Welcome brand new arrivals with Laura Eccleston’s suitably cute teddy bear crochet baby booties. This unisex design will look just as cute on little boys or girls and will keep little toes warm and snuggly. They’d make the sweetest new baby gift for tired mums especially when paired with a handmade card (check out our new baby card ideas). Only small amounts of yarn are used, so they’re a great stashbuster project. Laura teaches you how to crochet these baby booties step by step so it’s completely beginner-friendly. If you’re new to the world of crochet don’t worry! We have a guide to crochet for beginners here on Gathered that will teach you all the tips and tricks you need for these bear booties.
The booties (made in the round) are made first, then the individual eyes, nose, and ears are made and sewn to the booties. If you wanted a more plain design simply miss off the ears and face and add a pom-pom instead (learn how to make a pom pom here on Gathered too)! These baby booties are completely customizable so you can make the perfect pair for the little one in your life.
You will need:
• Robin Chunky yarn, 100% acrylic, 100g/140m per ball, 1 ball each in: 081 Russet (Yarn A); 035 Oatmeal (Yarn B); and 044 Raven (Yarn C). Note: only small quantities of Yarn
B and C will be needed.
• 5mm (UK 6, US H/8) crochet hook (find the best crochet hooks on the market in our round up)
• Yarn needle
Tension is not important for this project – just ensure your stitches are suitably dense.
You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using this handy chart.
Double crochet 2 together (dc2tog): (insert hook in next st, yrh and draw loop through) twice, yrh and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
Treble 2 together (tr2tog) – (yrh, insert hook in next st, yrh and draw loop through, yrh and draw through first 2 loops on hook) twice, yrh and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
The booties are designed for age 0 to 6 months, to fit tiny feet up to 10cm long.
How to crochet baby booties step by step
You Will Need
- Crochet hook
Rounds 1 and 2 are worked in a continuous spiral, rounds 3, 4 and 5 are completed rounds.
Using Yarn A, ch9.
Round 1 3tr in 2nd st from hook, 1tr in each of next 6 sts, 3tr in last st, now work along the other side of your starting chain, 3tr in same st as last st (first ch), 1tr in each of next 6 chs, 3tr in next ch (you have formed an oval shape with 24 total sts around).
You are working in a spiral, the first st you work into is the first tr from round 1, 1dc in 1st st, 2dc in each of next 2 sts, 1dc in each of next 3 sts, 1htr in next st, 1tr in each of next 3 sts, 3tr in each of next 2 sts, 1tr in next st, 3tr in each of next 2 sts, 1tr in each of next 3 sts, 1htr in next st, 1dc in each of next 3 sts, 2dc in each of last 2 sts. (36sts)
Ss in next st (1st dc from round 2), ch2 (counts as 1tr), 1tr in next st and in each st around, ss in top of 2ch to join. (36sts)
Ch1 (counts as 1dc), 1dc in 1st st, dc2tog, 1dc in each of next 9 sts, tr2tog 6 times, 1dc in each of next 9 sts, dc2tog, ss in ch1 to join. (28sts)
Ch1 (counts as 1dc), 1dc in each of next 9 sts, tr2tog 4 times, 1dc in each of last 10 sts, ss in ch1 to join. (24sts) Fasten off and tie in all ends to finish.
Nose (make two)
Using Yarn B ch4, ss in 1st ch to form a loop.
Ch2 (counts as 1tr), 1tr into loop join Yarn C in last loop of tr, 3tr in loop, join Yarn B on last loop of tr, 3tr in loop, join Yarn C on last loop of tr, 1tr in loop, join Yarn B on last loop of tr, 1tr in loop, ss to first tr (top of 2ch) to complete round. Fasten off, sew onto shoe, using image as guide.
Eyes (make four)
Using Yarn B ch4, ss in 1st ch to form a loop, fasten off. Using four short lengths of Yarn C (one for each eye), tie two knots into each length and sew each end into loop so the knots sit inside the loop, tie on back of loop. Sew loop onto shoe, using image as guide for positioning.
Ears (made in a fan shape, make four)
Using Yarn B, ch4, ss in 1st ch to form a loop.
Ch2 (counts as 1tr), 6tr into loop.
Join Yarn A with ch1 (don’t count as st), turn, 1dc in 1st st and in each st along.
Fasten off and sew onto shoe, using image as guide. Sew in all loose ends to finish.