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Crochet Baby Booties Free Pattern

Updated on September 29, 2012

HAILE'S (Pineapple Stitch) Baby Booties

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

How to Crochet Pineapple Stitch on Top of Other Stitches

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FIRST PINEAPPLE STITCH: Insert the hook in the first st (ch, dc, etc.), and draw a loop through. The right loop will be the TOP LOOP while the left loop will be the first LEG LOOP.Skip a st, insert hook in next st, and draw a loop through. This new loop on hook will be the second LEG LOOP.Y o, draw through three (3) loops on hook.Ch 1. This chain will be the LID CHAIN of this newly formed pineapple stitch.SUCCEEDING PINEAPPLE STITCH: Insert hook in SAME st and draw a loop through.Skip a st, insert hook in next st, and draw a loop through.Y o, draw through three (3) loops on hook.Ch 1. Second pineapple stitch finished. Do the same till end of round.
FIRST PINEAPPLE STITCH: Insert the hook in the first st (ch, dc, etc.), and draw a loop through. The right loop will be the TOP LOOP while the left loop will be the first LEG LOOP.
FIRST PINEAPPLE STITCH: Insert the hook in the first st (ch, dc, etc.), and draw a loop through. The right loop will be the TOP LOOP while the left loop will be the first LEG LOOP.
Skip a st, insert hook in next st, and draw a loop through. This new loop on hook will be the second LEG LOOP.
Skip a st, insert hook in next st, and draw a loop through. This new loop on hook will be the second LEG LOOP.
Y o, draw through three (3) loops on hook.
Y o, draw through three (3) loops on hook.
Ch 1. This chain will be the LID CHAIN of this newly formed pineapple stitch.
Ch 1. This chain will be the LID CHAIN of this newly formed pineapple stitch.
SUCCEEDING PINEAPPLE STITCH: Insert hook in SAME st and draw a loop through.
SUCCEEDING PINEAPPLE STITCH: Insert hook in SAME st and draw a loop through.
Skip a st, insert hook in next st, and draw a loop through.
Skip a st, insert hook in next st, and draw a loop through.
Y o, draw through three (3) loops on hook.
Y o, draw through three (3) loops on hook.
Ch 1. Second pineapple stitch finished. Do the same till end of round.
Ch 1. Second pineapple stitch finished. Do the same till end of round.

How to Crochet Pineapple Stitches on Top of Pineapple Stitches

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FIRST PINEAPPLE STITCH: Insert hook in TOP LOOP and draw a loop through.Insert hook in NEXT TOP LOOP and draw another loop.Y o and draw through all loops on hook.Ch 1 to finish the pineapple stitch.SUCCEEDING PINEAPPLE STITCH: Insert hook in SAME TOP LOOP and draw a loop through.Insert hook in NEXT TOP LOOP and draw another loop.Y o and draw through three (3) loops.Ch 1 to finish the pineapple stitch. Repeat as required.
FIRST PINEAPPLE STITCH: Insert hook in TOP LOOP and draw a loop through.
FIRST PINEAPPLE STITCH: Insert hook in TOP LOOP and draw a loop through.
Insert hook in NEXT TOP LOOP and draw another loop.
Insert hook in NEXT TOP LOOP and draw another loop.
Y o and draw through all loops on hook.
Y o and draw through all loops on hook.
Ch 1 to finish the pineapple stitch.
Ch 1 to finish the pineapple stitch.
SUCCEEDING PINEAPPLE STITCH: Insert hook in SAME TOP LOOP and draw a loop through.
SUCCEEDING PINEAPPLE STITCH: Insert hook in SAME TOP LOOP and draw a loop through.
Insert hook in NEXT TOP LOOP and draw another loop.
Insert hook in NEXT TOP LOOP and draw another loop.
Y o and draw through three (3) loops.
Y o and draw through three (3) loops.
Ch 1 to finish the pineapple stitch. Repeat as required.
Ch 1 to finish the pineapple stitch. Repeat as required.

How to Crochet 2psdec and 3psdec

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2psdec: Insert hook in SAME top loop, draw a loop through, (insert hook in NEXT top loop, draw a loop through) 2x. Now we have 4 loops on hook.Y o, draw through all FOUR (4) loops on hook, ch 1. 2psdec is now complete.3psdec: Insert hook in SAME top loop, draw a loop through, (insert hook in NEXT top loop, draw a loop through) 3x. Now we have 5 loops on hook.Y o, draw through all FIVE (5) loops on hook, ch 1. 3psdec is now complete.
2psdec: Insert hook in SAME top loop, draw a loop through, (insert hook in NEXT top loop, draw a loop through) 2x. Now we have 4 loops on hook.
2psdec: Insert hook in SAME top loop, draw a loop through, (insert hook in NEXT top loop, draw a loop through) 2x. Now we have 4 loops on hook.
Y o, draw through all FOUR (4) loops on hook, ch 1. 2psdec is now complete.
Y o, draw through all FOUR (4) loops on hook, ch 1. 2psdec is now complete.
3psdec: Insert hook in SAME top loop, draw a loop through, (insert hook in NEXT top loop, draw a loop through) 3x. Now we have 5 loops on hook.
3psdec: Insert hook in SAME top loop, draw a loop through, (insert hook in NEXT top loop, draw a loop through) 3x. Now we have 5 loops on hook.
Y o, draw through all FIVE (5) loops on hook, ch 1. 3psdec is now complete.
Y o, draw through all FIVE (5) loops on hook, ch 1. 3psdec is now complete.

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)

This flower pattern appeared in my hub 3D Pointed-Center Crochet Flower as 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//


CHART PATTERN

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Haile's (Pineapple Stitch) Baby Booties Chart PatternFoundation 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.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.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.Round 4: 39 ps,  DO NOT turn. Note that the LAST PS overlaps the turning chain. Work the 1st ps of the next round directly on top of the 1st ps of this round. Round 5: 6 ps, 2psdec, 11 ps, 2psdec, 18 ps,  DO NOT turn.  Round 6: 6 ps, 2psdec, 9 ps, 2psdec, 18 ps,  DO NOT turn.  Round 7: 6 ps, 2psdec, 7 ps, 2psdec, 18 ps,  DO NOT turn.  Round 8: 6 ps, 2psdec, 5 ps, 2psdec, 11 ps, 2psdec, 5 ps,  DO NOT turn.  Round 9: 6 ps, 2psdec, 3psdec, 2psdec, 10 ps, 3psdec, 4ps,  DO NOT turn.  Round 10: (Sl st in lid chain, sl st in top loop) 24x.
Haile's (Pineapple Stitch) Baby Booties Chart Pattern
Haile's (Pineapple Stitch) Baby Booties Chart Pattern
Foundation Chain: Ch 23.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Round 4: 39 ps,  DO NOT turn. Note that the LAST PS overlaps the turning chain. Work the 1st ps of the next round directly on top of the 1st ps of this round.
Round 4: 39 ps, DO NOT turn. Note that the LAST PS overlaps the turning chain. Work the 1st ps of the next round directly on top of the 1st ps of this round.
Round 5: 6 ps, 2psdec, 11 ps, 2psdec, 18 ps,  DO NOT turn.
Round 5: 6 ps, 2psdec, 11 ps, 2psdec, 18 ps, DO NOT turn.
Round 6: 6 ps, 2psdec, 9 ps, 2psdec, 18 ps,  DO NOT turn.
Round 6: 6 ps, 2psdec, 9 ps, 2psdec, 18 ps, DO NOT turn.
Round 7: 6 ps, 2psdec, 7 ps, 2psdec, 18 ps,  DO NOT turn.
Round 7: 6 ps, 2psdec, 7 ps, 2psdec, 18 ps, DO NOT turn.
Round 8: 6 ps, 2psdec, 5 ps, 2psdec, 11 ps, 2psdec, 5 ps,  DO NOT turn.
Round 8: 6 ps, 2psdec, 5 ps, 2psdec, 11 ps, 2psdec, 5 ps, DO NOT turn.
Round 9: 6 ps, 2psdec, 3psdec, 2psdec, 10 ps, 3psdec, 4ps,  DO NOT turn.
Round 9: 6 ps, 2psdec, 3psdec, 2psdec, 10 ps, 3psdec, 4ps, DO NOT turn.
Round 10: (Sl st in lid chain, sl st in top loop) 24x.
Round 10: (Sl st in lid chain, sl st in top loop) 24x.

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.

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      Moira Durano-Abesmo 3 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      Thank you! I hope they turn out cute.

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      PJMarvin 3 years ago

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

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      Moira Durano-Abesmo 4 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      Thank you, I love them too.

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      Priyanka Estambale 4 years ago from United States

      These are so pretty :) Loved them

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      Moira Durano-Abesmo 4 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

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

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      Magdaleine 4 years ago

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

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      Moira Durano-Abesmo 4 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      Thanks Ziutula!

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      ziutula 4 years ago

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

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      Moira Durano-Abesmo 4 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      You're welcome, Sparkie!

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      sparkie 4 years ago

      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!

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      sparkie 4 years ago

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

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      Moira Durano-Abesmo 4 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

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

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      Amy D. 4 years ago from Mostly in My Own Little World

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

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      Moira Durano-Abesmo 4 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      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. ",)

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      Moira Durano-Abesmo 4 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      I'm using US terms, Sue. Thanks!

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      PWalker281 4 years ago

      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.

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      sue 4 years ago

      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

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      Moira Durano-Abesmo 4 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

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

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      Vicki 4 years ago

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

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      Moira Durano-Abesmo 4 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

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

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      Moira Durano-Abesmo 4 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      Thank you, RTalloni!

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

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      Moira Durano-Abesmo 4 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      Thanks, LoriLang!

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

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      dezalyx 4 years ago from Philippines

      Nice pattern. :) Voted up.

      Did you use single strand mercerized cotton thread?

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      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.

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      Lori Lang 4 years ago from Snoqualmie, Washington

      These are adorable!

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