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Ever since I designed my first pair of baby booties for publication I have not been able to get enough of them. First I created a pair of Basic Baby Booties and now I am working on several more designs. I used Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton for my first pair but decided to try a different yarn for this design. I had two skeins of Red Heart Baby Hugs Light left over from another project I did with these yarns and thought it would be perfect for these shoes – I was right! These turned out even more adorable (in my opinion).
I keep thinking I’m going to create more baby boy items, though, and they always seem to take a turn towards more feminine. Like these – after I was almost done I decided they needed something and created the T-straps, giving them a Mary Jane feel. Maybe I’ll get around to creating a boy design soon (if you don’t know me I have no girls – three boys, the youngest of which is a toddler!). I hope you enjoy this pattern!
Be sure to check out the Sweetheart Baby Shoes, too!
Sweet Sophisticated Mary Janes
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Red Heart Baby Hugs Light (100% acrylic 318 yards [290 meters]/127 grams): Ink (MC 1 ball), Dolphin (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.
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: Join CC, slip st 11 (13), hdc2tog, dc3tog 2 times, hdc2tog, slip st to end.
Make invisible join. Weave in ends of MC.
Draw ends of CC to back of shoe and tie in tiny bow. Cut off excess.
With CC, join yarn in second slip st to right of first hdc2tog (see photo).
Row 1: Ch 2, dc in second dc3tog (this stitch should appear to be in the very center of the shoe), ch 2, join with slip st in 2nd slip st to the left of last hdc2tog.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
I have really been enjoying creating baby bootie patterns and hope you’ve enjoyed this one. Don’t forget to check out my library of free crochet patterns, too!