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27+ of the Cutest Free Knit Baby Booties Patterns

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Knit baby booties and slippers are such a great way to keep little toes warm – and they look adorable, too! If you want to knit a pair, this list of my favorite free knit baby booties patterns will undoubtedly inspire you! 

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Knit Baby Booties Patterns

As a mom of four, I’ve knitted my fair share of baby booties over the years. Those tiny knit slippers are just so precious, and I love having a special handmade keepsake from my kids’ baby days.

Quick project. Not only are baby booties adorable – they’re also a quick knit. Many patterns in this list can be knit up in a few hours. 

Scrap yarn. Booties don’t use a lot of yarn, so you may already have what you need in your stash! 

Great gift idea. Plus, they make the perfect gift for visiting a new baby or taking to a baby shower! 

In this post, I’ll share some of my favorite free bootie knitting patterns. Whether you prefer kimono-style, Ugg lookalikes, woodland animal designs, dainty ballet slippers, or cozy sock booties, there’s something here for every knitter.

Can beginners knit baby booties?

Yes! There are lots of easy knitted baby bootie patterns for beginners. This list includes several free patterns for baby booties knit on two needles (knit flat), as well as easy patterns knit in the round. 

A few of the best beginner patterns from this list include: Easy Baby Booties (#3), Red Heart Garter Stitch Baby Booties (#6), and Baby Hausschuhe (#12).

Necessary Supplies

Supplies you’ll need for knitting your booties include:

What yarn is best for knitting baby booties?

When knitting for babies, choose a yarn that’s soft and gentle on sensitive skin. Babies tend to get messy, too (think spit-up, diaper blowouts, etc!), so make sure to choose something that’s easy to throw in the washing machine. 

If you’re not using a baby-specific yarn, check the softness of your yarn by rubbing it on your face or neck to ensure that it’s gentle enough for new little feet.

Some of our favorite baby yarns include soft acrylics like Bernat Softee Baby, Red Heart Baby Hugs, and Red Heart Soft.

Techniques to Know

What do you need to know to knit baby booties? Here are some common stitches and techniques that might come up in your pattern.

Read through your whole pattern before getting started, and practice any stitches you’re not comfortable with yet!

27+ Free Knit Baby Booties Patterns

Check out these free baby booties knitting patterns for your next project. Happy knitting!

Tips and Tricks for Knit Baby Booties Patterns

Size it right

Most baby bootie patterns come in multiple sizes so that you can pick the right one for your baby! Other patterns give a size in length (inches or centimeters), so you’ll need to measure your baby’s foot to make sure the fit will be right. 

Booties should be snug but comfortable. Remember, babies grow very quickly, so if you’re not sure, err on making them on the slightly bigger side.

Make a gauge swatch.

And speaking of size… don’t forget to make a gauge swatch! A gauge swatch helps ensure that your project will turn out to be the size the author intended. If your gauge isn’t correct, size your needles up or down accordingly. 

(Using larger or smaller needles is also a good way to purposefully adjust the size of your pattern if you want to make the booties larger or smaller than the size that the pattern offers.)

Check the care instructions.

Babies are known for getting messy, so it’s important to make sure your yarn is washable and durable. Read your yarn label before washing (and preferably before even choosing your yarn)!

Remember to let the receiver know about any special care instructions if you’re giving your booties as a gift.

More Knitting Ideas

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