I don’t often get commissions that require entirely new patterns. And I feel so lucky to have received this request for crochet baby booties because it was my favorite kind of pattern creation: one that solves a problem! Like many crocheters, I often tinker and mess around with a pattern to get it just right. This pattern was like that from start to finish.

The woman who contacted me was looking for socks that would stay on her friend’s premature baby’s little feet. The mom of the baby would constantly lament that store-bought socks were too big and would constantly slip off, causing irritation and cold toes!

This baby booties crochet pattern has a special feature to it that adds both decorative flair and clever functionality. It has a tie that is laced through chain spaces created at the ankle to tighten the sock to the baby’s feet size! Not only does this solve the problem, but it also allows for a little growing room as it boasts an adjustable size.

What You’ll Need

  • Cotton Yarn in 2 Colors (you can also use one color and ignore the color changes)

  • 3mm Crochet Hook (this yarn called for a 4mm, but I like a tighter stitch so used one size down)

  • Tapestry Needle

  • Scissors

Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • SC single crochet

  • DC double crochet

  • HDC half double crochet

  • SL ST slip stitch

  • CH chain

  • FPDC front post double crochet

  • BPDC back post double crochet

  • 2HDC 2 half double crochet in the same stitch (increase)

  • SC2TOG also known as a single crochet decrease; crochet two stitches together using a single crochet stitch

Gauge

10 stitches by 7 rows of half double crochet will yield a 2”x2” (5cmx5cm) square

Pattern Notes

These socks are intended for newborns. The finished size following gauge is 2.5" in the foot and 3" in the ankle to ribbing with a 2" width. The size can be adjusted by using finer or thicker yarn and a smaller or larger crochet hook. Compare to the gauge for a general estimate of the size increase.

Chains will never count as a stitch throughout the pattern. Slip stitch to the top of the first stitch for the most seamless finish.

After chaining, the first stitch should always go in the stitch after the one you’ve chained in. In other words, do not put stitches in the stitch you chained up from.

*I’d recommend sewing in ends as you go. Once you hit the ankle, it will be harder to sew them in, especially if it’s too small to turn the sock inside out.

Toe (Using accent color)

R1: Make a magic circle, ch 2, dc 8, sl st to join [8]

R2: ch 1, 2hdc in each stitch around, sl st[16]

R3: ch 1, *hdc 4, 2hdc* repeat between ** two more times, 2hdc in the last stitch, sl st [20]

Switch to the main color by doing the final slipstitch in the main color.

R4-8: ch 1, hdc around, sl st at the end of each round and ch 1

Heel

Switch to accent color (matching toe) by slip stitching with the accent color. This section is done by turning your work and crocheting back and forth.

R1: ch 1, hdc 10, turn your work

R2: ch 1, hdc 4, sc2tog (single crochet two together), hdc 4, turn [9]

R3: ch 1, hdc 3, sc3tog (single crochet three together), hdc 3, turn [7]

R4: ch 1, hdc 2, sc3tog (single crochet three together), hdc 2 [5] fold the heel in half and sl st into the first stitch directly across and then bring the final stitch in a sl st to the center to avoid any hole. If there isn’t a hole, this second sl st isn’t necessary. The main goal here is to stop a huge gap from forming where the heel comes together. This can also be accomplished by leaving a tail, cutting, and whip stitching along the fold.

Ankle

Switch back to the main color and attach yarn at the stitch before the start of the heel.

R1: ch 1, hdc 20 around picking up 10 stitches at the top of the heel on top of the accent color yarn and the remaining 10 stitches of the unworked foot in the main color, sl st to join and check that you have 20 stitches [20]

R2-3:  ch 1, hdc 20 around sl st and ch 1 at the end of each round [20]

R4: ch 1, *hdc, ch 1, skip 1* repeat all the way around, sl st [20]

R5: ch 2, dc in each stitch around including in the chains [20]

R6: ch 2, fpdc, bpdc, alternating around [20]

R7-11: ch 2 and repeat alternating fpdc, bpdc around to mirror previous rows (where there’s a fpdc, do a fpdc, and where there’s a bpdc, do a bpdc), sl st to join and ch 2 at the start of each round

Chain 72 for the tie and lace through the holes made by ch1 and skipping 1 stitch in R4 of the ankle. Chain is prettiest if made in the accent color. This is used to tighten the sock around the newborn ankle to prevent it from slipping off.

Repeat all the above steps for a second sock!

So there you go! Two adorable little socks for little feet that will actually stay on! These are a great gift to moms who are easily frustrated by socks being kicked off all over the place. To be honest, I should probably make a set for myself in adult size for when I’m taking a nap. ;)

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Hi, I'm Madeline.

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