Hey, I'm Andrea Lemire, the education coordinator here at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio. I'm going to show you some really cool techniques for beginning crochet, and hopefully, you'll have as much fun as I have with it. Okay, lets get started.
So, I'm going to talk to you about how to make a baby bootie. It's just a combination of all those basic stitches that you learned in all the beginning crotchet videos. Most baby booties start with the sole, or the bottom of the foot. And it starts working your rows with your beginning chain, and then choosing a stitch: the single crotchet, half-double, double, or triple. And for a baby bootie, you would want to choose a single crotchet or the half-double crotchet since it is tighter, so it would make a warmer, stiffer fabric. And you're going to work your rows back and forth for the sole here, and then, after you have a little rectangle at the bottom of the foot, you then actually switch to working in rounds, so working around the outer edge. And so you've switched from working flat, back-and-forth in rows, to working in rounds, like in the crocheting in round video. Rounds are worked for the height of the foot, and then, for this front part, which is called the instep, you then have to switch to working back in rows working up to the cuff area, and then, you join back into the round to make the cuff. And this is worked in a circle until the cuff is as long as you want it to be. So, a great way to combine all those techniques to make an adorable, little gift. And these are the oh-so easy booties which are a free pattern on lionbrand.com, so if you like how these look, go check it out.