Basic Baby Shoes Basic Baby Shoes

The basic baby shoe was born because I was tired of counting stitches in other patterns and getting two very different shoes every time (or sometimes not even being able to finish a second shoe to make a pair!). I developed a simpler way to make shoes that turn out the same–every single time. They also are perfect for using up scraps and work up fast!

Anyone who has tried (and failed) to make two identical baby shoes will appreciate the simple, no fuss design of this very simple and basic pattern!

The finished project is approximately 3.5″ – 4″ inches from heel to toe. Playing with the hook size will give you a little more wiggle room if you need them larger. Basic Baby Shoes

Interested in a complete printable pdf copy filled with extras you won’t find here in the blog pattern? You can find it only over in my Craftsy shop!

Basic Baby Shoe Sole

Materials needed, gauge information, as well as a complete list of stitches and terms used is included in the pdf download over in Craftsy

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

Toe Top

Note: Sections marked with … are fully explained in the pdf downloadable pattern found on Craftsy

Rnd 1: Working in Back Loops Only for this rnd, ch 1 (counts as sc here and throughout the rest of the pattern), turn, 1 sc in each st around, sl st in top of 1st sc.  Fasten off if working another color for the instep. If you are working these all in the same color, move to the next step.

Rnd 2: ch 1, sc in the next 5 sts. Pull your loop out and find your center line at the toe. **A photo is included in the pdf download to ensure proper counting of this rnd and every rnd after.** Count 6 STITCHES… **mark it with a stitch marker (or hold your thumb on it) and count the stitches between your marker (or thumb) and the loop you pulled out…sc in each stitch until you arrive where your marker (or thumb) was**, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts, 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts, [dc2tog] twice, 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts, sc in each st around to heel, sl st in top of beginning sc.

Rnd 3: ch 1, sc in the next 5 sts. Pull your loop out… Count 4 STITCHES…repeat section between ** – **…, dc2tog 4 times, sc around to the beginning ch 1, sl st in top of beginning sc.

Rnd 4: ch 1, sc in the next 5 sts. Pull your loop out… Count 4 STITCHES…repeat section between ** – ** in rnd 2 of toe top, sc2tog 4 times, sc around to the beginning ch 1, sl st in top of beginning sc.

Rnd 5: ch 1, sc in the next 2 sts. Pull your loop out… Count 6 STITCHES…repeat section between ** – ** in rnd 2 of toe top, sc2tog 6 times, sc around to the beginning ch 1, sl st in top of beginning sc... Finish off and weave in your ends.

These basic shoes are perfect to use as a blank canvas to unleash your imagination!

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34 thoughts on “Basic Baby Shoes

  1. Ann Phelps February 5, 2013 at 8:16 pm Reply

    What a great idea this is. I have just returned to crocheting (after years of not doing that) & had to sharpen my skills. I love your beautiful manner of showing how to crochet these baby shoes. I just found the Baby Boots Booties pattern (on the net) &worked out that pattern for a friends baby girl. (Boot in pink & white.) I’d crocheted boots from that same pattern, 50+ years ago for a little baby boy who is nearly a Sr. Citizen now. My pattern was long gone, but I found the same pattern on the net. Now to crochet boots & shoes for the newest little ones. What fun.


  2. paulygirl January 17, 2013 at 10:11 am Reply

    Ok, I just watched your video (duh me!) and you explain my problem perfectly! Now I shall try again. :)


  3. paulygirl January 17, 2013 at 9:58 am Reply

    Thank you so much for this brilliant idea! My only problem with crocheting booties or shoes is that they don’t stay flat. One side always twists into the other like they are off kilter. Do you have any suggestions? Is it because I crochet too tightly? Again, thanks so much! You’re a peach!


  4. Narinder December 6, 2012 at 8:21 am Reply



  5. Linda Burns November 29, 2012 at 12:42 am Reply

    I just wanted to thank you for this amazing tutorial. I think you are brilliant!


  6. mjgc70xxx November 24, 2012 at 8:29 am Reply

    Reblogged this on Maria Jesusa Gutierrez-Clair Blog.


  7. Marian Denk November 9, 2012 at 11:17 am Reply

    So sweet! I normally knit baby clothes for NICUs, but will have to brush up on my crochet skills so I can make these. Thanks for sharing!


  8. Jen November 7, 2012 at 9:02 am Reply

    I want to make these for my toddler that wears a size 5/6. Do you have any advise on how to make bigger sizes? These are just to cute and she would love them being the little diva she is!


    • Marissa November 7, 2012 at 9:10 am Reply

      Changing your hook size or yarn would get you a larger shoe :) I would measure her foot and then start increasing the hook until you get something that will work.


  9. Jackie November 5, 2012 at 5:07 pm Reply

    Too cute! Great tutorial for crocheters.


  10. Carol September 23, 2012 at 5:18 pm Reply

    I can’t work out how to do the strap it there a video for this x:*)


  11. cheryl September 19, 2012 at 12:04 pm Reply

    So creative, don’t like it LOVE it!


  12. meenal kastuar September 3, 2012 at 10:03 am Reply

    A video tutorial for the upper part of he bootie would be highly apperciated


  13. Miranda July 4, 2012 at 12:21 am Reply

    This is a really great tutorial! Thanks for posting, my shoes turned out great!


    • Marissa July 4, 2012 at 8:45 am Reply

      You’re welcome! Stop by hodgepodge on fb and show them off!


  14. tempraven May 12, 2012 at 9:52 pm Reply

    what do the toes of the shoe look like, i can’t really tell.


  15. Angie Davis-Palmer April 3, 2012 at 7:03 pm Reply

    Never mind …. I found it. BTW…. Great tutorial!


  16. Angie Davis-Palmer April 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm Reply

    Do you have the Hello Kitty pattern posted?


  17. Alli April 1, 2012 at 1:24 pm Reply

    What shoe size does this pattern make?


    • Marissa April 1, 2012 at 1:46 pm Reply

      These will fit infants. Depending on how tightly you crochet, they should fit a 0-6 month range.


  18. emilym March 31, 2012 at 7:00 pm Reply

    I have been doing the brown and tan boot with the loops. the video stops after the sole. What is the rest of the pattern. I just love this little bootie.


  19. sandra March 28, 2012 at 11:45 am Reply

    I am soooo happy to stumble upon this!!!!!!!! thank you!!!!!!


  20. Joy M March 27, 2012 at 9:17 pm Reply

    Thank you for sharing this! Youre brilliant! :)


  21. Cj March 26, 2012 at 6:47 pm Reply

    How cute => I especially love the bunny version.


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  24. M Evelyn Denton February 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm Reply

    Tanya , you are the best teacher and so patient / your kiddos are lucky to have you for a mom.


  25. Sabrina Gill January 29, 2012 at 12:38 pm Reply

    Thank you!! I appreciate your help and patterns. These are pretty easy to make. I will post pic on facebook when I get them finished.


  26. Sabrina Gill January 29, 2012 at 1:05 am Reply

    How do you get the back higher? (the heel)


    • Marissa January 29, 2012 at 9:41 am Reply

      If you wanted to get the back of the shoe higher you could crochet another three rounds along with the strap.

      Attach your yarn in the same place as where you want your strap to go (approximately 5 or 6 stitches back from the center of the toe top).
      Chain 1, sc around the heel until you get to the same stitch on the opposite side of the shoe.
      Chain an appropriate amount to make a strap. (Remember, you will crochet on a loop for the button later.)
      Sc in the second chain from the hook and all the way back around the heel to the opposite side of the shoe. Stop when you get to the place where you joined. Ch 1 and turn.
      Sc all the way back across the heel and up your strap. When you come to the end of the strap, chain enough to make the button loop and then slip stitch and finish off.
      Weave in your ends and there you have it–a shoe with a higher back!


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