free knitting pattern for baby booties with buttons

There are a lot of cute knitted baby booties out there, but I wanted these booties to look like actual shoes – with t-strap and low cuff. Adding those details makes this pattern a bit more challenging with picking up stitches in the middle of work and buttonholes. though But it’s not impossible and you can totally replace it with sewing.

Perfect weekend project, and who doesn’t like knitted baby shower gifts (especially when you made it) 🙂

Pattern is for 0 to 3 month-old baby


baby shoes with buttons free knitting pattern

 

You’ll need:

  • 50 g / 1,8 oz of DROPS Muskat
  • 5 double pointed needles size 3 mm / US 3

Abbreviations:

  • k – knit;
  • sl st – slip stitch;
  • M1R – make 1 new stitch (right-leaning);
  • M1L – make 1 new stitch (left-leaning);
  • ssk – slip, slip, knit together;
  • k2tog – knit 2 stitches together
  • p – purl;
  • w&t – wrap and turn (don’t pick up wrapped stitch if not noted);

Cast on 6 stitches.

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knitted baby shoes pattern*Knit back and forth*

Row 1: k to end (k all sts);

Row 2: Sl 1st st, k1, M1R, k2, M1L, k2;

Row 3: Sl 1st st, k to end;

Row 4: Sl 1st st, k2, M1R, k2, M1L, k3;

K 30 rows (sl 1st st of each row)

Sl 1st st, k1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k2; (in this pattern – this would be the “toe” needle with 8 sts)

 

 


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Don’t turn:

(with second needle) pick up 17 sts from one side (this would be “side” needle);

(with third needle) 6 sts from the heel (this would be “heel” needle);

(with fourth needle) 17 sts from other side (this would be “side” needle);


 

*Knit in rounds*

Place marker to mark the beginning of the round (if you need it, of course).

  • Rnd 1: p;
  • Rnd 2: k;
  • Rnd 3: p;
  • Rnds 4 – 5: k:
  • Rnd 6: k to last st;

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*Knit back and forth again, turning where noted*

Slip last stitch from “side” needle onto next needle (“toe” needle)

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Row 1: ssk, k6 – now you have to k2tog, but you have 1 st on this needle, slip 1 stitch from next “side” needle onto “toe” needle – k2tog, wrap & turn (you’ll be wrapping a stitch from “side” needle)

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Row 2: k9 – only you have 8 sts on your “toe” needle, knit those 8 sts and 1 st from “side” needle – w&t;

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Row 3: repeat row 1 as before;

Repeat rows 2 & 3 total of 6 times ending with row 3 (you have 10 stitches on both of your side needles).

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Continue with the stitches on “toe” needle.knitted baby shoes pattern

Row 1: p8, turn;

Row 2: k8, turn;

Row 3: p8, turn;

Repeat rows 2 and 3 in total of 9 times.


With additional needle or stitch holder, pick up stitches from row 1 (from previous section) at wrong side of the work, knit together with working stitches and cast off at the same time all 8 sts.

OR – cast off and sew onto wrong side of row 1st.

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You will be working on with your other three needles – 10 sts on first needle, 6 sts on second needle and 10 sts on third needle.

LEFT SHOE: (continue back and forth with other needles)

  • Row 1: p;
  • Row 2: p and cast on 12 sts, turn;
  • Row 3: k;
  • Row 4: k33, cast off 3, k2; (if you don’t want to make a buttonhole then just knit this and next row without cast off and cast on steps)
  • Row 5: k2, cast on 3, k to end (you just formed buttonhole);
  • Row 6: k;
  • Row 7: Cast off 12 sts and k to end;
  • Row 8 – 9: k;
  • Row 10 – 14: *k1, p1* to end;

With additional needle or stitch holder, pick up stitches from row 1 at wrong side of the work, knit together with working stitches and cast off at the same time.

OR – cast off and sew onto wrong side of row 1st.

Wave in ends. Make a loop for button if you didn’t make a buttonhole and sew button on.

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RIGHT SHOE: (continue back and forth with other needles)

  • Row 1: p and cast on 12 sts, turn;
  • Row 2: p;
  • Rows 3 – 4: k;
  • Row 5: k33, cast off 3, k2;(if you don’t want to make a buttonhole then just knit this and next row without cast off and cast on steps)
  • Row 6: k2, cast on 3, k to end (you just formed buttonhole);
  • Row 7: k;
  • Row 8: Cast off 12 sts and k to end;
  • Row 9: k;
  • Row 10 – 15: *k1, p1* to end;

With additional needle or stitch holder, pick up stitches from row 1 at wrong side of the work, knit together with working stitches and cast off at the same time.

OR – cast off and sew onto wrong side of row 1st.

Wave in ends. Make a loop for button if you didn’t make a buttonhole and sew button on.

knitted baby shoes pattern


Free pattern for knitted baby shoes with t-straps

 

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13 thoughts on “Baby shoes knitting pattern

  • 2. July 2015 at 18:09
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    how should we pick up heel stitches….please explain.

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    • 2. July 2015 at 18:16
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      You will pick up your heel stitches like you’ll pick up stitches from sides. It is little harder to differentiate your stitches from cast on, but it doesn’t have to be perfect. Pick up where you can to get the needed stitch count.

      I hope it was little bit helpful.

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    • 2. March 2016 at 13:31
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      Babies are different, but using this yarn it will be perfect for 3 to 6 month old. Using finer yarn you get smaller shoes.

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  • 26. May 2016 at 20:20
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    what size needles and yarn are you using for this pattern?

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    • 26. May 2016 at 20:24
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      Oh wow, I haven’t noted that – thank you! DROPS Muskat is the yarn and needles size 4mm / US6

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  • 15. September 2016 at 05:16
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    Tried to get the pattern but i get page goes not exist

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    • 15. September 2016 at 14:25
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      Thank you! I tweaked my systems the other day and looks like I tweaked it way off 😀 Should be good now!

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  • 1. December 2016 at 06:51
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    I love your babies booties
    Please send me your free patten for a two year old baby boy.
    Thanks

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    • 1. December 2016 at 07:43
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      Thanks! Unfortunately, I have this pattern in one size (I would say 3 to 6 months), but I’ll send it your way.

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  • 7. April 2017 at 17:36
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    I am an experienced knitter, but am having trouble understanding this pattern in parts. When you state “short directions” and then “longer directions” below it, does that mean we’re to pick one or the other? It’s also not clear when you say “knit back and forth” what you mean (is that for one needle or the whole round — but then sometimes you say “round 1 etc” so I’m obviously very confused. I wish I didn’t need to be a pest but I’m determined to make these. Is there by chance a pattern “for dummies only” for this because they’re exquisite and I want to make it work.
    Thank you.

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    • 10. April 2017 at 12:42
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      Hi Cindy, sorry for the delay (I was sick). I’ll try to explain and I’m planning to re-write this pattern to make it more clear.

      1. If I say “knit in rounds” then I mean all needles in rounds.
      2. short vs long directions – you will choose only one version and work with only one needle (“toe” needle + working needle). You will just knit back and forth to form the flap that you can see on the picture right next to the directions.

      All questions are very welcome, and let me know if something is confusing.

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