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How To Knit Baby Booties 0-3 Months? [7+ Easy Steps]

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Knitting baby booties is a great way to get started on your knitting journey. They are also perfect for parents who want to make something special for their little one or as a gift during the holiday season.

This article will cover some of the best resources on how to knit baby booties, tips and tricks for beginners, and some popular patterns you can try out.

What you’ll need knit baby booties?

A set of 4 double pointed needles in a size appropriate for your yarn.  I used size 3 needles which knit baby booties up pretty quickly but you could use 2 circs or magic loop if you prefer not to use DPN.  If you need help with the different methods, please see my previous posts on magic loop and using 2 circular needles.

Yarn!   I used about half a skein of Loops & Threads Impeccable Solids for each pair of booties (less than 100 yards). Some sort of sewing needle and thread matching your yarn, scissors, measuring tape.

How to knit the leg of the booties?

The leg has a 2×2 rib and is knitted in the round.

Cast on 16 stitches (the pictures show cast-on with e-wrap). Divide them onto 3 double pointed needles (DPN) (8 stitches on each DPN) and mark the beginning of the round with a stitch marker or safety pin.

Marking the beginning of the round:  If you do not feel comfortable finding the “backside” of your knitting, place a safety pin on one side of your work and move it every time you come back to that side/round, so it will be easy for you to find again where you stopped working last time.

This way there is no risk of forgetting which is your right side and which is your wrong side (that’s important for this pattern/tutorial).

How to divide the stitches on 3 DPN? 

This is a magic number. I have never been able to divide them onto 4 or 2 needles, so if you have problems dividing them onto 3 DPN too, just stop trying until you have 16 stitches on each of your three needles.

You can always add some more later if needed. However, do not add only one stitch every time you come back to work on the leg because at some point it will be impossible to continue knitting in the round without going back and forth between two needles… don’t ask me why! It’s a complete mystery 🙂

Please note that if you have an odd number of stitches, it will be quite obvious where the beginning/end of the round is. But if you have an even number (like 16) it could be more difficult to find.

So place your stitch marker or safety pin on one side or make sure that all your stitches are pointing in the same direction – either clockwise or anti-clockwise (if you twist them, they will not slide around well and may spoil the texture).

How to knit baby booties 0-3 months?

Step 1: Chose a nice yarn. 

Step 2: Cast on 32 stitches using the long tail cast on method. 

Step 3: Knit 4 rows in stockinette stitch [or any other stitch that you love].  Be sure to add a contrasting color for extra flare if needed….

Step 4: Knit 7 rows in the stitch that you like. 

Knit 6 stitches, then on the 6th stitch knit 2 together (k2tog), knit 5 stitches, k2tog, knit 1 stitch , k2 tog twice. What you should have now is 28 stitches.

Step 5: Knit 4 rows in stockinette stitch [or any other stitch that you love]. Add a contrasting color if needed… 

Step 6: Bind off your work using whatever bind off method you prefer.

Step 7: Cut a piece of yarn about 10 inches long and draw it through the remaining loop on your needle.  Pull tight so the hole closes up. Fantastic!! Here’s what you’ve got so far!

You’ve knitted a tongue and now you’re ready to make the body of the bootie. 

Step 8: Knit one row all around the opening. Then knit 7 rows in that stitch that you like. 

Knit 6 stitches, then on the 6th stitch knit 2 together (k2tog), knit 5 stitches, k2tog, knit 1 stitch, k2 tog twice. What you should have is 28 stitches.

Step 9: Knit 4 rows in stockinette stitch [or any other stitch that you love]. Add a contrasting color if needed…

Step 10: Bind off your work using whatever bind off method you prefer. Cut a piece of yarn about 10 inches long and draw it through the remaining loop on your needle.  Pull tight so the hole closes up.

Step 11: Tie a knot in the yarn, add another piece of contrasting color yarn, and tie one more knot to hold this piece on.  Now you’ve got all of the baby bootie ready for sewing!

Step 12: Make sure that everything looks okay while you still have time to fix without having to undo way too much work.

Step 13: Get some nice fabric and cut out an appropriate sized rectangle.  

Step 14: Sew around two sides leaving a gap big enough for your foot or hand to get into. You can choose something different if you like but this is how I do it.

Step 15: Stuff your bootie with whatever nice stuffing you can find. Then close up the hole.  Now you’re baby will be ready to cuddle in their new, custom baby booties!

Tips for knitting baby booties

1. Instead of knitting a straight stitch, knit a line that looks like an “i”.

2. Loop and tie the loose thread at the end of each row. This makes it easier to pull out your thread when you’re finished.

3. To avoid the stitches from falling off, make sure you fold them in half before pulling them through each hole.

4. It’s recommended to start with 14-15 stitches on your needles to ensure tightness for baby feet; however, if your hands are small enough to fit through 24 sts., it’s better to just cast on that much instead of picking up loops and knits at the end of each row as you go.

5. Do not pull your yarn too tight when you tie it for each row, otherwise the booties will be too small by the time you finish them. Make your stitches loose to allow room for growth.

6. It’s okay if the booties are slightly bigger than your baby’s feet – they’ll shrink once they’re washed and dried! (I know this is a tip I wish someone would’ve told me before I made my first pair).

7. You don’t have to knit stripes; use any pattern you like or make up your own pattern as you go!

8. Don’t worry about making mistakes; they can easily be fixed with an X-Act knife (to cut out excess yarn) and a crochet hook to pull the yarn through.

9. You can knit each bootie in a different color or same color, it’s completely up to you! The fun thing about knitting is that there are no rules. Enjoy yourself and have fun while making them!

Things to consider before knitting your own pair of baby booties

1. The yarn is made of 100% cotton, which is soft and skin-friendly.

2. Knitted with the size 6 needles resulting in dense fabric, which promises warmth insulation besides comfort touch to babies’ feet.

3. The cuff is designed with gentle ribbing to help keep the booties stay on while protecting your baby’s legs from chafing or scratching while crawling around.

4. Easy to pull on and off since there are no big buttons nor a zipper involved at the opening area.

5. Great for photography props! They make a perfect present for expecting mothers as well!

Why it’s important not to give up when knitting baby booties?  

Knitting baby booties is one of the first projects every new knitter starts with, because there are several good reasons for that:

It’s easy; It involves simple straight knitting; it looks nice; It’s a fast knit. Finally, once complete, it has immediately visible results and will bring great joy to both the knitter and the baby wearing them.

The days and nights spent knitting and purling will be rewarded with a spectacular result: A pair of baby booties that baby can really use. They keep little warm while allowing sufficient room for baby’s little feet to grow.

So the process of knitting them is normally finished pretty fast, leaving a new knitter with a feeling of satisfaction and maybe even accomplishment.

Baby Bootie Pattern Ideas

#1 is just about as basic as it gets, using simply knit and purl stitches to create the caps of this little booties by adding in increases and decreases twice to form an oval shape, then making socks out of those ovals, binding off the top at the appropriate point to have it fit around baby’s ankle.

The pattern calls for yarn held double but can be made with one strand of worsted heavy weight yarn as well, the instructions for which are included.

#2 is a fun one – making the main part of this baby bootie out of knit and purl stitches as well, but adding in an additional color work element by using a contrasting yarn to create stripes and detailing at the top.

Directions for both lined soles and un-lined caps are included with this pattern idea – great for those that want something that will be easy to wear indoors or who know their baby’s feet won’t spend much time on gravel.

#3 is another easy striped design meant specifically for new walkers, made out of 1 strand of worsted weight yarn held double (with purchasable two-toned contrast colors) and worked along straight edges (but with purl rows in between to keep the pattern interesting).

Directions are given for both lined soles and un-lined caps, which when worked up in bright colors would be great to wear during the daytime when their little legs want that extra flash of color.

#4 is a fun little design that uses intarsia techniques instead of colour work. Instead of switching back and forth between two different yarns, you work each section separately and then sew them together at certain points.

This method gives the knitter more control over how many stripes they want to create and where they go onto the bootie (earning this pattern idea its name: “chevron stripe”).

The sole of this baby bootie is made with alternating decreases on either end, which gives it the classic wedge-style that is good for walking.

#5 is another pattern with intarsia elements included in its design – this time to create small flowers with contrasting “petals” and leaves (also knit separately and seamed together at their base).

This one also uses decreased stitches on either end of the sole with decreases worked every other row to give the knitter more control over how wide they want their booties to be at the ankle.

One strand of worsted weight yarn creates a pair of soft soles that are great for more active little feet, while two strands held together will create some cozy slippers that are just right for lounging around on chilly days.

Related: How To Weigh Baby At Home

Conclusion

When knitting your own baby booties, you may encounter a few obstacles such as running out of yarn or trying to figure out how many stitches are needed for the leg. 

However, when you face these challenges head on and don’t give up, you’ll be rewarded with an adorable pair of handmade baby booties that will help keep little feet warm in style this winter!

Keep reading down below for tips and tricks we’ve learned during our years of experience knitting baby booties. With just a little time investment today, soon enough your child will be sporting their new favorite article of clothing around town!

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