Crochet Pet Snuggle Pocket

Crochet Pet Snuggle Pocket shown on a young person with a black and tan dachshund inside it - pocket is made with dark teal  and hot pink yarn and is worn on front of body so pet can sit inside it

Crochet Pet Snuggle Pocket

This Crochet Pet Snuggle Pocket is crocheted out of the super-snuggly blanket yarn by Bernat. This is very thick and very warm yarn so this project works up quickly! I saw a photo of a special kind of sweater (that a person wears) that has a pocket in the front especially for small dogs or cats to climb into. This way the owner can walk around with their pet in the pocket like a kangaroo hops around with her joey in her pocket! I thought the idea was cute and creative so I thought it would be fun to make a semi-sweater version that works well for sitting on the couch with your pet.

How It Works

This Crochet Pet Snuggle pocket slides over your head which places the soft pocket on your lap – perfect for cuddle time with your small dog or cat. I thought about making a sweater like this but I think it would have been too hot with the blanket yarn so I opted for this sleeveless version. The neck wrap section helps the pocket to stay secure on your body while you and your pet relax and stay warm together. Simply let your pet crawl into the pocket and hang out while you read, watch TV or crochet. And, of course, you can leave the Crochet Pet Snuggle Pocket on the couch while you’re at work or busy and your pet can crawl inside and find comfort on his own. I have a dachshund and they LOVE being under blankets so I am looking forward to watching my doggie enjoy this project.

Close-up of black and tan dachshund sticking her head out of crochet pet snuggle pocket while on someone's lap

Stitches Used in the Crochet Pet Snuggle Pocket

For most of this crochet pet snuggle pocket project you will need to do the half double crochet stitch. This is a great stitch and should be in the “stitch repertoire” of every crocheter. It is a medium height stitch that is very dense so it makes for a thick and solid crochet fabric. But it is also very quick to crochet and works well for blankets and throws – or a snuggle pocket! In addition to the hdc stitch, I used an easy variation of this stitch (hdc2tog – half double crochet 2 together) to create the curved pocket opening. I explain how to do this stitch in the Special Stitches and Abbreviations section below. You’ll also need to know how to do the single crochet, chain and double crochet stitches.

Skill Level: Easy

Measurements: 22″ wide x 25″ long (from bottom edge to center neckline)

Neck wrap = 7″ wide x 19″ long

Let’s get started!

Supplies for this crochet project - Bernat blanket  yarn in dark teal and a large 8mm crochet hook and a section of the bottom layer of the pocket project

Supplies for the Crochet Pet Snuggle Pocket:

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Bernat Blanket yarn in Dark Teal (3 skeins) and Deep Fuchsia (1 skein)

L/8mm crochet hook

Jumbo Tapestry Needle

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Project is worked back and forth in rows

Two layers are made and then crocheted together

The optional pink edging is added last

Special Stitches and Abbreviations:

Hdc (half double crochet) = YO, insert hook into stitch; YO, draw up a loop; YO, pull through all 3 loops on hook

Dc (double crochet) = YO, insert hook into stitch, YO, draw up a loop, (YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) twice

Hdc2tog (half double crochet 2 together) = (YO, insert hook into next stitch, YO, draw up a loop) twice; YO, pull through all 5 loops on hook

Sc (single crochet) = Insert hook into stitch, YO, draw up a loop; YO, pull through 2 loops on hook

YO (yarn over)

Hk (hook)

Lp (loop)

Ch (chain)

St (stitch)

Sp (space)

Instructions for the Crochet Pet Snuggle Pocket:

Special stitches are written in bold and italicized text and defined above

**If you would like to make a smaller pocket, then remove the first 7 rows from the Pocket Base and the Front and complete the rest of the instructions as written – this will take off about 6 inches of length and make your pocket slightly smaller – This size might work better for you if you have a very small dog or cat (7 pounds or less)**

Full photo of the back layer of the crochet pet snuggle pocket - crocheted in thick blanket yarn in dark teal with neck wrap lengths

Pocket Base (Back Layer):

With Dark Teal ch 42

Row 1:

Hdc in 3rd ch from hk and in each ch across. Turn.

Rows 2 – 38:

Ch 2, hdc in each st across. Turn.

Neck Wrap – Right Side:

Row 1:

Ch 2, hdc in 1st st and in each of the next 14 sts; Turn. Leave remaining sts unworked for now.

Row 2:

Ch 2, hdc in each st across. Turn.

Rows 3-10:

Repeat Row 2

Row 11: 

Ch 3, dc in each of the next 4 sts; hdc in each of the next 8 sts; sc in each of the next 3 sts. Turn.

Row 12: 

Ch 1, sc in each of the next 3 sts; hdc in each of the next 8 sts, dc in each of the next 4 sts and in the turning chain. Turn. (16 sts)

Rows 13 – 14:

Repeat Rows 11 & 12

Row 15:

Repeat Row 11. Fasten off.

Neck Wrap Left Side:

Join with sl st in 15th st from left end of base; Ch 2, hdc in the same st and in each of the next 14 sts (working toward left edge of base). Turn. (This will leave 11 sts unworked at the center of the base which will be where the neck will touch)

Repeat Rows 2-15 of Neck Wrap Right Side. Fasten off.

Front layer of the pet snuggle pocket showing the angled pocket opening on a white wooden background

Front (Pocket Top):

With Dark Teal ch 42

Row 1: 

Hdc in 3rd ch and in each ch across. Turn.

Rows 2 to 20: 

Ch 2, hdc in each st across. Turn.

Row 21: 

Ch 1, sc in each of next 9 sts; ch 1, hdc in remaining sts across. Turn.

Row 22: 

Ch 1, hdc in each st across up to last 2 sts; hdc2tog over last 2 sts. Turn.

Row 23: 

Ch 1, hdc2tog over 1st 2 sts; hdc in remaining sts across. Turn.

Repeat Rows 22 & 23 until 15 sts left in row.

Now work this for 7 rows:

Ch 1, hdc in each st across. Turn.

Fasten off.

Completed crochet pet snuggle pocket on white wooden background without the hot pink edging


Lay Front Pocket Top on top of Pocket Back Layer and pin in place

Single crochet both layers together working around 3 sides of Pocket Top (see photo) – Fasten off.

Using yarn tail and tapestry needle sew top short edge of Pocket Top to Back Layer

Using yarn tails sew Neck Wrap ends together

Optional Edging: With contrasting color (Deep Fuchsia) sc around entire Pocket Top Layer and across seam just sewn (use photo as a guide)

Weave in all ends

Completed pet snuggle pocket with pink edging on white wooden background

Your Crochet Pet Snuggle Pocket is Complete!

Tada! Your Crochet Pet Snuggle Pocket is complete! I hope you enjoyed making this project and will enjoy using it with your pet even more! I love how the blanket yarn is so soft and chunky so this project can be made in a weekend or less. I discovered that this pocket worked well in the car during the winter. My daughters love to take turns holding our dachshund, Sadie, when we drive around in the car and this pocket really helped Sadie stay warm and feel secure during our rides.

If you’d like to see more pet projects, then check out these FREE crochet patterns: the Lacy Dog Collar, the Mini Puppy Rose and the Doggie Bomber Hat.

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2 thoughts on “Crochet Pet Snuggle Pocket

  1. I love this pattern! My cats always want to be on my lap as I crochet. I also love using half double crochet. Years ago I started a baby blanket in hdc and I changed the stitch just a tad. After making the first row of hdc and turning I yo, and pick up the third loop of the previous stitch and complete the hdc as usual. This creates a very stable stitch and the holes as much smaller. It is perfect for blankets, hotpads, washcloths etc. It works best when you are turning rows. Thank you so much very sharing your creativity with us! I hope you try this stitch variation. God Bless you and Keep you warm. I’m from Wyoming and the temperature here right now is-19° below zero with windchill Temps in the-45° range. Perfect time to create a Pet Snuggle Pocket!

    1. So glad to hear that you love this pattern. I hope you enjoy making it and using it. You may need to make the smaller version depending on how big your cats are. My little dachshund is about 12 pounds. I love your stitch suggestion – If I understand it correctly, I think I have used it before and I agree, it’s a great one! I appreciate your kind words and hope you stay warm, too! -45 is super cold! 🙂

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