Crochet baby booties are a popular and practical gift for newborns and infants. They keep tiny toes warm and cozy, and are easy to make for even a beginner crocheter. In this blog post, we’ll go over the steps for making a simple pair of crochet baby booties adaptable from newborn up-to 12 months using a simple technique of just changing your hook size.
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.
materials and tools
- 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.
- You can find the video instructions below the pattern
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crochet terms and abbreviations
- Chain (ch)
- 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)
Unsure of the differences between UK and US terms? Need a refresher on how to do your stitches? In my ‘How to crochet: A handy reference guide’ EBook I help you with all of these terms and you can always have them to hand! You will also get exclusive access to free video instructions.
crochet baby booties 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 in the same stitch, 2htr in the same stitch, htr into last 6 stitches, 2htr in the same stitch, htr, then 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!
If you love crocheting baby projects, check out these projects, these patterns are all beginner friendly with accompanying video tutorials.
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ChrissyFebruary 8, 2020 at 6:22 pm
I love this pattern for booties, it’s so simple to follow for a beginner, and the possibilities of colours and embellishments is huge. Thank you so much for sharing your patterns
BellaCocoTeamFebruary 10, 2020 at 3:25 pm
You are very welcome 🙂