August 14, 2020
 

Beginner Knit Baby Booties ‘Moccasins’

So my brother requested that I knit something for his dear friend who is having a little baby boy. I love all the baby moccasins that I am seeing around, so I decided to attempt a knit moccasin.  It took a few tries, but my pattern finally turned out nicely and they are really great for a beginner.  You could easily make them without the “leather” and they would be simple, basic booties. They work up fast using size 8 needles and aran weight yarn. You just need to know how to do the knit stitch (garter stitch) and how to knit two together.  And guess what, these are made of 100% organic cotton! It doesn’t get softer, sweeter or more eco-friendly than that, does it? An earthy little pair of footwear, no?

So my brother requested that I knit something for his dear friend who is having a little baby boy. I love all the baby moccasins that I am seeing around, so I decided to attempt a knit moccasin.  It took a few tries, but my pattern finally turned out nicely and they are really great for a beginner.  You could easily make them without the “leather” and they would be simple, basic booties. They work up fast using size 8 needles and aran weight yarn. You just need to know how to do the knit stitch (garter stitch) and how to knit two together.  And guess what, these are made of 100% organic cotton! It doesn’t get softer, sweeter or more eco-friendly than that, does it? An earthy little pair of footwear, no?

**These are sized for a 3 to 6 month old. They measure 4 inches long, and are about 2 inches wide.You will need:One skein Lion Brand Natures Choice Organic Yarn, or another aran weight yarn Size 8 Knitting NeedlesScissorsA small piece of faux leather fabric (not vinyl). You need a soft, thin fabric. I got mine at Jo-Ann Fabric and they had a good selection.Thread for hand sewing (Make sure you use a thread that is heavy duty so it doesn’t snap when you attach the leather to the stretchy knit fabric)Tapestry NeedleHand Sewing Needle

 

How I Made them “Pattern”:With your size 8 knitting needles, cast on 18 stitchesKnit in Garter stitch for 2 inchesBegin Decrease by doing the following:Knit the first two together in the row, then knit across (garter stitch), and knit two together at end of rowKnit (garter stitch) the next two rowsKnit the first two stitches together, knit across, and knit the last two stitches togetherNow you will knit (garter) each row until the entire piece (from heel to toe) reaches 4 inches longThe final row you will decrease for the final time:Once your piece is 4 inches long, you will make the final row as follows. *Knit the first two together, Knit 2* Continue this pattern from * to * across the row.

Here I am on the last row. I will now move onto cinching up the toe, and sewing the seams!

Cut a long tail, thread your tapestry needle and carefully place all stitches over your tapestry needle. Pull to tighten in order to create the end of the tow. Tie off.

Here is the bootie without the leather. I have just finished seaming up the center of the toe, and up the heel.

Turn bootie inside out, and sew up the seam with your tail leaving a large enough opening for the foot.Sew up the seam in the back of the bootie.Turn right side out.Attaching the leather fringe:This part is as simple as cutting a rectangle piece of fabric, cutting fringe and sewing it onto the bootie.Here is a bit more detail:

I cut fringe on this rectangle, wrapped it over the front edge of the booties, and attached with a few stitches. The back piece is just a small rectangle, folded in half and stitched on as well.

 

I am really excited to mail these off to the expecting Mama in New York City! I am trying to think of what to include with them. If you have any ideas, let me know! If you enjoyed this, feel free to follow me to see more easy and free patterns 🙂 Thank you!

 

 

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