Happy Tuesday! I'm a day late, but I finally made it here! I know y'all aren't waiting on the edge of your seat or anything, but I'm still just as happy. ;)
I've spent the last couple of weekends picking out a vintage crochet pattern to make and share. I had planned to share more flowers, but I was just thumbing through books, magazines and actual patterns... when I came across this baby bootie pattern. I couldn't believe how short it was!? I was so intrigued! I love making baby booties! I love learning different styles of making them because that was the first thing I learned to make from an actual pattern. This Pattern is definitely Beginner Friendly! I used Cascade Yarns Cherub Baby and a Sally Bates 3.5 US4 Crochet Hook.
I did make 1 pair then made a second pair with a few changes.
Here's what I did on the second go around:
1) After the 8 Rows of 8 single crochets (the square), I chained 26 loosely. I also made a slip stitch in the first and last stitches of the last Row of chain 8 (the square). Before you "join to the beginning of the last row" of 8 single crochets (the square). Be careful not to twist the yarn so you can start the sides. This should create 50 stitches all around. (as pictured below.)
2) On the 5th Row of the single crochets around the sides, I sctog2 starting on the 9th stitch which should be the first point of the square, plus 4 more times across the top of the square. (I continued this for the next 3 Rows, as there are 8 Rounds for the sides and sole of each bootie.)
3) On the 6th Row, sctog2 on the 8th stitch, 3 more times at the top of the square. sctog2 on the 16th stitch to decrease at the heel.
4) On the 7th Row, sctog2 on the 10th stitch just one time, as your hook should be in the middle of the tip toe then one more sctog2 on the 16th stitch at the base of the heel.
5) On the 8th Row, the last row, sctog2 all around. Then Whip Stitch on the inside of the bootie to close. If your Stitches are off by a number, that's okay.. just remember you are working in the middles of the top of the toes and base of the heels. Also, you don't have follow my instructions! I've just found the decreasing works much better.
(Whip Stitching pictured below)
The pattern calls for the draw string to be 14 inches long, which I crocheted 90 chains. I also used Sally Bates Pom Maker for the poms, which I love because you can make a bunch with no fuss!
You can download this Pattern here! It does call for the Solid Shell Stitch, which the instructions are not included in the pattern, but it's so very easy-you could do it with your eyes closed, I promise!
1) *5 Double Crochets in one stitch, skip the next 2 stitches, Single Crochet in the next stitch, skip the next 2 stitches. *Repeat.
2) Single Crochet in the middle stitch of the 5 Double Crochets (3rd DC of the 5DC), skip next 2 (of the 5 DCs), 5 DCs in the Single Crochet (which is in between each Shell Stitch). Here's a Moogly tutorial here just in case you need a visual and better explanation.
I hope you enjoy making this pattern as much as I did! It's so perfect, cute, easy and a great quick project for any day of the week! If you decide to make it, please let me know by sharing your post with the #sewsorose hashtag on Instagram. I would love to see what you share!
Take care and until next time,
A Little Leafy
Alice & the Mock Turtle