Fashion Crafts: How To Crochet Baby Booties

One of the many do-it-yourself craft techniques that provide the most admiration and compliments is the skill of crocheting. Learn how to make your own baby booties, along with matching accessories and numerous other newborn clothes.

Use your crocheting skills for an interesting, relaxing, and self-rewarding experience. With a few helpful pointers you can make your own precious infant apparel, including the most adorable baby booties. Newborns coming into the world for the first time will receive the most royal welcoming from family and friends as they are presented in soft, cuddly wrappings that you made yourself.

The following instructions will help you produce a precious style of baby booties suitable for both boys and girls. The size selected is for a three-month old infant. Exact gauge is necessary to obtain the size desired, so it is advisable that you first make a sample swatch about four inches square using the stitch, yarn, and hook specified in the instructions. Measure the swatch, counting the stitches and rows. If the swatch is different in size from what is instructed, keep making another swatch, changing the hook size, until you get the correct gauge.

For this particular style, you will need one ball or skein of Sport Weight Yarn, a crochet hook size 1 (5.50 mm) or the size needed for your gauge yarn needle, one yard of one-fourth inch wide ribbon, and a sewing needle and thread. The gauge is (single crochet, chain two, half-double crochet) five times and nine rows equals three inches.

Begin with the bootie's sole and sides. Crochet ten chains loosely. For the first round, on the right side do two half double crochets in the third chain from the hook, and half double crochet in the next six chains. Do five double crochets in the last chain (working in free loops of the beginning chain). Do half double crochet in the next six chains and two half double crochets in the next chain. Now join with a slip stitch to the top of the beginning chain. Then do twenty-two stitches.

For the second round, do three chains and two double crochets in each of the next two half double crochets. Double crochet in the next six half double crochets and two double crochet in the next five half double crochets. Double crochet in the next half double crochet and do two double crochets in each of the last two half double crochets. Double crochet in the same stitch as the first double crochet and join with a slip stitch to the first double crochet. Now do thirty-two double crochets.

For round three, do one chain. Single crochet in Back Loop Only of the same stitch and each double crochet around. Now join with slip stitch to both loops of first single crochet.



To do round four, do one chain, turn, working in both loops (single crochet, chain two, half double crochet) in same stitch. Skip the next single crochet. *(Single crochet, do 2 chains, and half double crochet) in the next single crochet and skip the next single crochet. Repeat from * around. Now join with a slip stitch to the first single crochet. Now do sixteen single crochets and sixteen chains and two spaces.

Finally, for round five do one chain and turn. Working behind chain with two spaces do two single crochet in the same stitch and in each single crochet around. Now join with a slip stitch to the first single crochet and finish off. You should have thirty-two single crochets.

Now you can begin the instep. For row one, with wrong side facing, skip joining and next six single crochet. Join yarn with single crochet in next single crochet, chain two and half double crochet in the same stitch. *Skip the next single crocket (single crochet, chain two, half double crochet) in the next single crochet. Repeat from the * six times more. Skip the next single crochet, single crochet in the next single crochet and leave the remaining eight single crochets un-worked. Do nine single crochets and eight chains-two spaces.

For the second row, do one chain and turn. Working behind chain do chain and two spaces. Do two single crochets in the first single crochet and in the next single crochet. Do single crochet in the next five single crochets and two single crochets in each of the last two single crochets. Finish off and leave a long end for sewing. Do thirteen single crochets. At this point, fold row two in half. Working through both loops of each stitch on the thickness of the two, sew the seam.

Finally you are ready for the last part of this particular bootie, the cuff. Beginning with round one, with right side facing, join your yarn with a slip stitch in the same stitch as the joining on round five of the sides. Do three chains, double crochet in the next single crochet in the same stitch as the last single crochet on row one of the instep. Working in the end of the rows, double crochet in the next two rows. Then double crochet in the seam and in the next two rows. Double crochet in the same stitch as in the instep joining and in each single crochet around. Now join with a slip stitch to the first double crochet. You should have twenty-two double crochets.

Begin round two with one chain and turn. (Single crochet chain two, half double crochet) in the same stitch. Skip the next double crochet, *single crochet, do two chains, and half double crochet) in the next double crochet. Skip the next double crochet and repeat from the * round. Now join with a slip stitch to the first single crochet: eleven single crochets and eleven chains with two spaces.

In round three, chain one and turn, working behind chain-two spaces. Do two single crochets in the same stitch and in each single crochet around. Now join with slip stitch to the first single crochet. This should be twenty-two single crochets.

For round four, do one chain and turn (single crochet, chain two, half double crochet) in the same stitch. Skip the next single crochet, *single crochet, chain two, and half double crochet) in the next single crochet. Skip the next single crochet and repeat from the * around. Join with a slip stitch to the first single crochet. You should have eleven single crochet and eleven chains and two spaces.

Round five is the last. Turn and slip stitch in the next half double crochet and in the next chain and space two. Chain three (Slip stitch in the next chain, two spaces, and chain three) around. Join with a slip stitch to another slip stitch at the base of the beginning of the chain three times. Finish off.

Weave an eighteen-inch piece of ribbon through round one on each bootie, beginning and ending at the center front of the cuff. Do it over and under two double crochets. Finally, tie the ends in a bow, and you can admire your completed work.

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