These free instructions are for classic old fashioned crochet baby booties.
Tiy can make them a little fancier by using ribbon instead of a twisted cord tie. Youi could also add a fancy edging at the ankle such as a pretty shell edging.
Traditional colours to use would be white, pale blue or pale pink. Possibly pale yellow or cream would also be acceptable as classic colours. Or for a more modern look, these days bright colours such as the yellow in the photograph can look really cute too.
for crochet baby booties
ch = chain
tch = turning chain
dc = double crochet (UK treble)
st = stitch
sts = stitches
dc 2tog = double crochet 2 together (UK treble 2 together)
You will need double knitting yarn (UK weight) For a new baby, use a 3.5mm hook For an older baby use a 3.75mm hook For a toddler, use a 4mm hook
THE PATTERN (Starting at top of ankle cuff)
Make 26ch Work 1 dc into 4th ch from hook Waork 1 dc into each remaining ch to end (24 stitches including tch at beginning) 3ch, turn
Next row: Miss first stitch (because the 3ch (tch) counts as the first stitch)
Work 1dc into each stitch to end. work 1dc into tch. 3ch, turn.
Work between 1-3 more rows, depending how deep you want the ankle cuff to be. The bootie in the photo has a total of 3 rows.
Omit the tch at the end of the final row.
fasten off. Turn
After fastening off and turning, miss 8 sts. join in yarn at 9th st Make 3 ch for first st. Work 1dc into each of next 7 sts
(ie you are working over centre 8 sts)
Work 3 more rows of dc
fasten off, turn.
SIDES OF BOOTIE
Join yarn into first of 8 missed sts. make 3ch for first stitch.
Work 1dc into each of next 7 sts, 8dc up side of toe piece, 8 dc across top of toe piece, 8 dc doen other side and finally 8 dc across remaining sts at base of ankle cuff. (40 sts including 3ch at beginning of row) 3ch, turn.
Work 1 more row, 3ch, turn
DECREASE FOR SOLE
Miss first st (because the 3ch counts as the first st)
Work dc 2tog, 11 dc, dc 2tog twice, 4 dc, dc 2tog twice, 11 dc, dc 2tog, then 1dc into tch.
Final row: Miss 1 st, dc 2tog, 10 dc, dc 2tog 4times, 10 dc, dc 2 tog, 1 dc into tch. Fasten off.
If you like you can add a fancy edging to the top of the ankle cuff.
Using a large blunt needle, sew back of cuff and sole together.
Thread a ribbon, or twisted cord through the base of the ankle cuff and tie in a bow.
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