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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I wanted to share these sweet little baby shoes with heart buttons. I enjoyed using Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton so much with the Basic Baby Booties that I wanted to use it again for this pattern. The colors went really well with these buttons that I picked up for a Valentine’s project.
Baby shoes make such great gifts and don’t take long at all to make. These are made with a double sole (you make two soles for each shoe) and create the body of the shoe after combining the two. This is my favorite baby shoe sole and I use it in several of my patterns.
After making the basic body of these shoes I decided it needed some type of strap but it didn’t look right going straight across the shoe so I crossed it and thought it finished off the shoe nicely. I hope you agree!
**Please scroll down to see the tutorial video after the pattern. Enjoy!!
SWEETHEART BABY SHOES
What You’ll Need
Notions: Yarn needle, stitch markers, buttons (you can order these buttons here)
*Note: I found these buttons at my local Joann but can’t find them on their website. Check your local craft store.
Skill Level: Easy
Size: 0-6 (6-12) months, 3 ½ (4)” sole length
Shown in size 0-6 months.
Gauge: 18 sts and 20 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 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 Video HERE!]
SOLE (make 2 of each color)
Ch 8 (10).
Row 1: 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc 2 (3), hdc 2, dc 1 (2), 7 dc in last ch. Working on opposite side of ch, dc 1 (2), hdc 2, sc 2 (3) – 20 (24) sts.
Row 2: Work 2 sc in each of next 3 sts, sc 6 (8), 2 sc in each of next 5 sts, sc 6 (8) – 28 (32) sts.
Row 3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * two more times, sc 6 (8), repeat from * five times, sc 6 (8) – 36 (40) sts.
Row 4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * two more times, sc to end – 39 (43) 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.
With MC, join yarn at center heel st.
Round 1: Ch 1, sc in each slip st; join to first sc with slip st – 39 (43) sts.
Round 2: Ch 1, sc 11 (13), *sc2, sc2tog; repeat from * three more times, sc 12 (14); join to first sc with slip st – 35 (39) sts.
Round 3: Ch 1, sc, sc2tog, sc 9 (11), *sc, sc2tog; repeat from * three more times, sc 8 (10), sc2tog, sc; join to first sc with slip st – 29 (33) sts.
Round 4: Ch 1, sc 9 (11, 13), hdc2tog blo, (dc3tog blo) twice, hdc2tog blo, sc 10 (12, 14) – 23 (27, 31) sts.
Make an invisible join. Weave in ends.
STRAPS (See video for help!)
Make straps on opposite sides of shoe so the buttons are on the outside of each foot.
With CC, join yarn in CC sole even with top of round 4.
Join with sl st in 6th ch back from original join. (See photo above).
Make an invisible join the same way you do for slip stitches, then weave in ends.
Sew buttons opposite straps. Weave in ends.