In the past 2 months I have had 5 friends and 2 sisters give birth. It has been a crazy and exciting time to say the least! When the younger of my two sisters announced her pregnancy I immediately knew I would want to make a puppy hat for her baby.
She loves dogs, and prior to her son being born her Australian shepherd was her baby. The idea for the booties came later to add to the gift and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out. Especially when I see my nephew modeling them 🙂
For the foundation of this hat, I followed this super quick and easy Newborn Hat Pattern by Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me found here. She made hers into an sweet little owl, but I made a few alterations to turn mine into a puppy instead.
Turning this hat into a puppy was simple enough. I just crocheted a slight oval for the eye patch, two triangle ears, embroidered on the nose and used buttons for the eyes.
The eye patch was very simple to work up, I started things out by crocheting around a short chain row creating an oval. I gradually increased for a few rounds, then fastened off and attached below where I wanted my eye to be.
The ears are both triangles, created by decreasing every few rows to create a point. The left ear is worked slightly different from the right ear in that I wanted one ear to flop over. To achieve this, I used one row of slip stitches towards the bottom. This brings your stitches forward and creates a natural dent in the triangle for a flappy ear.
I wanted the ears to look a little different from each other so for the right ear I just made a simple triangle by alternating rows of single crochets across and rows with decreases on the ends.
After I had completed and attached the eye patch and ears, I embroidered on the nose using some black yarn. I wrapped the black yarn around a few stitches closer to the bottom of the hat several times, then pulled up through the middle stitch and down over the yarn going horizontal. This gave a bit of a heart shape to the nose, which I just adore.
I securely attached some black buttons for the eyes to finish the whole thing off.
Next, I made the booties. It’s a pretty simple pattern, that I was able to work up quickly. I started out with a foundation chain that I worked single crochets into the front and back loops of. This created an oval that I was able to work the remainder of my sole into.
The next two rounds of the sole were created by using half double and double crochet stitches around the toe section for extra width and curvature.
Once a good foundation for the sole was made, I worked a round of double crochets in the back loops only to start the bootie portion. If you are unfamiliar with working the back loops only, you are essentially working into the leg of the “v” (created by your stitch) farthest from you, and ignoring the leg closer to you. Whereas, with a normal stitch you work under both legs of the “v”.
From here it was a simple matter of building up the sides and top of the booties. Each round was worked in double crochets, with a series of decreases around the toes to close off the top. One final round of double crochets was worked before I added in my brown for an accent color on the top. I just worked one round of single crochets in the brown and fastened off.
I folded over the last round of double crochets to create a cuff. Feel free to stitch that in place with some tac stitches if you so choose.
After that the booties are complete and your adorable pup outfit is ready to be worn!
I just love the faces my sweet nephew was making while my sister got some shots of him in his pup set. He’s already such a character!
What You’ll Need
Off white/ cream color yarn in worsted weight 4 yarn
Dark brown colored yarn in worsted weight 4 yarn
A bit of black colored yarn in worsted weight 4 yarn or black embroidery floss
Needle and thread
See original hat pattern here for sizing options
Booties- 3 1/2″ long, 4 1/2″ circumference around the toes
sc= Single Crochet
inc= Increase (2 stitches worked into one stitch)
dec= Decrease (single crochet 2 together)
ss= Slip Stitch
fo= Fasten Off
hdc= Half Double Crochet
dc= Double Crochet
blo= Back Loops Only
dc2tog= Double Crochet 2 Together (see Special Stitches note on how to work)
dc3tog= Double Crochet 3 Together (see Special Stitches note on how to work)
Double Crochet Two Together (dc2tog)= yo, insert in next st and pu loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, insert into next st and pu loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on your hook, yo and pull through 3 loops on hook
Double Crochet Three Together (dc3tog)= yo, insert in next st and pu loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, insert into next st and pu loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo and insert in next st, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook, yo and pull through 4 loops on hook
Eye Patch Pattern
Foundation: ch 4, starting in 2nd ch from hook, sc 2, inc in next working towards back loops as you go, sc 2, inc in last (8)
Round 1: inc in each around (16)
Round 2: *sc, inc*, repeat from * around, fo and weave in ends (24)
Pattern for Left Ear
Fondation: ch 9, starting in 2nd ch from hook, sc 8 across, turn (8)
Row 1: ch 1, dec, sc 4, dec, turn (6)
Row 2: ch 1, ss across, turn (6)
Row 3: ch 1, sc across, turn (6)
Row 4: ch 1, dec, sc 2, dec, turn(4)
Row 5: ch 1, sc across, turn (4)
Row 6: ch 1, dec 2, turn (2)
Row 7: ch 1, sc across (2)
Row 8: ch 1, dec, fo and weave in ends (1)
Pattern for Right Ear
Foundation: ch 9, starting in 2nd ch from hook, sc 8 across, turn (8)
Row 1: ch 1, dec, sc 4, dec, turn (6)
Row 2: ch 1, sc across, turn (6)
Row 3: ch 1, dec, sc 2, dec, turn(4)
Row 4: ch 1, sc across, turn (4)
Row 5: ch 1, dec 2, turn (2)
Row 6: ch 1, sc across (2)
Row 7: ch 1, dec, fo and weave in ends (1)
Pattern for the Booties (make 2)
Foundation: ch 9, starting in 2nd ch from hook, sc 7, inc, sc 7 in the back loops, inc (18)
Round 1: inc, sc 5, hdc 2, dc 2 in next 2 sts, hdc 2, sc 5, inc (22)
Round 2: inc 2, sc 4, hdc 3, dc 2 in next 4, dc 3, sc 4, inc 2 (30)
Round 3: dc in blo around (30)
Round 4: dc2tog , dc 10, dc2tog , dc3tog, dc2tog, dc 9, dc2tog (25)
Round 5: dc 9, dc2tog 3 times, dc 9 (21)
Round 6: dc 9, dc3tog, dc 9 (19)
Round 7: dc around (19)
Round 8: switch to brown yarn, sc around, fo, weave in ends (19)
Fold over top portion of booty (the last double crochet round and brown round should be overlaying on top of round 6).