The season of lights, shopping sprees, cold and hot chocolate has begun. It’s most festive time of the year that reminds me of family, peace and happiness. It’s also that time of the year that seasonal crocheters wake up and start crocheting cowls, hats and mittens for their loved ones. The best gift that you can give to someone is a hand-made gift. Made with pure love and creativity.
This is not my first animal baby booties pattern. I’ve made a pattern for Panda Baby Booties and Piggy Baby Booties a year ago. You should definitely go and check them if you didn’t yet. I’ve even made a video tutorial for the piggy pattern.
I’ve started working on reindeer baby booties a while ago, but I had a few technical problems during designing this pattern. Especially in the head area. But after hours and hours of crocheting and tearing apart, I finally finished it just the way I wanted it to be. I am very happy with the final result now. Let me tell you more about the pattern…
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For this pattern, I am using DK weight 100% cotton yarn (here!) in three colors, light brown, dark brown and red. I just love, love this yarn. It’s so soft compared to other cotton yarns. And all the colors are so beautiful. I used dark brown for the sole, tail and antlers, light brown for the upper part, head and some red yarn for the nose. Yes, these booties are in the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer theme. With the DK weight yarn, I am using 3.5 mm or E/4 crochet hook. I love the one with the handle. It’s my favorite one. Probably because it’s not so pointy on the hook. Very pointy crochet hooks can separate the strand of the yarn when crocheting and can be very annoying, especially if you are a very fast crocheter. You will also need a yarn needle to weave in all the ends and scissors to cut them. And don’t forget on those stitch markers, they are life savers. I usually mark my first stitch of each round or row. Glue gun and small eyes are optional. I will use the glue gun to attach all the parts on the baby booties. If your baby is very playful, rather them attaching all these parts with a glue gun, sew them on the booties. And rather than attaching the small plastic eyes use real safety eyes, that have a small safety part on the back that is almost impossible to take off. But remember, if you do not attach them carefully they might slide between stitches and fall out. Baby can stick them into the month and… The third and the safest option is to use the thread and the needle. They would look cute as well.
I used the same pattern for the sole as I did when I was designing Bow Baby Booties. It’s made of half double crochet stitches, four decreasing stitches on the back and six on the front side of the sole. The final size of my sole is 9.0 cm or 3.5 in and it’s suitable for 0 – 6 months old baby. You can easily make your baby booties bigger using a larger crochet hook and different yarn weight.
I used slip stitches to join each round. I think this is the most tricky part when you are working in rounds and not rows. Slip stitches are usually just used as joining stitches and most crocheters don’t count them as real stitches, just as a joining part of each round. It can get confusing sometimes, especially if you are a beginner. If you can’t see the difference between a slip stitch and a normal stitch you can accidentally start adding new stitches with every round. To prevent this, insert the marker into the slips stitch or really carefully count all of your stitches each round.
When I finished with the sole I took a light brown color of the yarn and started creating an upper part of the shoe. With using some decrease stitches like hdc2tog, dc2tog and dc3tog the upper part of the shoe started to build up…
The biggest achievement, in my opinion, was the reindeer’s head. I wanted it to be larger on the bottom and smaller on the top. When this was done, something was still missing. Yes, the ears. So I ripped the last round apart and started adding two little ears, one on each side. They are made of ch 3. Turn. Start in the 2nd chain. Hdc and ss into the next.
The pattern for the nose and the tail is the same. The only difference is in the color. I used a red for the nose and dark brown for the tail. You can create them by chaining 2. Start in the 2nd chain from the hook. Work dc3tog stitch into one chain. Pull tight all the ends and make a knot.
This pattern is also available as an inexpensive ad-free beautifully formatted and print-friendly PDF pattern HERE. 🙂
Did you know that reindeer are the only deer in which both male and females grow antlers? There is a different pattern for left and right antler.
Before we start with the real pattern. If the number is written before the stitch 3 hdc work 3 hdc into the same stitch, if the number is written after the stitch hdc 3 = work hdc into next 3 stitches.
Start with dark brown yarn. Ch 10. Start in the 2nd ch from the hook.
Round 1: 2 hdc. Hdc 7. 6 hdc. Hdc 7. 2hdc. Join the round with a ss. = 24 sts.
Round 2: Work 2 hdc into next 2 sts. Hdc 7. Work 2 hdc sts into next 6 sts. Hdc 7. Work 2 hdc into next 2 sts. Join the round with a ss. = 34 sts.
Round 3: Repeat (2 hdc, 1 hdc) 2 times. Hdc 7. Repeat (2 hdc, 1 hdc) 6 times. Hdc 7. Repeat (2 hdc, 1 hdc) 2 times. Join the round with a ss. = 44 sts.
Cut the yarn, Start the upper part of the shoe with a light brown yarn.
Insert the hook between first and second stitch from the last row of the sole, go behind the first stitch and attach the yarn around the first stitch on the sole with the chain. The upper part of the shoe is worked with the hook going from the inside of the shoe to the outside and the nicer side of the sole should be on the outer side of the shoe.
Round 1: With your hook go around the same stitch and create your first BPhdc stitch. Continue creating BPhdc stitches all the way around. Skip the chain from the last round of the sole and join the round with a ss. = 44 sts.
Round 2: Work 1 sc stitch all the way around. Join the round with a slip stitch. =44 sts.
Round 3: Ch 1. Sc 11. Repeat all the hdc2tog stitches into back loops only. Repeat (hdc2tog, 1 hdc into next 2) five times. Hdc2tog. Sc 11. Ss. = 38 sts.
Round 4: Ch 1. Sc 12. Hdc2tog into back loops only. Repeat dc2tog stitch 5 times. Hdc2tog. Sc12. Ss. = 31 sts.
Round 5: Ch 1. Sc 10. Hdc2tog. Dc2tog. Dc3tog. Dc2tog. Hdc2tog. Sc 10. = 25 sts.
Round 6: Ch 1. Turn. Work 1 ss into each stitch all the way around. Join the round with a ss into the first ss of the round. Make sure you are not crocheting your ss to tight!
Ch 4. Start in the 2nd chain from the hook.
Round 1: 2 sc. sc 1. 6 hdc. sc 1. 2 sc.
Round 2: Work 2 sc in next 2 sts. Sc 1. Work 2 sc into next 6 sts. Sc 1. Work 2 sc into last two sts.
Round 3: Sc 3. Ch 3. Turn. Start in the 2nd. Hdc 1. Ss 1. Sc into the same stitch as you’ve made your sc before you’we made your chain for ears. Work 1 sc into next 7 sts. Work 2 sc sts into next 2 sts. Sc 8. Ch 3. Turn. Start in the 2nd. Hdc 1. Ss 1. Sc into the same st as you did before the chain. sc 2. Ss. Fasten off.
Left: Ch 5. Start in the 2nd. Sc 2. Ch 5. Start in the 2nd. Sc 1. Hdc into next 6. Fasten off.
Right: Ch 8. Start in the 2nd ch from the hook. Sc 1. Hdc 3. Ch 3. Start in the 2nd. Sc 2. Hdc 3. Fasten off.
NOSE AND TAIL
Ch 2. Start in the 2nd ch from the hook. Work dc3tog stitch into one chain. Pull all the ends tight and make a knot.
Attach the nose, antlers and eyes on the head. Then attach the head on the front side of the shoes and the tail on the heel. That’s it. The left and the right shoe are identical.