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Stay-On Baby Booties

This is just a good recipe containing a photo tutorial. These booties will not fall away from your baby’s feet. Each is knitted bottom up as one piece without yarn cut.

Two types of matching bumpers are available. Rib 2x2 or garter stitch bumber.

If supplied with a ribbon or an I-cord tie the booties will perfectly fit baby foot and will stay on in any case.


With a large hook and contrasting color yarn chain 40 st loosely for provisional CO. From the chain pick up 38 st. onto your knitting needle, leaving 15 inches tail.
The first and the last st will be edging ones (slip the 1st and purl the last st in every row)

Knit 2 rows back and forth in garter stitch.
Start increasing like this:
3rd row: sl1, k1, m1, k16, m1, k2, m1, k16, m1, k1, p1
4th row and all even rows knit
5th row: sl1, k2, m1, k16, m1, k4, m1, k16, m1, k2, p1
7th row: sl1, k3, m1, k16, m1, k6, m1, k16, m1, k3, p1
9th row: sl1, k4, m1, k16, m1, k8, m1, k16, m1, k4, p1

To prevent any eyelets don’t use yo-increase. Make new st with “invisible M1”: twist the bridge of yarn between the two stitches of the previous row, put it onto your left hand needle as a st and knit through.

When 4 increasing rows are done you will have 54 st. Continue 10 more rows in garter stitch. Then prepare to work out the toe upside (Pic.1).

Next (RS) row sl1, k15 and repeat *k2, p2* 5 times, k1, p1 and turn your work to the WS.

Work 8 rows in 2x2 rib on the 22 st (slip the 1st and purl the last st in every row).

Next (WS) row sl1, p2tog 10 times (joining each time one k st with one p st, see Pic.2), p1.
Turn your work to the RS. You will have now 12 st looking all knitwise (like on Pic.3). Pull the 1st st through the rest of them (Pic.4), leave on your right needle and pull tightly. Tighten as much as possible, just as strong as you can!

Pick up 6 edging st from the left side of the toe onto your left hand needle (Pic.5). Knit these 6, twisting each st to avoid eyelets (Pic.6), k15, p1 (the last st in this row). Turn your work to the WS.
Knit up to the center, then pick 6 edging st (Pic.7) onto your left hand needle, k6, twisting each st, k15, p1.

You can finish the boot tops with any chart you prefer.

Option A.

Simple 2x2 rib is good looking with such toes, and especially if you work out a long cuff to fold it out. To thread a ribbon work the eyelets first (Knit 1 row, purl 1 row, and next (RS) row repeat (K2, K2tog, YO) to the end of row. Purl 1 row. Knit next (RS) row, purl next (WS) row).

Then work about 45 rows in rib. BO loosely or stretchy. Don't cut yarn. Use it to sew the back seam afterwards.

Option B.

Knit 1 row. Purl 1 row. Next (RS) row repeat *k2, k2tog, yo* to the end of row. Purl the next row. And continue 2 rows in stockinette st.

Work 26 rows in garter st and BO but don’t cut the end of yarn. Use it for sewing the seam afterwards.


First rip off the provisional CO chain and graft the foot ‘seam’ with a kitchener stitch using the yarn tail that you left at the beginning (Pic.8).

After that sew the back seam together. If you use a crochet hook, just don’t cut yarn, if you prefer to sew your projects with a needle leave at least 15’’.

Pull the ribbon or an I-cord through the eyelets and tie a bow.

CO – cast on
st – stitch(es)
sl – slip
k – knit
p – purl
p2tog – purl two stitches together
k2tog – knit two stitches together
m – make
yo – yarn over
RS – right side
WS – wrong side
BO – bind off

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I love these booties. I'm testing for you on Raverly so this will go nicely with the hat for my grandbaby who isn't here yet...:-)

OMG!!! Nice to meet you here, C! I am so happy to know you like the booties too! Happy knitting! <3 <3 <3

What is the suggested yarn weight & needle size?

Looking forward to making them...


Hi Carmen! Those work good with 4ply (cotton or wool blends) which gives 3-6 months size on US#1.5 or #2 needles, as well as with any sport weight yarns, if you need to scale it for a 6-12 months baby. I hope this helps.
Wish you enjoy the process of yarn choise (it's my fave part in any knitting project). Anyway the end result will mostly depend on your own gauge, I'm sort of a tight knitter. Usually))))))

I have been taking my brains out to find out how to knit it all in one piece..And here is the solution! Thank you very much for this wonderful pattern!

Dear Irina! Thank you so much for your lovely comment! You are welcome!
Some knitters have also adjusted the bottom part to work it seamlessly in the round. Just in case if you're not a big fan of grafting. :)

Edited at 2012-02-24 10:39 pm (UTC)

Stay on booties pattern

I've completed the 4increase rows and 10rows in garter stitch. After that I am confused as it doesn't add add up to 54 stitches worked. Please help

Re: Stay on booties pattern

Each inc row you've added 4 st.
E.g. 1st inc row looks like this:
1 starting st, 1 o 16 o 2 o 16 o 1, and 1 ending st = 42 st.
2nd: 42 + 4 = 46
3rd: 46 + 4 = 50
4th: 50 + 4 = 54.
The instruction should work like that.
Maybe try to re-calculate?

Re: Stay on booties pattern

What does it mean to "From the chain pick up 38 st. onto your knitting needle, leaving 15 inches tail." What happens to the other 2 stitches?

Re: Stay on booties pattern

question when you knit the first 2 rows for the garter stich do you still slip the first and purl the last in those 2 rows or does that start when you start the pattern?

also to reply to nathene when you pick up 38 to leave 15 inch tail your picking on the stitches from your 40 chain if you did the chain correctly it should be about 15 in for the tail.. the other two stiches are what is used to unravel the chain at the end. So you would pic up the stiches but instead of picking up starting from the first chained (where the end of the yarn is that you started the chain) you pick up starting from the end with the working yarn and leave those last two chains free.

Hi Lena
I just love these booties and I am a good knitter, so I am starting to make them. I've been through 3 trials (UGH) what I do not understand how to do is this:
Pull the 1st st through the rest of them (Pic.4), leave on your right needle and pull tightly. Tighten as much as possible, just as strong as you can!

How are you pulling the thread through all 12 of those stitches? I've tried and it looks like a bunched up mess. Can you please explain it to me or if you have a video tutorial let me know so that I can follow it. I am making these for a new born baby girl so I really do not have much time before the party to get these done. I would so appreciate your help.

Thank you
you can email me at elizcoh3@yahoo.com

Hi -
I have a question about the instruction:
"Next (WS) row sl1, p2tog 10 times (joining each time one k st with one p st, see Pic. 2), p1."

This is being worked on 22 sts. I can't figure out how to join one k st with one p st 10 times and still include the selvage stitches as instructed.

Mary Beth

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