Sylvia emailed the following:
Where can I find patterns for crocheted baby shoes? I am not sure whether the baby is going to be a boy or a girl, so I would prefer a unisex style if you have one. I'd prefer a free pattern but would consider buying a pattern if it is a really nice one.
Thanks in advance for all your help.
Sylvia Lynn Smith
Hi Sylvia! Thanks for getting in touch.
Before I go any further, I'd like to make sure you've had a chance to see Dr. Vincent Ianbelli's informative article about baby shoes, which is posted at the About.com Pediatrics website. I mention this article because it's important for you to understand that Dr. Iannelli recommends waiting until a baby is walking before dressing him or her in shoes.
It sounds as if you are interested in crocheting footwear for a soon-to-be newborn, rather than a baby who is already walking. If that's the case, I would highly recommend that you consider making baby booties, baby slippers, or baby socks instead of baby shoes. Here are some links to our free patterns for all of the above:
- Pictured at above right: Erica Jackofsky designed these crocheted baby booties that resemble a pair of Mary-Jane style baby shoes. Cute, aren't they? They're a fantastic unisex pattern. What do you think?
- Free crochet patterns for baby booties and baby slippers
- Free crochet patterns for socks -- This link takes you to a variety of different sock patterns in a broad range of sizes; there are sock patterns appropriate for everyone in the family, including babies and children. I don't have a separate page featuring just baby socks; many of the patterns on this page are multi-sized.
If you think you might like to buy a pattern for baby socks or baby booties, there are many fantastic options available:
- Baby Blueprint Crochet by Robyn Chachula features an outstanding, versatile baby sock pattern. Additionally, there's a cute pattern for baby boots -- not booties, actual boots -- plus many other baby patterns. If you think you might like to make several baby projects, this book would be a good one to consider. This crochet pattern book is published by Interweave Press.
- Dressing Up Baby by Darla Sims features crochet patterns for five different baby layette sets. Each layette set includes four items: a pair of baby booties, a baby blanket, a little sweater, and a hat to top it all off. This crochet pattern book is published by Leisure Arts.
Sylvia, I hope those will get you off to a good start, but if you need additional help finding a pattern please feel free to drop by our crochet forum any time. Even if you don't need help, you're invited to visit our crochet forum to chat about your projects, share pictures, and get inspired about crochet. Hope to see you there!