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Are you looking for a baby bootie knitting pattern?
I tend to use the same basic pattern for any booties I make, varying the knitting stitch patterns that I use for the base, top or instep of the bootees. No two pairs are ever the same, as I am not a big fan of doing the same pattern twice!
This pattern will create booties suitable for most babies between 6 - 12 months providing you knit with the standard tension for 4 ply wool. but it can be used to make a variety of different sizes, simply by adjusting your needle size.
If you want a smaller size use 3.00 mm or 2.75 mm needles instead of 3.25 mm.
Basic Baby Bootie Knitting Pattern
This is my favorite baby bootie pattern. It is a basic pattern which is knitted from the sole of the bootie to the top, so it has minimal shaping.
Basic Pattern for Baby Booties | © Deborah Mason & Knitting Naturally
Using 3.25mm needles and 4 ply yarn cast on 35 sts.
1st row: K1, knit into the front and the back of the next st, k14, knit into the front and the back of the next st, k1, knit into the front and the back of the next st, k14, knit into the front and the back of the next st, k1.
2nd row: Knit all sts.
3rd row: K1, knit into the front and the back of the next st, k16, knit into the front and the back of the next st, k1, knit into the front and the back of the next st, k16, knit into the front and the back of the next st, k1.
4th row: Knit all sts.
Continue increasing in this manner until there are 24 sts between increases (59 sts).
Knit 10 rows in stocking stitch
Next row: K33, k2 tog, turn.
Next row: Sl 1, K9, k2 tog, turn.
Repeat last row until there are 14 stitches on either side of instep.
Next row: Sl 1, Knit to end (39 sts).
Next row: K1, *y fwd, k2 tog, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.
Next row: Purl to end.
Knit 10 rows in stocking stitch
Knit 4 rows in garter stitch
Cast off loosely.
Make second bootie to match.
Modifying the Basic Pattern
If you would like to modify this baby bootie knitting pattern to create your own design or perhaps to match a cardigan or a matinee jacket that you are making, you have a number of options.
Your first option is to incorporate a different knitting stitch pattern into your bootie in the two stocking stitch sections, and across the nine stitches of the instep.
Your knitting stitch pattern could be a textured pattern, like a moss stitch or you could use a simple lace pattern. You need to choose a knitting stitch pattern that has a small number of stitches and one that is less than 10 rows long.
Or you can alter the actual pattern to create a different effect, for example a Roll Top can be made by substituting the last 10 rows of stocking stitch with 4 rows of K1, P1 rib and 4 rows of garter stitch.
A Slipper Top is slightly more difficult than a roll top, but can be done.
Would You Like a Printable Copy of this Pattern?
Just in case you would like to print out a copy of this Baby Bootie knitting pattern, I have created a pdf version of it that you can download.
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Other Baby Bootie (or Boot) Knitting Patterns by Knitting Naturally
I have a couple of baby bonnet knitting patterns (and hats) that I have designed for sale in my ETSY store.