Last year around this time, I shared my first baby shoe pattern – my Double Strapped Mary Janes. It was admittedly a slightly confusing pattern, both for myself and my readers. I’ve also gotten requests to make different sizes. With M’s feet getting bigger every day, I think it’s time to buckle down and figure out this whole shoe business, with at least some idea of how this sizing thing works.
Hence, a little sole searching, and possibly, a little soul searching. After dotting my residential landscape with a lot of tiny soles and making a lot of drawings in my idea book, I think I have a sole that works.
The pattern is for two sizes, and can be adjusted even more by using a different sized hook. The gray/yellow shoe shown above is compared to a Duplos block, and it for 3-6 mo baby using a G hook. An H hook will probably give you a 6-12 mo size. The larger pattern using a G hook will give a 12-18 mo size, and an H hook will probably fit a 2-3T size (I know, those are clothing sizes, but you get the idea). I made a pair using the larger pattern using a G hook and it’s a snug fit for Miss M, who is wearing a 6.5 baby shoe size.
Scrap yarn in two colors. You won’t need an entire ball of yarn for either pattern, but not itty bitty scraps either.
G or H hook
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
ch – chain stitch
hdc2tog – half double crochet 2 stitches together (decreasing stitch)
sc2tog – single crochet 2 stitches together (decreasing stitch)
Instructions for Size 1 (3-12 mo):
Round 1: Ch 10. Starting with the second chain from hook, work 1 sc in each of next 6 stitches. Work 1 hdc in each of next 2 st. Work 6 hdc in next stitch (last ch st). Coming back down the chain row, work 1 hdc in each of next 2 st, then work 1 sc in each of next 5 stitches. Work 3 sc in next stitch. Join to first sc with sl st. (24)
Round 2: Ch 1. Starting in the same stitch as ch (ch does not count as stitch), work 1 sc in each of next 8 st. Work 2 sc in each of next 6 st. Work 1 sc in each of next 8 st. Work 3 sc in each of next 2 st. Join to first sc with sl st. (34)
Round 3: Ch 1. Starting in the same stitch as ch, work 1 sc in each of next 12 st. Work 2 sc in next st. Work 1 sc in each of next 2 st. Work 2 sc in next st. Work 1 sc in each of next 12 st. Work 2 sc in next st. Work 1 sc in each of next 4 st. Work 2 sc in last st. Join to first sc with sl st. (38)
Round 4: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each stitch around. Join to first sc with sl st. (38)
Round 5: Ch 1. Turn your work clockwise, and work 1 sc in each stitch around. These stitches are worked into the row below, and the sc will end up *around* the previous row. By working into all available ‘holes’, you’ll end up with 1 additional stitch. Join with an invisible stripes method and fasten off. (39)
Here’s a short video to show how to finish the inside-out sole!