1 (WS) Purl.

Row 2 (RS) K1, ssk, K2, k2tog, K1. (6 sts)

Row 3 Purl.

Row 4 K1, ssk, k2tog, K1. (4 sts)

Row 5 Purl.

Cast off all sts.

Jack Russell Ears (Make 2)

Cast on 23 sts in beige on straight 3¾mm needles. Start at the base of the ear.

Rows 1 to 11 Starting on a WS purl row, work in st st.

Row 12 [K1, k2tog, K6, ssk] twice, K1. (19 sts)

Row 13 Purl.

Row 14 [K1, k2tog, K4, ssk] twice, K1. (15 sts)

Row 15 Purl.

Row 16 [K1, k2tog, K2, ssk] twice, K1. (11 sts)

Row 17 Purl.

Row 18 [K1, k2tog, ssk] twice, K1. (7 sts)

Row 19 Purl.

Pull through to cast off.

Jack Russell Body (Make 1)

Cast on 10 sts in white on straight 3¾mm needles. Start at the bottom of the body.

Row 1 (WS) Purl.

Row 2 (RS) K1, [kfb] nine times. (19 sts)

Row 3 Purl.

Row 4 K1, [kfb, K1] nine times. (28 sts)

Row 5 Purl.

Row 6 K1, [kfb, K2] nine times. (37 sts)

Row 7 Purl.

Row 8 K1, [kfb, K3] nine times. (46 sts)

Rows 9 to 35 Starting on a WS purl row, work in st st.

Row 36 [K6, ssk, K7, k2tog, K6] twice. (42 sts)

Rows 37 to 39 Starting on a WS purl row, work in st st.

Row 40 [K5, ssk, K7, k2tog, K5] twice. (38 sts)

Rows 41 to 43 Starting on a WS purl row, work in st st.

Row 44 K2, [k2tog, K2] nine times. (29 sts)

Row 45 Purl.

Row 46 K2, [k2tog, K1] nine times. (20 sts)

Row 47 Purl.

Cast off all sts.

Jack Russell Front Legs (Make 2)

Cast on 10 sts in white on straight 3¾mm needles. Start at the sole of the foot.

Row 1 (WS) Purl.

Row 2 (RS) [Kfb] nine times, K1. (19 sts)

Row 3 Purl.

Row 4 [K1, kfb] nine times, K1. (28 sts)

Row 5 Purl.

Row 6 [K2, kfb] nine times, K1. (37 sts)

Rows 7 to 13 Starting on a WS purl row, work in st st.

Row 14 K4, [K1, k2tog] nine times, K6. (28 sts)

Row 15 Purl.

Row 16 K4, [k2tog] ten times, K4. (18 sts)

Rows 17 to 31 Starting on a WS purl row, work in st st.

Mark the sts at each end of row 31; this marks the top of the leg seam.

Row 32 K1, ssk, knit to the last 3 sts, k2tog, K1. (16 sts)

Row 33 Purl.

Rows 34 to 43 Rep rows 32 and 33 five times. (6 sts)

Cast off all sts.

Jack Russell Hind Legs (Make 2)

Cast on 9 sts in beige on straight 3¾mm needles. Start at the top of the leg.

Work rows 1 to 13 in beige.

Row 1 (WS) Purl.

Row 2 (RS) [Kfb] nine times. (18 sts)

Rows 3 to 13 Starting on a WS purl row, work in st st. Work rows 14 to 30 in white.

Rows 14 to 17 Starting on a RS knit row, work in st st.

Row 18 K4, [kfb] nine times, K5. (27 sts)

Row 19 Purl.

Row 20 K4, [K1, kfb] nine times, K5. (36 sts)

Rows 21 to 25 Starting on a WS purl row, work in st st.

Row 26 K1, k2tog, K1, [k2tog, K2] eight times. (27 sts)

Row 27 Purl.

Row 28 K1, k2tog, [k2tog, K1] eight times. (18 sts)

Row 29 Purl.

Row 30 [K2tog] nine times. (9 sts)

Pull through to cast off.

Jack Russell Tail (Make 1)

Cast on 15 sts in beige on straight 3¾mm needles. Start at the base of the tail.

Work rows 1 to 8 in beige.

Rows 1 to 8 Starting on a WS purl row, work in st st.

Work rows 9 to 20 in white.

Rows 9 to 17 Starting on a WS purl row, work in st st.

Row 18 K1, [k2tog, K3] twice, k2tog, K2. (12 sts)

Row 19 Purl.

Row 20 [K2tog] six times. (6 sts)

Pull through to cast off.

Jack Russell Patch (Make 1)

Cast on 10 sts in beige on straight 3¾mm needles. Start at the top edge.

Row 1 (WS) Purl.

Row 2 (RS) K1, kfb, knit to the last 2 sts, kfb, K1. (12 sts)

Rows 3 to 4 Rep rows 1 and 2. (14 sts)

Rows 5 to 7 Starting on a WS purl row, work in st st.

Row 8 Rep row 2. (16 sts)

Rows 9 to 11 Starting on a WS purl row, work in st st.

Row 12 K1, ssk, knit to the last 3 sts, k2tog, K1. (14 sts)

Rows 13 to 15 Starting on a WS purl row, work in st st.

Row 16 K1, ssk, knit to the last 3 sts, k2tog, K1. (12 sts)

Row 17 Purl.

Rows 18 to 19 Rep rows 16 and 17. (10 sts)

Cast off all sts.

Jack Russell Collar (Make 1)

Cast on 4 sts in red on straight 3¾mm needles.

Rows 1 to 3 Knit.

Row 4 K2, yo, K2. (5 sts)

Row 5 K2, k2tog, K1. (4 sts)

Rows 6 to 55 Knit.

Cast off all sts.

We have another toy dog knitting pattern for you! Cast on Buster’s friend Flash the Greyhound with our Amanda Berry design, courtesy of Deramores. He’s part of the Dera-Dogs collection of adorable dogs to knit and crochet.

Free toy dog knitting pattern greyhound

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