I couldn’t resist designing another sweet pair of baby shoes but wanted something a little different so I decided to make my first pair of boots! Since these are spring colors and it is the middle of March, I decided to create some spring baby boots. These kind of remind me of rain boots and I thought they would be perfect for spring and all the April showers coming up. Of course, they aren’t waterproof but babies this age aren’t walking in the rain anyways! 🙂
Baby things are timeless, can be handed down as heirlooms, require very little materials, and are quick projects. They are also universally well-received by new moms. I love giving a pair of baby booties as a baby shower gifts – everyone always thinks they are so cute! I used to make them from others’ patterns but now I just love to design my own. Even if we decide not to have another baby (with three little boys already that is a real possibility!) I will still keep making baby things. There are always teachers at my school or other friends who are still having little ones to make them for.
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Spring Baby Boots
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Red Heart Baby Hugs Light (100% acrylic 318 yards [290 meters]/127 grams): Dolphin (MC 1 ball), Pinkie (CC, 1 ball)
Hook: US size F (3.75mm)
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: 20 sts and 22 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 the 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 the video HERE!]
SOLE (make 2 of each color)
Ch 10 (12).
Row 1: 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc 3 (4), hdc 2, dc 2 (3), 7 dc in last ch. Working on opposite side of ch, dc 2 (3), hdc 2, sc 3 (4) – 24 (28) sts.
Row 2: Work 2 sc in each of next 3 sts, sc 8,(10) 2 sc in each of next 5 sts, sc 8 (10) – 32 (36) sts.
Row 3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * two more times, sc 8 (10), repeat from * five times, sc 8 (10) – 40 (44) sts.
Row 4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * two more times, sc to end – 43 (47) 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.
*New video showing sole construction from start to finish!
With MC, join yarn at center heel st.
Round 1: Ch 1, sc in each slip st; join to first sc with slip st – 43 (47) sts.
Round 2: Ch 1, sc 13 (15), *sc2, sc2tog; repeat from * three more times, sc 14 (16); join to first sc with slip st – 39 (43) sts.
Round 3: Ch 1, sc, sc2tog, sc 11 (13), *sc, sc2tog; repeat from * three more times, sc 10 (12), sc2tog, sc; join to first sc with slip st – 33 (37) sts.
Round 4: Ch 1, sc 11 (13), hdc2tog blo, (dc3tog blo) two times, hdc2tog blo, sc 12 (14) – 27 (31) sts.
Round 5: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc 11 (13), dc2tog twice, dc 12 (13) – 25 (29) sts.
Rounds 6-8: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in each st around.
Round 9: Ch 3, *fpdc, bpdc; repeat from * to last st, fpdc.
Round 10: Join CC, ch 1, sc evenly around.
Make invisible join for sc (see notes above).
Weave in ends. Thread a strand of CC through center of boot as shown in photos and tie in front. This will also help if the boots are a little loose (some babies have chunkier legs and feet than others!) as you can tie it a little tighter. I also thought it looked cuter. 🙂
What do you think? What are your favorite items to make for baby? Leave a comment below!
Very interesting and very well done..
Thank you Sharon! 🙂
I am a little confused on round 4. The ending stick count does not match and then when you continue on to 5 it still does not match. Am I missing something?
I’m not sure what is going on but sometimes the count gets off if you count the slip stitch as a stitch. How many sts are you ending up with?
I have 33 stitches at the end of round three. If I do round 4 as written it requires 36 sts on round 3. If I change the dc3tog to dc2tog the hdc do not line up.
I made an error on round four – it should be (dc3tog) two times. I have changed it in the instructions. That still shouldn’t give you 36 sts, though. That would only make it one stitch off. You sc 11, hdc2tog tbl (1 st), (dc3tog) two times (2 sts), hdc2tog tlb (1 st), and sc 12. Does that make sense? I’m not sure if it does!
I had someone double check my math and they didn’t catch my typo there – I guess I was thinking dc3tog and had the number three on my mind! Sorry about that – see if it works out now. 🙂
Hi, can you please tell me what blo means in round 4.
blo is short for back loop only. You work those stitches through the back loop, leaving the front loop free. It gives a nice effect at the toe area of the boot. 🙂
I love this little boot, butI am having trouble with the rounds where you start with 3 chains- it leaves a fairly big gap- what am I doing wrong? Rounds 5-9.
Hi Gail! Try not counting the ch-3 as a stitch and putting a dc in the same st. If that doesn’t work I would leave one of the ends that you are going to weave in longer and sew the gap closed.
In row theee I cannot get to the desired 33 st at the end of the row. Trying to refigure the pattern to make this happen but not sure if it will throw the rest of it off. Visiting my grandkids and only have a short time to make these
Sending you an email to try something out for me 🙂
Round 4 does not work for the larger size . I tried multiple times and for round 3 my count was right . Is there something else that can be done ?
Sorry it has taken me a couple of days to get back to you. I have looked at this several times, drawn it out on paper (which is how I usually figure any stitch counts that I’m not currently working on) and I keep getting the same number. How many sts are you off? Sometimes I forget to sc in the joining st and that might account for it if you are one off, but I can’t find a place where the math is wrong. I always double check because I can definitely make mistakes, but I can’t find one here. Let me know how it is going for you.
Love this bootie! In row 9 what do fpdc and bpdc stand for?
These are the abbreviations for front post double crochet (fpdc) and back post double crochet (bpdc).
These are adorable and just what I need for a girl baby for whom I’m making a “hunting” set! My favorite baby item to make is bibs, especially animal bibs. I try to match the nursery theme. I also like to make loveys, matching the nursery theme.
I LOVE these baby boots! They are super cute, and you provide really clear instructions that are easy to follow. Thank you for sharing your pattern. These come out beautifully.
Thanks Sara! So glad to hear the boots turned out well 😀
Hi, I’m doing the larger size bootie. I’ve joined the soles and did 47 sl around once I get to the row 2 it doesn’t add up at the end. 15 sc the sc2 sc2tog then repeat 3 more times ( I’m assuming that should be centered and its not) and I keep having more the 16 sts left. PLEASE HELP ME!
I’ve gone back over the math and it does add up. If you have 47 sts then you will sc 15, then the (sc 2, sc2tog) x4 will = 16 sts, then there will be 16 left. You do the sc2, sc2tog four times total (repeat that part 3 more times). Were you only doing it 3 times total? That would definitely throw it off. Let me know if you have any other questions. 🙂