Free Knitting Pattern: Knitted Baby Uggs

baby uggs

These cute baby booties are a quick project to knit. You will love this free knitting pattern! The booties are knit in one piece, so there’s hardly any seaming or ends to weave in and they stay on pretty well even without ribbons. These Knitted Baby Uggs are a lovely modern take on the traditional baby bootee. I’ve made quite a few pairs of these for Roman, some in cotton, some in wool.

New to knitting? Take a look at my Knitting for Beginners Series.

Baby Uggs (3 – 6, 6 – 12, 12 – 18 months) 

If you’re having trouble downloading the pattern, you can also get it from Craftsy, here.
Gauge is approx 5 – 6 stitches/inch.

I used Rowan Pima Cotton DK for these. They used just over half the ball for the smallest size.

free knitting pattern baby uggs

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  1. says

    I have to say i love your blog and all your creativity! Thank you for sharing your pattern. i just finished the first one and i cant wait to finish the other and get them on my little guy.

  2. says

    I love this little shoes, and I wanted to start making them. But I don’t really know how to. Do you start with just knitting for 5 inch? And the pattern says size 5 needles (double pointed or circular or regular?) Maybe it’s not easy enough for me?! But I want to try it

  3. says

    @Linda – yes, you knit back and forth for 5 inches, making a long rectangle (this makes the fold over cuff). You then pick up stitches along one of the long sides to start the boot. The booties are knit back and forth, so you only need regular needles. If you find it more comfortable, you can use a circular needle without knitting in the round. Hope this makes sense. Drop me an email on the contact page if you have any trouble.

  4. says

    Ok, I did start one boot already, just thinking that I should trie following the pattern without asking any questions and that it woud work. But I have to translate the pattern for myself (because I speak Dutch). But I am giving it a go and will let you know once I have finished them! Thank you already!

  5. Deb Redhair says

    This is my first time trying a pattern. Your awesome pattern. And I’m having a little trouble. I would be forever grateful if you could help me. 1.) I don’t understand what I’m supposed to do with the stitches on my needles when i go from the cuff to the instep? 2.) on instep how do I go from the 20 knits on needle to only 10 purls? 3.) I completely don’t understand teh 3rd paragraph in the instep section? thank you so much if you could take the time out of your day to answer my questions. lil_deb 83 at yahoo dot com

  6. says

    @Deb – you knit 20, then turn around and only purl 10. Then you turn around again, and knit 10. That way the first 10 stitches just sit on your needles, and you work back and forth on the middle 10 stitches. You end up knitting a flap in the middle. Then you pick up stitches along the sides of the flap and join it all together again.

    I hope this makes sense.

  7. kathie says

    i’m having trouble with the instep part as well. Do I pick up the stitches from the middle of where the cuff is? I love the pattern because it’s so simple, but typical, I have to make it more difficult. :-)

    • says

      Hi Kathie, you knit the cuff, then pick up stitches all the way along one side of the cuff. Then you work a few rows on those, then work back and forth on just the middle 10 stitches (makes a T shape) then pick up stitches on either side of the flap.

      I sometimes find it easier to blindly follow a knitting pattern until I can figure out what’s going on. (and I always thought I’d make my own so well written that I would never need to do that) ha!

      Hope that helps!

  8. Anonymous says


    I’m trying to knit up the baby uggs and have ran into a problem. Hopefully I can make it clear and you can tell me where I went wrong. I had no problem until I got down to the finishing. I ended up with 30 stitches left which your pattern says. When I divide the stitches onto the two needles, the sole doesn’t look right. It only measured 2 inches, where the rest of the ugg looks like its the right proportion. Is the sole the only spot that needs to be sewn up, cause mine needed to be sewn from the top of the cuff all the way down to the sole. Where did I go wrong?? Love the baby uggs. So cute and thanks for it.

    • says

      Hi Anon – The 30 stitches left for the sole are divided over 2 needles and then finished using a 3 needle bind off or kitchener stitch. The sole is done this way so that it sits fairly flat and is comfortable to wear. After you’ve done the sole, the back (heel) and the cuff still need to be sewn up. If you still have any questions, please send me an email using the contact page and I’ll try and explain it differently.

    • Anonymous says

      Thanks for your quick reply. I guess my question is about the length of the sole. On your pattern,it says the sole measurement is 3.5″. Mine was maybe 2″. Can’t figure out where that went wrong. Sole might fit a newborn, but the rest of the bootie would be enormous. I can see now that the cuff and rest still needs to be sewn up also. Just can’t figure out that darn soul!
      Thanks so much. Won’t let me use my name so I’m still Anon.. Lol

    • says

      the smallest size in the pattern is 3 – 6 months, not newborn. The shaping for the sole does curve it in a bit, so the measurement of the bit you bind off will be a bit shorter than the actual length of the ugg. Hope that makes sense

  9. says

    i want to make these but i might be too much of a beginner. i started the first garter piece and it looks good but when i pick up the side stitches i can only get 24. not sure if i should just sew the cuff longer or start over and stitch tighter? it looks really good and like your picture, it just doesnt have 30 stitches to pick up down the side??

    • says

      Is your cuff piece long enough? It should be at least 5 inches (depending on which size you’re making). Do you know how many rows you knitted? You must have done more than 30 rows. Please send me an email via my contact page if you’re still stuck and I can email you. HTH

  10. Anonymous says

    Do you happen to have this figured for newborn size also. I’m having a new grandchild soon and would like to have a pair for them to wear home from the hospital, maybe even preemie size if possible. If not could you maybe tell me how I could figure it out by decreasing how many stitches? Thanks for any help you could give me.

    • says

      Unfortunately, I don’t have a pattern for smaller sizes, but I think the best way to go about it would be to use a finer yarn and smaller needles. Knit the cuff 4 – 4.5″ long and then work the pattern as written. The smaller needles and yarn will make the bootie work out smaller. Please let me know how you go!

  11. Anonymous says

    I am making the 6-12 month size. For the instep do I knit 22 and purl 12 to use up the 34 stitches on the needle? The directions for that size only account for 32 stitches.

    • says

      Hi Anon, you knit 22, then TURN, then purl 10 (so you’re purling the last 10 stitches you just knit) You will work on the middle 10 stitches, leaving 12 on the start of the needle and the other 12 on the other needle. So you’ve got 12 + 10 + 12 = 34. HTH

  12. Anonymous says

    I am to step 3 where I pick up 7 stitches along side of instep. I can’t figure out how I’m doing that as I have 13 rows I’ve just knit for the instep.

  13. Anonymous says

    Hi Im having problems with your step 3,i pick up 7 then if i go to knit the 10 on the other needle i have a piece of wool that is NOT knitted into any stitches is that right?? Doesn’t seem right!
    Do I have the wrong side facing me?
    Any chance of a visual please???

    • says

      You pick up 7 along one size of the flap, knit the 10 stitches that are next to those (the right side is facing you). Now you will turn the work over (wrong side up) purl the 10 stitches you just knit and the 7 you picked up. Then purl the 10 middle stitches. Then pickup the 7 from the other side of the instep, then purl the 10 from the side. I don’t have a photo, but there is a diagram in the pattern. You shouldn’t have any yarn just hanging there. HTH

  14. Anonymous says

    I love the construction of this pattern and thanks for sharing! Do you happen to know a gauge for this? Because I tried to knit the 6-12 month and mine came out much too small. Maybe I am knitting too tight? I’m not sure what to do to make it work. Thanks for your help!

  15. Anonymous says

    These are great but because I am new to knitting booties. Perhaps you could take photos to explain the different steps. I had trouble with the pattern what
    I interpreted as the directions SOOOOOO did not work. After reading through some of the other questions I think I might have figured it out… But I am a very visual learner and need to see steps…. and because I am new to knitting booties. I wish I could just watch you make them,…Perhaps in future
    you could take photos to explain the different steps.

    • says

      I have it on my to do list, but it’s a very long list and with the warm weather on the way here, I’m not really in the mood for knitting. When I get the chance I will add some pictures to the pattern.

  16. says

    Can you please email me the pattern as well?
    I really want to try these… I trully love the way you take the time to answer each and every question here… congrats on a great job!!! If I come across any issues when I start these, I too will leave you questions… rite now I’m crotcheting my nephew a blanket, but definitely want to knit these botties… I’m home for a month with a FRACTURED toe… if you have any other cute patterns u can email me as well, I would appreciate it. My nephew should be born in few weeks, I also have a 3 1/2 yr old niece…would love to make her something as well… thank you

  17. says

    I’m working on the instep. When I pick up the 7 stitches along the side of the instep am I knitting as I pick up? Then it says to knit 10 but how can I knit ten if the yarn is at the beginning of where I picked up the 7. Heeeelllllp :(

    • says

      Hi Diane, to me, ‘pick up’ and ‘pick up and knit’ mean the same thing, so sorry for the confusion. You need to pick up and knit the stitches, so your yarn comes along with you.

  18. Anonymous says

    Please help I have started but I am confused and I have been knitting for over30 years. I did row 1 and 2 but going into row 3 what do I do with the extra 2 stitches from my YO and each right side row I increase 2 more stitches what do I do with them just knit them into the pattern? Could you please e-mail the pattern as my great grandson is due any day now, My e=mail address is Thank you very much, Candace Geronilla

  19. Anonymous says

    Hi! Thank you for this gorgeous pattern. I’ve just knitted them for my son and they look gorgeous in alpaca wool. Just a question, after I finish sewing up, the top of the slipper is in garter stitch not stocking stitch. I’m just wondering what I’m doing wrong? Not the cuff, but the section that covers the top of his foot. My email is They still look gorgeous though!

  20. Anonymous says

    Hi, thank you for sharing your pattern. I’m making baby clothes for a group of helping people on Facebook. « Entraide de toute sorte » and there are many girly patterns but not much suitable for boys. Thanks again. Linda Cardin

  21. says

    Can you please explain the M1 (make 1). Does that mean increase a stitch? Also, what is the kitchener stitch? How do you do it? Thanks for your reply. i love these Uggs, want to make them for a baby shower..

  22. Anonymous says

    I’m not able to download the pattern for the baby uggs. Would it be possible to email me the pattern? I don’t see it on Ravelry. You do beautiful work! I’m fairly new to knitting but LOVE it.

  23. says

    Hi. The issue i’m having is picking up the 30 stitches on the edge. Now I’ve tried doing this with three different types of yarn and each time it isn’t possible to pick up 30 stitches (after knitting for 5″). I’ve looked at a couple different versions of how to pick. Am i not using the right yarn?

  24. says

    Hi, I love this and really want to make them but I get so confused reading patterns because I am very new to knitting.
    I have just done the 5inch cuff and bind off.
    So…… Now pick up stitches…..I am not sure I fully understand this bit but I shall look at some videos on how to do it but…….the 30 bit does this mean since i have cast on 16 and have knitted 58 rows I only pick up the 30 and leave 28 alone?
    Sorry if this is a silly question but I am trying to learn this skill and think there are a few steps I will struggle with but only focusing on one step at a time.
    Thank you.

  25. cwmnie says

    Thank you for this pattern, my month old grandson has big feet for his age and nothing seems to fit him! These will be great to keep his little tootsies warm this winter!

  26. says

    Hi – I’m a novice too. I’ve worked out how to pick up the 30 stitches – should I knit them too please? And which direction should I be picking them up from – closest to the needle or furthest? Thanks

    • says

      Hi Gail, you need to divide the stitches over 2 needles. Take the needle out of half of the stitches, then slide in another needle. You then need to take out the other needle and put it back in the other way. I hope that makes sense. You could also knit half a row. The sides would be uneven, but you probably wouldn’t notice.

  27. Gramma says

    Can’t download pattern. Don’t have a computer at home and work computer does not have Vista. Cannot download a special program at work just to print a pattern! Why can’t it just be made available in the same format as all other patterns??

  28. Barbara Kinzett says

    Love the bootees so easy, but have to tell you what attracted me to them was the cup and saucer! my Mum (long passed) had the whole set was given a tea set for silver Anniversary in 1960 and it was added to through the years Dinner service, teapot etc etc, she left it to my youngest son, whom uses it for special times, lovely memories thank you Barbara NZ

    • abby says

      A whole set in that pattern would be so lovely! I found my cup and saucer at an antique shop in Brighton.

  29. Jackie Popp says

    Hi I just finished one. Bootie. There are errors r in the pattern.
    M1 =k1 you have too many rs. Rows. They are suppose to be row. Rs row _WS.
    You also said to divide and do keRitch stitch? With out that stitch being in the pattern instructions. I did basic bind off. Then send up the seams. How ever I used size 2 needles and Bernal baby sport yarn blue and whites. It is I think for a toddlers foot and not 3 months or infant. Other than that the pattern is one of the better ones I have found that is simple and 2 needles.
    Thanks just thought you should know. Jackie popp fort Smith Arkansas. Now to do the other one up

    • abby says

      thanks for your feedback Jackie. I’m not sure I understand the first bit. I think the computer has made it look funny. The smallest size is 3-6 months. They fit fine on my then 6 mo, but I think babies feet vary a lot! Both my boys have little feet.

  30. Janis D Bowman says

    Hi ,
    I am not using the yarn on the pattern. I am using the correct number of stitches and the number of inches written. I am having trouble finding 30 stitches on the side of the cuff. Mine come out at about 20 in that 5″. My yarn is a heavier weight. I am using the #5 needles. If I haven’t got 30 stitches on a side then my bootee will not come out as the way your have written the pattern.
    How can I come up with the 30 stitches without making the cuff longer?
    Please help. I not able to get the yarn suggested. I had this Lion Brand homespun acrylic left over from a shawl I had knitted for a grand child.
    Thanks for your pattern. I do hope to hear soon on how to get this project finished.

  31. Penny says

    I’ve just knitted a boot, and am trying to sew it up. I have grafted the sole stitches, but now there is a flat bit at the back of the sole that doesn’t fit to anything. I have sewn up the back seam, but then there is a hole left between the sole and the back seam. It has also come out really tiny, and it don’t knit tightly, so might have to re-do in larger size. Your help would be really appreciated – it’s a great pattern, and I’ve probably just missed something obvious!

  32. karen says

    hello I have difficulty to continue the instep. I do not understand how to proceed as follows:
      k3 k2tog, knit to 5 stitches from end, k2tog, k3 50
    thank you

    • abby says

      Hi Karen, for the row you need to: knit 3 stitches, then knit 2 togther, then knit each stitch until there are 5 still remaining on your left needle, then knit 2 together, then knit 3. The 50 means you should now have 50 stitches on your needle.

  33. Maureen says

    Bless you! I was knitting another pattern for mock Converse booties and literally threw the needles in my bag… Then discovered these baby UGGs and am in heaven. Reading the comments clarified the pickup vs pickup and knit issue to know whether on WS or RS as went along. Love the single construction and look so professional! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Love having a quick project other than hats! And keeping feet warm keeps baby warm. Would like adult pattern… That’s next spring project when too hot to knit!

  34. Sian says


    I am still a beginner at knitting, but felt like a challenge in making these booties for a friends newborn.

    I am however a little stuck when it comes to ‘Pickup 7 stitches along side of instep. Knit across 10 stitches on needle’

    Do I pick up 7 (adding 7 more stitches to my right needle) and then also knit the 10 from the left?
    Meaning I then have 37 stitches in total.

    Or am I supposed to pick up 7 and stitch into the 10 to join the edges together?

    Do I need a third needle at this point?


    Many Thanks


    • abby says

      Hi Sian, you only need two needles. Pick up the stitches along the side of the instep (adding them to your right needle), then knit the 10 stitches from the end. Hope that helps!

  35. Mila says

    Loved knitting these little booties, I used a slightly larger needle and the booties turned out great!!!! I knit these babies up in an afternoon, they’re gorgeous, thank you so much….definitely will be knitting many more, my daughter is expecting her baby in January, these will be nice and warm for my little angel.

  36. Diane says

    I finished a pair of the smallest size just fine. Now I am just starting the sole of the 6 to 9 months, and I must be math challenged, but I can’t get the decreases to work out as written. I have the requisite 42 stitches at the start of the sole, but when I do the decreases for the first row of the sole, I run out of them. K3, k2 together, k15, k2 tog, k4, k2 tog, k15, k2 tog, k3. What am I missing?

    • abby says

      Hi Diane, at the start of the sole, you should have 48 stitches for the middle size. You work 4 decreases along the first row of the sole, so you should have 44 stitches by the end of that row for the middle size. Hope that helps.

  37. Anne kumeh says

    Just finished one of the mid sized baby uggs. Thanks for a really clear pattern. Just castes on and went from there. Look great and match a sweater I made.

  38. Heather says

    I’m a fairly new knitter and this has been my first attempt at anything more complicated than like, a hat. I got one done and am starting the second now. The process involved a lot of yelling and cursing, but I fought through it and it turned out pretty much perfect! I made the 6-12 month size for my almost 3 month old big foot, and they fit him perfectly for the most part, just the sole is a little shorter than I would like but it’s stretchy enough to make do. Thanks for the pattern, I’m gonna go curse my way through boot #2 now!

    • abby says

      The pattern is written with the numbers for the smallest size, followed by the numbers for the 6-12 and 12-18mo following them in brackets. So it starts off saying ‘CO 16 and work an even number of rows of garter stitch (knit every row) for 5″ (5.5″, 6.5″).’ So you want to CO 16 and work garter stitch until your piece is 6.5″. For 12-18mo you are always using the second number in the brackets. I hope that makes sense.

  39. Debbie says

    I am not seeing where to download the Baby Uggs pattern. Love them and would like to get started making them. Can you tell me what to look for to download.

  40. LoobyLou says

    I’m working the pattern for baby uggs and am stuck at the pick up 7 stitches on the instep. I can’t see how to do it, despite reading the other comments. I have 10 stitches on my right needle and 20 on my left, the yarn is at the first stitch on my left needle (the middle 10 as it were), I’m on the wrong side. If I pick up on to the right needle, I have yarn that is loose. Help, please.

    • abby says

      You should be on the right side when picking up stitches. My guess is that you have turned the work around after completing the last row, whereas you should knit the last row and then begin to pick up without turning the work around. Hope that helps.

  41. jennie says

    Hello there,

    do you have this pattern in larger sizes at all? My 2 year old would adore a pair!!! she’s a size 5.5 UK infant shoe. I made these slippers in the largest size hoping they would fit her, sadly not :( they are not far off fitting my 9 month old though! Any help at all would be so greatly appreciated! I tend to blindly follow patterns and I am new to knitting with no idea how to size up – I just love these so much! Thank you!! Jennie :) xx

    • abby says

      I don’t have a larger pattern, though if you used thicker yarn and larger needles they would come out a bit bigger. I’ve made some that fit my son at 2.5yo that way.

  42. Weasy says

    I love these booties and am wondering if by any chance you have instructions for use “left out” left hand knitters?

    • abby says

      sorry, I have no idea how to write a pattern for left handed knitting. The pattern is listed in Ravelry, perhaps someone there has got notes for left handed people.

  43. Grandma says

    I am knitting the 6-12 mo size. How do you go from 52 stitches to 44 stiches while only reducing 2 stiches in the row between the two? Also, on page one you show 3 numbers in parenthesis and 4 numbers on the next page. Very confusing!!

    • abby says

      you go from 52 to 50 stitches. The 3 sets of numbers in brackets at the ends of instructions refers to how many stitches you will have for each size after that step. During the instructions the number or knits/purls to perform is given for the smallest size with the 2 larger sizes in brackets. I hope that clears it up.

  44. Joanna says

    Hi, I love these uggs and had my first attempt but am a little confused with the sole.
    * I was doing the smallest size and the pattern only has 3 rows for the sole and then the bind of which I did with the Kitchener stitch. I have found that the sole is very narrow and not nice and flat like yours.
    * Also, when I divided the stiches over 2 needles the wool was at the wrong end (I ended up slipping the stiches onto double pointed needles but am not sure if this correct).
    * Finally is the seam from the Kitchener stitch meant to go down the middle of the sole – I can’t see it on your picture.
    Please help
    Ta Jo

    • abby says

      Hi Jo, my uggs have socks stuffed in them for the photos so may look a little fuller and flatter than they would otherwise. The sole has 6 rows, the decrease rows each followed by a plain knit row. I also did the kitchener stitch the opposite way so that the seam is on the inside of the pictured uggs. I now think they’d be more comfortable with the seam on the outside and this is what the pattern instructs. Yes, the yarn will be at the wrong end when you divide the stitches so slipping them onto DPNs or regular needles (but the opposite direction) is fine. Yes, the seam is along the centre of the sole. Hope that helps!

      • Joanna says

        Thanks for your help Abby, and for responding so promptly.
        I missed the knit rows between the decrease in the sole so will do again.
        Cheers Jo

  45. Rachel says


    These are great looking booties! I really want to finish them. I started but got stuck when it came to picking up the 7 stitches of the instep. My working yarn was at the top of my work on the left hand needle where the instep was completed. Can you tell me how to pick up stitches onto my right needle with that being the case? Or maybe I did something wrong.
    Thanks again,

    • abby says

      You finish the instep and your work (instep) is on your left needle. Use that needle to pick up stitches along the side of the instep that is closest to the tip of the needle. You will then meet the right needle and you stitch along the stitches from the right needle.

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