Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Make a Sock Into a Tiny Dog Coat

I figure that there may be other folks who find themselves in same the situation that I faced last week when Winnie came here.  She needed something to wear to keep her warm, the roads were too icy for me to go out to get anything, and it takes time that I didn't have to knit or crochet a coat for her myself.  After thinking on it for a minute, I realized that she is about the same circumference as a sock ... and I certainly should have an orphan sock in the laundry room that could do the trick.

Before I get to the tutorial, here is an observation ... I took this photo of Winnie a few minutes ago, as she was sitting and being completely adorable.

This sweater that she is wearing was given to us by a friend who used to have a tiny poodle.
It's too big for her, but it does the job for now.

Striking resemblance, don't you think.

This is a photo from a post I did in 2010 about catching mice.

Anyway, back to the sweater....

I used to wear these socks a lot.  They were always a bit baggie on me, though they were warm and comfortable inside boots, and good for wearing around the house.  This sock has been in the orphan sock pile for a LONG time ... so I didn't feel too bad about sacrificing it for the benefit of a tiny, cold little dog.

I cut the sock off at the heel, to have as much length as possible to keep Winnie's back warm.  (Discard the foot portion, unless you can think up some other use for it.)

I measured the distance between her front legs and cut two small slits in the sock.

The leg holes needed something to keep them from unraveling ... I decided that crochet may be perfect.  With some cream-colored yarn from my stash and a small crochet hook, I loosely worked one row of single crochet around the slits to form finished arm holes.  (For those of you who don't crochet, overcasting the edge with blanket stitch would work just as well.)

That's all there is to it!  The tail of the sweater raveled a bit, but it wasn't bad enough to worry about.

This boot-sock-turned-dog-sweater served Winnie well for a few days, keeping her warm during our arctic cold spell last week.  Just like these socks did when I wore them, the sweater is all stretched out now and needs to be washed and dried before I can use it on her again.

In a day or two, Winnie will have a new sweater ... I'm knitting one for her.  I looked all over Pinterest for a pattern, and I only found one that was free and was practical for a dog this small.   I'm still having to modify it a bit.  I will show it to you when I'm finished.


  1. That is so cute!!! I love how you did the leg openings! Winnie is such a joy to see.

  2. When I saw (earlier) what you had done with the sock, I was SUPER impressed and thought it was an excellent idea! Love the way you crocheted the leg holes and a little fray check on the tail would take care of the raveling. (or a nice crocheted edge would probably do it, too) I sure love the way your mind works!

  3. Winnie has he sweetest little face. Love the sock sweater!!

  4. Wow, she really IS tiny!

    Where do those socks go? I swear they must go down the washer drain somehow.

    1. I think my water eats them all ways seems I'm missing one!

  5. Truthfully your sock coat is cuter than most dog coats I've seen in the store! and I just love her in that little poodle coat... oh she is just adorable. That little face! Those tiny tiny paws!

  6. Oh Connie. I just chuckle at the very sight of Winnie. She's just so cute and that sock coat is perfect for her. Love!

  7. I am loving your posts about Winnie. She is lucky to have such a creative new mama. It's almost like you're making doll clothes.

  8. How resourceful and a great idea!

    I swear Winnie is smiling!

    Can't wait to see her custom-made sweater.... She will feel so special!

  9. Winnie is such a perfect little model. Your sock sweater worked out just great and I look forward to seeing your knit one for her.

    Have a lovely day with your little Winnie.


  10. Total and utter sweetness! ♥

    xoxo laurie

  11. Total and utter sweetness! ♥

    xoxo laurie

  12. OH my...Winnie is adorable...and so is her little sock sweater!

  13. Aw....that is adorable! How creative of you!


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