A Baby Booties pattern is probably one of my top 5 requested tutorials EVER! So I thought it was time to get one done. One of the reasons that I haven’t done one before was because of the multiple sizes needed to fit different age babies BUT I discovered a very clever way of only needing one pattern.
You may or may not be familiar with the method of simply changing hook size in order to change the size of you bootie. It’s GENIUS I tell you. Now although I would love to give you set in stone instruction for what size hook you will need for what size booties, a certain amount of ‘figuring out’ will fall into your hands. The reason will be due to which yarn you choose to use and your personal tension. To give you a helping hand in figuring this out, here are the estimated measurements of the sole of the booties for the age of the baby.
Newborn – 3inches
up to 3 months – 3.5inches
6- 9 months – 4inches
9-12 months – 4.5inches
To give you a starting point I used Rico Baby Classic DK and a 3.5mm hook which measured 8cm (a little over 3 inches) So let’s assume that a Double knit yarn with a 3.5mm hook will be a good size for a Newborn.
You will need:
Your selected yarn | Rico Baby Classic DK
Scissors | Rose Gold Scissors
Darning needle | Pebble set
This pattern is written in UK terms
The building chain from the beginning of each round DOES NOT class as a stitch.
The first stitch in each round will be done in the base of the building chain.
Slip Stitch (ss)
Double crochet (dc)
Half treble crochet (htr)
Repeat pattern from * to *
Double Crochet two together/ also know as double crochet decrease (dc2tog)
You can find the video instructions below the pattern
Foundation chain: Chain 10
Round 1: dc in 2nd ch from the hook, dc into next 7 chains, 5dc in last chain and turn the work. You will now be working along the opposite side of the chain. 8dc into the chain. ss in first stitch to join.
Round 2: ch2, htr, 2htr in same stitch, htr into next 6 stitches, *2htr in same stitch* twice, htr, htr, 2htr, 2htr, htr into last 6 stitches, ss in first stitch to join.
Round 3: ch1, dc in next 10 stitches, *2dc in same stitch* twice, *2htr in the same stitch* five times, *2dc in same stitch* twice, dc in last 10 stitches, ss in first stitch to join.
Round 4: ch1, dc in the back loop of each stitch all the way around (39 stitches) ss to join
Change colours at this point if desired
Round 5: Repeat round 4
Round 6-7: ch 1, dc into each stitch (both loops this time) all the way around (39 stitches) ss to join
Round 8: ch 1, dc in first 12 stitches, *dc2tog, dc, dc* four times, dc into 11 stitches, ss to join.
Round 9: ch 1, dc in first 14 stitches, *dc2tog, dc* three times, dc into 13 stitches, ss to join.
Round 10: ch 1, dc in first 10 stitches, *dc2tog* six times, dc into 10 stitches, ss to join.
Round 11: ch 1, ss in each stitch (26 stitches) ss to join.
Tie off and sew in ends. Add your personalised embellishments!
What next? Why not make a cute Bobble Stripe Blanket?