Knitted booties come in all sorts of shapes. Some resemble socks or stockings, others resemble adult footwear. Then, there are the cute ones.
Babies kick a lot and booties should be shaped well to stay on their tiny feet even when they flay around. Here are 9 knitted baby booties patterns that I picked starting with the cute ones.
1. Jeni’s Baby Duck Feet
Designed by Jeni Staiman.
She said that she suddenly realized that babies do not walk in their socks so, she designed a pair of duck feet totally just for fun. My kind of girl.
To enjoy this pattern, you need to be comfortable with or know how to knit in the round.
2. Froggy socks
Like Jeni’s baby duck feet, this froggy sock is another bootie mimicking an animal and totally un-walkable. The cuff is a little short, I would make it longer to make it more secure and flay-proof. This pattern also comes with a matching froggy hat making it a Kermit-the-frog costume set.
3. Kimono Baby Booties
I like this kimono-inspired knitted booties because of the construction. It wraps at the top of the foot like a kimono, hence the name. Adding the buttons increase the kawaii factor.
Unfortunately, the pattern is written in Spanish. It has a Google Translate link that can translate the instructions into English but it isn’t ideal. Fortunately, there is a very helpful video showing the entire process of making the booties.
4. Baby Mary Janes
This knitted Mary Janes stole my heart. It is so pretty with the tiny flower border. I’m not sure it will stay on an active baby’s feet though. LOL.
It is knitted up using the garter stitch, which is especially great for knitters who do not like to purl. This baby booties knitting pattern fits babies from 0 to 3 months.
5. Scrunchy Booties
These scrunchy booties look more like socks with leg warmers. They are knitted from the toe up using a short row heel. If you don’t know how to knit short rows, this is the ideal project to learn. The project is small enough not to take too much time to see the effect of the short rows.
I wish this was the project I learned how to create a scrunchy look just by using alternate rows of knitting and purling. It is really quite cool.
6. Knit Sneaker Booties
Designed by Michelle Ho. This pair of knitted booties resemble sneakers and even come with shoelaces. Knitted in the round and seamless: two of my favourite features. 🙂
7. Knitted Koala Bootees
Designed by Fiona Goble, this cute koala baby booties knitting pattern uses a super fluffy merino yarn.
Fiona Goble is also the author of Knitted Animal Nursery, a collection of animal knits for babies up to 3 years old. It includes a puppy swaddling blanket, a bluebird bib, a sleeping sheep mitts, tiger trousers, and more.
The stitches used in this cute booties are stockinette and 2×2 ribbing. Not difficult but you need to know how to do short rows and attach new yarn.
Learn How to Knit Baby Booties with These Video Tutorials
A knitting friend told me she prefers watching knitting videos instead of reading the instructions. I personally prefer written instructions but I appreciate how a show-and-tell video can give me a general idea of how the item is supposed to be knitted up.
Here are some good video tutorials that show how to knit baby booties.
8. Moss Stitch Knit Newborn Socks
I thought the cuff of this knit newborn socks was a little too short but since these are for newborns, I assume they don’t kick about too vigorously. It is not difficult to lengthen it by repeating the ribbing for a couple more rows.
9. Baby Crossed Shoes
The designer called these shoes but I think they are more booties than shoes. The construction is similar to the Baby Mary Janes but the straps are crossed. Also, many sizes are available on the designer’s website.