Before you find out where to get these patterns, make sure you read Dr. Vincent Ianbelli's informative article about baby shoes. It's important to understand that Dr. Iannelli recommends waiting until a baby is walking before dressing him or her in shoes.
If you are interested in crocheting footwear for a soon-to-be newborn rather than a baby who is already walking, consider making baby booties, baby slippers, or baby socks instead of baby shoes. Another option is to crochet baby clothes.
- Jess Gets Crafty designed these crocheted baby booties that resemble a pair of Mary-Jane style baby shoes. They're a fantastic unisex pattern. There are also more than a dozen other adorable baby bootie crochet patterns available.
- If you're looking for socks, try any of these free crochet patterns. You can find a variety of different sock patterns in a broad range of sizes; there are sock patterns appropriate for everyone in the family, including babies and children.
If you think you might like to buy a pattern for baby socks or baby booties, there are many fantastic options available:
- Baby Blueprint Crochet: Irresistible Projects for Little Ones by Robyn Chachula features a versatile baby sock pattern. Additionally, there's a cute pattern for baby boots—not booties, actual boots—plus many other baby patterns. If you think you might like to make several baby projects, this book would be a good one to consider. This crochet pattern book is published by Interweave Press.
- Dressing Up Baby by Darla Sims features crochet patterns for five different baby layette sets. Each layette set includes four items: a pair of baby booties, a baby blanket, a little sweater, and a hat to top it all off. This crochet pattern book is published by Leisure Arts.