Being baby bootie challenged I was getting frustrated that I couldn’t find a bootie pattern that worked for me.  Either I couldn’t interpret the pattern, or I didn’t like how the bootie turned out.  I wanted something soft, with a weave that didn’t have too many holes.  I also wanted a nice cuff so it didn’t need ties.  So, I designed my own bootie and I’m sharing the pattern.  Hopefully I wrote the instructions down in a way that can be easily understood and won’t cause frustration.  After I made the booties, I wanted a hat to match so I designed this simple hat to go with them.  Have fun!  These instructions in PDF form.

BOOTIE

Stitches used:

magic ring

slip stitch

Chain (1 or 2) -ch

single crochet – sc

half double crochet – hdc

double crochet -dc

front post hdc & back post hdc

crocheting in front loop only (FLO) or back loop only (BLO)

*Do not join rounds unless noted.  Work in a continuous spiral.  Use a stitch marker to mark your beginning stitch.

*Supplies used: 

G/6-4.25 mm crochet hook

Small amount of Bernat Baby Coordinates yarn (I used Sweet Pink)

Stitch markers

Yarn needle

Toe Area:

1.  Make 6 sc into a magic ring.

2.  Work 2 sc in first stitch, sc in next stitch.  Continue this pattern around ending with 9 stitches total.

3.  Work 2 sc in first stitch, sc in each of next 2 stitches.  Continue this pattern around ending with 12 stitches.

4.  Work 2 sc in first stitch, sc in each of next 3 stitches.  Continue this pattern around, ending with 15 stitches.

5.  Work 2 sc in first stitch, sc in each of next 4 stitches.  Continue this pattern around, ending with 18 stitches.  (If you want a bootie to fit an older baby, then you would add one or more increase rows here following the same pattern of increase.  So, the next increase row would be 2 sc first stitch, sc next 5 stitches etc.  This would give more width to the bootie for a bigger baby)

6-13. Sc in each stitch around.  (This works out to 8 rows)  (If you want to make the bootie longer add extra rows here to increas toe area.)

Heel Area:

14.  Chain 1, turn.  Sc in each stitch around, leaving 3 stitches unworked.

15-19.  Ch 1, turn.  Sc in each stitch around.  (This works out to 5 rows)  (Again to increase the size add an extra row or two for an older baby.)

Cuff:-Double Ruffle Option:

Working in top edge of heel area now to make a cuff:

20.  Ch 1.  Sc around entire top area, including 3 stitches left unworked, joining two sides to make circle.

21.  IN BACK LOOP ONLY of each stitch:  Ch 2.  Hdc in joining stitch and in each stitch around.  Join.

22.  Ch 2.  Front-post hdc first stitch, Back-post hdc next stitch around.  Join.

23.  Ch 2.  Front-post hdc first stich, Back-post hdc next stitch around.  Join and fasten off.

24.  Join yarn in Front loop on back of bootie with slip stitch.  Sc in each stitch around.  Join.

25.  IN BACK LOOPS ONLY:  sc, ch 2, sc in first stitch;  sc in next stitch.  Continue this pattern around.  Join.

26.  IN FRONT LOOPS ONLY:  ch1. sc in first stitch, hdc, dc, hdc in next stitch.  Continue this pattern around.  Join and fasten off leaving a long tail to sew up back of heel. 

27.  Sew up back of heel, weave in ends and cut any loose yarn tails. 

You are finished!  Make the second bootie 🙂

Cuff-Single Ruffle Option:

Working in top edge of heel area now to make a cuff:

20. Ch 1.  Sc around entire top area, including 3 stitches left unworked, joining two sides to make circle.

21.  IN FRONT LOOPS ONLY:  Ch1.  sc, ch2, sc in first stich; sc in next stitch.  Continue this pattern around.  Join.

22.  IN BACK LOOPS ONLY:  Ch 2., hdc around.  Join with a slip stitch.

23.  Ch 2.  Front-post hdc first stitch, Back-post hdc next stitch around.  Join.

24.  Ch 2.  Front-post hdc first stich, Back-post hdc next stitch around.  Join and fasten off leaving a long tail to sew up heel opening.

25.  Sew up heel opening.  Now make the second bootie 🙂

To make the booties for a boy, just leave off the ruffle completely.

HAT:

* Join all rounds.

1.  Make 6 sc into a magic loop.  Join with a slip stitch in first sc.

2.  Ch 3.  2 dc in each stitch around.  Join.  (12)

3.  Ch 3.  2 dc in each stitch around.  Join.  (24)

4.  Ch 3.  2 dc in each stitch around.  Join.  (If you need a larger hat for an older baby, continue to increase in this method)  (48)

5-10.  Ch 3.  Dc in each stitch around.  Join.  (This works out to 6 rows.)   (If making this hat larger for an older baby, add extra rows here for length as needed)  (48)

11.  IN FRONT LOOPS ONLY:   Ch 1, sc, ch2, sc in next stitch;  sc in next stitch.  Continue this pattern around.  Join with a slip stitch.

12.  IN BACK LOOPS ONLY:  Ch 1. Sc next stitch;  hdc, dc, hdc in next stitch.  Continue this pattern around.  Join with a slip stitch.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

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