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.
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!
Neapolitan Baby Booty Crochet Pattern:
- Yarn: 3 colors – 100% cotton – 4.5 mm
- Hook: size G
- 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.