Baby Booties

October 23, 2012 UPDATE!! 

You can find an updated pattern for the Loop Stitch Baby Booties right HERE.

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One of my latest passions is the baby bootie.

Cowboy Booties

Hello Kitty Mary Jane’s

 

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I’ve done several that I’ve been happy with, but I have to admit–I HATE TO COUNT… Not only that, but time and time again my sole (and eventually the entire shoe) would begin to warp and I couldn’t figure out if it was a flaw with the pattern…or me!

After a while it dawned on me that I was over-thinking the entire process. I realized that every bootie basically began the EXACT same way. So I decided there had to be a way to eyeball the sole without driving myself batty in the process and after a lot of fooling with it, I figured it out.

For those of you who need a pattern, here we go:

Materials Needed: Size H hook; worsted yarn in any color. (For a smaller shoe, use a G hook and light worsted yarn.)

Sole

Rnd 1:  With brown, ch 12, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 7, hdc in next, 2 hdc in next, 5 hdc in end ch.  Working down opposite side of starting ch, 2 hdc in next, hdc in next, sc in next 7, 2 sc in next.  

Rnd 2:  2 sc in first sc of last rnd, sc in next 10 sts, (2 sc in next, sc in next) 3 times, sc in next 9, 2 sc in next, sc in next.

Rnd 3:  2 sc in next, sc in next 11, (2 sc in next, sc in next) twice, sc in next 11, 2 sc in next, 2 sc in next, sl st in first sc of rnd, ch 1, turn.

Rnd 4:  Working in Back Loops only for this rnd, sc in each st around, sl st in first sc.  39 (43) sts.  Fasten off.

I take NO responsibility if you counted your way through that and have a twisted mess in front of you. The counting is evil when it comes to shoes… Onward we go!

Once you finish up your sole, the next step is to figure out the top. There are a hundred different ways to accomplish a toe top for a baby bootie, but this is far and away my absolute favorite.

I’ll post a general boot pattern, but with a little creativity and some imagination you can reinterpret this lots of ways. For instance, you could start a little off center from the toe top and work in rows to create an enclosed boot, create a strap and turn them into Mary Jane’s, or even alter the stitch altogether and create a whole new look!

Instep

Rnd 5: Join with a sc in middle st of last round at center back, sc in each st around.  39 sts.  

Rnd 6:  Sc in next 14 sts, skip next, hdc in next, skip next, dc in next 2, dc next 2 sts together, dc in next 2, skip next, hdc in next,skip next, sc in next 13.

Rnd 7:  Sc in next 13, skip next, sc in next, skip next, sc in next 3, skip next, sc in next, skip next, sc in next 12.

Rnd 8:  Sc in next 12, (skip next, sc in next) 4 times, sc in next 10.

Rnd 9:  Sc in next 6, sl st in next 5, skip next, sc in next 3, skip next, sl st in next 5, sc in next 5, sc in first sc of round, sl st in next. 

Rnd 10: sc in next 10, skip next, sc in next 2, skip next, sc in next 9.

Rnd 11 +:  Sc in next 22.  You can STOP here if you want a slipper type bootie or you can continue adding rounds until you have a boot that measures approximately 4 1/2 inches tall. 

Really, the possibilities are endless when you start fooling with this simple base pattern. To create something based off your basic bootie, why not try turning them loopy!

Loopy Boot Tutorial

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31 thoughts on “Baby Booties

  1. R3 is missing two steps: Rnd 3: 2 sc in next, sc in next 11, (2 sc in next, sc in next) twice, sc in next 11, 2 sc in next, 2 sc in next, sl st in first sc of rnd, ch 1, turn.

    It should say: Rnd 3: 2 sc in next, sc in next 11, [2 sc in next, sc in next] twice, [sc in next, 2 sc in next] twice, sc in next 11, 2 sc in next, sc in next, sl st in first sc of rnd (counts as st), ch 1, turn. (40 sts)

  2. Hi. I’ve made the loopy and cowboy boots and they both came out beatifully. I really want to try the Hello Kitty maryjanes for my 20 mo. granddaughter, Kat, but I haven’t been able to find the pattern. Would you help me please. Thank_ you very much, Anna.

    • It’s never fun when you want so desperately for something to work and it’s just not cooperating!! I’m pretty sure that the reason your sole is twisting on you is either one of two things. Either it’s your tension (one side of your sole is being held tighter than the other side and that is creating a warped effect) OR you’ve got some stitches lost somewhere along the way creating more on one side and less on the other.

      Take a peek at the post:: figuring out your foundation chain ::to see if it’s your stitches that are causing you to go off the rails. If that’s not it, than REALLY try to pay attention to that tension!! It can cause all sorts of weirdness in a crochet project.

      • Thank you I will try again. The first pair of boots I made turned out awesome. I’m working on a second pair now lol

  3. I made a pair as a experienced beginner!!! It was hard for me in the begining while making the sole. I started over and over again for at least 3 time. But once I finished the first bootie, the 2nd one was easy and prettier. I am going to make another pair. I am so obssessed!! Thank you so much. Your instruction is very clear and detailed.

  4. These are soooooo adorable, and you are incredibly creative. My niece wil love these. Thank you so much for sharing joy.

  5. I have watched your video tutorial part 1 for a straight sole, and crocheted along so I could keep track of what you were doing, and no matter what I do, even following along with you, my sole is super warped… :-( This makes me very sad…

  6. I just ran across your tutorials. I absolutely love them! You are very easy to follow and explain everything so well. It’s easy to see your stitches as you do each stitch too! Thank you sooooo very much for your time. I can’t wait to finish these and see them on my granddaughter!! Thanks again!

    • All I can tell you is that a little goes a long way. I’ve done both of these types of booties in sizes all the way to adult just by increasing the foundation a bit and adjusting the increases on the rest of the rounds. :) If you’re struggling to size these on your own, you can find paid patterns for these booties that will give you specific instructions on how to increase for larger sizes. If you find that you are selling a bunch, it might be worth it for you to hunt them out over in Etsy!

  7. Everyone loves these booties! I’m getting tons of orders but I was wondering how you would adjust the loopy boots and the cowboy boots to make larger sizes, even adults

    • Sizing them up for adults involves adding in more foundation chains and it gets a little trickier with the increases after that. If you want to size them up for a toddler, you could probably cheat it just by sizing your hook up or using a thicker yarn :)

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  9. Love Love this pattern, can’t wait to make them. Thanks for sharing and taking the time to make the videos. They are awesome!!

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