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How To Knit Baby Booties {Step By Step}

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In this post, you will see how to knit baby booties with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions.

This is a basic pattern for those of you who are beginner level, and the techniques you will need to know are casting on, casting off, knitting in garter stitch, decreasing through K2tog, and picking up stitches.

These baby booties are knit flat with straight needles and later seamed to finish.

If you are looking for the mustard-colored stocking stitch booties pattern you can find that pattern here.

How to knit baby booties for beginners

A Basic Level Knitting Pattern

If you are learning how to knit, baby knitting patterns are great to start with before you move on to more complicated patterns that include more advanced stitch patterns and techniques. 

This pattern will introduce you to shaping, through simple decreases.

You will also need to know how to pick up stitches, this is so you can complete the top of the foot part of the booties.

*Please scroll down to see the free pattern tutorial*

How to knit baby booties

The Yarn I Used To Knit The Baby Booties

I used Rico Creative Cotton Aran (50g/85m/93yds) for the booties in the color Patina.

It does on occasion split when you knit, like most cotton but you can fix it and make it look neat with a little patience.

This is a medium-weight yarn 04.

You can substitute with most cotton including most DK yarn that is compatible with size 4.5mm (US 7) knitting needles.

easy knit baby booties in garter stitch

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:

This pattern is great for any beginner knitters.

knit baby booties

More Baby Knitting Patterns

You may also be interested in making matching items to make a lovely handmade gift set.

Baby booties step 15

How To Knit Baby Booties

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You can grab three beginner-friendly patterns including the baby booties, hat, and cardigan in a discounted bundle here.

You can also find this pattern in this Ebook here – 10 Baby Knitting Patterns Ebook.

Notes

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

They are knit flat on straight needles and then seamed when complete.

You may want to use more than one color – for example when you knit the top section of the booties you can change color so the top part that turns over is in a contrasting colored yarn.

How to knit baby booties for beginners

Copyright Info

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Skill Level – Basic

Size 

  • This pattern is to fit baby size 0-3 months / 3-6 months / 6-9 months.
  • The first set of numbers applies to the small size, the second set to the medium size, and the third to the large size.

Gauge – 16 sts and 36 rows in 4×4 inches / 10×10 cm in garter stitch.

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The Supplies You Need

Yarn

Needles

Notions

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Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations List

  • Beg = Begin(ning)
  • Cont = Continue(ing)
  • Garter Stitch – Every row knit
  • K = Knit
  • K2tog = Knit the next 2 stitches together
  • Rem = Remaining
  • St(s) = Stitch(es)

Pattern

How To Knit Baby Booties

  1. Cast on

    With 4.5mm (US 7) knitting needles cast on 23 (27/31) sts.Baby booties step by step 1

  2. Work the top half of the bootie

    Work 12 (12/14) rows in garter stitch.Baby booties step by step 2

  3. Start the top of the foot

    Next row – Knit 15 (17/20) sts, turn,Baby booties step by step 3

  4. Turn for the foot

    Next row – Knit 7 (7/9) sts, turn,Baby booties step by step 4

  5. Knit the top of the foot

    On 7 (7/9) sts work 10(12/14) rows in garter stitch. Break the yarn.Baby booties step by step 5

  6. Pick up and knit sts

    With the right side of the work facing you, rejoin the yarn to the inside edge of the 8 (10/11) sts on the right-hand needle.
    Then pick up and knit 5 (7/9) sts along the side of the foot.
    You can see a video tutorial to help you on my YouTube channel here.
    Baby booties step by step 6

  7. Knit across center sts

    Then knit across the 7 (9/9) sts on the left-hand needle that form the central part of the top of the foot.Baby booties step by step 7

  8. Pick up and knit sts along the next side of the foot

    Next, you will pick up and knit 5 (7/9) sts along the side of the foot.
    Then knit across the remaining 8 (10/11)sts on the left-hand needle.
    33 (41/49)stsBaby booties step by step 8

  9. Work the bottom section of the foot

    Work 8 (9/11) rows in garter stitch to complete the bottom section of the foot.Baby booties step by step 9

  10. Shape the sole of the foot

    Now you will shape the sole of the foot as follows:
    – K2 (K2/K4), K2tog, K2tog, K8 (10/14), K2tog, K1, K2tog, K8 (10/14), K2tog, K2tog, K2 (K2/K4). 27 (33/43)sts
    – Knit to the end of the row.
    – K2 (K2/K4), K2tog, K2tog, K5 (7/11), K2tog, K1, K2tog, K5 (7/11), K2tog, K2tog, K2 (K2/K4). 21 (27/37)sts
    – Knit to the end of the row.
    – K2 (K2/K4) K2tog, K2tog, K2 (4/8), K2tog, K1, K2tog, K2 (4/8), K2tog, K2tog, K2 (K2/K4). 15 (21/31)sts
    – Cast off.Baby booties step by step 10.1

  11. Making Up – Seaming the sole of the foot

    Weave in any loose ends before you start seaming – on the inside section of the bootie.
    Then seam the sole of the foot first using the mattress stitch.Baby booties step by step 11.1

  12. Making Up – Seaming the back of the bootie

    Next, continue to seam up the back of the bootie also using the mattress stitch.
    When you get to about 2 rows from the top of the bootie, seam the opposite side, so that you can turn the top of the bootie over and see a neat seam on the outside.
    You can place a couple of stitches here to keep the top of the bootie rolled over.
    Baby booties step 16

  13. Finishing

    To finish the booties, weave in any loose ends.
    If you wish to add a contrasting color tie, you can sew a running stitch through the top section of the bootie, to be able to tie in a bow, so the booties will stay on.
    Baby booties step 15

Share your work with us…

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

If you are on Facebook, stop over to the handylittleme Facebook page and share a photo.

I’d love to see your work! 

Happy Knitting!

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4 Comments

  1. I don’t understand break the yarn and then the directions following. It looks good up to that part then I’m lost please advise. Thank you

    1. Hello Ki,
      This means that you will have to cut the yarn because you can’t continue with the part you are working on, you now need to work on a different section of the piece.
      You will have to re-join the yarn to a different place to continue with the pattern.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

  2. I have a question on step #4 on the booties. I’m doing the newborn size and when I turn my work after step#3 then my working yarn is on the wrong side to work with. Thanks for any help. Eileen

    1. Hello Eileen,
      I think that in step 3 you should be knitting along on the wrong side so that when you turn the work in step 4 you are knitting on the right side.
      If that’s not what’s happening, perhaps count up the rows to see if you knit an extra row somewhere?
      Finish the 12 rows in step 2 on a right side row row, so when you turn in step 3 you are on the wrong side row.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise