Crochet Baby Booties Free Pattern
HAILE'S (Pineapple Stitch) Baby Booties
Table of Contents:
- Required Skill
- Materials and Tools
- Special Stitch: The Pineapple Stitch
- 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.
- Ch, dc, sl st
- Working on both sides of the chain
- Working multiple dc's in single chain
- Pineapple stitch
- Optional: changing colors
- Size 8 mercerized crochet cotton
- 3/0 - 4/0 steel hook
- Tapestry needle
Length: 3.5 in
Width: 1.5 inc
Height: 1 in
Gauge: 8 dc per inch; 5 pineapple stitch per inch
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.
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.
- 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 StitchesClick thumbnail to view full-size
How to Crochet Pineapple Stitches on Top of Pineapple StitchesClick thumbnail to view full-size
How to Crochet 2psdec and 3psdecClick thumbnail to view full-size
TO MAKE A SHOE
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.
Optional: Crochet Flowers
Big Flower (Puny Puff Flower)
This flower pattern appeared in my hub 3D Pointed-Center Crochet Flower as Puny Puff Flower.
Ch 5, sl st to form ring.
(Ch 2, puff, ch 3, sl st in ring) 5x. Break off and weave in ends.
This is a very small and simple flower pattern I made to complement the Puny Puff Flower.
Ch 3, sl st to form ring.
(Ch 3, sl st in ring) 5x. Break off and weave in ends.
CHART PATTERNClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.