Crocheted Neapolitan Baby Booties


neapolitan baby booties

 

The other day, I came across a bunch of photos of tiny baby booties. Right away I decided I needed to make some of my own, even though I’ve never made anything baby related. Ever.

Many of them had little bows, tassles or pom-poms… which are cute, but don’t babies put anything and everything into their mouths? Frilly and fuzzy decorations probably look especially delicious. Since I decided to leave out anything that might be yanked off and swallowed, I used different colors instead.

My first bootie attempt turned out really strange looking. I thought I was making a small newborn size, but then they somehow ended up about twice as long as I intended. I doubted there were many newborns with feet that large. They’d have to weight 20lbs. Also, due to some misguided slip stitching, the booties also featured a bizarre rooster ridge along the top. What? I tossed out my pattern notes and started all over.

 

first try

No, no, no! How did this go so wrong?

Luckily my next try came out much better. I’ve read a ton of crochet patterns, including some that just made no sense. Now that I’ve written one myself, I can see how confusing they can be to write as well! I hope this one is understandable. I’ll lead with the pictures!

 

End of Row 2

End of Row 2

 

End of Row 8

End of Row 8

 

Single chain around 3 sides

Single chain around 3 sides

 

Change color to purple before the slip stitch

Change color to purple before the slip stitch

 

Row 10 completed

Row 10 completed

 

Working on rows 12-16

Working on rows 12-16

 

End of Row 16

End of Row 16

 

End of Row 18

End of Row 18

 

End of Row 20. DONE!

End of Row 20. DONE!

 

Finished Neapolitan baby booties

 

Finished Neapolitan baby booties

 

Neapolitan Baby Booty Crochet Pattern:

  • Yarn: 3 colors – 100% cotton – 4.5 mm
  • Hook: size G

Abreviations:

  • Sl st = slip stitch
  • Ch = chain
  • Sc – single crochet

 

Row 1: ch 5, turn.

Row 2: sc 4, beginning in 2nd ch from hook. Ch 1. Turn.

Row 3-8: repeat row 2

Row 9: ch 1, sc around 3 sides. (7 sc down long side, ch 1. 4 sc on short side, ch 1. 7 sc on other long side, ch 1) Change yarn color, and sl st in next stitch.

Row 10: skip 1st st, 3 sc. Skip next st (the corner ch 1 from row 9). 7 sc. Skip next st (corner ch 1). 4 sc. Skip next st (corner ch 1). 7 sc. Skip next st (corner ch 1). Sl st in next st.

Row 11: 3 sc. Sl st in next st. Ch 1. Turn.

Row 12-16: repeat row 11.

Row 17: 16 sc. Sl st in next st.

Row 18: repeat row 17.

Row 19: change colors. Repeat row 17.

Row 20: skip 1st st. 15 sc. Sl st in next st.

 

To finish, just tie off and weave in all loose ends.

Because they are so tiny, you can crochet a pair in less than 45 minutes. Not bad! I’m tempted to make myself a pair of these; they look pretty comfortable.

Finished Neapolitan baby booties

 

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