Friday, 8 February 2013

Baby Bee Shoes


At the Christmas craft fairs this year, I had one or two people ask me if I did my little knitted shoes in baby sizes. So I decided to scale down the pattern and make a baby version. 

My original children's pattern comes in two varieties: the daisy pump (which can be knitted in two colours), and a garter stitch version, which I called puppy paws, as they are embroidered to look like little paws.

I thought I could do both types in a baby version. I have knitted quite a little pile of garter stitch boots, and now I can't quite decide. I really love the way they look plain. I know they are very simple, but that is what appeals to me. But I have no idea whether other people will like them. So here they are plain ...




.... and here they are decorated.


When Frankie was a baby we called her Baby Bee for a while, so that is why I decided to embroider the bees. As our second child she was our B Baby, and she also had a little stripey suit that made her look like a Bumble Bee. 




Puppy Paws

I am going to put all the pictures on the pattern, so I guess the decorating is just an option. The pattern has two sizes: 0 - 3 month and 3 - 6 months. And as usual I have written these out separately, as I find patterns with brackets confusing.

They are knitted in double-knit wool, on quite a small needle, which means they are a firm knit. Any double-knit wool would work, but I have recommed some of the Sirdar wools I used in my samples. I wanted the booties to be quite structured, almost with the feel of a felted shoe. More shoe-like that sock-like. I really like knitting them, as it almost seems magical, how with a little bit of shaping the shoe shape is formed. And as they are on two needles with just one seam to sew up they are fairly simple. 

Knitted With Sirdar Snuggly Tiny Tots DK

What I am excited about is that I have a real baby model lined up. So expect a few more pictures next week. 

The pattern is available on ravelry and Craftsy. Follow the link in my side bar.

I have started work on the daisy version, which should be ready soon.



48 comments:

  1. Those baby booties are super cute! Love the bee and bear additions!

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  2. awww they are just gorgeous, I am knittingv on rav, can you let me know when the pattern is done please? have a knitty friday x

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  3. So very precious! We call my youngest niece "Bee"!! Please consider sharing them with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday Link-UP! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/02/garden-planning-at-eco-kids-tuesday.html

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    1. Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday! Please join us again today! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/02/melt-my-heart-eco-kids-tuesday.html

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  4. love the bee, so little feet, sweet.

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  5. Lovley shoes! My favorites are the paws.

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  6. They are so cute. I love the little bees. Have a lovely weekend.
    Ali x

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  7. Those are darling! Love them!

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  8. Those are totally adorable! I love the puppy paws one the best.

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  9. So cute, I have had no luck with shoes, I keep trying different patterns for indoor shoes but they just don't seem to come out right, I'll have to look up your larger pattern, my littles are wearing a 7 toddler now.

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  10. oh my goodness, how cute they are! little booties for little gnomes :)
    i really admire your knitting skills :)

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  11. Thanks for sharing these - they are gorgeous! I need to make some booties for new babies, and these will be ideal. Thanks again, and have a great week. Chris x

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  12. They are all so cute, I like the bees best if I had to choose.

    Have a great week,
    Alison x

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  13. Me again - thanks for visiting my blog. Yes, Lidl do sell great cotton yarn but, like all their special offers, you just have to keep an eye out for them as they only have them occasionally - likewise their other crafty stuff, like knitting needles and crochet hooks. Everything I've had from them has been good quality though. Happy hunting! Chris x

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  14. These are so cute. Love the bumble bees :)

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  15. TOO Cute tiny little shoes!!! Love the Puppy Paws!

    Thanks for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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  16. Soooo cute!!! I adore the puppy paws and the baby bees come in a very close second! :)

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  17. These are just gorgeous!! Love them plain, and decorated. The bees are very cute! Can just imagine little toes and feet in them : -)

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  18. Happy Monday.
    Visit from The Inspire Me Monday Community.
    Nan
    www.blogshe.net

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  19. I love them all,both plain and decorated.They look so comfy!

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  20. Toooooo cute! The bees are adorable and so are the paws - but then again they're gorgeous plain too. Can't wait to see them on a real model - that will be unbearably cute won't it?! xxx

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  21. Hi,
    I have nominated your blog for the Liebster Award. More details on my last post.
    Rosie x

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  22. Aaaaah, they are all so lovely, but I especially like the ones with the bees on. All very cute. Hope you have a good week

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  23. I, like you liked the plain ones but then I saw the decorated ones. I think that the decorated ones will sell well if I know parents and people buying for babies. Cuteness counts!

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  24. As has already been said by knitrun4sanity - I thought I really liked the plain ones until I saw the decorated ones! Love the bees :)

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  25. Aaah! What amazingly cute little shoes! I love the bee version especially.

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  26. Ohhh they're just gorgeous! I love the bees on the while shoes, but the puppy paws are even cuter! What a lovely gift they'd make :-) Simmi x

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  27. Oh my gosh, these are too cute! I adore them! Such a great idea.

    Visiting from Eco-Kids Tuesday :)
    Tammy
    ourneckofthewoods.net

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  28. These are so adorable,I love the paws- very clever: ) I just popped in via Sunshinex3s linky : )

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  29. Adorable! I love the plain and decorated ones equally. I'm sure people are going to love them! thanks for linking :)

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  30. They are adorable. The little paw ones made my heart skip a beat. So sweet. Cx

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  31. oh my! those are so sweet! <3

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  32. These are so adorable! Makes me wish I knew someone having a baby so I could make them!

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  33. These are super cute! Visiting from Diana Rambles Pin Me party - I'm pinning this now! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you'll stop by to visit: www.sewingbarefoot.blogspot.com

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

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  34. They are gorgeous! I love the bees.

    Thanks for linking up to And Sew We Craft Together :)
    http://www.andsewwecraft.com/2013/02/and-sew-we-craft-together-linky-party-30/

    Amy x

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  35. Gosh, so cute! I adore the little bees.

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  36. These are very very cute. Wish I had seen this before the baby shower. Will queue them for future babies.

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