Monday, April 4, 2011

Paw Socks Knitting Pattern

Jacob is a Yorkshire terrier/poodle mix. He is a spunky little dog, and recently moved across the country from California to Boston. His mom was concerned about his ability to handle the winter, and asked if I would make some kind of dog booties for him. Although I am late with presenting my prototype, I created some paw socks for Jacob and wanted to share this free knitting pattern with you.


I didn't really have a chance to measure Jacob, but I did did make a tracing of his paw in my notebook. I am sure that the first prototype of the paw sock will fit on his foot, I'm just not sure how well it will stay on.

Sketch from my knitting design notebook of Jacob's Paw (traced onto the page).

Materials
Jacob's Paw Socks - Prototype 1:
  • Cast on 24 stitches, Join in the round
  • Rows 1-3: Knit
  • Row 4: K1, *K2tog, YO, K2* repeat from * across the row (24 sts). This will create eyelets for a drawstring.
  • Rows 5-24: Knit
  • Row 25: *K2, K2tog* across the row (18 sts)
  • Row 26: Knit
  • Row 27: *K1, K2tog* across the row (12 sts)
  • Row 28: Knit
  • Row 29: K2tog across the row (6 stitches)
  • Pull yarn through remaining stitches and weave in loose ends.
  • Use a piece of yarn or ribbon and weave it through the eyelets to create a drawstring.

Paw Socks Prototype 1

After the completion of one prototype, I decided to try the sock on Jacob. When I pulled it out of my bag, he came over to sniff the sock (how he knew it was for him, I have no idea!) Jacob was interested in the drawstring, but otherwise had no issue wearing the sock. The verdict: Prototype 1 fits, time to make three more! I may try a second prototype, to see if I can improve on the fit, but these paw socks will serve their function to keep his feet warm in the snow.



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Abbreviations Used in this pattern:
Kfb - increase by knitting into the front and back of a single stitch.
K - knit
P - purl

SSK - decrease by slipping two stitches then knitting them together. Alternatively, you could slip one stitch, knit one stitch and pass slipped stitch over.
K2tog - decrease by knitting two stitches together.
YO - Yarn Over
sl - slip a stitch

This pattern was created by ChemKnits for your personal or charity use. You are not to distribute or reprint this pattern without the permission of ChemKnits.
© 2011 ChemKnits (www.chemknits.com)

31 comments:

  1. Next winter many doggies wardrobe will be filled with this handy footwear!!

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  2. Thank you! I'm going to try and make some for my Chihuahua, Sam.

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  3. You may want to make them a bit smaller then, Sandy. I bet Sam is a bit smaller than Jacob!

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  4. My jack russel McKay is allergic to grass of all things. His paws swell up and he spends hours licking his feet to make them feel better. The vet said to put booties on him whenever he is going on the grass, but the pet store booties are 30 dollars a pair. I tried to make a crocheted pair but his nails keep getting stuck. This is wonderful, if they will stay on. Thanks a million from all the parents of little guys with big quirks!!

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  5. Lmao! Cute. :) I'll be making a set of these for my puppy.

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  6. I'm glad that you enjoyed the pattern!

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  7. I have a yorkie too! She hates snow and rain, so I am hoping that she likes these! I am a rather new knitter, so I will do my best!

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    1. I don't plan on knitting this cute footsie but had to say what a cute yorkie. So sweet.

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    2. i love them an my elen yorkie loves them to thank-you giving the pattern ...<3

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  8. Would you have a pattern to make these big enough to felt them. I think they would be more sturdy and warm if felted.

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    1. Priscilla, I do not have a pattern for felted paw socks, but I agree that this is an excellent idea. In my experience with making multiple felted oven mitts, I found that my knitting tends to shrink more in length than width. I might try knitting the pattern as written on size 10 or 11 knitting needles and then hand felting a single sock to see how much you can shrink it. (A lot also depends on the size of your dog, of course.) Good luck!

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  9. Love it. I have a dog with nails and hardwood floors, these will work indoors for us!

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  10. I came on to see if I could find a small,knitted booties for a tiny dog but they really need something on the bottom so they don't stick to the snow or ice.
    Good pattern though.

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    1. I have a 4 1/2 pound adopted Yorkie/Maltese mix and she has a congenital defect that among other things, causes her back feet to lightly drag so that the she ends up with the top of them on the sidewalk, not the bottom. I have to walk her on the grass only so they don't get rubbed raw. Her paws and ankles are so narrow I can't find anything to fit or that will stay on. I wonder if these can be made that tiny and maybe just put some kind of little Velcro circle piece on the top for the rubbing

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    2. It is certainly worth a shot. I'm not sure how they stay on since the dog I made them for doesn't live with me. Good luck!

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  11. This is a great pattern, and would be flexible enough for puppies with tiny feet. I think a longer cuff would help them stay on - but, I agree about needing some waterproof material to keep them sticking to the snow...what can we do about that?

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    1. I suppose you could sew something to the outside?

      Using wool is nice because even if it gets a little wet it will still keep you warmer than nothing.

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    2. I don't know if this would work, but recently I have been making plarn, that is using strips of plastic for crocheting and knitting. This would be waterproofed. I have crocheted with this but never tried knitting yet. I was thinking along the same lines as everyone else. I am a new knitter and I have problems still following the patterns but I am hanging in there. My Yorkie doesn't like her tiny paws getting wet and always looks at me like I am crazy expecting her to step on wet grass. Hope this helps if you give it a try.

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    3. The problem with using plarn to knit with is that there will still be holes in the fabric, it won't be water tights. Maybe You could take a little plastic baggie and sew it around the bootie... (thus providing warmth and waterproof.)

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    4. I think if these were felted they would be more stiff and not conform to little paws as well, and be more likely to fall off. I hope to try these and then sew a little patch of scrap suede on the bottom for grip and see how that goes. I think I have some old sinlge mittens and gloves with suede grips so as not to need to purchase anything.

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  12. Huge thanks Rebecca, I've used the pattern for two pairs and they're just perfect. I used needles as specified but a slightly thinner yarn and they were perfect for the slender feet of a whippet.
    http://stitchywitches.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/paw-protectors-for-poorly-puppy.html

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    1. Your dog is so cute! Thank you so much for sharing the pictures with me, I love seeing finished projects of my designs. :)

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  13. Dear Chem Knitter - may I kindly ask if you could measure the finished bootie? I need to knit booties for a friend's chihuaha - the dog is very tiny even for her breed, the bootie needs to the size of my thumb!! (I was thinking I should look at premie sock patterns). thank you in advance

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    1. Marie, I really wish that I had measured the paw socks before publishing the pattern. Unfortunately, these were made for a dog that doesn't live in my house so I do not have access to them to measure them. The yorkie these were made for likely has bigger (and fluffier) paws than the chihuaha. I think they were between 1-1.5 inches across.

      I recommend selecting your yarn (I would go with sport or fingering weight so there would still be flexibility) and then check your gauge on a swatch. Let me know and I can help you figure out how many stitches to start with.

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  14. im going to try to make these for my cat, clyde.:) hes gonna hate me.....

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  15. These are so cool, but we have two larger dogs and the cold is not really a problem here in Virginia and they like snow, when we do get any. But muddy feet are a problem. I wish I could have boots or rubber ones do they keep the mud off, and since they come in through the back door I can just toss in the laundry basket and wash, if they were made of something washable. Have to wipe them down now each time and 8 feet ripped each time they have to go out makes a pile of rags so little boots would be neat. Any suggestions?

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    1. From a google search of "rubber dog booties" I found a number of commercial options.

      I don't know anyone who has used things such as http://pawzdogboots.com/prod_boots/, but it looks like they might work for your dogs.

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