Man’s best friend

Today I present you… – TARAN! – Another free pattern!!! And this is not just a free pattern, this is a free pattern for those friends that stick beside us no matter what, those friends that love you even when you feel fat, or grumpy or have a bad breath! Those friends who are always happy to see you and always have an empathetic eye! I am talking about dogs, of course (although I share the same deal of afection towards other 4 legged friends)!

Some time ago, a good friend of mine asked me if I could make a set of booties for her dog because he had a terrible rash in his paws and I decided to take the challenge! Gathered my yarn and my crochet hooks, put my imagination to work and I came up with this fun set of dog booties. This is my tribute to all these sweet caring creatures all over the world!

Dexter in his new set of crochet booties!

Dexter in his new set of crochet booties!

Dog Booties – Free Crochet Pattern

4 mm crochet hook
8 ply acrylic yarn in two different colours

With main colour and working in spiral:

row 1 – ch2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6 sts)
row 2 – 2 sc in each sc (12 sts)
row 3 – 2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc, repeat (18 sts)
row 4 – 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 2 sc, repeat (24 sts)
row 5 – 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 3 sc, repeat (30 sts)
row 6 – 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 4 sc, repeat (36 sts)

row 7 – sc around in back loops only (36 sts)
row 8 to 11 – sc around (36 sts)
row 12 – sc in next 12 sc, sc2tg x6, sc in next 12 sc (30 sts)
row 13 – sc around (30 sts)
row 14 – sc in next 9 sc, sc2tg x6, sc in next 9 sc (24 sts)

rows 15 to 22 – sc around (24 sts)
row 23 – hdc around, fasten off (24 sts)

Lacy cuff
With wrong side facing you, attach contrasting colour at the back (you will be working around on the wrong side):
row 24 – ch3, sk next st, ss in next, repeat around
row 25 – ch1, sc in ch3 space, ch 3, sc in next ch3 space, repeat around, ss in first ch
Repeat row 25 until desire length (I worked 5 rows), fasten off.

Cord: ch80.
Interweave cord around row 23, leaving ends hanging in the front under cuff. Use it to tie around doggy’s leg. If your dog has smaller paws, omit row 6.
It should look something like this:

crochet dog boots

Now both go out for a walk and show off! 🙂
I would love to see pics of your best friends in these booties!

You may distribute this pattern freely among your friends, you can translate it in your own language, you can use it as material for crafts lessons or crochet groups and you can also sell the finished items. You MAY NOT sell this pattern or a similar pattern with minor alterations that can be considered corrections.  Please credit The Knitting Scientist with a link to this blog. Thank you!:)

About The Knitting Scientist

I was born in a land where the sun shines bright, time passes by slowly and people take pride in what they do. My mom taught me my first stitches and I never put down my hook and needles again! Later I became a scientist, dwelling within the mysteries of life and the universe, using logic and analytic thinking, giving my humble contribution to human knowledge. Scientist during the day, knitter at night. Just like a super hero, creative hands on an analytic mind is my super power! That's me and this is my story lost among test tubes and balls of yarn!


  1. These made me chuckle! I wonder what my husband would say if I made some for our already pampered pooches?


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  3. Bivey

    Love these wish I could see on YouTube

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    • Hi Bivey! Thank you for dropping by and leave your comment! I’m glad you like these little pet booties. I am not a big fan of video tutorials/patterns, unless for specific stitches. These booties use only basic crochet stitches, they’ll be really easy to make just following written instructions. Give it a try and then let me know! 🙂


  4. siandra stires

    What is sc2tg x6?? Please helppp

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    • Hi Siandra! sc2tg stands for single crochet 2 together (so you work the two stitches from the row bellow in one stitch). It’s also known as a single crochet decrease. x6 means that you are going to be making this decrease 6 times. Hope that helps! Otherwise, drop me an email!

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  5. Hello, I’m delighted to find these and thank you for making the pattern available. I do have a couple of questions. At the end of row 1 are we supposed to join into the first sc with a slip stitch and then start row 2 with the 2 sc in each sc of row 1, or, upon reaching the first sc of row 1, do we start row 2 with 2 sc in each sc of row 1? I’m assuming at the ends of each row we’re not chaining one and turning?
    Thank you.


    • Hi Valeie! Thank you for dropping by! The rows are made in spiral, so that means you will not join to first stitch (nor chaining and turning), just continue working over the stitches of the previous round. Sorry, I should have made it clear in the pattern that it’s worked in spiral… Did that help? 🙂


  6. Valerie

    Yes, it certainly did. Thank you.


  7. Victoria

    So easy to make. Thank you


  8. Rita

    These are cute. How can I adjust the pattern for a min pin or chihuahua foot?


    • Hi Rita! Rows 1-6 will make up the base of the foot. For a chihuahua I reckon rows 1 to 2 or 3 will be enough. Then jump straight to row 7 (which for you will be 3 or 4 and working less stitches). Continue as pattern bearing in mind that you’ll be working less stitches on each row. On rows 12 and 14, the decreases serve to form the shape at the front of the foot. For a smaller size, probably 2 or 3 decreases will be enough. I think this might do the trick. Try it out and let me know!


  9. Megan

    I’m going to try doing these with cotton yarn but make a liner with a soft baby weight yarn thank you for posting the pattern so people like my self who’ve never tried it can try. Do you have somewhere we can send you a picture of finished the product


  10. Jodie

    Hi there. I work in a dogs and cats home and I’m looking to make these for a terrier that i work with who has very sore feet. He’s in need of a little extra TLC while we find him a new home. Will this pattern fit any sized feet?


    • Hi Jodie! These booties fit a medium sized dog, like a staffy. You can adapt the pattern by reducing or increasing the nr of rounds in the sole and then continue as the pattern but with more stitches on each round. You can also stitch some padding to the sole of the booties for extra comfort. Hope he gets better soon and finds a loving forever home real real quick!!!


  11. Abbigail

    English please?


  12. Beverly

    Hi! I love this and thank you so much for posting it. I have a 90 pound Akita/Lab mix that I’d like to make these for. Could you give me specifics on instructions for making these booties for large dogs? Thank you!


    • Hi Beverly! To increase the size of the booties you have 2 options: the easiest is to work the pattern with a thicker yarn and larger hook; the other option is adapting the pattern, increasing the nr of rounds/rows on the sole in the following way:
      Row 7 – 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 5 sc, repeat (42 sts)
      Row 8 – 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 6 sc, repeat (48 sts)
      and so on… notice that the number of sc in between each 2 sc is increasing by 1 on each row and the total nr of stitches of each row (or round) increases by 6. Work as many rows as you need increasing in this way until the sole is slightly bigger than the base of your pet’s paw.
      You will work as in the rest of the pattern but with a higher stitch count on each row. You might want to work a few more rows 8-11 until it is high enough to fit your furry friend’s paws. On rows 12 and 14, you might have to work a few more sc2tg. These decreases serve to reduce the diameter of the boot to the thickness of the leg after the largest section of the paw. I think that’s it! Hope these instructions were clear enough! Let me know if you need any further help. I would love to see the finished booties! 😀


  13. David Castro

    Could Simeone make a vídeo i dont understant all the patterns and im trying to make this for the dog of my gf. Ty.


  14. Jean Marie Stemphoski

    Hello we are making these doggie booties and have a questionin row 24 and row 25 what does ss stand for?


  15. Rachael

    We’re under a level 2 snow emergency and I think I’m gonna make these for me my baby today so we can salt the deck/walkway AND still take him out! Thank you sooooo much for this pattern!


  16. Mart

    I no longer have a fur baby at home but am planning on making these for a fund raiser for our local animal shelter. Can anyone tell me what size pooch these would be for.


    • That is lovely Mart! I am sure the shelter pooches will be very happy! I made these for my friend’s staffy but you can easily customise it. Just increase/decrease the number of rounds at the base and around the leg. Happy crocheting! 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you create!


  17. Cherie Hansen

    I would know how to decrease the sole part by making less rounds but from round 12 on I would not know how to do them from the decreased size..Please help! I would only do 4 rounds for the sole, so I would stop at 24, but would not be able to figure out row 12 on after that 😦


    • Hey Cherie! Thank you for stopping by and sorry for the late reply! For smaller paws you have 2 options: work with thinner yarn and smaller hook or reduce the nr of rounds and stitchs. For the decreases you said, you can work round 12 like this: sc in next 8, sc2tg x4, sc in next 8. This round serves to shape the paw base section and continue to the leg, hence the sc2tg decreases. If you need the leg section to be smaller, just work more sc2tg decreases (instead of just 4). I hope this helps!


  18. iza

    Bonjour, merci pour ce modèle auriez-vous
    une photo de la selle où une petite vidéo, en ligne 6 faut-il faire 4 ms dans une seule maille ?? merci


    • Bonjour Iza! Vous êtes les bienvenus pour le motif. J’espère avoir bien compris votre question. En ligne 6, tricoter 2 ms dans le même maille, puis 1 ms dans chacun des 4 maille suivants (c’est-à-dire 4 ms), puis tricoter à nouveau 2 ms dans une maille et ainsi de suite. J’espère que ça aide! Je ne parle pas français mais Google translate m’a donné un coup de main eheh 😝


  19. Veronica Erickson

    Our family is about to bigger! We are adopting a Rottweiler/ Lab mix from our shelter! I am going to give these a go for him. Thanks so much!


  20. Veronica Erickson

    Ok, I tried it! Mine’s not quite as good as yours though!


  21. Antonia m Simi

    Can you outline a full pattern for a small min pin. I am confused by these instructions. The boogie came out way too large. Thanks


  22. Hayley

    My first boot didn’t turn out to well, I probably used to big of a hook. I have a small question though, did you use a smaller crochet hook for the sole and foot and a larger crochet hook on the leg section? From the picture the knit looks tighter towards the bottom than at the top. I’m using a smaller hook in the begging and I plan to use a bigger one towards the end to see if my project turns out better.


  23. Hi I have a large pitty mix how do I make them bigger:)


  24. Kay

    Just wondering what size dog this pattern was designed for in order to adjust pattern. Thanks.


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