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Baby Mocs

These super easy baby booties are such a breeze to knit that a set of three would be a perfect gift. I would love if people used this pattern as a starting point to make booties unique to their own inspirations. Change the colors and duplicate stitch designs to make a set of Christmas booties, Jungle booties, Flower Garden booties, Art Deco booties, Pirate booties - the list is endless! Whether you stick with our Native American inspired moccasins or come up with your own theme, it would be really fun to see the fruits of your labors - please share your links!

Materials

Blue Sky Alpaca's 100% Sportweight Alpaca. (One skein would be enough for at least two pairs of solid color booties, but if you want to encorporate contrast colors, you can use scrap yarn or buy several skeins and have enough yarn for a lot of booties!)

These colors (from the top) are:

  • Natural White 500
  • Natural Light Tan 504
  • Natural Copper 502
  • Scarlet 518 and
  • Capri 539

Tools:

The Pattern

Gauge

6 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch with larger needle

Finished Size

3 1/2 inches from heel to toe (to fit infant)

Cuff

With US #2 double pointed needles and the Contrast Color (CC), loosely cast on 30 stitches.

Join for working in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches.

Round 1: *K1, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Round 1 four more times.

Changing to US #4 double pointed needles and the Main Color (MC), knit 7 rounds.

Instep

Round 1: K20, bind off 9. (21 stitches)

Round 2: Bind off 1 and place a removable marker (or scrap of yarn) on that stitch, bind off 8 more, k11. (12 stitches)

Put the remaining 12 stitches onto one needle and working just those stitches back and forth...

Work 9 rows in stockinette stitch (ie purl 1 row, knit 1 row), starting and ending with a purl row.

Row 10: K1, ssk, knit to the last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1. (10 stitches)

Row 11: Purl

Rows 12 and 13: Repeat Rows 10 and 11. (8 stitches)

Row 14: Repeat Row 10. (6 stitches)

Bind off (in purl) the remaining 6 stitches.

Sole

With the US #4 needles and the CC and starting with the marked stitch at center of the heel, pick up the 9 bound off stitches of the side of the heel...

...pick up 9 stitches along the instep...

...pick up 5 of the bound off stitches across the end of the toe, 9 stitches along the other side of the instep, and the 9 bound off stitches of the other side of the heel. (41 stitches)

If you haven't already, distribute the stitches evenly on three needles. You can also remove the marker or scrap yarn and just allow the tail to remind you of where the end of the round is.

Purl 1 round.

Knit 1 round.

Purl 1 round.

Next Round: K3, place a marker, k2tog, k11, ssk, place a marker, k5, place a marker, k2tog, k11, ssk, place a marker, k3. (37 stitches)

Purl 1 round.

Next Round: K3, slip marker, k2tog, knit to 2 stitches before next marker, ssk, slip marker, k5, slip marker, k2tog, knit to 2 stitches before next marker, ssk, slip marker, k3. (4 stitches decreased)

Repeat the last two rounds 2 more times. (25 stitches)

Purl 1 round, removing the markers.

Next Round: K3, k2tog, k3, ssk, k1, slip 1, k2tog, pass the slipped stitch over, k1, k2tog, k3, ssk, k3. (19 stitches)

Next Round: Purl to the last stitch, purl the last stitch together with the first stitch of the round. (18 stitches)

Slip the next 9 stitches onto one needle and the last 9 stitches onto another needle.

Use the Kitchener Stitch to graft the bottom of the sole together. (Or if you're more comfortable with a three needle bind off [the end of the 70's Ski Hat pattern shows the steps for a three needle bind off], you can turn the booties inside out and use that.) I used the Kitchener Stitch...

Weave in the ends and you're finished with the basic bootie!

Embellishing

Use the Duplicate Stitch or basic embroidery to decorate the booties.

I used the Duplicate Stitch on the toes...

...and sometimes on the cuff too.

Here's what this bootie ended up looking like:

Make the other bootie to match.

They're so fun and fast to make, that I made a couple of other pairs. Copy these, be inspired by them, or totally make up your own patterns!

Make a whole set!

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63 Responses to Baby Mocs


  1. Teresa Chinnock says:

    Hi there, what a great pattern, especially for beginners, I never felt I was knitting things correctly so it's good to be able to see what it should look like, big thanks given because this is just FAB!!!

  2. Molly B. says:

    Hi! Thanks for the lovely pattern. I'm knitting a pair right now but I'm stuck on the pick up stitch part? How exactly do you pick up the 41 stitches in the CC? Do you just weave the yarn in and out of the bound off stitches?

    Thanks!

  3. purl bee says:

    Hi Molly B,

    Picking up stitches is a very useful knitting technique. To do it, you insert the right needle into the edge of the knitting, wrap the yarn clockwise around the tip of right needle (just like knitting), and pull the stitch through the fabric onto the right needle.

    We don't have a tutorial on this subject (yet!), but there are many on the internet. Just search "picking up stitches".

    Thanks for your question and good luck!

    Whitney

  4. Ria Smits says:

    I'm totaly in love whit the baby moccasins I will make them for a friend who gets two grantchildren and is becoming granny for the very first time.

  5. n says:

    hi im confused by the part of the pattern that says knit two together then slip one knit one and bring slip stitch over knit stitch.
    thanks!

  6. purl bee says:

    Hi n,

    I think you're talking about this round:

    Next Round: K3, k2tog, k3, ssk, k1, slip 1, k2tog, pass the slipped stitch over, k1, k2tog, k3, ssk, k3. (19 stitches)

    For the part of the round you're asking about, you should slip 1 stitch purlwise, then knit the next 2 stitches together, then insert the left needle into the front of the slipped stitch (which is now the second stitch on the right needle) and lift it over the first stitch on the needle (the k2tog) and let it fall off the needle. This is a 2-stitch decrease.

    I hope this clears things up for you. If not, please let us know and we'll try again! Thanks for your question and good luck!

    Whitney

  7. Renae says:

    Hi I was wondering what "knit to 2 stitches before next marker" means?
    How would you do this? What does it do?
    Thanks, Renae

  8. purl bee says:

    Hi Renae-

    It means to continue knitting until you are two stitches from the marker. Then you do the next instruction, which in this case is ssk, or slip slip knit. The ssk is a decrease, and a video tutorial for it can be found here: http://www.purlbee.com/knitting-tutorials-decreases/

    Thank you!

    Molly

  9. Alice Morrison says:

    Could you please convert this pattern to two at a time moccossins using the Magic Loop method?Thanks, Alice

  10. purl bee says:

    Hi Alice-

    We don't have plans to convert this pattern at this time but thank you for the suggestion.

    Best-

    Molly

  11. Sharon says:

    This is the cutest thing I've seen in a long time. Your tutorial is, as always, perfect. Thank you for all the time you put into making patterns available for free. I just wanted to know if you ever converted this pattern to larger sizes. If not, I think I can do the math well enough to figure it out. Thank you again for this LOVELY pattern…we're having a baby boom here in Roanoke, VA and I shall be using it many many times! If I can figure how to upload a photo I will send pictures of them when finished.

  12. Karen says:

    Thanks so much for this pattern! I made these for my youngest granddaughter when she was a newborn and my daughter loved them. She has asked me to make her another pair but she is almost 2 now and I’m not sure how to make them larger. Could I just use a little thicker yarn and bigger needles or would I need to adjust the stitches? Thanks again.

    • Whitney from the Purl Bee says:

      Hi Karen,

      Yes, I would give bigger yarn (and needles) a try… Great idea!

      Thanks for asking and good luck!

      Whitney

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