I couldn’t even find a picture of the baby booties I was looking for to match the easy hat I made let alone a free pattern of one, so of course I made my own pattern. You can experiment sizing easily with this pattern by switching hook sizes and adding or subtracting stitches if you are an intermediate crocheter. The rib is very very stretchy so I would make the fabric about 1.5 – 2″ shorter in width than the circumference of head. It will stretch even more than you can imagine so should last months after baby is born.
Ribbed Baby Hat (0-6 mos.)
yarn: dk or sport or baby yarn (#3 weight)
Foundation chain: Using a 5.5 mm hook, ch 26
Row 1: Switch to a 4.5 mm hook. Starting from 2nd chain from the hook. 1 sc in next 25 chs turn, ch 1
Row 2-40: *Starting in the 1st sc (its the one at the far right side next to the ch 1) 24 sc in back loops. On the last 25th chain, do a regular sc putting your hook under 2 strands. Ch 1, turn.* Repeat this 39 times. The width should be 11″ and the length should be 7″.
Finish by slip stitching both sides together to make a tube and leaving 12-14″ of yarn tail. Weave in and out along top edge and cinch in to close tube. With left over pulled yarn strand, use the tapestry needle to close the tube tightly and neatly. Make a knot and weave in remaining ends.
Ribbed Cuff Baby Booties (0-3 months) 3.5″ foot.
4 mm (G) hook
Booties (make 2 booties, 2 cuffs of course)
The booties without the cuffs are cute by themselves
Foundation: ch 10 with a 2″ tail
Round 1: 2 hdc in 3rd ch from the hook (counts as 3 hdc), 1 hdc in each of next 6 sts, 6 hdc in last chain. (This will automatically turn the work upside down.) Pull the tail tightly closed. Working in the end tail, 1 hdc in each of next 6 stitches, (here, clip the remaining end of the tail to keep your work tidy) 3 hdc in last chain. sl st to top of 1st hdc. (this is the 3rd ch from the start of the row) [total 24sts]
Round 2: Ch 2, 1 hdc in same ch . (Counts as 2 hdc in the first space) 2 hdc in each of next 2 sts, 1 hdc in next 6 sts, 2 dc in each of next 6 sts, (at this point you will realize your work has turned and you are already on the opposite side) 1 hdc in each of next 6 sts , 2 hdc in each of last three stitches. Sl st to top of 1st hdc. [Total: 36 sts]
Round 3: Ch 1, 1 sc all around in back loops only. Sl st to 1st chain to close. [Total :36 sts]
Round 4: Ch 1. 1 sc in the next 10 sts. 6 hdc2tog in next 12 sts, (each hdc2tog** takes 2 sts, see below**) 1 sc in next 13 sts and sl st to first ch to close. [29 sts]
Round 5: Ch 2, 1 hdc in next 8 stitches, 1 hdc2tog **in next 2 sts, 3 dc2tog*** in next 6 sts, 1 hdc2tog in next 2 sts, 1 hdc in next 10 sts. Sl st to 3rd ch to close. [24 sts]
Round 6: Ch 1. 1 sc in next 6 stitches, 1 hdc2tog in next 2 sts, 2 dc2tog in next 4 sts, 1 hdc2tog in next 2 sts, 1 sc in next 8 sts. Sl st close. [18sts]
Finish off and weave in ends
Round 7: (optional short bootie finish if you do not add the cuff.) Ch 1, 1 sc or sl st all around including same ch as ch 1 space and last tiny space at the end. (19 sts) Finish off, and weave in ends.
** hdc2tog – wrap yarn around hook, put through stitch, wrap yarn around hook, pull up a stitch. You should have 4 loops on your hook, then stick hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up so that you have 5 loops on hook, yarn over one more time and pull through all 5 loops. Now you have 2 half double crochets made into one stitch using 2 stitches of the previous round or row.
*** dc2tog – Wrap yarn around hook, put through stitch, wrap yarn around hook and pull up a stitch. wrap around hook (4 loops on hook), pull through 2 loops, (2 loops on hook) wrap yarn over hook, put through 2nd stitch, pull yarn through (4 loops on hook), wrap yarn over hook, pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), wrap yarn over hook, pull through all 3 loops. Now you have 2 double crochet stitches made into one stitch using 2 stitches of the previous round or row.
Foundation: Using 5 mm hook, ch 13
Row 1: Switch to 4 mm hook. Starting from 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sc in next 10 spaces. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2-15: *Starting in the 1st chain (its the one at the far right side next to the ch 1) 11 sc in back loops. On the last 12th chain, do a regular sc putting your hook under 2 strands. Ch 1, turn.* Repeat this 18 times. Turn the bootie inside out and sl st cuff edge starting at center back of the bootie edge to the cuff edge. Its a little difficult but try connect cuff to bootie to make even amount of stitches on both sides, sl st back seam closed and weave in all the ends.