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I am pretty excited to share this pattern with you guys, today. I have been working on tons of girl stuff lately (even though I only have my baby boy). There are tons of adorable baby girl bootie patterns, but not so many cute boy’s patterns. I knew I needed to help change that! So these monk strap booties are for moms (and grandmas, aunties, sisters, and friends) of baby boys!

Free Crochet Pattern: Monk Strap Booties. Perfect for a baby girl or boy! {Whistle and Ivy}

I definitely wrote this pattern for boys to begin with, but once I starting playing with color combinations, I soon realized they are pretty darn cute for girls as well. Change the colors and add a girly button, and they are sweet and feminine! These Monk Strap Booties are crocheted in the round, so they work up pretty quickly. 



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Monk Strap Baby Booties Crochet Pattern  

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What you need:
-Medium Weight Yarn in 2 colors (Knit Picks Mighty Stitch)
-Size F Hook (3.75 mm)
-Darning Needle

Abbreviations: (American Terms) 

St – Stitch 
Ch – Chain 
Sc – Single crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Sc decrease – Sc2tog
Hdc decrease – Hdc2og
Dc decrease – Dc2tog
Sl st – Slip Stitch 

Gauge: 9 sts = 2” long

Get the video tutorial for 3-6 Months HERE

3-6 months (Approx. 4”)

Start with 1st color (worked in the round)
Ch 11

1.Work 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 4 chs, hdc in next ch, dc in next 3 chs, 7 dc in last ch. Working across opposite side: dc in next 3 ch, hdc in next ch, sc in next 4 ch. (26 sts)

2. Beginning in the first sc: 2 sc in each of the next 3 st. Sc in next 9 sts. 2 sc in each of the next 5 sts. Sc in next 9 sts.(34 sts)

3.*Sc. Sc 2 in next st* work 3 times. Sc in next 9 sts. *Sc. Sc 2 in next st* work 5 times. Sc in next 9 sts. (42 sts)

4.Work this round through back loops only. Sc in each st. (42 sts.)

5. Hdc. Dc 8.  Hdc. Sc 32. (42 sts) Move up your stitch marker. Sl st and Tie off.

6. Join your second color at your stitch marker. Ch 1. Sc in same st.  Hdc. Dc2tog. Dc 4. Dc2tog. Hdc. Sc 9. Sc2tog twice.  Sc 6. Sc2tog twice. Sc 8. (36 sts) Join with a sl st.

7. Ch 1.Sc in same st. Hdc2tog 4 times. Sc 9. Sc2tog. Sc 6. Sc2tog. Sc 8.  (30 sts) Join with sl st.

8. Sl st in each st around. Tie off.

Toe Flap:
Ch 5.

1.  Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Hdc 2. Sc 1. Turn. (4 sts)

2. Ch 1.  Sc 2 in same st. hdc 2. Sc 2 in last st.  Turn. (6 sts)

3. – 7. Ch 1.  Sc in same st. hdc 4. Sc 1. Turn. (6 sts) Leave a long tail.  

Strap: Start with 2nd color.
Ch 15
1. Sc in 4th ch from hook. Sc 11 across the ch. Tie off.  (12 sts)

2. Turn the piece so that wrong side and is facing you, and join 1st color. where you left off. Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc 11 across the strap. Work 3 sc in the loop at the end. Sc 12 across the other side. (27 sts) Tie off.

Toe Flap:

Ch 6.
1. Sc 2nd ch from hook. Hdc 3. Sc 1. Turn. (5 sts)

2. Ch 1.  Sc 2 in same st. hdc 3. Sc 2 in last st. Turn. (7 sts)

 3. – 7.  Ch 1.  Sc in same st. hdc 5. Sc 1. Turn. (7 sts) Leave a long tail. 

2. Ch 1.  Sc 2 in same st. hdc 3. Sc 2 in last st. Turn. (7 sts)

 3. – 8. Ch 1.  Sc in same st. hdc 5. Sc 1. Turn. (7 sts) Leave a long tail. 

Strap: Start with 2nd color.

Ch 16
1. Sc in 4th ch from hook. Sc 12 across the ch. Tie off.  (13 sts)

2. Turn the piece so that wrong side and is facing you, and join 1st color.
Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc 12 across the strap. Work 3 sc in the loop at the end. Sc 13 across the other side. (29 sts) Tie off.

To attach the flap, lay in on the shoe so it sits on top of the edge of the toe. Using a yarn needle and your long tail, attach it by sewing in and out of the slip stitches around the edge, and catching the corresponding piece of yarn on the toe flap.
To attach the strap, an easy method is to take the four tails at the end of the strap and using your hook, fish them through the bottom side of the shoe. Attach them at the 2nd row of your second color. Make sure your tails are fished through along the same row, so it sits even. Then, reach inside the shoe and tie the tails together with a knot.

Free Crochet Pattern: Monk Strap Booties. Perfect for a baby girl or boy! {Whistle and Ivy}
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  1. Hi, I love these booties but I am having some trouble. I am not new to crochet and I have followed the pattern exactly and every one I make comes out crooked (the toe and heel are off set to the sides instead of being lined up with the sole toe and heel…) on the 0-3 months pattern it says on row 5, hdc 1, DC 8, hdc 1. This is where it becomes crooked as doing 8 DC puts me half way down the side… I see on the 3-6 month pattern it says the same thing for step 5. Should it be less DC on this step for the 0-3 ? Please help! I have made 6 of these trying to figure out why it’s not coming out right…

    1. I am also having the same problem. I’m not new to crochet either, and this isnt my first booties pattern. The DCs have to be off. There’s really no other explanation for it. But that will also mean some of the other stitches are off. I’m going to play around with it and I’ll let you know.

  2. Hi! I am so excited to try out these loafers! I purchased a pattern very similar to this and after many tries got stuck on the same part with it looking strange and never finished. I was really sad because I wanted to have them done by the time my nephew arrived. He is 3 months now so I’m going to give your pattern a try. Thank you so much for the pattern and video tutorial!! The visual will help me out tremendously!

  3. trying to find copy of printable pattern for infant flip flops. do not want the downloads. I end up with viruses with down loads. so if possible send me a copy of pattern

  4. Hi Bethany!

    First I want to say that I LOVE your patterns! They are so easy to understand and then the fact that you add the video as well makes it even easier! Ive made most of the baby shoe patterns you have on here! With this one, I just have a little suggestion! The pattern for the tongue of the shoe was extremely hard to follow and it came out pretty triangular in pattern! At the end, I ended up SC around the edge of the whole thing and DC in the areas I needed to fill in more (the “top” of the triangle) like you have written for the lip of the boat shoes! Other than that it was an awesome pattern! I am a military family and a lot of my friends have and are having babies so making these for them is always a treat! Thanks!


    1. Thanks!
      Really? I am trying to understand how you got triangle out of it. The bottom is curved so it fits inside the toe area, is that what you mean? Maybe you were attaching it upside down? Would you like to send me a photo so I can see what is going on?

      1. I already finished the shoes but when I do another pair I will definitely show you! I guess it makes more sense that it was curved to fit the shoe. By triangle I meant that the first few rows were not as wide as the rows after it haha sorry for the confusion! I probably was just expecting it to be like the toe flap of the boat shoe and got confused when it wasnt! Either way, they came out adorable!

  5. An having trouble now that I am ready to attach the flap to the shoe. I can’t tell which is the toe and which is the heel. I’m worried I did it wrong.

  6. I am currently making the size 0-3 month monk strap booties and I have been watching your video online. On step 6 for the 3-6 month (and in the video) it says to complete the round with a slip stitch, but in the 0-3 month there is no slip stitch written. Do I do the slip stitch or no? I can’t wait to finish these! :)

    1. Hi Kendra,

      I am so sorry! I completely missed that on the 0-3 size. You should be working in joined rows, so yes you need to join. Sorry for the confusion, I have updated the pdf.

  7. I am a novice at crocheting, but I am hoping you can help me with your pattern. When I do round two of the sole I don’t reach my marker from where I started. Is that supposed to happen? I am doing the 0-3 month size, I am left with 3 stitches till my marker if that makes sense. I am not sure what I am doing wrong.

  8. Hi I love this pattern! I’m going to be traveling and I tried downloading this on my kindle for easier review and the watermark is black so I’m unable to read the pattern… is there something else I can do differently? Have you heard of others having this problem?

    1. Yes! Use a different reading app than the default one. For some reason, the light gray watermark shows up black on that one.

  9. I have spent the last 45 mind trying to get the written pattern for the 12 month size and keep getting redirected to the same video and link for the 3 to 6 month…..plz help!

    1. I’m sorry you are having trouble! The pattern link appears to be working, though. The pattern link says “Monk Strap Baby Booties”, the video link says “HERE.” They are two different links.

    1. Hi Autumn!
      I sent you a message on FB, but in case you didn’t get it, I will reiterate here! I don’t have just a written pattern for the sole, it’s the same for all my bootie patterns, the first 3 steps. Also, I don’t have a newborn size, the smallest size 0-3 months.

  10. I have a predicament. All I have is a 5.5 mm crochet hook. How would I adjust the pattern so that they aren’t too big?

    1. Hm. That is quite a bit larger. You could work the smallest size and see how big they turn out. Unfortunately, because the sizing is so precise, unlike a scarf or hat, that size of hook will make a huge difference. You can work fewer chains to make them shorter, but they would still be wide. I’m sorry! I’m not much help :(

  11. Hi! I love these loafers! I downloaded the pattern but unfortunately I can read it because there is a big stamp over all of the directions :( any suggestions?

    1. Thank you Nikki! Are you trying to read on a reading device or tablet? I have had some readers comment that their devices don’t display the watermark correctly (it is very light gray and doesn’t interfere with the pattern). But most have had success using a different reading app, or a different browser. Give a try!