Baby Booties: Starting Small

Is it bootees or booties?  I’ve seen it written as both in publications.  It’s your choice.  However you spell baby bootees they are a great way to start knitting.  Here’s a pattern adapted from an Australian Women’s Weekly.



To fit age: 0 (3, 6) months. Foot size: 7(8, 9.5) cm

3 ply baby wool: 1 ball (25g)
1 pair 3.25 mm (#10) knitting needles
1 3mm (#10-11) crochet hook

Bootees, or booties
Begin at sole.  Using knitting needles cast on 27 (35, 45) sts.
1st and alternate rows (wrong side) knit.
2nd row: * Inc in next stitch, K11 (15, 20), inc in next st, repeat from * once
4th row: * inc in next st, K 13 (17, 22), inc in next st, Repeat from *
6th row: *Inc in next st, K15 (19, 24), inc in next st, repeat from *
8th row: *Inc in next st, K17 (21, 26), inc in next st, repeat from *
10th row: *Inc in next st, K19 (23, 28), inc in next st, repeat from *
11th row: K 47 (55, 56)

Next: Knit 3 (5, 7)rows  garter stitch (all knit rows)
Next row Knit
Next row K1, purl to last st, K1
Repeat last two rows once more.
Knit 2 rows garter st.

1st row K28 (32, 37), sl 1 knit wise, K1 psso, turn
2nd row: P10, p2tog, turn
3rd row: K3, sl 1, K1, psso, yfwd, K1 yfwd, K 2 tog, K2 sl 1, psso, turn
Rep 2nd and 3rd rows 6 (7, 9) times, then P10, p2tog, turn
Next row: Knit to end 31 (37, 43) sts

Continue as follows:
1st row: K1, purl to last st, K1
2nd row: *K1, yfwd, K2tog, repeat from * to last stitch, K1
3rd row: As 1st row but dec (inc, dec) once in the centre…30 (38, 42) sts
4th row: K2, *P2, K2, repeat from * to end
5th row: K1, *P1, K2, P1, repeat from *to last st, K1
Repeat 4th and 5th rows once.
Knit 8 rows garter stitch.
Cast off loosely.

Using crochet hook make 4ch. Miss 3 ch, 9tr in last ch, join with a sl st in top of 3 ch, make a ch a further 35cm long, miss 3 of these ch, 9tr in next ch, join with a sl st in top of 3ch. Fasten off.  Alternatively use a ribbon for the tie.

Use a flat seam to join leg and foot seams.  Thread toes through holes at ankles. Fold cuffs to right side. 

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