How to Crochet Booties for Beginners
The announcement of a new baby's impending arrival often sends crowds of crafters to their hooks and needles, making gifts for the new little person. Beginning crocheters don't have to be left out of the fun. Instead of worrying about crocheting in the round and shaping pattern pieces, make tiny booties that are worked flat. One small sewing trick turns a straight swatch of double-crochet stitches into a soft baby bootie ready for the new arrival.
Things You'll Need
- 2 ounces baby yarn or acrylic sport-weight yarn
- Size K crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
Make a slip knot in the end of the yarn, insert hook, and chain 17. Double crochet in the second chain from the hook and in every chain after that. You will have made 16 double-crochet stitches.
Chain two and turn. Double crochet in the base of the turning chain, making it look as if there are two stitches coming out of the first double-crochet stitch. Double crochet in every stitch after this. You should have a row with 17 stitches.
Turn your work without making a turning chain as you normally would. Slip stitch in the first three stitches. Chain two. Double crochet in the next 11 stitches. Do not work the last three stitches. You now have a row with 11 stitches.
Chain two and turn. Double crochet in the base of the turning chain. Double crochet in each stitch until the end of the row. You now have 12 stitches. Tie off the yarn and clip it, leaving a tail of about 12 inches. This last row that you have crocheted is the top of the cuff.
Lay the piece on a table with the last row at the top of the piece. Fold the right half over onto the left half. Use the tapestry needle and the long tail of yarn to sew together the front of the bootie, which is on the left side of the work. You sew from the top of the cuff, down the cuff and around and down the front of the toe. Continue on across the bottom until you reach the heel of the bootie. Tie this end securely and clip any remaining tail.
Repeat Steps 1 through 5 for a second bootie.
- Make this pair of booties in variegated yarn for a different look.
- Select a yarn that is soft against a baby's delicate skin and washable.
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