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Guide to Crochet Baby Booties
Crochet baby booties are one of the cutest handmade products! All baby booties are pretty cute, of course, but there’s just something really special about the work and care that goes into the handcrafting of crochet baby booties. Whether you make them yourself or buy them from someone who crochets this is definitely something you’ll want to have for your own baby (or give as a gift to someone with a new baby in the family!)
Why Crochet Baby Booties?
If you aren’t a crocheter yourself (yet?!) then you may be wondering why you would take the time to crochet baby booties instead of just getting regular baby booties from the store. Here are some of the things that make crochet baby booties so great:
o Handcrafted items are always special. The love that goes into a handmade item is what makes these items so incredibly special. They are treasured for that reason alone.
o This is a crocheted gift that can be saved over time. There are many different crochet baby items including crochet baby hats and crochet baby blankets. However, those tend to be used for a long period of time by the baby and get kind of messed up in the process. That’s great because they are functional but it’s also nice to have a handmade item that can be treasured over time. Crochet baby boots are never worn for long because the baby’s feet grow so fast and they aren’t really damaged because the baby isn’t walking on them yet. This means they can be enjoyed while they still fit and then set aside as an heirloom item to be saved and adored. Who doesn’t keep their baby’s small first set of booties?!
o Crochet baby booties are unique. Parents who are ready for their kids to start showing a cool sense of style can start with a handmade pair of crochet baby booties!
How to Crochet Baby Booties
There are many different patterns that you can use to crochet baby booties. Most of them are fairly easy as long as you know the basic stitches of crochet. The video below shows an example of how to crochet baby booties so that you can see just how easy it can be!
Patterns for Crochet Baby Booties
If you are interested in making crochet baby booties then all that you need to get started is your crochet hook, yarn and a good pattern. You can find patterns for crochet baby booties in crochet magazines, crochet books and online. Here are some resources for crochet baby bootie patterns to get you started:
o All Crafts. This website has 100+ patterns for crochet baby booties so you will surely find some that you want to try to make!
o Crochet n More. This website has lots of crochet patterns for baby items including a couple for crochet baby booties.
o All Free Crochet. This website has great free crochet patterns including a terrific section of free patterns for crochet baby booties.
o Bee’s Very Easy Newborn Booties. This is a single pattern for a pair of crochet baby booties that are easy to make. There are instructions for newborns and separate instructions in the case of a preemie baby.
Examples of Crochet Baby Booties
As you begin to look at different patterns you will see that there are many different types of crochet baby booties. There are really simple ones that look almost like socks. There are really modern and trendy designs that look like they could have come out of a designer baby clothing store. There are vintage crochet baby booties that give a nice nod to the past and the items that were crocheted by the generations before us. Take a look at the photos (and one video!) below to get some idea of the many different types of crochet baby booties that are available:
Where to Buy Crochet Baby Booties
If you don’t want to crochet baby booties yourself but you do want to celebrate this great craft buy purchasing a pair of handmade booties then you’re in luck because there are a lot of different places where you can buy these items.
If you know someone who crochets then you can always ask him or her if it would be possible to commission a pair of baby booties. Even if they don’t want to do it they may know another crocheter who does. This is a great way to get a truly custom item without having to make it yourself. Pay your friend fairly for their work.
Some other great places to buy crochet baby booties include:
o Etsy. This online hot spot for purchasing handmade items is a great place to find a diverse range of different crochet baby booties. Some items are already made and ready for sale whereas others can be customized and purchased on demand. Shop around here!
o eBay. Because of the fact that crochet baby booties tend to be a fairly durable item that isn’t worn by a baby for long there are some people who do opt to sell theirs online when they’re done with them. Because of that eBay sometimes has good deals on secondhand crochet baby booties.
o Various online baby stores. There are stores online that do sell baby products and sometimes have these in the mix. You can use Google’s shopping search engine to find them. One example is Quilts Just 4 Kids.
o Local boutique baby stores. You shouldn’t neglect the possibility that there may be local stores in your area that accept commissioned items from crocheters including crochet baby booties.
A note on buying crochet baby booties from big name stores:
Crochet is an art that must be done by hand. As a result, if you find a pair of super inexpensive crochet baby booties in a big store that is selling multiples of the same item then you may want to question who did the work. Some people in foreign countries do get exploited for their handmade crochet work so you should take the time to find out where such items came from! That said, there are a lot of great crochet baby booties out there that come from legitimate sources where crafters are paid fair wages for their work.