A sweet celebration of garter stitch, joyful color, and new life, the Happy Feet Booties are so cute that you can’t help but smile when you see them!

Happy Feet Booties | Purl Soho

These tiny, no-fuss booties are easy as can be to knit, with no need for double pointed needles or Magic Loop. They’re worked flat in plush garter stitch, and we’ll walk you through an easy and straightforward seaming method to create the final shape… Simple and so satisfying!

Happy Feet Booties | Purl Soho

Knit these booties in Cotton Chirp, our charming new 100% Pima cotton yarn. This yarn comes in winsome 25-gram peanut balls, bundled in 4-color combos, perfect for happy little feet!

Happy Feet Booties | Purl Soho

Machine-washable and dryable Cotton Chirp is incredibly soft and lustrous, in a light worsted/DK weight that makes for breezy knitting!

Happy Feet Booties | Purl Soho
Happy Feet Booties | Purl Soho

We created eight different four-color palettes of Cotton Chirp, packed with exciting color play. You’ll have so much fun exploring each shade in a bundle, or mix and match bundles for even more options!

Happy Feet Booties | Purl Soho

A pair (or a whole set!) of these adorable booties will make such a special gift for a new baby. With one Cotton Chirp Bundle, you can make four pairs, or how about two pairs in the 0-3 month size and two pairs in the 3-6 month size, so the baby in your life can keep wearing them as they grow! 

Happy Feet Booties | Purl Soho

Once you take the first step, you might just find that the Happy Feet Booties become your go-to gift for welcoming little ones to the world! 

Happy Feet Booties | Purl Soho

Designed by Purl Soho designer, Hiromi Glover. Click here to see even more of Hiromi’s work!

Share your progress and connect with the community by tagging your pics with #PurlSoho, #PurlSohoBusyHands, #PurlSohoHappyFeetBooties, and #PurlSohoCottonChirpBundle. We can’t wait to see what you make!

Materials

Happy Feet Booties | Purl Soho

To make a set of 4 pairs of booties…

  • 1 of Purl Soho’s Cotton Chirp Bundles,100% Peruvian Pima cotton. Each bundle includes four 58-yard, 25-gram balls; approximately 50 (55) total yards required per pair of booties.
  • US 5 (3.75 mm), 16-inch circular needles, or a set of double pointed needles
  • If using 16-inch circulars: A spare US 5 straight, circular, or double pointed needle for binding off
  • A stitch marker or scrap yarn

GAUGE

20 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch

SIZES

0–3 Months (3–6 Months)

  • Finished Foot Circumference: 4¼ inches
  • Finished Foot Length: 3¾ (4¼) inches
  • Finished Height from Heel to Top Cuff: 2½ inches

Samples: We knit all of our booties in the 0–3 Months size.

NOTE

CONSTRUCTION

These booties are knit flat in garter stitch. Explaining the construction probably makes it sound harder than it is, so don’t be deterred if this part confuses you. Just follow the pattern and be pleasantly surprised by how easy these really are! For those who need to visualize what you’ll be doing, you will start by knitting the Toe + Instep (the sides and top of the foot) back and forth in rows, then you work simple short rows to make the Sole. You’ll continue knitting to create the Heel, then fold the stitches in half and close the back of the Heel using a 3-Needle Bind Off. Finally, you will seam the top of the foot closed with a whipstitch to complete the bootie.

PATTERN

TOE + INSTEP

Cast 44 (48) stitches onto circular needles or one double pointed needle, leaving a foot-long tail for seaming later. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

Row 1 (wrong side): Slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back (wyib), knit to end of row.

NOTE: Mark the first row with scrap yarn or a removable marker to indicate the wrong side.

Repeat Row 1 eight more times, ending with a wrong-side row. [5 garter ridges on right side]

Your work should look like this…

Happy Feet Booties | Purl Soho

SOLE

NOTE: In this section you will turn the work before the end of each row, effectively working short rows without the complication of wrapping and turning. It may sound difficult, but if you follow the instructions, you’ll see how your bootie begins to take shape!

Set-Up Row (right side): Slip 1 knitwise wyib, k7, cut yarn, slip next 9 (11) stitches purlwise, rejoin yarn, k9, purl 2 together (p2tog), turn work. [1 stitch decreased]

Row 1 (wrong side): Slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front (wyif), k8, knit 2 together (k2tog), turn work. [1 stitch decreased]

Row 2 (right side): Slip 1 purlwise wyib, k8, p2tog, turn work. [1 stitch decreased]

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 six (8) more times, then repeat Row 1 one more time. [28 stitches remain]

Next Row (right side): Slip 1 purlwise wyib, k8, p2tog, knit to end of row. [27 stitches remain]

Next Row (wrong side): Slip 1 knitwise wyib, k16, k2tog, knit to end of row. [26 stitches remain]

Here’s how your bootie should look at the end of this section…

Happy Feet Booties | Purl Soho

HEEL

Row 1 (right side): Slip 1 knitwise wyib, knit to end of row.

Repeat Row 1 seven more times, ending with a wrong-side row.

Here’s how your bootie should look at this point…

Happy Feet Booties | Purl Soho

Now fold piece in half so needles are parallel with 13 stitches on each needle and wrong sides are facing each other. (If using double pointed needles, slip 13 stitches to another needle and fold.)

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NOTE: For help with a 3 Needle Bind Off, visit purlsoho.com/create/3-needle-bind-off

With a spare needle, close the back of the Heel with a 3 Needle Bind Off.

SEAM

NOTE: For help with sewing a whipstitch, visit purlsoho.com/create/whipstitch

With the long cast-on tail, seam the two sides of the cast-on edge together using a whipstitch, working from top of cuff to tip of Toe.

FINISHING

Weave in all ends and make another bootie. Gently wet block your finished pair!

Happy Feet Booties | Purl Soho
Happy Feet Booties | Purl Soho