I couldn’t resist designing another sweet pair of baby shoes but wanted something a little different so I decided to make my first pair of boots! Since these are spring colors and it is the middle of March, I decided to create some spring baby boots. These kind of remind me of rain boots and I thought they would be perfect for spring and all the April showers coming up. Of course, they aren’t waterproof but babies this age aren’t walking in the rain anyways! 🙂
Baby things are timeless, can be handed down as heirlooms, require very little materials, and are quick projects. They are also universally well-received by new moms. I love giving a pair of baby booties as a baby shower gifts – everyone always thinks they are so cute! I used to make them from others’ patterns but now I just love to design my own. Even if we decide not to have another baby (with three little boys already that is a real possibility!) I will still keep making baby things. There are always teachers at my school or other friends who are still having little ones to make them for.
Spring Baby Boots
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Red Heart Baby Hugs Light (100% acrylic 318 yards [290 meters]/127 grams): Dolphin (MC 1 ball), Pinkie (CC, 1 ball)
Hook: US size F (3.75mm)
Notions: Yarn needle, stitch markers
Skill Level: Easy
Size: 0-6 (6-12) months, 3 ½ (4)” sole length
Shown in size 0-6 months.
Gauge: 20 sts and 22 rows = 4” [10 cm] in sc
Notes: Rounds are not joined unless noted. Place stitch marker in first st of each round to keep track. If only one number is given that number applies to both sizes.
Special Techniques Used:
To work an invisible join when joining sc: Cut yarn and pull through center of last st made. (Do NOT fasten off the regular way). Insert hook from right to left in 2nd st to left and pull yarn through. Insert hook from right to left in the middle of the last st made (the one you pulled the yarn through initially) and pull yarn down through the middle of this stitch. [See the video HERE!]
To work an invisible join when joining slip sts: Cut yarn and pull through center of last st made. (Do NOT fasten off the regular way). Insert hook from right to left under both loops of next slip st to the left and pull yarn through. Insert hook from right to left in the center of the last slip st and pull yarn down through center of last slip st. [See the video HERE!]
SOLE (make 2 of each color)
Ch 10 (12).
Row 1: 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc 3 (4), hdc 2, dc 2 (3), 7 dc in last ch. Working on opposite side of ch, dc 2 (3), hdc 2, sc 3 (4) – 24 (28) sts.
Row 2: Work 2 sc in each of next 3 sts, sc 8,(10) 2 sc in each of next 5 sts, sc 8 (10) – 32 (36) sts.
Row 3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * two more times, sc 8 (10), repeat from * five times, sc 8 (10) – 40 (44) sts.
Row 4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * two more times, sc to end – 43 (47) sts.
Make an invisible join. Weave in ends.
Holding 2 soles together (one of each color) with RS facing out and CC on top, join MC in any stitch, going through both soles. Sl st around edge to join soles. Make invisible join. Weave in ends.
*New video showing sole construction from start to finish!
With MC, join yarn at center heel st.
Round 1: Ch 1, sc in each slip st; join to first sc with slip st – 43 (47) sts.
Round 2: Ch 1, sc 13 (15), *sc2, sc2tog; repeat from * three more times, sc 14 (16); join to first sc with slip st – 39 (43) sts.
Round 3: Ch 1, sc, sc2tog, sc 11 (13), *sc, sc2tog; repeat from * three more times, sc 10 (12), sc2tog, sc; join to first sc with slip st – 33 (37) sts.
Round 4: Ch 1, sc 11 (13), hdc2tog blo, (dc3tog blo) three times, hdc2tog blo, sc 12 (14) – 27 (31) sts.
Round 5: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc 11 (13), dc2tog twice, dc 12 (13) – 25 (29) sts.
Rounds 6-8: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in each st around.
Round 9: Ch 3, *fpdc, bpdc; repeat from * to last st, fpdc.
Round 10: Join CC, ch 1, sc evenly around.
Make invisible join for sc (see notes above).
Weave in ends. Thread a strand of CC through center of boot as shown in photos and tie in front. This will also help if the boots are a little loose (some babies have chunkier legs and feet than others!) as you can tie it a little tighter. I also thought it looked cuter. 🙂
What do you think? What are your favorite items to make for baby? Leave a comment below!