Knitting for children Knitting for girls Isla Baby Hat and Booties

Isla Baby Hat and Booties

Isla Baby Hat and Booties

This baby set is snug and cosy, while the bright colours will cheer the coldest day!


• Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, 55% wool/33% acrylic/12% cashmere, 50g/125m/137yds

Yarn A: Duck Egg 26 x 1 ball

Yarn B: Mallard 59 x 1 ball

Yarn C: Clotted Cream 65 x 1 ball

Yarn D: Slate 09 x 1 ball

Yarn E: Camel 102 x 1 ball

Yarn F: Ruby 700 x 1 ball 

• 3mm (3.5mm, 4mm) hook

• Pom-pom maker or two card circles


Baby Cashmerino is between a DK and a 4ply weight. Any other light DK would work, adjust hook size to obtain tension if necessary.


Each granny square should meas approx 6cm/2 1/4in using 3mm hook, 6.5cm/2 1/2in using 3.5mm hook, 7cm/2 3/4in with 4mm hook, or sizes required to obtain tension.


To fit: Newborn (3-6m, 6-9m).

Head circumference, unstretched measures: 38(40.5, 43)cm/15(16,17)in.

Length of foot: 10(11,12)cm/ 4(4 1/4, 4 3/4)in.


Crochet rib Work given number of chains.

Foundation row: Dcblo in each ch to end of row, 1ch, turn.

Rib row: Dc in second st from hook, dcblo in each st to end, 1ch, turn. Rep Rib row.  


Be careful with the drawstring on the hat - secure it well, sewing bow in place so ties are not too long, and don't leave the baby unsupervised while wearing. Alternatively, simply thread around the top of the hat and sew top closed, with no hanging drawstring or pom-poms. The booties are easier than they look. They have granny square uppers with two corners of the granny square having only one set of half trebles instead of two, to make a rounded edge for the toes.

The crochet rib cuff is worked in one piece and joined using a crochet seam. If you wanted a really snug bootie, the cuff could be made wider, with a larger turnover. The soles are worked separately and then attached with a crocheted seam on the wrong side. For newborn size use 3mm hook, for 3-6 months use 3.5mm hook, for 6-9 months use 4mm hook. 



With chosen colour, and hook for size, make an adjustable ring.

Rnd 1: 2ch (counts as first htr), 2htr in ring, [2ch, 3htr in ring] three times, 2ch. Join to top of first 2ch with sl st and tighten loop - 4 groups of 3htr, with 4 2ch-sps.

Rnd 2: [2ch, 2htr, 2ch, 3htr] in any ch-sp, 1ch, [3htr, 2ch, 3htr, 1ch] in next 3 ch-sps. Join to top of first 2ch with sl st.

Rnd 3: [2ch, 2htr, 2ch, 3htr, 1ch] in any corner ch-sp, *3htr in next ch-sp, 1ch, [3htr, 2ch, 3htr, 1ch] in next corner; rep from * twice more. Join to top of first 2ch with a sl st.

Rnd 4: 1ch, 1dc in each st, 3dc in each corner.

Make ten basic squares, using following colour combinations (always work rnd 4 in yarn E). 

Square 1: Rnds 1, 2 & 3 in yarn F.

Square 2: Rnds 1, 2 & 3 in yarn B.

Square 3: Rnds 1, 2 & 3 in yarn A.

Square 4: Rnds 1 & 2 in yarn C, rnd 3 in yarn B.

Square 5: Rnd 1 in yarn E, rnd 2 in yarn C, rnd 3 in yarn F.

Square 6: Rnd 1 in yarn E, rnd 2 in yarn A, rnd 3 in yarn E.

Square 7: Rnd 1 in yarn F, rnd 2 in yarn B, rnd 3 in yarn C.

Square 8: Rnd 1 in yarn B, rnd 2 in yarn C, rnd 3 in yarn D.

Square 9: Rnds 1 & 2 in yarn C, rnd 3 in yarn A.

Square 10: Rnds 1, 2 & 3 in yarn D.


With yarn E, work 11ch.

Foundation Row: Dc in blo of second ch, dcblo in each rem ch to end, turn - 10 sts.

Next Row: 1 ch, dcblo to end, turn.

Rep last row until desired length (circumference of baby's head, not too tightly). When desired length is reached, crochet short ends together on WS.


Arrange squares in a two-by-five rectangle, and join them with RS tog by working a dc through edge of two motifs. It's easiest to work from right to left horizontally and join all the top motifs to the bottom ones, then work the vertical edges separately. Fold rectangle in half and crochet short edges together to make a tube. With RS together, place rib band over bottom edge of hat and pin in place. Either the rib band or the granny square "tube" may need to stretch slightly in order to fit, then dc two edges together. Turn through to RS. Work a row of dc around top edge of hat.


Make two

Wind all the colours used into a ball and use this thick multicoloured yarn to wind around the pom-pom maker, for a multicoloured effect.


With yarn E, 120ch, fasten off. Thread through holes of granny square (close to the ribbing for a tiny baby, closer to the top edge for a larger one), attach pom-poms or tassels to ends and tie in a bow. 



Make two Make an adjustable ring with correct hook for size. 

Rnd 1: 2ch, 2htr in ring, 2ch, [3htr, 2ch] three times in ring. Join to top of 1 htr with a sl st, tighten lp. 

Rnd 2: 2ch, [2htr, 2ch, 3htr] in corner sp, 2ch, [3htr, 2ch, 3htr, 2ch] in next ch-sp three times. Join to top of 1ch with a sl st. 


Rnd 3: Work [2ch, 2htr, 2ch, 3htr, 1ch] in corner sp, [3htr, 1ch] in next 5 ch-sps, [3htr, 2ch, 3htr, 1ch] in next corner sp, 3htr in next ch-sp, 1ch, join to first htr with a sl st.


Make two

The sole is made up of six rnds, worked in a spiral. With correct hook for size and yarn F, work 11 ch.

Rnd 1: Dc in second ch from hook, dc, dc in next 5ch, 1 htr into next 3ch, 5htr in last ch, turn, working back along other side of foundation ch dc to last st, 2dc in last st - 24 sts.

Rnd 2: 10dc, 2dc in next 3 sts, 10dc, 2dc in each of next 2 sts - 31 sts.

Rnd 3: 11 dc, 2dc in next st, 3dc, 2dc in next st, 11 dc, 2dc in next st, 2dc, 2dc in next st - 35 sts. 

Rnd 4: 12dc, 2dc in next st, 3dc, 2dc in next st, 12dc, 2dc in next st, 4dc, 2dc in next st - 39 sts.

Rnd 5: 12dc, 2dc in next st, 5dc, 2dc in next st, 13dc, 2dc in next st, 4dc, 2dc in next st, 1 dc - 43 sts.

Rnd 6: 13dc, 2dc in next st, 5dc, 2dc in next st, 15dc, 2dc in next st, 4dc, 2dc in next st, 2dc - 47 sts.

Rnd 7: Change to yarn E, dc around. 


With curved edge of granny square upper facing downwards, with yarn E work 11 ch and attach with a dc to top right corner of upper, turn.

Next Row: Working back across ch and starting in second ch from hk, work dcblo in each st, 1ch, turn - 10dc.

Next Row: Dcblo in each st until you reach last st at top edge of upper. Put hook through top edge of upper and work through both sts to attach rib to upper. Rep last two rows until eight rows have been worked, ending at the top edge of upper. 5ch, turn.

Next Row: Beg at second ch from hook, dcblo in each st - 14 sts. Remembering to include a turning ch at each end, cont on these 14 sts for about 30 rows, ending at the top edge of ribbing. 

With RS together, join by making a dc through edges of crochet rib for 10 sts. Cont in crochet rib on rem 4 sts (with 1 turning ch at each end of row) for 22 rows, or until narrow piece fits around curved edge of upper when slightly stretched. Ending at sole edge, with RS together, join with a dc through both layers the long 4 st crochet rib piece to the 4 sts extra worked for the cuff.


Turn bootie to right side. Join upper to narrow crochet rib piece with dc through both layers, inserting hook from granny shape side first.


With RS together, pin larger end of sole shape to front of bootie, and narrow side to the heel. Join both layers together with dc. Turn to right side. Turn over cuff.