Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Converse Booties Baby!

It has come to my attention that this pattern is extremely confusing. Seeing as how it was one of my first forays into pattern writing, I am editing it for clarification. And will also update Ravelry for it.

This is just my version of an already available pattern. Use it if you will. This pattern is knit flat (despite a photograph of them being knit in the round below) and uses intarsia and very simple short rows (no wrapping). Please email/ message me with any questions.

Booties in action


Main Color- Black (MC)
Contrast Color-White (CC)
I used Caron Simply Soft (worsted weight)

One pair sizes 4 and 5 straight needles (or size to obtain gauge for smaller size), and 1 pair size 5 and 6 straight needles (or size to obtain gauge for larger size)

Other Supplies: tapestry needle; white felt; blue paint or marker; crochet hook; row counter (optional)

Gauge: smaller size: 24sts over 4" on size 5
larger size: 21sts over 4" on size 6

To Begin
With smaller needles and CC cast on 26 stitches and knit 1 row.
Row 1: k1, yo, k11, [yo, k1] twice, yo, k11, yo, k1.
Row 2, 4, 6, 8, 10: knit (when you reach the yo knit in the back of the stitch).
Row 3: k2, yo, k11, yo, k2, yo, k3, yo, k11, yo, k2.
Row 5: k3, yo, k11, [yo, k4] twice, yo, k11, yo, k3.
Row 7: k4, yo, k11, yo, k5, yo, k6, yo, k11, yo, k4
Row 9: k5, yo, k11, [yo, k7] twice, yo, k11, yo, k5.

more chucksNext
Change to larger needles
Row 11: knit across using CC
Row 12: purl with CC
Row 13: knit across using MC
Row 14: purl CC
Row 15: knit CC
Row 16: purl CC
Row 17: knit MC
Row 18: (begin color work) p19 MC, p13 CC, p19 MC

Shape Toe
Using MC and CC.

Row 1: k19 MC, k10 CC, SKP CC, turn.
Row 2: sl 1, p7CC, p2tog, turn.
Row 3: sl 1, k7, SKP, turn.
Row 4: sl 1, p7, p2tog, turn.
Row 5: sl 1, k7 CC, sl 1 CC, k1 MC, psso, turn
Row 6: sl 1, p7 CC, p2tog MC, turn.
Row 7: sl 1, k7 CC, SKP MC, turn.
Row 8: sl 1, p1 MC, p5 CC, p1 MC, p2tog, turn.
Row 9: sl 1, k2 MC, k3 CC, k2 MC, SKP, turn.

Using MC only now
Row 10: sl 1, p7, p2tog, turn.
Row 11: sl 1, k7, SKP, turn.
Row 12: sl 1, p7, p2tog, turn.
Row 13: sl 1, k7, SKP, turn.
Row 14: sl 1, p7, p2tog, turn.
Row 15: sl 1, k7, SKP, knit to the end of the row.
Row 16: p 21, p 2 tog, purl to the end of the row (35 stitches).

Side 1:

Row 1: k11, yo, k2tog, k1 (place remaining stitches on stitch holder or spare dpn)
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: k11, k2tog, k1
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: k10, yo, k2tog, k1
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: k10, k2tog, k1
Row 8: Purl
Row 9: k9, yo, k2tog, k1
Row 10: Purl
Row 11: k9, k2tog, k1
Row 12: knit
Row 13: knit
Bind Off

Place 7 Stitches from the Stitch marker onto the needle. Rejoin yarn.
Row 1: p across
Rows 2, 4, 6 & 8: k across
Rows 3, 5, 7 & 9: k1, p5, k1
Row 10: ssk, k3, k2tog
Row 11: p across
Bind Off

Side 2:

Row 1: k1, ssk, yo, k11
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: k1, ssk, k11
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: k1, ssk, yo, k10
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: k1, ssk, k10
Row 8: Purl
Row 9: k1, ssk, yo, k9
Row 10: Purl
Row 11: k1, ssk, k9
Row 12: Knit
Row 13: Knit
Bind Off

Using a color that you wish.

CO 3 stitches.
I-Cord for 15 inches… or amount desired.
crochet chain for 15 inches

twin booties fin
Weave in ends.
Sew bottom seam of booties and back seam.
Make circle with star and sew to left side of bootie. For this I used white adhesive felt and a blue sharpie marker.
Lace up the Converse and rock 'em!


  1. I love your booties! I am trying to make them for a lady at my work that is having twins, but I am stuck on the "SKP" part of shaping the instep. Can you help me please?

  2. is "SKP" a slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped-stitch over?

  3. Meg and Donleygang - yes SKP is slip the unknitted stitch to your working needle, knit the next stitch normally, pass the slipped stitch (on your working needle) over the knitted stitch and off your needle. (From 2 stitches to 1 stitch).

    The glossary page is well marked in my ancient knitting book - but this website is also really helpful for deciphering patterns:

    I have a question about starting over at row 1 - this is a continuation? So in the "Shape Toe" Row 1 is row "19?"

    Maybe if you make another pair of these super cutiebooties could you post pix at each stage? That would really help!

  4. Thanks for sharing the pattern. It's great!

  5. I found these and then lost where ... and now found them again - and now found you! And the pattern is free and knit flat!!!

    TY sooooo much!

    My birthday is tomorrow so this is a nice gift.

  6. Hi! Wow this looks like a great pattern! Might actually try it :)

    Please follow my blog - Tales of a Knitaholic. Its not much right now but as i've started knitting again, i might actually blog on it a lot more this time.

  7. Beautiful. Can't wait to knit these.

  8. I don't know if you're reading these comments anymore after so many years, but I have a question about the short rows. I tried a similar pattern, but the wrapping and turning gave such headache that I gave up after hours ans hours of trying to make it work. You said this pattern doesn't require wrapping, so do you simply turn the work and continue? Won't there be holes? These look so cute that I just have to try my hand at these on more time! Thanks for the pattern!!

  9. Hi, I know I should be able to work this out, but I the thicker wool is not suitable here, I can use 4ply and I want to make the smaller size, can you work out how many stitches I need? I will be using 3.25 needles. I can just persevere, but I am running short of time! I would appreciate some help, if you can. Thanks, Trudy

  10. hi do u do these slippers in crochet only can t find that pattern tys

  11. what is the difference between SKP and psso?
    Please help me!!! I do something wrong in shape at row 5

  12. Hi! Thank you for the pattern. What size baby do they fit? I'm looking for converse booties for 0-3 mo.

  13. Just knit a pair of these this afternoon! Really cute!

  14. What does ssk mean in the pattern please

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  16. Is there an “in the round” version? I would love it.

  17. Can l ask are the knitting needles UK or US sizes please xx