Sweet Potato Baby Slippers
Keep little feet toasty warm with these simple crocheted baby slippers. This classic slip on design works well for baby girls and boys, just switch the colors to reflect your little one’s style. If the ankle opening of your slipper comes out too large you can make a single crochet strap and transform them into Mary Janes.
These slippers are part of the Sweet Potato Baby Layette. Matching set includes a baby blanket, sweater, square-top hat and beanie.
Skill Level: Easy+
Yarn: Knit Picks, Comfy Worsted [75% pima cotton/25% acrylic; 109 yards; 50 grams; worsted weight] Main Color: 1 skein “Sweet Potato”
Coordinating Color: 1 skein “Sea Foam”
Any worsted weight yarn can be substituted for this project. A machine washable fiber is always highly recommended for baby items. Check the yarn label for care instructions before purchasing. You’ll need approximately 48 yards (22 grams) of your main color to make the largest slipper size.
US size G/4.5mm hook
Adjust hook sizes as necessary to achieve gauge listed below.
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
8 sc and 10 rnds = 2” using size G/4.5mm hook.
Finished Measurements (Toe to Back of Heel):
3.5 (4, 4.5)”
Newborn (6–12 months, Toddler) -- shown in size Toddler.
Ages are given as a reference. Choose a size based on actual body measurements whenever possible. If you’re unsure of a size for a baby it’s always safest to go up a size so that they can grow into the item.
Crochet Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
* = a repeat in the pattern
beg = beginning
cc = coordinating color yarn
ch = chain
mc = main color yarn
rep = repeat
rnd = round
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
sp = space
st(s) = stitch(es)
Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parenthesis. When only one number appears it applies to all sizes.
Rounds 1 to 3 make up the toe portion of the bootie. Rows 1 and 2 will take you through the sole of the foot to the back of the heel. The final rows, 3 and 4, create a heel flap. The heel flap will be sewn in place during the finishing section.
Baby Booties Pattern
Using mc yarn, ch 4 (5, 6).
Foundation Rnd: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 1 (2, 3) ch sts, 3 sc in last ch. Do not turn. Rotate work 180 degrees. Sc in bottom loop of next 1 (2, 3) ch sts, 2 sc in bottom loop of last ch st, sl st to beg sc to join rnd -- 8 (10, 12) sc total.
Rnd 1: Ch 1 (counts as 1st sc), sc in same st, sc in next 1 (2, 3) sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 1 (2, 3) sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in last st, sl st to beg ch to join rnd -- 12 (14, 16) sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 1 (counts as 1st sc), sc in same st, sc in next 3 (4, 5) sts, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 (4, 5) sts, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in last st, sl st to beg ch to join rnd -- 16 (18, 20) sc.
Rnd 3: Ch 1 (counts as 1st sc), sc in each st around, sl st to beg ch to end -- 16 (18, 20) sc.
*Repeat Rnd 3 until piece measures 1.75 (2, 2.25)” from toe.
Row 1: Do not ch. Sc in next 2 (3, 3) sts, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in next 12 (14, 16) sts, turn.
*Repeat Row 2 until foot measures 3.25 (3.75, 4.25)” from toe.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in next 8 (9, 11) sts, turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in next 4 (4, 6) sts, turn.
*Repeat Row 4 for 0.75 (1, 1),” or until flap is long enough to fold up and meet sides of bootie to close back of foot.
Fasten off yarn
Finishing the Booties
Thread tapestry needle with mc yarn.
Fold heel flap up to close the back of the bootie. Sew edges of flap in place.
Fasten off yarn.
Join cc yarn to ankle of bootie. Work sc around entire ankle opening as an edging. Space sts evenly (4 sts per inch).
Fasten off yarn and weave in ends.
The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs: 500 Classic and Original Patterns, by Linda P Schapper