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Crochet Baby Booties Free Pattern

HAILE'S (Pineapple Stitch) Baby Booties

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Table of Contents:

  • Required Skill
  • Measurements
  • Materials and Tools
  • Notes
  • Special Stitch: The Pineapple Stitch
  • Abbreviation
  • Written Pattern (with Photo Tutorial: How to Crochet the Pineapple Stitch)
  • Chart Pattern
  • Changing Colors (Video)

Oh babies! They're just so cute and cuddly and you just want to adorn them with all the cute things you can make and find like this pair of crocheted baby shoes!

Since I'm giving birth this November 2012, I decided to crochet these cute pairs of shoes. And since they're super cute, I'm sharing the pattern with everyone. I hope you make one for your newborns, too.

The sole of the shoe is a simple oval of dc's.

The body of the shoe uses pineapple stitch, a vintage crochet stitch you can hardly find in modern patterns. The pineapple stitches are worked in a spiral and decreased at various points to achieve the shoe's shape.

The decreases of the pineapple stitches folds the sole up giving the shoe more interest.

This pattern includes a high resolution chart pattern along with the written pattern. The chart pattern took 3 days to make. But for a pattern this beautiful, it's all worth it.

Close up on the toe. See those beautiful hearts piling over each other? I love them.

Close up on the toe. See those beautiful hearts piling over each other? I love them.

Close up on the heel. It's curved to fit nicely (hopefully) on my baby's heels.

Close up on the heel. It's curved to fit nicely (hopefully) on my baby's heels.

The sole of the shoe is slightly raised.

The sole of the shoe is slightly raised.

The sole is an oval of dc's.

The sole is an oval of dc's.

When turned inside out, the texture is so beautiful too!

When turned inside out, the texture is so beautiful too!

Required Skills:

  • Ch, dc, sl st
  • Working on both sides of the chain
  • Working multiple dc's in single chain
  • Pineapple stitch
  • Optional: changing colors



Materials:

  • Size 8 mercerized crochet cotton
  • 3/0 - 4/0 steel hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors



Measurements:

Length: 3.5 in

Width: 1.5 inc

Height: 1 in

Gauge: 8 dc per inch; 5 pineapple stitch per inch




Notes:

I have not actually fitted these shoes to a newborn baby. The measurements I used is based on this size chart.

The sole is 4 inch long while crocheting. Once the body of pineapple stiches is added, the sole folds up reducing it's length to 3.5 in.

The pineapple stitch has a tendency to lean. Therefore, when examined closely a pair of shoes looks like two left shoes. To remedy that, I used flowers to define the left and right shoe.

The shoe can be lengthened or shortened by adjusting the foundation chain. All shaping stitches occur at the heel and toe.




Special Stitch: The Pineapple Stitch

I discovered the pineapple stitch in a vintage crochet book from our college library. I love the look of inverted hearts piled over each other and the thick textured crochet fabric it produces.

However, to crochet a rectangle of pineapple stitches, you have to break off at the end of each row which can automatically become fringes. But working this way is cumbersome, wastes a lot of yarn, and well, uhm, boring.

But who said that's the only way to work the pineapple stitch?

In most of my projects, I crochet the pineapple stitch spirally in rounds. It's more convenient this way even though I end up with pineapple stitches that don't pile up in a straight vertical line even when blocked.

Close up on the heel showing a normal pineapple stitch and a 3-pineapple stitch decrease.

Close up on the heel showing a normal pineapple stitch and a 3-pineapple stitch decrease.

Close up on the toe showing the last dc round of the sole and 2-pineapple stitch decrease.

Close up on the toe showing the last dc round of the sole and 2-pineapple stitch decrease.

Parts of the Pineapple Stitch

Instructions will be much easier to comprehend if we all know the parts of the pineapple stitch.

Top Loop - connects the pineapple stitch to other stitches

Leg Loops - anchors the pineapple stitch; a normal pineapple stitch will have two leg loops while a pineapple stitch decrease will have more leg loops.

Lid Chain - caps the pineapple stitch to make the "heart" pattern more pronounced

How to Make a Pineapple Stitch

In this pattern, there are four different sets of instructions on how to crochet a conventional pineapple stitch depending where it is anchored. All of them are in a photo tutorial floating next to the written pattern.

The following instruction is for the very first pineapple stitch worked on top of another stitch (like dc's or sc's or ch's).

The current loop on hook will be the top loop.

Insert hook in st, draw a loop through.

This will be the first leg loop.

Skip a st, insert hook in next st, draw a loop through.

This will be the second leg loop.

Y o, draw through 3 loops on hook, ch 1.

The ch-1 will be the lid chain of the just-formed pineapple stitch.

Abbreviations:

  • Ch - chain
  • Dc - double crochet
  • Sl st - slip stitch
  • Ps - pineapple stitch
  • 2psdec - two pineapple stitch decrease
  • 3psdec - three pineapple stitch decrease
  • Y o - yarn over

WRITTEN PATTERN

TO MAKE A SHOE

//Pattern Begins//

Foundation Chain: Ch 23

Round 1: 6 dc in 4th ch from hook, 18 dc, 7 dc in the last ch. (Work on the other side of the chain.) 18 dc, sl st to turning ch, ch 3, TURN.

Stitch count: 49 dc's + (turning ch equivalent to a dc) = 50 dc's

Round 2: 18 dc, (2 dc in next dc) 7x, 18 dc, (2 dc in next dc) 6x, dc on top of turning ch from Round 1, sl st to turning ch of Round 2, ch 3, TURN.

Stitch count: 63 dc's + (turning ch equivalent to a dc) = 64 dc's

Round 3: 2 dc in dc, (dc, 2 dc in next dc) 6x, 18 dc, (dc, 2 dc in next dc) 7x, 18 dc, sl st to turning ch, ch 3, TURN.

Stitch count: 77 dc's + (turning ch equivalent to a dc) = 78 dc's

Note: The sole of the shoe is done. The succeeding rounds will use pineapple stitches (ps) worked in a continuous spiral till the shoe is finished.

HOW TO CROCHET PINEAPPLE STITCH ON TOP OF DC'S (see photos floating right)

First PS: Insert hook in first dc, draw a loop through, skip a dc, insert hook in next dc, draw a loop through, y o, draw through 3 loops, ch 1.

Succeeding PS: Insert hook in same dc, draw a loop through, skip a dc, insert hook in next dc, draw a loop through, y o, draw through 3 loops, ch 1.

Round 4: 39 ps, DO NOT turn. Work the 1st ps of the next round directly on top of the 1st ps of this round.

Stitch count: 39 ps

HOW TO CROCHET PINEAPPLE STITCH ON TOP OF ANOTHER PINEAPPLE STITCH (see photos floating right)

First PS: Insert hook in top loop, draw a loop through, insert hook in next top looop, draw a loop through, y o, draw through 3 loops, ch 1.

Succeeding PS: Insert hook in same top loop, draw a loop through, insert hook in next top loop, draw a loop through, y o, draw through 3 loops, ch 1.

2psdec: Insert hook in same top loop, draw a loop through, (insert hook in next top loop, draw a loop through) 2x, y o, draw through 4 loops on hook.

Round 5: 6 ps, 2psdec, 11 ps, 2psdec, 18 ps, DO NOT turn.

Stitch count: 35 ps + 2 (2psdec) = 37

Round 6: 6 ps, 2psdec, 9 ps, 2psdec, 18 ps, DO NOT turn.

Stitch count: 33 ps + 2 (2psdec) = 35

Round 7: 6 ps, 2psdec, 7 ps, 2psdec, 18 ps, DO NOT turn.

Stitch count: 31 ps + 2 (2psdec) = 33

Round 8: 6 ps, 2psdec, 5 ps, 2psdec, 11 ps, 2psdec, 5 ps, DO NOT turn.

Stitch count: 27 ps + 3 (2psdec) = 30

3psdec: Insert hook in same top loop, draw a loop through, (insert hook in next top loop, draw a loop through) 3x, y o, draw through 5 loops on hook.

Round 9: 6 ps, 2psdec, 3psdec, 2psdec, 10 ps, 3psdec, 4ps, DO NOT turn.

Stitch count: 20 ps + 2 (2psdec) + 2 (3psdec) = 24

Round 10: (Sl st in lid chain, sl st in top loop) 24x.

Break off and weave in ends.

//Pattern Ends//


Flowers defined the left and right shoe.

Flowers defined the left and right shoe.

Optional: Crochet Flowers

Big Flower (Puny Puff Flower)

//Pattern begins//

Ch 5, sl st to form ring.

(Ch 2, puff, ch 3, sl st in ring) 5x. Break off and weave in ends.

//Pattern ends//


Small Flower

This is a very small and simple flower pattern I made to complement the Puny Puff Flower.

//Pattern begins//

Ch 3, sl st to form ring.

(Ch 3, sl st in ring) 5x. Break off and weave in ends.

//Pattern ends//


Changing Colors (Video)

Working this shoe in various colors adds and/or changes this shoes' personality.

Here's a very good video tutorial for changing colors in crochet.

I LOVE Comments!

Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on February 28, 2014:

Thank you! I hope they turn out cute.

PJMarvin on February 26, 2014:

So cute! I'm going to have to try these out!

Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on May 17, 2013:

Thank you, I love them too.

Priyanka Estambale from United States on May 17, 2013:

These are so pretty :) Loved them

Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on February 21, 2013:

Thank you Magdaleine! She is cute, especially her smile. ",)

Magdaleine on February 21, 2013:

Hi Moira, the shoes are so cute. Your daughter must be very cute too :)

Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on November 28, 2012:

Thanks Ziutula!

ziutula on November 28, 2012:

Interestingly knitting crochet......greetings from Poland

Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on October 18, 2012:

You're welcome, Sparkie!

sparkie on October 17, 2012:

It just makes a world of difference when there's a diagram to follow as well, I wish every magazine, site, club & book would do this too, it realty helps out when you're in a bind with the pattern....I think it would help to finish a lot of projects if this were to happen...lol!

Thanks again!

sparkie on October 17, 2012:

Love it...thanks for all the lil things you do...!!!

Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on September 27, 2012:

You're very welcome, Holyjeans! I hope your daughter likes it.

Amy D. from Mostly in My Own Little World on September 26, 2012:

How cute are these. I'm going to try them for my little girl. Voted up and shared. Thanks for sharing with us.

Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on September 26, 2012:

Yes I'm expecting Patrice. That's why I haven't been on Hubpages for a while.

I hope your daughter's friend will love this for her baby. ",)

Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on September 26, 2012:

I'm using US terms, Sue. Thanks!

PWalker281 on September 26, 2012:

Oh, Moira, congratulations! Had no idea you were expecting :-).

These booties are so adorable. A friend of my daughter's just had a baby and she wants me to crochet some booties for her. I'm going to try these. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared.

sue on September 26, 2012:

lovely lovely lovely i have a tiny new niece 4lb 5oz and would love to make these for her to grow into lol are you using us or uk crochet terms thanks

Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on September 25, 2012:

You're very welcome, Vicky! I hope it turns out great.

Vicki on September 25, 2012:

such a pretty pattern... I may try a bigger needle and thicker yarn and make a pait for myself ;) thanks for the free pattern

Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on September 25, 2012:

Yes, desalyx. I used single strand mercerized cotton thread for these booties.

Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on September 25, 2012:

Thank you, RTalloni!

I'll post pictures of my baby wearing these as soon as she's born. ",)

Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on September 25, 2012:

Thanks, LoriLang!

I really thought so, too. That's why I'm crocheting more of these booties. ",)

dezalyx from Philippines on September 24, 2012:

Nice pattern. :) Voted up.

Did you use single strand mercerized cotton thread?

RTalloni on September 24, 2012:

Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your baby!!! Keep us posted. :)

These baby shoes are just adorable! Thank you for going to the trouble to make the chart. I hope to try making some of these very soon.

Lori Lang from Snoqualmie, Washington on September 24, 2012:

These are adorable!

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