“Bryce” Baby Button Booties
Any worsted weight (aran/10ply) (4) yarn in 2 colours, Colour A for the booties and top sole and Colour B for the bottom sole; 5mm hook for 6-12 months (adjust hook size if you need to according to whether you crochet tightly or loosely); Yarn needle for sewing up ends.
Finished size: 12.5 x 6.5 cm approx.
Abbreviations: sc = single crochet; hdc = half double crochet; dc = double crochet; beg = beginning; st/s = stitch/stitches; ch = chain; hdc2tog = half double 2 stitches together; hdc3together = half double crochet 3 stitches together; blo = black loop only; fpdc = front post double crochet; bpdc = back post double crochet; fphdc = front post half double crochet; bphdc = back post half double crochet.
Make 2 soles in Colour B, fasten off and weave in ends, then make 2 soles in Colour A, do not fasten off – as follows:
With Colour B: (make 2)
Row 1: With Colour B, Chain 10; sc in 2nd ch from hook, and next 7; 3 sc in last chain. Working on other side of the chain, sc 8, join to beg sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, 2sc in same st as ch 1, sc 6, 2 sc in next 5 sts, sc 6, 2 sc in last 2 sts, join to beg sc.
Row 3: Ch 2, hdc in same st, 2hdc in next st, hdc 9, 2hdc in next 5 sts, hdc 10, 2 hdc in last 2 sts, join to beg ch2.
Row 4: Ch 2, 2 hdc in same st, 2hdc in next st; hdc 32 sts, 2 hdc in last 2 sts, sl st to beg ch 2. (40 & ch2) .
With Colour A: (make 2)
Repeat Rows One to Four as above. Do not fasten off.
Join the soles:
With wrong sides facing each other, place Colour A sole and Colour B sole together, matching them up with back of sole to back of sole, front to front, and slip stitch them together as follows:
First, with Colour A, slip stitch the top sole (Colour A) to the bottom sole at the centre of the back of the bootie, by inserting the hook through the middle stitch in both soles and pulling the yarn through. Keep the hook on top of both soles, and the yarn underneath.
Matching stitch for stitch, slip stitch around both soles, drawing the yarn through each time, around the sole, until you are back at the rear of the sole again. You should now have 40 slip stitches worked into the soles, and the bottom of the soles should look like this:
Slip stitch around the edge again once, to bring the yarn back up to the top of the soles, and working from the outside of the shoe, make 1 sc in each slip stitch from the previous round. (40 sc).
Note that you are only picking up the slip stitches you did previously.
When you are done, the bootie will look like this:
Row 5: Working again from the outside of the shoe, ch2 and hdc around in blo, in both the 2nd and 3rd loops of the previous sc (this keeps the stitches nice and neat with no long gaps as sometimes happens with working into the blo). If you prefer you can simply crochet into blo normally, the end result is the same, but it will be looser.
Make sure at this point that you have 39 hdc & ch 2 in total (40 sts). Join to 2nd chain of ch 2.
If you have veered off the centre of the back of the shoe, now is a good time to sl st back to the centre st to start the next part.
Row 6: ch2, (fphdc in next, bphdc in next) all around, ending on a fphdc. Join to 2nd chain of beg ch2. (40 sts)
Row 7: Keeping rib pattern, ch 2, (fphdc in next, bphdc in next) 6 times, (fphdc2tog) 7 times (yes, this will give you a section of only fphdc – this is correct), (fphdc in next, bphdc in next) 6 times, fphdc in next, join to 2nd chain of beg ch2.
Row 8: ch 2, Keeping pattern as before, (fphdc in next, bphdc in next) 6 times, (fphdc2tog) 4 times, (bphdc in next, fphdc in next) 6 times, join to 2nd ch of beg ch2.
Row 9: Keeping pattern as before, ch 2, (fphdc in next, bphdc in next) 6 times, fphdc3tog, (fphdc in next, bphdc in next) 6 times, fphdc in next, join to 2nd ch of beg ch2. Fasten off.
Row 10: Looking at the bootie from the front, place stitch markers either side of the front middle decrease (fphdc3tog from prev row) at the 2nd bphdc back, as follows:
You will now be working between these two markers, at the back half of the bootie. Work from the outside of the shoe.
Chain 12, sc in 2nd ch from hook, and in next 10 sts, then attach this piece with a single crochet into the stitch marked on the right side of the shoe.
Sc around to the other marker on the left side. TURN.
Row 11: ch 1, sc *over* previous row, to make this row double thickness, all the way around to the end of the piece you added on, using unused loops at the bottom of the initial chain to place each sc. TURN.
Row 12: ch 2, hdc across row, to end, TURN.
Row 13: ch1, sc to the last 5 stitches, chain 3, skip 3 sts from prev row, sc in last 2 sts. TURN.
Row 14: ch 2, hdc in next, hdc in each of the 3 chain from prev row, hdc to end, TURN.
Row 15: ch 1, sc across to the end, working 3 sc into the last stitch, 4 sc down edge of band, TURN.
Row 16: ch 1, sc *over* sc from prev row, as you did in Row 11, up the edge of the band, (don’t forget to work 3 sc into the corner stitch) and along the top to the end. Do not turn yet. Sc down the side of the button edge, and across the 3 sts at the front where you prev did the fphdc3tog in Row 9, Fasten off, tidy up ends. Sew on a nice chunky button on the left side, and the left bootie is done.
Work as for left shoe to the point where you have placed the two stitch markers.
Row 17: Chain 12, sc in 2nd ch from hook, and in next 10 sts, then, working from the inside of the shoe, attach this piece with a single crochet into the stitch marked on the left side of the shoe. Sc around to second marker. TURN.
Row 18: ch1, sc *over* prev sc, as before, all along to the end of the row, TURN.
Row 19: ch 2, hdc across row, to end, TURN.
Row 20: ch1, sc in same st, sc to last 5 sts, chain 3, skip 3 sts from prev row, sc to end. TURN.
Row 21: ch 1, hdc in same st, hdc in next st, hdc in each of the chain 3, hdc to end. TURN.
Row 22: ch 1, sc in same st, sc to end of row, working 3 sc into the corner near the button hole, and 4 sts down buttonhole band edge. TURN.
Row 23: Once more, working *over* the prev sc row, ch 1, sc in same st, sc to the end, working 3sc into corner of buttonhole band, sc down the edge of the right side (where button goes) and across the 3 stitches at the front where you previously worked fphdc3tog. Fasten off, tidy up ends. Sew on another nice chunky button, and your second shoe is done!
© AG Handmades 2014