How to Make Knitted Baby Sneakers

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Baby bootees are a fun, easy and quick gift to knit. Making sneaker versions are especially cute, and add an element of novelty to a traditional baby present.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Black sock yarn
  • Red sock yarn
  • White sock yarn
  • Set of 5 size 2 double-pointed needles
  • Tapestry needle
  • Sewing scissors

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Instructions

    How to Make Knitted Baby Sneakers

  1. 1

    Double your black yarn, using the centre strand of the ball alongside of the outside strand. Cast on 5 stitches. Knit one row, purl to one stitch before the end, make one, purl one, Next row, knit to one stitch before the end, make one, knit one. Repeat these two rows until you have 12 stitches. Knit one row, purl one row and repeat these two rows until you've made 26 rows.

  2. 2

    Pick up 14 stitches along one vertical side of your piece, 12 stitches along the toe and 14 stitches along the other vertical side. You now have 4 needles active on your piece. Knit 3 rounds in black. Switch to red and knit one round. Switch to white and knit 2 rounds.

  3. 3

    Knit until you reach the beginning of the toe, before the shape begins to taper, Knit to the end of the toe section and slip knit into the first stitch on the side section. Turn the work and purl an ending on a purl 2 together, picking up another side stitch. Repeat these 2 rows until you have 7 stitches on each of your vertical side needles.

  4. 4

    Knit 2 more rounds. Next round, knit 1, yarn over, knit 2 together. Repeat around the ankle. Knit the next row. Bind off the following row. Knit an i-cord out of black or red yarn, using a single strand of yarn. Weave this through the eyelets formed at the ankle.

  5. 5

    Thread your tapestry needle with one strand of the same colour yarn that you used for your i-cord. Stitch 3 small connecting Xs up the instep of the sneaker to simulate lacing. Turn the sneaker inside out and weave in the ends of lacing and the ends from your knitting.

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