I love to knit but am not particularly good at following complicated patterns and instead prefer simple, easy to do projects that I don’t have to constantly be on YouTube for to find out how the next bit is done… I also like a really quick end result and knitting something small like baby booties gives just that while still being impressive and a really lovely gift for someone expecting a baby.
Lots of baby bootie paterns are over complicated and require more sewing up than I would ideally choose but this pattern, which I found somewhere I can’t remember and think I have changed slightly over time, is brilliant because you knit one small piece, fold it over and sew it together. Each bootie takes me about 45 minutes to knit (I’m not particularly fast) and then a fiurther few minutes to sew up as it’s simply folded in half and then sewn up around the edge only. I like how the top part of the sock is ribbed which looks very impressive but is actually extremely simple.
Here is my step by step guide for knitting newborn booties which I have done in pink for this post but of course, could be any colour.
You will need one ball of soft yarn and 4mm knitting needles.
You need to know how to cast on, cast off, knit two together, knit stictch (garter) and pearl stitch. If you are unsure on any of those things then a quick google for a YouTube tutorial will help.
1) Cast on 34 stitches leaving a long thread at the end.
2) Knit (garter stitch) 14 rows.
3) Knit two together at the beginning of the next two rows.
Leaves 32 stitches
4) Cast off the first three stitches at the beginning of the next two rows.
Leaves 26 stitches
5) Starting with knit stitch knit two, pearl two for the next 14 rows. The second rown starts with pearl, the third row starts with knit and so on.
6) Cast off leaving a long thread at the end.
7) Fold over so that the two halves match each side.
8) Begin sewing up around the edge using the threads from casting on and off before finishing off by weaving the left over yarn from each point into the bootie.
9) Turn inside out so that the right side is visible.
10) Turn down the top part of the sock and your booties are finished.