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I don’t know about you but I just love making baby things. Maybe it’s because they work up so quickly. Or maybe because they are so gosh darn cute. Or maybe because we have three boys and the youngest is just leaving the baby stage and I’m missing having a baby in the house. Whatever it is, I’ve been doing a lot of baby items these days. Baby dresses (which I don’t have any use for at home with three boys!), baby onesies, and now baby shoes. I’ve seen so many cute crochet baby booties and wanted to try my hand at designing some of my own. This is my first pair and they have turned out pretty well!
I used Lion Brand 24/7 cotton for these because I love cotton yarns and wanted something as close to their Cotton Ease as I could get. LB Cotton Ease was one of my absolute favorite yarns when I first started designing. It has been discontinued but the website recommended 24/7 Cotton as a suitable substitute so I ordered a couple of skeins online and waited
patiently for them to arrive. When they did I couldn’t wait to get started on this pair of shoes and now I have waited for testing and it’s time for me to share the pattern with you! I also can’t wait to create lots of variations of these basic baby booties in different yarns – I have so many ideas for booties now I don’t know how I’m going to get them all done!
Basic Baby Booties
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton (100% cotton; 186 yards [170 meters]/100 grams): #98 Ecru (MC 1 ball), #178 Jade (CC, 1 ball)
Hook: US size G/6 (4.0mm)
Notions: Yarn needle, stitch markers
Skill Level: Easy
Size: 0-6 (6-12) months, 3 ½ (4)” sole length
Shown in size 0-6 months.
Gauge: 18 sts and 20 rows = 4” [10 cm] in sc
Notes: Rounds are not joined unless noted. Place stitch marker in first st of each round to keep track. If only one number is given that number applies to both sizes.
Special Techniques Used:
To work an invisible join when joining sc: Cut yarn and pull through center of last st made. (Do NOT fasten off the regular way). Insert hook from right to left in 2nd st to left and pull yarn through. Insert hook from right to left in the middle of the last st made (the one you pulled the yarn through initially) and pull yarn down through the middle of this stitch. [See Video HERE!]
To work an invisible join when joining slip sts: Cut yarn and pull through center of last st made. (Do NOT fasten off the regular way). Insert hook from right to left under both loops of next slip st to the left and pull yarn through. Insert hook from right to left in the center of the last slip st and pull yarn down through center of last slip st. [See Video HERE!]
SOLE (make 2 of each color)
Ch 8 (10).
Row 1: 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc 2 (3), hdc 2, dc 1 (2), 7 dc in last ch. Working on opposite side of ch, dc 1 (2), hdc 2, sc 2 (3) – 20 (24) sts.
Row 2: Work 2 sc in each of next 3 sts, sc 6 (8), 2 sc in each of next 5 sts, sc 6 (8) – 28 (32) sts.
Row 3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * two more times, sc 6 (8), repeat from * five times, sc 6 (8) – 36 (40) sts.
Row 4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * two more times, sc to end – 39 (43) sts.
Make an invisible join. Weave in ends.
Holding 2 soles together (one of each color) with RS facing out and CC on top, join MC in any stitch, going through both soles. Sl st around edge to join soles. Make invisible join. Weave in ends.
With MC, join yarn at center heel st.
Round 1: Ch 1, sc in each slip st; join to first sc with slip st – 39 (43) sts.
Round 2: Ch 1, sc 11 (13), *sc2, sc2tog; repeat from * three more times, sc 12 (14); join to first sc with slip st – 35 (39) sts.
Round 3: Ch 1, sc, sc2tog, sc 9 (11), *sc, sc2tog; repeat from * three more times, sc 8 (10), sc2tog, sc; join to first sc with slip st – 29 (33) sts.
Round 4: Ch 1, sc 9 (11), dc3tog, tr5tog, dc3tog, sc 9 (11) – 21 (25) sts.
Make invisible join. Weave in ends.
To create ties:
Leaving a long tail, join CC at center front. Sl st evenly around top of shoe, then use hook to draw tails through in the stitches below as seen in photo above. Tie in a bow and there are no CC ends to hide!
I really hope you’ve enjoyed this free pattern. Be sure to check out my other free patterns – I’m sure you’ll find a project to start today! 🙂