How to knit creative baby booties

Updated April 17, 2017

Baby booties are small projects that don't use a lot of yarn and can be knitted quickly. Due to their small size, many knitters use baby booties as a way to learn new techniques, get wildly creative with their knitting, and explore design and stitch patterns. Baby booties are often cherished gifts and are passed on to future generations. Knitting creative booties can be a great way to give a truly distinctive baby gift to be treasured for years.

Play with colour. Try simple stripes or stranded colourwork. Draw out your colour pattern on a piece of graph paper and use that as a chart for knitting the baby booties.

Use contrasting yarns and a tapestry needle to embroider over the surface of the baby booty. Use free-form embroidery or draw out your design ahead of time on paper.

Knit different shapes. Add creative touches, such as curly toes, knitted wings or ears off the side of the booties, bear paw shapes and other animal-themed embellishments. Try knitting booties in the shape of adult shoe types, such as cowboy boots, high heels, ballet slippers and sneakers.

Crochet embellishments. Try crocheting a small garden of bright flowers on the toes of the booties or adding tiny flowers along the cuffs. Add lace trim or lace-tipped ties to the cuffs of the booties.

Use novelty yarns. Knit booties with eyelash yarn for a furry animal foot look or add a touch of it at the top for a wintry booty.


Ribbon yarns can add interesting texture to otherwise plain baby booties and provide an interesting medium for knitters to work with.


Avoid small embellishments, such as sequins and beads, that could potentially become choking hazards. Stick to larger items that can't be easily swallowed.

Things You'll Need

  • Yarn
  • Knitting needles
  • Tapestry needle
  • Crochet hook
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Based in New York City, Virginia Watson has been writing and editing professionally since 2004. Her work has appeared in magazines including "The Roanoker Magazine," "Blue Ridge Country," "Pinnacle Living" and the award-winning "Virginia State Travel Guide." Watson holds a Master of Arts in philosophy of education from Virginia Polytechnic and State University.