October 16, 2010

Free Pattern: Preemie Felted Winter Boots

An old friend of mine asked me to design a pair of winter booties for her preemie son who is now just 7 lbs. It took me three time to get it right but I finely got it using size 2 US needles and good quality felting wool. These are great for little preemies who are born this fall and winter season, it is impossible to find warm footwear for babies that tiny and being 100% felted wool they keep baby extremely warm and toasty!

You will need:

Size 2 US straight needles
Good quality felting wool (worsted weight)
Tapestry needle

Cast on 17 sts. Knit every row for 16 rows. Break yarn.

Using the same needles, cast on 17 sts. Knit every row for 16 rows. Do not break yarn. Take both knitted sections on one needle and knit two rows over all 34 sts.

For the instep, put the first and last 11 sts on a stitch holder. Knit 24 rows over the 12 middle stitches. Break yarn.

Pick up first 11 sts that you put on the stitch holder, knit along them then pick up and knit 12 sts along the right side of the instep, knit 12 sts along the upper edge of the instep, pick up and knit 12 sts along the left side of the instep, knit 11 sts from the second stitch holder. 58 sts.

Knit 9 more rows.

Place a stitch marker between the 28 and 29 stitches to mark the middle.

Decrease as follows:

Knit first and second stitch together using SSK. Knit the two stitches before the middle marker together using SSK. Knit first and second stitch together after the middle marker. Knit to the last two stitches then knit two together.

Knit next row.

Continue to knit in this manner...decreasing four stitches every other row until you have 35 sts left on your needle.
Cast off.
Sew together seams.

To felt place in the washing machine with a load of laundry using hot water and laundry detergent. Place in dryer on regular temp (throwing in a tennis ball will help!) Re-shape when finished.


  1. These are very sweet and a big temptation to pop to the top of my queue!

    I've done some experimenting and reading with felting, and from what I have read, they usually recommend using bigger needles than you would usually use. Did you try bigger needles? I'm surprised you used 2s. (Oh, pattern says 2s, description says 3s).

  2. Hi Alane,

    Felting does usually work better with larger needles or just bigger, more airy stitches in general but I had no problem with these what so ever! As long as you have a good quality felting wool (100% wool) you should not have a problem...just make sure you are "felting" properly! And yes I did mean size 2 needles both time thank you!

  3. What weight yarn did you use?
    these are adorable!

  4. I'm still confused. 4-ply refers to the construction of the wool, not the weight. It means that 4 plies of yarn are spun together to make the wool. I'm guessing that you used a sock-weight yarn, since you recommend size 3 needles? Can you give us the gauge you used. This pattern is very cute, and I'm looking forward to felting some boots for my baby for this winter. I just want to make sure that I use the right sized yarn. Thanks so much!

  5. Hi Crunchy,
    Sorry it is worsted weight...with size 2 needles. This pattern occurred from a lot of trial and error. With the result of the boots from this pattern they will fit an approx 7lb baby with a pair of socks on. Thanks!

  6. I would like to make these booties for a size 6 mos. Do you think the size would be right if I used size 4 or 5 needles?