Saturday 18 May 2019

Baby Button Shoes

I've been busy working on a new pattern. Baby shoes, this time with a strap. I was going to call them Mary Jane's, but in the end decided Baby Button Shoes was a cuter name. The pattern is available on ravelry, Etsy and LoveKnitting.

In fact the button is simply there as a decoration, and the shoes are designed just slip on and off. I decided that mums of new babies have enough to do, without fiddling with tiny buttons and buttonholes. But if you wanted the button to be functional, it would be quite easy to make a buttonhole in the strap. But in my samples for the pattern the buttons are just sewn in place through the strap and shoe.

They are very easy and quick to make. I think most knitters could make a pair in an evening. The pattern comes in two sizes: 0-3 months and 3-6 months. I think they look cute plain, but have also jazzed some mine up with a bit of embroidery. 

Made with doubleknit wool, they only take 14g or 20g of wool depending which size you make. So they would also be a great way to use up any wool you have left over from other projects. 

On these green shoes I have embroidered a few daisies on the straps. 

... and on these I have used french knots to make some forget-me-not flowers. It is really quite simple to embroider with wool on wool. There are some tutorials of some of the basic stitches in my sidebar on the right.

The red shoes have gone to baby Scarlet, but the green daisy ones, and the forget-me-not shoes are for sale in my Etsy shop.

Just a reminder that there is still time join in my Ginx Woolly Linx party for May. Click on the photo above or at the top of the page to find the party. I would love to see what you have been working on this month.


  1. These are adorable! Would you say these are beginner friendly? I think I might like to try.


    1. Yes, I would say these are fairly easy. The only techniques are Kfb and K2tog. All the shaping is made by turning mid way along the row, so the main thing you need to do is keep count of where you are. They even have fairly minimum sewing up, with just one seam, which goes down the middle of the sole and up the back of the shoe.

  2. Saw these on Handmade Monday. They are very cute!

  3. These are super cute. I've crocheted little shoes similar to this before but never knitted them. They just make just lovely little gifts. I love how you've jazzed them up with the embroidery.

  4. They are amazingly cute. Can you design an adult version of the pattern? I would totally wear something similar as house shoes.
    Thank you for sharing at The really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

  5. such a lovely baby shoes! they are sooo sweet :) I wish I could knit :)