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Friday
Nov142008

Whit's Knits: 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!

Reader Comments (77)

Hi Sharon and Pam,

Thank you so much for your interest in seeing this pattern in larger sizes! I can't say that I currently have plans to convert the pattern into other sizes, but your enthusiasm has been noted... so perhaps someday!

Thank you again!
Whitney
March 15, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Ginger,

I don't personally know how to do the magic loop technique, but it is my understanding that it is appropriate for all small projects that are knit in the round. So for the section of the Baby Mocs that are knit on double pointed needles, I would say, yes! Try the magic loop!

Thanks for your question!
Whitney
March 15, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I am an excited beginner. would 8 ply wool be ok? (i have so much of it.)
These look adorable so i am very keen to try but so far i have only knitted baby blankets on the diagonal - so my skill set is small - can anyone suggest an easier pattern I could try to ease into the bootie knitting?
thanks
Excited Beginner
May 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterExcited Beginner
Hi Excited Beginner-

We would recommend trying a hat and or a pair of mittens or armwarmers before you get going on this. Here are some good, not too hard hats: http://www.purlbee.com/cashmere-hats/

And here is a simple pair of armwarmers:
http://www.purlbee.com/ribbed-hand-warmers/

Please let us know if you have any more questions, and good luck!

Molly
May 18, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I love this pattern and am making them for my niece or nephew on the way. I got one of the booties done and noticed that my seam on the sole is leaning to the right. Almost as if the sole twisted to the right. I'm a new knitter so I was wondering if that's how it's supposed to be? Or did I do the decreases wrong?
June 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterC
I LOOOOVE these booties so much. They are the reason I'm teaching myself to use dpns. However, I'm confused about the first couple of rounds under the 'instep' sequence.

Round 1: Knit 20, bind off 9. (21 stitches)

What does the '21 stitches' in parentheses mean? I'm confused about what to do with that last stitch in that round. Didn't we cast on 30 in the beginning?

When I knit 20 and bind off 9, I'm left with one stitch on the last needle, but if I continue to bind off 9 more, then I have one lonesome stitch. I think my math might be off or I can't visualize this part correctly. Ultimately, the goal is to have the center 12 stitches left to continue with the instep, right?

Thanks so much for your help. Can't wait to finish these for my daughter expected in September!

Katy
June 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkaty
Katy,

I don't know if they're still responding to questions on this post, but I might be able to help you. The number in parenthesis is the number of stitches you'll have on your needles after you complete that round. When I got to that last stitch, I just slipped it on to the needle I was getting ready to work next. So instead of having 10 stitches on the next needle (if using 3 dpn instead of 4), I had 11. That helped with continuing to bind off those last 9. After those last 9, I knit the 1 stitch on that needle (there are 2 stitches on the needle. 1 from binding off and 1 untouched. Knit the untouched one) and the 10 on the next needle onto the same needle. With that last bound off stitch on the other needle, I slipped it onto the "bottom" or "back" of the needle with the 11 stitches. This leaves you with the 12 required stitches on one needle. I hope this helps and I'm sorry if I've made you even more confused. I know it seems very complicated and took me a couple tries to get it right, but just take it step by step. You can do it! My only trouble with the pattern was the sole twisting, which no one has been able to help me with yet.

C
June 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterC
Hi C,

The sole shouldn't twist or lean; it should just lie flat and straight. My best guess is that you lost track of your decreases. Otherwise, perhaps you didn't pick up the proper number of the stitches for the sole (this seems less likely).

I hope that the problem resolved itself when you knit the second bootie, and you can chalk the first one up to a learning experience!

Please let me know if I can answer any more questions!
Whitney
June 25, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Katy,

The 21 stitches in parentheses indicates how many total stitches you should have on your needles at that point. So, having bound off 9 of the 30 stitches, you should have 21 stitches left.

Yes, you will have one "lone" stitch left at the end of Round 1 (it is one of the 21 stitches remaining). That is actually the stitch that you will pass over for the "bind off 1" at the beginning of Round 2.

I think what may be confusing is that the directions are broken up by the end of the round. Try to imagine that you're just binding off all the way around the back heel of the bootie, with an interruption to finish the round and another to mark the center of the bind off.

Please let me know if you need more clarification and congratulations on your baby-to-be!

Whitney
June 25, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
These are gorgeous but I am having trouble printing the pattern when clicking on prinbt at the bottom of the pattern can you help please
Kay
kedbwelk@bigpopnd.com
August 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKserra
Does any one know if this size would fit an 18" (American Girl) doll?
August 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterQS
Hi Kay,
I just emailed you.
Let me know if you have any question!
Laura
August 27, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
For those of you wanting to a larger size...One way to size up these booties w/o a lot of math is to just go up a needle size.

If you want an even larger size, you could use worsted weight yarn instead of sport & larger needle appropriate to it, such as 7-9.

Sometimes proportions change a bit with a larger yarn & such, but it frequently works. :-) hope that helps! ♥♥
December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFaydra
I'm obsessed with knitting these moccasins! Cutest bootie pattern ever! These are my most recent projects http://www.ravelry.com/projects/maizymooknits/baby-moccasins-4.
I knit them using magic loop and I don't bind off the heel stitches but rather put them on waste yarn while I work the top of the moccasin. I also found that it's easiest to do the duplicate stitch embroidery BEFORE finishing the sole. Thank you so much for this awesome pattern.
Karyn
January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaryn G
Hi, I noticed your pattern is listed in an auction on Listia. I just wanted to make sure you were aware or that it was you listing it. http://www.listia.com/auction/8444204-custom-cre-ted-baby-moccasins-knit
February 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDonna
I just love these. I made 3 pair along with an afghan for a native woman who works at a gas and convenience store we always go to. She loved them. Thanks for sharing the pattern. At the time I was wracking my brain and searching the internet for indian art to incorporate into the afghan but these just fit the bill perfectly.
March 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWendy
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!!!
May 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa Chinnock
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!
July 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMolly B.
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
August 5, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
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.
February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRia Smits
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!
March 12, 2014 | Unregistered Commentern
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
March 17, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi I was wondering what "knit to 2 stitches before next marker" means?
How would you do this? What does it do?
Thanks, Renae
May 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRenae
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
May 23, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Could you please convert this pattern to two at a time moccossins using the Magic Loop method?Thanks, Alice
June 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlice Morrison
Hi Alice-

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

Best-

Molly
June 2, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
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.
July 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

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