Jack Skellington and Crocheting for Babies

One of the awesome things about Pinterest and Ravelry is that there is always new patterns to discover and there’s a pattern for everyone. So, when I came across this Jack Skellington baby beanie, I knew the perfect person to make it for…

Behold Jack Skellington! 

The beanie turned out better than I thought it would, and the little girl looks incredibly cute in it!

Crocheting for babies – and a free baby booties pattern

As you (may) know, I crochet baby goodies for Beanies, Booties, and Blankets (check out the Facebook page) – a charity that gives handmade clothes and blankets to newborns at provincial (public) hospitals. My stash of beanies and booties have not really increased as I’ve had a few orders to finish and really didn’t want to work on the baby things while having a cold 😦 But it really is a lot of fun to make these little bits and pieces in-between the other, bigger projects!

One of the patterns the beginner knitters in the group uses (*cough* like me *cough*) is this crossover booties pattern. The first pattern is for premature size and the second for newborn. They are worked in DK wool with 4mm needles.

There are, however, various versions of this pattern available on the internet.

My first try at the crossover booties 🙂 

Crossover Baby Booties Pattern

(Make 2)

Cast on 26 stitches.

Work in garter stitch for 10 rows

Bind off 10 stitches and the beginning of the next row and then finish the row.

Bind off 10 stitches at the beginning of the next row (this leaves you with the 6 central stitches).

Work these 6 stitches in garter stitch for 22 rows and bind off.

This leaves you with a T-shaped piece of knitting. The bottom part of the “T” is the sole of the shoe. Work the top of the “T” to this sole by crossing them over each other and sewing the seams and toe closed.

And that is it!


For a bigger pair of booties you can cast on 39 stitches and cast of 15 instead of 10.

By Carin Marais

Bibliophile, writer of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and maybe-fiction, language practitioner, doer of stuff.

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