Saturday, February 25, 2012

Hiding Your Stitch! Crochet Baby Shoes - Photo Tutorial Guide

My first love when is comes to crochet is making baby shoes. Happy Baby Crochet actually started as Happy Baby Shoes but then progressed more to hats and photography props. What can I say....I love all baby stuff!

I started making baby booties before my first son was born. I love soft sole shoes and wanted to make some of my own colors and designs. Then I made them for my friend's babies, and ultimately selling my finished work.

Who doesn't LOVE baby booties? Soft and warm for a new baby's tiny little feet!

I don't have a pattern to share with you today, only a photo tutorial. I am still finalizing my baby shoes pattern, but I thought these photos would help anyone who wants to make baby shoes. I will also share some links of some patterns you can try. Most of the patterns I've seen don't show enough of how the shoes look "in progress," they only shoes the finished work. Also, mastering the art of the "invisible join" isn't easy to do. I think that hiding your stitch is such an important thing when it comes to following patterns and making your product look good. Be careful not to add stitches to your work. You will have the same # of stitches before and after the join is complete.

Really an invisible join just makes everything even out so you can begin the next section. As you can see in the photos, I need to even my stitch of the sole before beginning the body of the shoe, and even my stitch of the body before beginning the top part of the shoe.

Invisible Join - (while working, don't forget to weave the ends of your yarn).  Please keep in mind that I am a lefty (left-handed), so it will look a little different if you are right-handed.


Finished Sole - Using a Yarn Needle, weave your needle and yarn through the 2nd single crochet stitch to the RIGHT (to the Left for right-handed crocheters).

Pull the yarn through

Insert yarn through the center of your last stitch made

Pull your yarn through so it evens the stitch - Invisible Join

Begin your next section - this is a brown trim on some shoes I am making

Another invisible join - this one is for a slip stitch


Insert yarn needle and yarn through both loops

Pull the yarn through
Weave yarn back through the center of last slip stitch

Begin the body of your shoe

Body of the shoe in progress - time for another invisible join
Last section of your work


Once I finshed I used the last bit of yarn for the shoe ties

Finished Product

Add at hat and you've got a great baby gift!

Well, hope you enjoyed this post and this helps a little with following patterns.
Great sites to try for baby shoes patterns are:

FREE MARY JANES TUTORIAL BY CROCHET GEEK:





Your can also search on etsy or ravelry for crochet baby shoes patterns.


And so I leave you with this verse....
how important it is to
HIDE GOD'S WORD IN YOUR HEART.

 Psalm 119:11 - Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You!

Blessings,
Jenny

61 comments:

  1. These are gorgeous, so dinky, lovely for a baby shower gift. Heather.

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  2. What a cute idea for a baby photo prop. Love the little booties.

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  3. These are so cute, even before they are put on a baby. Would love to see them on a newborn.

    Your instructions are great, makes it look easy.

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  4. Do you have a pattern for the hat?

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    1. sorry i do not have a pattern for this hat. thanks!

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  5. Hello Ms Jenny, I just want to comment that your blue and brown baby booties are the most sweetest, beautiful little baby shoes I have seen in a long time. I can tell your heart and soul are flooded by Almighty God's love. Thank you for sharing these precious booties...they make my heart happier! Carmen

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  6. where is the actual written pattern for the baby booties?

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  7. Were you able to finish the bootie pattern? I would love to purchase it.

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  8. Okay finally someone to tell me exactly what an invisible join is, and how to weave in my ends. I have totally been doing it different than this. I never learned or read anything on how to do this. I appreciate the fact that you are sharing this information. THANK YOU! I wasn't here to learn invisible joins or weaving, I came here because I am working on baby booties and this is maybe the 3rd or 4th time I have done anything for babies feet. I found a pattern on Ravelry for Mickey Mouse booties, the pattern claims to be for 0 - 6mos. You the master baby bootie maker probably understand what a wide range that is in sizing. A newborn and a 6th month old babies feet are quite different in size. So my shoes turned out to be more in line with measurements I am reading for 6 - 9 mos. I don't have any little ones to play dress up with so I am clueless. I am going to bookmark your blog and and check out some of the bootie links your sharing and see if I can find a better pattern to use. Thank you again for sharing!

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