Baby Shoes Knitting Pattern (Mary Jane Style)


In this post, you will see a baby shoes knitting pattern.

Just in for spring are these cute Mary Jane-style strap slippers that you can make yourself.

The only thing cuter than little baby feet is the adorable knit booties and slippers that keep them warm.

You’ll fall in love with this pattern and make up a pair of flower-trimmed knitted slippers in no time!

Mary Jane style knitted shoes for baby girl

An Easy Level Knitting Pattern

This is an easy pattern for those of you who are advanced beginner level, and the techniques you will need to know are casting on, casting off, and knit and purl stitches.

It will also introduce you to shaping, through simple increases and decreases.

*Please scroll down to see the free pattern*

Get the latest in your inbox!

Weekly news, free patterns, tutorials, and more.

Baby girl slippers knitting pattern

The Yarn I Used To Knit The Baby Slippers

I used one Rowan 4-ply cotton 50g skein of yarn for the slippers, but any 4-ply baby cotton will knit up well.

I used scraps of cream to make the flowers on the toe.

The decoration on the toe is optional, you can add knitted flowers or some other decoration of your choice.

baby shoes girl
baby shoes for girls
shoes for baby girl

Baby Shoes Knitting Pattern

Purchase the inexpensive ad-free, PDF printable pattern in my shop here.


The slippers knit up quickly and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

Copyright Info

  • Please do not copy, sell, redistribute or republish this pattern. 
  • If you wish to share this pattern, link to the pattern page only.
  • You may sell items produced using this pattern.
  • Do NOT use the copyrighted photos for your product listing.
  • For the copyright T&C’s please read my Terms of Use.

Skill Level – Easy

Size – 3-6 months (4 inches/10cm)

Gauge –

28 sts and 36 rows = 4 inches
(10cm) square over stocking stitch using 3 mm (US 2.5) knitting needles.

The Supplies You Need



  • 1 pair of 3 mm (US 2.5) knitting needles


Other Materials

  • 2 small buttons
shoes for baby girl

Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations And Terms (US And UK) List

  • K – Knit
  • P – Purl
  • inc – increase by knitting into the front and back of the next stitch (KFB)
  • dec – decrease by knitting the next 2 stitches together
  • p2tog – purl the next 2 stitches together
  • yo – yarn around the needle
  • sts – stitches
  • st, st – stockinette (Stocking) Stitch = Row 1: knit/Row 2: purl
  • WS – wrong side


Right Shoe Sole

*Worked in garter stitch

  • With the 3mm (US 2.5) needles cast on 24 sts and knit 1 row.
  • Inc each end of rows 2, 4, 6, and 8. (32sts)
  • Work 3 rows.
  • Dec each end of rows 12, 14, 16, and 18. (24sts)
  • Row 19: K to end, cast on 8sts.


*Worked in stockinette stitch

  • Row 1: knit.
  • Row 2: inc, purl to end.
  • Rows 3 – 8: as rows 1 – 2 three times.
  • Row 9: knit.
  • Row 10: inc, purl row.
  • Row 11: knit.
  • Row 12: inc, purl row.
  • Row 13: bind (cast off) 12 stitches, K 3, bind (cast off) 4 stitches, K to end of row.
  • Row 14: purl 19, leave 3 sts on a safety pin.
  • Row 15: knit.
  • Rows 16 – 25: as rows 14 – 15 five times.
  • Row 26: purl row – cast on 19 stitches.
  • Row 27: knit.
  • Row 28: p2tog, purl to end of the row.
  • Row 29: knit.
  • Row 30: p2tog, purl to end.
  • Rows 31 – 38: work in stockinette (stocking) stitch, dec beg of each purl row.
  • Row 39: bind (cast) off.


*Worked in garter stitch

  • Place 3 sts from the safety pin onto your needle.
  • Row 1: inc, inc, k1.
  • Rows 2 – 15: knit.
  • Row 16: k2, bind (cast) off 1, k2.
  • Row 17: k2, yo, k2.
  • Rows 18 – 20: knit.
  • Row 21: bind (cast) off.

Left Shoe > Sole

As for the right shoe.


  • You will now work the left shoe upper following the instructions for the right shoe upper but reversing the stitch pattern.
  • This means that for every knit row you will now purl the row and the purl rows will become knit rows.
  • For example:
  • Reverse stockinette (stocking) stitch e.g Row 1: purl / Row 2: inc, knit to end.
  • Row 10: inc, knit to end of row.


  • Join the heel seam.
  • Carefully fit upper to sole, easing the fullness around the toe area and stitching into position.
  • Weave in any loose ends.
  • Stitch on buttons and flower decoration.

Notes On Making Up The Shoes

Fitting the upper part of the shoe to the sole at the toe is a little difficult, as there is a lot of shaping required to get it to look right.

I pulled mine out a couple of times before I was totally happy with how the finished seams looked.

The flower decorations are stitched onto the toe securely so that they can be safe for the baby.

Notes On Sizing

The shoes are made for a 3-6-month-old baby with a foot measurement of 4 inches/10 cm for the shoe.

If you want to change the size of the pattern, you could try and knit on smaller needles or adjust the number of stitches that you cast on.

The foot size is an approximate guide and for a baby of 0-3 months the foot would be approx 3-3/4 inches/9cm and for 6-9 months – 4-1/2 inches/11.5cm.

The Knitted Flower Pattern


  • 1 pair of 3mm (US 2.5) straight needles
  • Rowan 4 ply cotton – small amount for flowers and for the knitted bobbles
  • Darning needles
  • Scissors


  • Use 3mm (US 2.5) knitting needles and yarn of your color choice.
  • Cast on 50 sts.
  • Row 1: (WS): Knit.
  • Row 2: *K1, cast off next 8 sts (one st on right needle after cast off), rep from * 4 times more.
  • Break yarn and thread through rem 10 sts.
  • Pull up tight and fasten off securely.

Making up the flower

  • Do not press.
  • Lay the small flower on top of the large flower and sew them together in the center.
  • Attach a button to the center of the flowers and sew it into place.
  • As an alternative to a button, you can attach a small knitted bobble or crocheted flower.

Knitted Bobble

Use 3mm (US 2.5) knitting needles and cast on 6 sts.

Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: Knit.
Row 4: Purl.
Row 5: Knit.
Row 6: Purl.

Stitch through your square along all of the edges and pull tight.

This should form your bobble – secure to the middle of the flower.

shoes for baby girl

Share our work with us…

I love seeing your finished projects!

If you enjoyed making the pattern, I’d love to see yours on Instagram, be sure to tag me @handylittleme.

Happy Knitting! xoxo

AFK Button

This pattern has been featured on All Free Knitting.

You can see the article here.

More Patterns You May Be Interested In…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  1. The directions were a bit confusing. Is the sole garter stitch or stockinette? Looking at the pics, it is hard to tell and the directions don’t say except K first row and row 19 K to end.

    1. Hello Barbara,
      The sole is worked in garter stitch and the rest of the shoe is worked in stockinette stitch.
      I hope that helps!

  2. Hi is the upper part of the bootie the same amount of stitches as the sole as it only says for the example Right Sole Shoe cast on 24 sts but under the Upper pattern doesn’t say how many stitches to cast on?

    1. Hello Paula,

      Yes the amount of stitches are the same but you will reverse the pattern for the left shoe for the upper.

      For the right shoe, row 19 requires you to knit to the end and then cast on 8 stitches, then you start the upper.

      I hope that helps,