Crossover Baby Booties: 2 Free Knitting Patterns for Beginners

by Shehla Ahmed

Today I have a very simple knitting pattern to share with you guys, and it’s these adorable crossover baby booties. These baby booties are made using only a few basic knitting techniques, so it’s perfect for beginners who are just getting the hang of knitting. Best of all, unlike scarves, these only take about half an hour to make. So, grab your needles and let’s get started!


crossover baby booties free pattern


These baby booties are basically just two knit rectangles that are sewn together to make the right shape. It’s a great project for when you need something quick and easy, and it works with any craft. You could use this same style to sew a pair of baby booties together with some pretty fabric or you can crochet them! I have written out a similar pattern for crocheted baby booties like these called the Kimono Booties, which you can find in my Beginner’s Guide to Crochet.



You might have noticed there are actually two different baby booties in these pictures. They follow the same basic pattern, but for one pair, I worked in stockinette stitch to get that smooth surface and for the other, I used garter stitch. They both have that crossover design, but with different colors and slightly different patterns, they look unique. There are just a few small differences between the two, but I love them both so I have both patterns written out for you guys.



The full free pattern is written out below. For those who’d prefer to print the pattern and take it with you for on-the-go and to markup as you go, you can buy the inexpensive printable PDF from my Etsy and Ravelry shops. The PDF is formatted without ads or comments, so it’s easy to read.


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  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • BO – bind off


Pattern Notes:

  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Sizing: 0-3 months, 3-6 mo, 6-9 months, 1-year-old
  • Gauge: 4 sts/inch x 5 rows/inch


Garter Stitch Baby Booties


Both booties are made the same way so just repeat for the second one.


Rows 1-12: First, cast on 28 (32, 36, 40) stitches. Work 11 rows of garter stitch and bind off, leaving a long tail.

Rows 1- x: Now cast on 7 stitches for the sole of the bootie, and work in garter stitch until the piece measures 3 inches for newborn size. For 0-3 months, continue until 3.25 inches, 3.5 for 3-6 months, 3.75 for 6-9 months and 4 inches for 1-year-olds. Bind off, leaving a long tail.



Using the tapestry needle and the tail of the smaller piece you knit, sew the two pieces to form a T shape. The picture above should be your template for positioning.

Fold one side of the top of the T over to the bottom and sew the short sides together. Also, sew the pieces together along the right edge.



Next, fold the left side over and sew the bootie closed at the toe and along the left edge. To finish, trim any excess yarn and turn the baby booties inside out.


All done! You can make these garter stitch baby booties in any color and you can even switch it up by making the sole a different color than the rest or adding a row of another color as trim along the top. Whatever you decide to do, these baby booties will keep little toes snuggly and warm. I like the textured look of the garter stitch, but let’s look at a smoother version with stockinette stitch and a rolled cuff.



Rolled Cuff Booties



Both booties are made the same way so just repeat for the second one.


Rows 1-14: Cast on 28 (32, 36, 40) stitches and work in stockinette stitch for 13 rows. Bind off, leaving a long tail.

Rows 1-x: Cast on 7 stitches for the sole (which I did in brown yarn) and work in garter stitch until the piece measures 3 inches for newborn size. For 0-3 months, continue until 3.25 inches, 3.5 for 3-6 months, 3.75 for 6-9 months and 4 inches for 1-year-olds.


Sew the sole piece to the center of the longer piece to form a T. Fold the sides of the longer piece to the edge of the toe, with the stockinette facing inside, and sew the edges up as you did for the garter stitch booties. Then, trim any excess yarn and turn the bootie inside out. This step turns the stockinette side out and the extra rows will form the rolled cuff of these baby booties.





See how easy it is to knit something beautiful? Baby booties like these make for great baby shower gifts or quick and gifts for any time. They’re also a nice addition to something like a blanket or a toy, without too much more time involved. If you want ideas for something a bit prettier and more feminine, check out these crocheted Sweetheart Baby Booties.



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Julie July 15, 2018 - 6:29 am

These are just lovely. They would be such a great gift. Pinning. Thanks so much for the pattern.

Shehla Ahmed July 19, 2018 - 1:38 pm

Thank you, Julie! They do make great gifts. I’ve customized them with different colors and little embellishments to make them perfect for the recipients.

Dani January 1, 2018 - 4:57 pm

When I try to make the 3 months size you said to do 3.25ā€ for everyone sole part of the bootie. But because the top part is too smal it make it impossible to align and see together. I think maybe your cast on only works for newborn size? If not what am I doing wrong?

Shehla Ahmed January 1, 2018 - 5:43 pm

You also need to make the top part longer to go around the sole. Work another 5 or 6 rows to make up for that. I forgot to include that, so I’ll be sure to update it!

Tammy chekos December 5, 2016 - 9:13 pm

I made this pattern and it was very small…. like to fit a preemie…. what baby has a 2 inch length Foot?

Shehla Ahmed December 6, 2016 - 12:03 pm

These were sized for a newborn, but you can easily make them larger by working a few more rows.

BahaQueen November 17, 2016 - 6:01 pm

Thank you for sharing this lovely ? lovely pattern.

Shehla Ahmed November 17, 2016 - 8:44 pm

I’m glad you like it šŸ™‚

Theresa Huse August 10, 2016 - 9:31 pm

Love your tutorial!
Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight Party. Pinned & shared.

Shehla Ahmed August 11, 2016 - 2:35 pm

Thanks, Theresa!

Shehla Ahmed May 20, 2016 - 2:29 am

Thanks, Chellie! That means so much to me šŸ™‚

chellie schmitz May 20, 2016 - 2:24 am

You do such beautiful work!!! Thanks for joining us at FTAF! Hope to see you back again!

Shehla Ahmed April 27, 2016 - 6:31 pm

Thank you! That's so sweet of you to say šŸ™‚

Kreativk Net April 27, 2016 - 6:28 pm

Oh my Goodness Shela, these booties are so adorable! I've never been good at knitting, but you clearly are a star at it! Wow! Thank you so much for sharing these at Sweet Inspiration #3! We hope that you join us again this Friday!

Shehla Ahmed March 21, 2016 - 9:12 pm

Hi Shelly! These are actually knit, but you can just as easily do them in crochet by making the same shapes. If you're ready to learn crochet, I really hope you download the ebook and start! It only takes a couple minutes a day, maybe just one lesson, and you'll really get the hang of it. The download form is just above the comments and the book has a few more booties too!

Shelly Shepherd March 21, 2016 - 9:12 pm

I've been putting off learning to crochet – but now I absolutely have to learn… just for these booties! Thanks for sharing! Found you through BNOTP
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Shehla Ahmed February 24, 2016 - 3:49 pm

I am SO glad you love them! I'd love to see the finished product!

Gina Kleinworth February 24, 2016 - 3:38 pm

I absolutely ADORE these! Not just for babies though – I'm making some for myself – love love love them!!

Emily @ TwoPurpleCouches February 24, 2016 - 5:02 am

These are so adorable! I need to learn how to knit šŸ™‚ Thanks for linking up with Creative Spark. I chose your baby booties as one of my Features this week. I hope you'll stop by and share with us again šŸ™‚

USS Crafty December 10, 2015 - 6:37 pm

Such cute little booties!!

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Shehla Ahmed November 9, 2015 - 7:22 pm

Make them for friends! I actually like making baby things just to have for when someone has a baby!

Kati November 9, 2015 - 7:21 pm

These are adorable! I wish I had a baby to put them on šŸ™ Thanks for linking up at the Wednesday Showcase party! Hope to see you again.

Shehla Ahmed November 7, 2015 - 6:45 pm

Thanks for sharing it, I'm glad you liked!

Shehla Ahmed November 7, 2015 - 6:45 pm

Congratulations! If you liked this, be sure to check back in a few weeks or subscribe! I have a bunch of posts coming for baby knits and easy handmade projects!

Reply November 7, 2015 - 6:40 pm

These are adorable.This might be easy enough to try making too. Pinned & shared. Thanks for joining in the Inspiration spotlight party! Hope to see you again soon. Have a great weekend.

Ashley Tukiainen November 7, 2015 - 6:40 pm

Cute! i have a wee one on the way and I've been looking for things to make for the baby šŸ™‚ Thanks for joining us at From The Archives Friday!

Shehla Ahmed November 4, 2015 - 6:10 pm

Thank you! I'm glad you like them!

Shehla Ahmed November 4, 2015 - 6:10 pm

Thanks! And thanks for tweeting it out!

Cristina November 4, 2015 - 5:18 pm

Ah! How adorable are these! What a great project. I know some little babies who will have toasty feet this winter! Thanks for sharing with the Wednesday Showcase!

Jess October 20, 2015 - 8:40 pm

These are completely adorbs! LOVE them! šŸ™‚

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!


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