I’ve tried several different bootie patterns over the years. A few things I’ve learned – my sock curse applies to baby booties. The sock curse is the physical impossibility for me to make a pair of socks EXACTLY, perfectly, fabulously the same size. I also learned that many bootie patterns require an inordinate amount of sewing up, sewing buttons, weaving in ends, and that some require an engineering degree to figure out how the bootie is finally made.
These represent three efforts, starting with my least favorite and ending with my now go-to bootie pattern.
My problem with this pattern was that there were SO many times the yarn was cut and rejoined. I was in fear that the pattern wouldn’t work, and I’d be left with several pieces of yarn just a few yards each. If you misread the pattern and can’t figure it out, your yarn will be ruined. It was complicated, and made what should have been a quick, fun, and easy project none of those things. Lucky for me, the sweetheart baby they went to made it all worthwhile.
Pattern: Saartje’s Booties
Yarn: Rowan Cashcotton DK
This pattern is wildly popular for good reason. It’s free and supercute. I made it to match the Elephant Vest for my new nephew. However, similar problems to the above booties. Lots of ends to weave in and the finishing with four buttons, making buttonholes, etc., just took me forever.
Pattern: Stay on Baby Bootees from Knitting for Baby
Yarn: Cotton Ease
This is my favorite! The pattern is meant for sock yarn, so these came out a little bigger than intended, but I love this pattern. Knit in a very clever construction leaving almost NO finishing work. I finished these so quickly in comparison to the others. The knitted i-cord will also help these booties to stay on the feet of a kicking, active baby. I would definitely recommend this pattern above all of the others.