Every baby needs several pairs of adorable booties. Since babies grow so fast, they’ll need a different size shoe almost every other month! The good news? These are so quick to work up that you can make enough booties for the baby in no time.
Worked from toe to heel, this pattern is simple and straightforward, but they’re extremely versatile and easy to customize.
The final size will depend on the yarn and hook you use, so we have three different size guides below. At the end, you will find instructions for making the baby booties with more than one color, as well as some suggestions for cute little appliqués to further customize them.
Basic baby booties
Keep in mind that the booties will have a bit of stretch. The measurements below are for the booties “at rest.”
- 0 – 3 Months: 9 cm length
- 3 – 6 Months: 10 cm length
- 6 – 12 Months: 11 cm length
- 0 – 3 Months: 20 stitches and 23 rows per 4″ (10 cm) square
- 3 – 6 Months: 18 stitches and 20 rows per 4″ (10 cm) square
- 6 – 12 Months: 16 stitches and 18 rows per 4″ (10 cm) square
- 0 – 3 Months: Use a size G/6 (4 mm) hook and DK weight yarn
- 3 – 6 Months: Use a size 7 (4.5 mm) hook and worsted weight yarn
- 6 – 12 Months: Use size H/8 (5 mm) hook and worsted weight yarn
- ch – Chain
- sc – Single crochet
- sc inc – Single crochet increase (make 2 sc’s in the same stitch)
- sl st – Slip stitch
- st/st’s – Stitch/stitches
- () – Stitch counts
Worked in a spiral.
Round 1: Ch 3. Sc inc in the second chain from the hook. Make 4 sc’s in the last chain. Working into the opposite side of the chain, sc inc in the chain that already contains the first sc inc (Photo 1). Place a piece of scrap yarn over your work to mark the first stitch of the next round (Photo 2). If you are more comfortable with stitch markers, mark the first stitch of the next round. (8)
Round 2: Sc inc in the first stitch, sc in each of the next 2 stitches, sc inc in each of the next 2 stitches, sc in each of the next 2 stitches, sc inc in the last stitch (Photo 3). (12)
Round 3: Sc inc in the first stitch , sc in each of the next 4 stitches, sc inc in each of the next 2 stitches, sc in each of the next 4 stitches, sc inc in the last stitch (Photo 4). (16)
Round 4: Sc inc in each of the first 2 stitches, sc in each of the next 6 stitches, sc inc in each of the next 2 stitches, sc in each of the next 6 stitches. (20)
Round 5: Sc in each st. (20)
Rounds 6 – 10: Repeat Round 5 (Photo 5). (20)
Worked in rows.
Row 1: Sc in each of the next 16 stitches. Ch 1 and turn, leaving the remaining 4 stitches unworked (Photos 1 and 2). (16)
Row 2: Sc in each of the next 15 stitches, leaving the remaining st of Row 1 unworked (Photo 3). Ch 1 and turn. After turning, have a look at your work. You should now have 5 unworked stitches in total (Photo 4). (15)
Row 3: Sc in each st. Ch 1 and turn. (15)
Row 4 – 11: Repeat Row 3 (Photos 5 and 6). (15)
Fold the back seam in half with right sides together (Photo 2). Working through the front loop of the piece closest to you and the back loop of the piece farthest away from you (Photo 3), attach the two sides together by making a sl st though both layers in each of the next 7 st’s (Photo 4). Ch 1 and bind off*.
Turn the seam right side out (Photo 5). Closing the seam like this will give you a ridge at the back of the bootie (Photo 6).
*Before binding off, make sure that your baby bootie is long enough. If you need to add or remove a row, undo the seam and adjust as needed before making the seam again.
Round 1: With right sides facing, add your yarn by making a standing single crochet in the first stitch to the left of the seam (to the right if you are left-handed). Sc evenly around the foot opening for a total of 26 stitches. Join to the first st with a sl st. (26)
Bind off and work away your tails of yarn.
These booties are extremely basic, but that does not mean that they have to be boring! You can customize the booties in many ways, like changing colors at certain points or adding appliqué shapes to the finished bootie.
Change color after the 7th sc of Round 6 of the toe.
- Round 6 of the toe: Change color after the 7th sc.
- Row 1 of the body: Change color after the 8th sc.
- Row 5 of the body: Change color after the 8th sc.
- Row 9 of the body: Change color after the 8th sc.
You can also add all kinds of appliqués to these basic booties to jazz them up a bit. Here are a few of my favorites.
Save This Pattern Forever!
Keep this pattern in your collection so you can use it every time there’s a new baby to crochet for! You can download and print it for free.