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Modern Baby Booties – Book Review
“Modern Baby Booties” is full of adorable sandals, boots, and sneakers for tiny toes! Twelve patterns in all are included in the book, with a great mix of patterns for both girls and boys. The designs are really well thought out and are easy to follow. Each pattern starts with a shopping list of materials you’ll need to complete the project, along with sizing information and a stitch guide with any special stitches you might need an explanation for. If you would like to use the exact yarn that was used for each pair of booties, the yarn information can be found in the back of the book. All of the patterns in the book are marked “easy”. An advanced beginner would learn a few things, and intermediate to advanced crocheters will probably be able to whip up any of these booties in an evening (I was averaging 1-1/2 hours with the “Casual Boot”).
The first pattern I was itching to try was the “Casual Boot”. After using the recommended size hook (and following directions for the larger size) I ended up with a teeny weeny bootie that would maybe fit a newborn. I went up to a size H hook while still following the larger instructions, and I would totally recommend doing that. Babies grow quick, you’ll get much more use out of the booties if you make them on the larger size.
As you can see, I was really digging the boot pattern. It’s just so adorable, and perhaps one of the least likely for baby to take off in search of their toes! You might notice I do not have a button on my bootie as in the picture in the book. Personally, I wouldn’t feel comfortable gifting or selling a baby bootie when there is even the slightest chance the button could come off and into a baby’s mouth. My daughter (smart little cookie she is) recommended crocheting a button and sewing it down around the edges to the side of the boot cuff. It worked out splendidly!
To make your own crochet faux button:
1. Ch 2
6 sc into 2nd ch from hook
Join to first sc w/ sl st
2. Ch 1
2 sc into each st around
Join to first sc w/ sl st
Fasten off, leaving 6-8” tail for sewing on
There are so many cute little booties in this book, it was hard to decide which to make next! I settled on the “Casual Loafers”, an adorable little pair of booties that either a little girl or boy could wear. I love the little detail of the heel tab, it’s a really nice finishing touch.
Add “Modern Baby Booties” to your crochet pattern book collection, and you’ll always have the perfect pattern for baby showers on hand. With an array of pattern styles, you’ll be able to create for any climate. Use a cotton yarn (because it’s breatheable) to make sandal booties in the Summer for cuteness overload! Use an acrylic or soft wool blend yarn for the warmer booties for cozy comfort in the Winter.
Since any of the booties work up in less than an evening, these definitely qualify for last minute gift-making. Need this book today?! No worries. It is available as an instant download PDF, so you can literally have it on your tablet/phone/computer right now and be crocheting today!