Classic Crochet Baby Booties with Folded Cuff – Free Pattern

Free pattern for how to crochet a cute and classic baby bootie with a ribbed, fold-down cuff. These baby booties are adorable, and the perfect handmade gift to bring to a baby shower.

Crochet Baby Booties Pattern

If you’ve ever wanted to make adorable crochet baby booties, this is the pattern for you. These baby boots have a stretchy ribbed cuff that you can either fold down or leave unfolded.

Plus, I’ll teach you how to add an easy single crochet ribbing to the booties without seaming.

Best Yarn for Baby Booties

Baby booties are such a special item, and I’m sure you want to choose the best yarn for this project.

When thinking about what type of yarn to use to make baby booties, choose something that is super soft, hypo-allergenic, and washable.

Wool yarns can be too scratchy for babies’ soft skin. And cotton yarns tend to work up too stiff.

Premium acrylic yarn with a smooth, soft texture tends to be the best choice for babies. To determine if your yarn is soft enough, rub it on your cheek or neck.

I choose to use a worsted weight yarn for this pattern. For these booties, I like Lion Brand Basic Stitch Premium. I’ve also used Caron Simply Soft, but find that I need to use a large hook to meet gauge. You can choose whatever brand you like best, as long as you check your gauge.

Cute Baby Shoes Pattern

I know a lot of people start learning crochet to make items for a new baby. When designing this pattern, I wanted to create an easy beginner-friendly baby bootie pattern that moms would love.

This is a simple, modern baby bootie pattern that is perfect to make for baby shower gifts, baby’s first Christmas, and other occasions. It’s a gender-neutral design that you can customize with your favorite color yarn.

Baby Booties Size Chart

As I’m sure you know, all babies grow at different rates. For the most accurate fit, see if you can measure your baby’s foot. Remember to add up to a half-inch of extra wiggle room in order to calculate the correct sole size.

To check your gauge, I recommend working up the entire sole section of the pattern and measuring its length. (The sole section is only 3 rounds, so it will go quickly!) That way, you’ll know if you need to go up or down a hook size.

AgeSole SizeRecommend Hook
Newborn3.5E/3.5mm
0-3 Months3.75G/4mm
3-6 Months4.25H/5mm
6-12 Months4.75J/6mm

Classic Baby Booties Crochet Pattern

Difficulty: Beginner to Easy

Finished Size: 3 months (3.75″ sole length) See the chart above for more sizes.

Materials

Yarn: Worsted weight yarn (Category 4)

Hook:  G/4mm hook to make a 3.75″ long bootie

You’ll also need: 

  • yarn needle
  • stitch markers, if desired
  • ruler or tape measure, if desired

Stitches and Abbreviations

  • st/sts – stitch/stitches
  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • sc2tog – single crochet two stitches together
  • hdc2tog – half double crochet two stitches together
  • dc2tog – double crochet two stitches together
  • BLO – back loops only

Special Stitches

I find that regular hdc2tog stitches can look a little too bulky, especially for small projects like baby shoes. Here is a different way to make a half-double decrease in an invisible way.

If you are familiar with invisible single crochet decreases for amigurumi, this is similar.

Invisible HDC decrease:

Step 1: Yarn over.

Step 2: Insert the hook into the front loop of the first stitch of the decrease.

Step 3: Insert the hook into the front loop of the next stitch of the decrease.

Step 4: Yarn over and draw through the first two loops on hook.

Step 5: Yarn over and draw through the last three loops on hook.

You can use this stitch whenever I call for a hdc2tog decrease in the pattern.

Pattern Notes

  • This pattern is written in US/American terms.
  • The sole and the upper part in written in rounds. The cuff is written in rows.
  • Use a stitch marker to mark your first stitch of the row/round.
  • At the end of each round, join the round with a slip stitch to the first stitch of the previous round.
  • Chain 1 to begin a round.

How to Read a Crochet Pattern

Crochet patterns are written using many abbreviations and terms, which save space and make patterns easier to read. Here are some tips:

  • Unless the pattern indicates otherwise, assume that you move on to the next stitch. For example, “3 hdc” means to work 1 hdc into each of the next 3 stitches. If the pattern wants you to work 3 dc all into the same place, it will say “3 dc in next st”
  • ( ) Parentheses are used to indicate a group of stitches that are to be worked together into a stitch.
  • [ ] Brackets are used to tell you how many times to work a certain step. The number immediately following the brackets tells you how many times to do the step.

Sole Section

Round 1: Ch 10. In the second ch from the hook, make 2 hdc. 7 hdc. In the last chain, make 5 hdc. Continuing around the other side of the starting chain, make 7 hdc. Make 2 hdc in the last ch. Join with a sl st.

Round 2: Ch 1. In the same st, make 2 sc. 2 sc in the next st. 4 sc, 3 hdc. 2 hdc in each of the next 5 sts. 3 hdc, 4 sc. 2 sc in each of the next 2 sts. Join with a sl st. (32 sts)

Round 3: Ch 1. Repeat [1 hdc, 2 hdc in the next st] two times, 7 hdc, repeat [1 hdc, 2 hdc in the next st] two times, 2 hdc in each of the next 2 sts, repeat [1 hdc, 2 hdc in the next st] two times, 7 hdc, repeat [1 hdc, 2 hdc in the next st] two times. (42 sts)

Upper Section

Round 4: 42 hdc blo. (42 sts)

Round 5: 42 sc. (42 sts)

Round 6: 11 sc, hdc, repeat [hdc2tog, hdc] two times, repeat [dc2tog, dc] three times, dc2tog, repeat [hdc, hdc2tog] two times, hdc, 6 sc. (34 sts)

Round 7: 13 sc, hdc, hdc2tog, 4 dc2tog, hdc2tog, hdc, 7 sc. (28 sts)

Round 8: 12 sc, hdc, 4 dc2tog, hdc, 6 sc. (24 sts)

Ribbed Cuff Section

The cuff section is worked in rows. Rows of back-loop single crochet create a flexible ribbing that you can fold down to make a cuff.

Note: The rows of ribbing are anchored to the previous round (“Upper” Round 8) by making a slip stitch at the start or end of the row.

Row 1: Ch 9. Starting in the second chain from the hook, sc 8. (8 sts)

Slip stitch into the next stitch from the previous round (Upper Round 8). This slip stitch anchors the row of single crochet you just made to the stitches from the last round of the bootie’s upper section.

Then, make another slip stitch into the next stitch from the last round of the bootie’s upper section. This second slip stitch counts as the turning chain for the next row.

Row 2: Don’t chain 1, as the slip stitch you’ve just made counts as your turning chain. Rotate the bootie counterclockwise so that your working yarn crosses in front of your work. Pass the working yarn in front of your hook and to the back of your work. (See the picture above for clarification.)

Tip: I take this extra step of turning the work counterclockwise and passing the yarn in front of the hook to minimize a bump you can get when working this add-on ribbing technique.

Starting in the third stitch from your hook (remember, skipping over those two slip stitches) make 8 sc-blo.

Row 3: Ch 1 and turn. Starting in the second stitch from the hook, make 8 sc-blo. Slip stitch into the next stitch from “Upper” Round 5. Make another slip stitch into the next stitch from “Upper” Round 5.

Row 4, and all even rows: Follow directions from Row 2.

Row 5, and all odd rows: Follow directions from Row 3.

Finishing

When you have made 24 rows of ribbing, cut yarn and pull it through.

Leave a long tail of yarn and use it to seam the two ends of the ribbed cuff section.

And there you go, you’ve made adorable baby booties that any mom-to-be will love.

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Classic Cuffed Crochet Baby Booties

Classic Cuffed Crochet Baby Booties

Yield: 2
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy

How to crochet classic baby booties with a ribbed fold-down cuff.

Instructions

  1. Round 1: Ch 10. In the second ch from the hook, make 2 hdc. 7 hdc. In the last chain, make 5 hdc. Continuing around the other side of the starting chain, make 7 hdc. Make 2 hdc in the last ch. Join with a sl st.
  2. Round 2: Ch 1. In the same st, make 2 sc. 2 sc in the next st. 4 sc, 3 hdc. 2 hdc in each of the next 5 sts. 3 hdc, 4 sc. 2 sc in each of the next 2 sts. Join with a sl st. (32 sts)
  3. Round 3: Ch 1. Repeat [1 hdc, 2 hdc in the next st] two times, 7 hdc, repeat [1 hdc, 2 hdc in the next st] two times, 2 hdc in each of the next 2 sts, repeat [1 hdc, 2 hdc in the next st] two times, 7 hdc, repeat [1 hdc, 2 hdc in the next st] two times. (42 sts)
  4. Round 4: 42 hdc blo. (42 sts)
  5. Round 5: 42 sc. (42 sts)
  6. Round 6: 11 sc, hdc, repeat [hdc2tog, hdc] two times, repeat [dc2tog, dc] three times, dc2tog, repeat [hdc, hdc2tog] two times, hdc, 6 sc. (34 sts)
  7. Round 7: 13 sc, hdc, hdc2tog, 4 dc2tog, hdc2tog, hdc, 7 sc. (28 sts)
  8. Round 8: 12 sc, hdc, 4 dc2tog, hdc, 6 sc. (24 sts)
  9. Cuff Section Row 1: Ch 9. Starting in the second chain from the hook, sc 8. Slip stitch into the next stitch from the previous round.
  10. Row 2: Slip stitch into the next stitch from the previous round. Turn, do not ch 1. 8 sc-blo.
  11. Row 3: Ch 1 and turn. 8 sc-blo. Slip stitch into the next stitch from the previous round.
  12. Row 4, and remaining even rows: Follow instructions in row 2.
  13. Row 5, and remaining odd rows: Follow instructions in row 3.
  14. When you have made 24 rows of ribbing, cut yarn and pull it through. Leave a long tail of yarn and use it to seam the two ends of the ribbed cuff section.

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