One of the cutest things you can make for a baby are crochet baby booties, and adding suede to the design will give your baby a chic new look. Crocheted booties are a stylish way for your little ones to keep their feet warm, and the suede on the bottom adds strength and keeps the yarn from unraveling. This will prevent the soles from wearing out. Although suede is a little harder to work with, the result will be beautiful. If you have some basic crochet knowledge, making suede booties will be a piece of cake.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- Suede material
- Crochet yarn
- Crochet hook
- Pattern for booties
- Big-eyed needle
- Thread to match suede
- Tracing pencil
Find a pattern that fits closest to baby's foot size. Crochet a chain the length of the baby's foot. Holding the crochet hook in right hand, form a slip knot. Bring the yarn over the hook from the back. Grab yarn with crochet hook. Pull the hooked yarn through the slip knot and onto the hook. This completes one chain stitch. Repeat to make your row of chain stitches.
Make a half double crochet into the second chain from hook and in each chain across. Now chain 2 and turn. This chain of 2 will become the first half double crochet of the next row.
On the next row, half double crochet in each of the half double crochets of the previous row. At the end, chain 2 and turn. Repeat for the next row. On the next row, row 4, double crochet in each of the previous half double crochets. At the end of this row, just turn, do not add any chains.
Continue on row 5 of the bootie. Slip stitch in the first five double crochets. Chain 3 in the 5th stitch, this will count as a double crochet. Double crochet in each of the double crochets from the last row, until you get to the last 4 stitches of the prior row. Don't put any stitches in the last 4. Chain 3 and turn, starting the next row. For the 6th and 7th rows, double crochet in each of the prior row's stitches. Now, chain 3 and turn. This will be the last row: Single crochet in the first stitch nearest to the hook, chain three and single crochet in the very next stitch. Continue this the whole way across; this will give a ruffled appearance. Now the look of the crocheted piece will resemble Noah's Ark. Tie off your thread so it won't unravel.
Fold your piece in half. Using the crochet yarn and a big-eyed needle, whip stitch the bootie (sew the sides together). Your bootie will be inside out. Turn it right side out.
Using the sole part of the bootie as a pattern, trace the pattern of the sole onto the suede. You will need to make 2.
Using the regular needle and coordinating thread, hand sew the suede sole to the sole of the bootie using the whip stitch. Make sure the sole is very secure on the bootie.
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