Who doesn’t love a pair of baby booties? Even if you don’t have a child, or your children are grown, the sight of these little shoes awaiting a couple of baby’s feet warms the cockles of the heart. If you have the chance of presenting a new parent with a gift, you might want to look at the pattern we found, a simple knitted pair of booties with a delightful pompom adorning each foot. You can coordinate the color of the booties to the theme of the baby’s nursery, a special photoshoot, or their “take home from the hospital” outfit, or even make a few sizes that they can grow into later.
This versatile pattern is excellent for any knitter, and only requires knowledge of the garter stitch and the ability to follow a knitting pattern (there are some decreases, along with a few spaces between sections) . The booties are knitted flat and then sewn together at the end. The pompoms can be left off if desired, or you can substitute ribbon, lace, or applique. To make a pair of these booties, which are sized for newborn to three months, you’ll need to gather the following materials:
- Yarn (it needs to be soft, and easily washable, as well as medium thickness)
- A pair of knitting needles, size 2.5 or 3.0 (you may want to use double pointed needles here, but they aren’t absolutely necessary)
- A pair of scissors
- A tapestry needle for sewing up the booties and weaving in the ends
There are plenty of inspiration photos along with the written pattern, so if you’re feeling stuck, take a look and see what you can add to spruce up your own pair of booties. If you use larger needles and yarn, you can also make larger booties for six to nine months or even nine to twelve months. Just be sure you use yarn that isn’t scratchy – you don’t want the recipient to boohoo over uncomfortable booties!
If you’d like to take this pattern out for a whirl, you can find the instructions here.