Ask and you shall receive. I needed baby bootie patterns, and readers delivered baby bootie patterns in abundance.
I wasn’t expecting to do this, but it seems like it would be convenient to list all the baby bootie patterns that readers thought fit to recommend. It’s a Greatest Hits album of baby booties. Put it on your big sister’s turntable, crank up the volume, and soak it in.
Baby Uggs (which are different from the previous Baby Uggs), by Autumn Street.
Bottom-Up Preemie Bootie (scroll to page 12).
I’m noticing a theme here. We want the booties to STAY. ON. Is that so much to ask? The knitter’s tools for affixing booties to baby feet are: ribbing, welting, long cuffs, and ties. Get those booties to stay on, by any means necessary.
Being pressed for time, I made these: Easiest Baby Booties Ever, by Gina Michele. I don’t think they will stay on any self-respecting baby’s feet for more than 30 seconds, but I’m not sure I care. Ninety percent of the point of baby booties is the fun of presenting them to the mother- or grandmother-to-be. Babies are free to kick them off. It’s what babies do. In this age of footie PJs, global warming, and helicopter parenting, their feet are not in danger of getting cold.
Having made few if any baby booties in my life, I cannot say if they are the easiest baby booties ever, but I do not feel that the claim is reckless; they were, as promised, easy. I made them in off-white cashmere that was handspun by Juliet Bernard, a precious gift that I’d been holding onto for years. (Handspun! Cashmere!)
I know they are impossibly tiny. Perhaps tinier even than a typical newborn human’s feet. But they are stretchy. I thought the grandmother-to-be would enjoy the origami construction, timeless and elegant.
This is a pattern where instructions are nearly superfluous. Once you see the picture, you understand how they are made.
What can I say, my life is an infomercial for Clover Wonder Clips. They really helped line up that triple-layer toe for whip-stitching.
The grandmother-to-be appreciated them. She also presented me with four baby kimonos in need of seaming.
My heart nearly burst to see a pile of our One-Piece Baby Kimonos, in a monochrome palette of cashmeres and merino wools, all knitted up for a new baby.
To help block this kimono trousseau, sewing circle mate Lisa, who is from Australia, donated a jug of Martha Gardener Wool Mix for woolens and delicates. This will make Baby think our world is a dreamy place that smells strongly of eucalyptus. On my next trip to Australia, I am going to stock up.