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Published on October 19th, 2015 | by Merion


Knit by Bit: Teeny weeny Mary Janes

Teeny weeny baby shoes are a joy to knit, and super quick too!  Invest in some delicious yarn and make them super soft and warm to keep tiny toes warm!

Knit by Bit Teeny Weeny Mary Janes on the LoveKnitting blog

There is no better incentive to knit than the birth of a baby!  Tiny projects are great fun and a good excuse to test out new yarn or new techniques before you invest in them for bigger projects!  Baby shoes (bootees, booties, shoes) are so pretty, and the construction of them is very clever indeed.  Some are knitted flat, and some in the round, they’re speedy to make, and a sweet gift for a new baby!

There are patterns all over the place for Mary Janes, some more complex than others – but I have used a general garter stitch pattern that can be embellished to the heavens!   Dress them up fairy style, football style or strictly plain – whatever you do they’ll be divine!

I used a ball of GGH Cashmana (my new Knit Crush!) which, apart from being fabulous value for a merino wool and cashmere blend, is deliciously soft and warm, perfect for baby’s new toes!  There are 12 shades to choose from, I’ve used Hellgrau (03) but Dunkelrot (57) would make joyously Christmassy presents! It comes in 25g balls containing 93m of yarn, more than enough for a pair of these 0-3 month sized Mary Janes – that’s a pair of gorgeously unique little baby shoes that would cost a lot more to buy in a shop!

A word about embellishment:  although these are the perfect vehicle for fabulous embellishment, please do remember that whatever you stitch, sew, crochet or knit to decorate these shoes needs to be baby friendly and not a choking hazard. 

You will need:

1 ball GGH Cashmana

4mm needles

A stitch holder and a tapestry needle

A tiny button and embellishments of your choice!


  • K- knit (garter stitch)
  • K2tog – knit two together
  • SSK – slip, slip, knit
  • Kfb – knit into the front and back of the stitch (I have used kfb to increase, but you can use M1 if you prefer)
  • CO – cast off
  • YO – yarn over

For both bootees, work up to row 20:

Cast on 31 stitches.

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Kfb, k13, kfb into the next two stitches and then k13, kfb, k1 (35)

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: K1, kfb, k13, kfb, k2, kfb, k13, kfb, k2 (39)

Row 5: Knit

Row 6: K2, kfb, k13, kfb, k4, kfb, k13, kfb, k3 (43)

Row 7: Knit

Row 8: K3, kfb, k13, kfb, k6, kfb, k13, kfb, k4 (47)

Row 9 – 17:  Knit

Row 18: k15, ssk x4 , k1, k2tog x4, k15 (39)

Row 19: Knit

Row 20: K9, CO 21 stitches, k9 (inc. the stitch already on the needle) and place the first set of 9 stitches on to a stitch holder.

For the LEFT bootee:

Row 21-23: K all 9 stitches that are left on the needle.

Row 24: CO all 9 stitches.

Rejoin yarn at the CO 21 point, and cast on 12 more stitches.

Row 21: Knit

Row 22: Create a button hole in this row – k18, k2tog, y1, k1 (21)

Row 23: Knit

Row 24: CO all 9 stitches.

For the RIGHT Bootee:

Work up to Row 20, as for left shoe, and then:

Row 21: K9 and turn work and cast on 12 stitches (21)

Row 22: Knit

Row 23: Create the button hole at the end of this row – K18, k2g, yo, k1 (21)

Row 24: Knit

Row 25: CO all stitches.

Rejoin the yarn where you broke off when you put the nine stitches on the stitch holder.

Row 21-23: Knit

Row 24: CO all stitches.

Sewing up:

With extra yarn and your tapestry needle, sew together the underneath seams of the shoes along the sole, from the toe right up to the back of the heel.  Attach a small button and sew in ends.  Embellish with baby-friendly décor!

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Merion admits that her stash is wildly out of control, but has many projects in dream-form! She loves knitting, crochet, Shire horses, cake and garden swing-seats.

Last updated: January 12th, 2016.

13 Responses to Knit by Bit: Teeny weeny Mary Janes

  1. Beverly says:

    Row 2, after increasing 4 X will have 35 stitches not 31.

  2. Merion says:

    Thanks Beverly – a typo from me! I’ll correct it now!


  3. denise says:

    These booties are adorable and can’t wait to start. Just one question: Is gauge important? I don’t see a gauge listed.

    • Merion says:

      Hi Denise, gauge isn’t particularly important with these to be honest – because they are 0-3 months, not a specific size. If you do knit particularly tightly or you have a loose tension, you can adjust needle size accordingly depending on the size of the baby you are knitting for!

      Merion and the LoveKnitting team

  4. Ann says:

    Is there a mistake on Row 4?

  5. Diane New says:

    I noticed there was something missing also on row 4 Ann, as you will notice it is increasing every second row by 2 so I just added 13 rows after *K1, kfb, k13, kfb, k2, kfb*
    Hope I helped a little & Marion you can correct me if I’m wrong.
    Gorgeous little Booties & Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. Merion says:

    Ann and Diane – yes, I was so busy typing in the pattern, I’d missed the K13, kfb as you spotted. I’ve amended it – so sorry!!

  7. Linda says:

    Hi Denise, I love your little bootees they are adorable! I also love the little ‘roses’ that you have embelished on them. Are these shop bought (if so where could I purchase them from) or did you make them yourself? They would be absolutely perfect for a little knitting project I am doing at the moment and although I have trawled the internet, I can’t seem to find them anywhere!

    • Merion says:

      Hi Linda,

      Actually it’s a little ribbon trim that I had at the bottom of my sewing box – but – I am huge fan of using all sorts of things for trimming – and ribbon is perfect. In most haberdashery departments you can find rick rack in various sizes, and it looks gorgeous as a trim, or a fine velvet ribbon – or fine grosgrain ribbon also would look gorgeous. I have seen tiny little satin ribbon roses too – and there are lots of tutorials online of how to make your own roses from ribbon. You don’t say where in the world you are, but most big department stores have haberdashery departments and if you have a wander into the ribbon and trim sections you’re bound to find something very sweet! Hope that helps!
      Merion and the LoveKnitting team

      • Merion says:

        Another thought Linda – a lot of cake decorating shops stock fantastic ranges of ribbon! Worth a look too!

        • Merion says:

          Hello Linda! The wonder of the internet! I’ve found it! It is actually called ‘gimp’ – so if you search for ‘rosebud gimp’ you will find lots of it all over the place!
          Hope that helps!
          Merion x

  8. Linda says:

    Thanks ever so much Merion you have been extremely helpful! I will have a good look round the internet! Living in the Highlands, there is not a lot of choice either in thel arge dept stores or the local shops, but I suppose that’s a small price to pay for living in such a glorious part of the world! Thanks again!

  9. Bette says:

    Hi, So if I want to make these for a 6 month old, do I just cast on enough stitches for the length of her foot?

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