Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Materials: Any worsted weight (/10ply/grade 4) yarn; I used Special Aran in Lavender; 4mm hook for 0-6 months; 4.5mm hook for 6-12 months; 5mm hook for 12-18 months (adjust hook size if you need to according to whether you crochet tightly or loosely); Yarn needle for sewing in ends.
(1) Work in rounds, joining each round into beginning on single crochet rows, and to the 2nd chain of beginning 2 on rows.
(2) Beginning Ch2 on rows counts as 1 . When the pattern says to ch2 and then in same , it means to ch2 and then into the *same chain in which you joined the row*. The next will be placed in the stitch directly to the left.
(3) Pattern is written in US terms, a conversion chart is included at the end.
Gauge is not important with these booties, as the drawstring tightens them around the ankles so they don’t slip off. However for reference, the gauge working with a 4mm hook in single crochet = 16 and 20 rows to 4".
Work both booties the same.
Abbreviations: = single crochet; = half double crochet; dc = double crochet; beg = beginning; /s = stitch/stitches; = chain; hdc2tog = half double 2 stitches together; = black loop only; = front post half double crochet; = back post half double crochet; rep = repeat; = slip stitch.
Sizes: 0-6 months (11 x 6 cm approx.); 6-12 months (12.5 x 6.5 cm ); 12-18months (14 x 7 cm ).
Row 1: Chain 10; in 2nd from hook, and next 7; 3 in last chain. Working on other side of the chain, in next 7 ; 2 in last , join to beg sc. (20)
Row 2: 1, 2sc in same as 1, in next 6 , 2 in next 5 , in next 7 , 2 in last , join to beg sc. (27)
Row 3: 2 (Counts as 1 ), in same , 2hdc in next ; in next 9 , 2hdc in next 5 , in next 9 , 2 in last 2 , join to beg ch2. (36)
Row 4: 2, in same , 2 in next ; in next 31sts, 2 in last 2 , to beg ch2. (39)
Row 5: 1, in next and every stitch around in , to beg sc. (39).
Row 6: 1, in same , in next 12, sc2tog 7 times, in next 12 , to beg sc. (32)
Row 7: Ch1, in same and every around; to beg sc. (32)
Row 8: Ch1, in same and in next 11 ; hdc2tog 5 times; in next 10 , join to beg sc. (27)
Row 9: Ch1, in same as ch1 and every stitch around. to beg sc. (27)
*You can stop here if you wish to simply make a low bootie, or carry on to make the cuff.
To make the Cuff:
Row 10: Ch1, in same ; in next 11 , in next 6 , in next 9 , join to beg sc. (27)
Row 11: Ch2 (counts as 1 ); in next 13 ; dc in next 6 ; in next 7 ; to beg ch2. (27)
Row 12: Ch2, * in next , in next *; rep from * to * to end; to beg ch2. (27)
Rows 13 to 17: Repeat Row 12.
Row 18: Ch1, reverse around, fasten off and tidy up ends.
Roll down top of bootie, or leave up, whichever you prefer depending on the time of year. You can use a ribbon to tie the booties, you can leave them untied, or you can make a simple chain stitch tie as follows:
Make a chain of 75 ; fasten off, tidy in the ends, and thread it through at the base of the ribbing. Tie in a bow in the front and your bootie is done!