A combination of snow, ice, salt and chemical de-icers can cause major discomfort to a dog's sensitive pads. Caring dog owners are wise to take the trouble to make their best friends a set of protective booties. These can be purchased for larger dogs, but are not so easy to find for small breeds. Crochet dog booties are not easy for beginners, but fashion-conscious, crochet-savvy dog owners can quickly put together a set of stylish puppy booties to protect those sensitive feet and help prevent those annoying ice balls from forming between their dog's toes.
How to Crochet Puppy Booties
Make a chain of four chain stitches. Join them at the ends with a slip stitch to make a loop. Start round one. Chain one stitch, make 10 single crochet stitches to form a loop. Join with a slip stitch to the first single chain. This makes 10 single chains.
Start round two. Chain one and single crochet into the same stitch. Make two single crochets into the next stitch. Single crochet into the next sitch and make two single crochets into the next stitch. Repeat. Join with a slip stich into the first chain to make it round. This makes 15 single chains.
Crochet round three. Chain one and single chain into the same stitch and go around chaining into each stitch. Join with a slip stitch into the first stitch. Repeat this step twice to make rounds four and five.
Start round six. Make a half double crochet (HDC) into the same stitch at each stitch all the way around. A half double crochet means placing the yarn over the hook, inserting the hook in the next stitch to be worked, placing the yarn over the hook, pulling the yarn through the stitch, placing the yarn over the hook again and pulling the yarn through all three loops on the hook. Join with a slip stitch to the first HDC. Repeat this for rounds seven and eight. Finish off this color yarn.
Complete round nine. Join the second color yarn with a slip stitch into any stitch. Chain four. (This counts as the first HDC and chain two spaces). Skip the next stitch and HDC into the following stitch and chain two. Repeat this one time around. Join with a slip stitch into the third chain of the beginning of chain four to end up with eight chains and two spaces. This is the place through which you will thread the tie.
Crochet round 10. Slip stitch into the next chain. Begin a "cluster" in the same space as follows: Chain one, chain one in the next chain space and chain one. Repeat all the way around. Join with a slip stitch in the top of the beginning chain one.
Make round 11. Chain two stitches. HDC into the same stitch. HCD into the next chain space. HCD in the top of the next chain one and HDC into the next chain space. Repeat all the way around. Join with a slip stitch to the first HDC.
Complete the bootie with round 12. Chain one. Single chain into the same stitch, double chain into the next stitch. Repeat all the way around. Join with a slip stitch into the first chain. Finish off the work and weave in all the ends.
Make a tie. Chain 41 in the first color. Slip stitch into the second chain from the hook and each following chain. Finish off and weave in the ends. Weave the tie through the loops made in round nine and use it to tie on the booties.