I agree. Booties look strange, like they coudln't possible become somethign of use until you are close to done. I'm not sure of a good beginner bootie recommendation pattern for free, but there is one in a book i have...GREAT for beginners that want to knit baby things:
I actually learned how to knit using this book...and the projects are beautiful. There are two baby bootie patterns. A beginner pair, and a slightly more advanced pair. There is also a thumbless mitten pattern, as well as mittens with thumbs.
So if you ever feel like springing for a book, i totally recommend this book for beginners lookign to knit baby items!
SIZE: 3-6 mos, 9 mos
Finished Sole 3 (3½, 4) in. [7.5 (9, 10) cm]
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.
18 sts + 24 rows = 4 in. [10 cm] in Garter st (knit every row). BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you less stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.
M1 (make 1) An increase worked by lifting horizontal thread lying between needles and placing it onto left needle. Work this new stitch through the back loop.
sk2p Slip 1 as if to knit, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over—2 sts decreased.
ssk (slip, slip, knit) Slip next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time, to right needle; insert left needle into fronts of these 2 sts and k them tog.
*Beg at center of sole, cast on 24 (28, 32) sts.
Row 1: Purl.
Row 2: Knit.
Row 3: P 10 (12, 14), (m1, p 1) 4 times, m1, p 10 (12, 14) – 29 (33, 37) sts.
Row 4: Cast on 2 sts, knit to end of row.
Row 5: Cast on 2 sts, purl to end of row – 33 (37, 41) sts.
Knit 4 (6, 6) rows.
Row 1: K 11 (13, 15), ssk, k 7, k2tog, k 11 (13, 15) – 31 (35, 39) sts.
Row 2: Knit.
Row 3: K 11 (13, 15), ssk, k 1, sk2p, k 1, k2tog, k 11 (13, 15) – 27 (31, 35) sts.
Row 4: Knit.
Row 5: K 6 (7, and sl to a holder for button tab, bind off next 6 (7, sts, k 2, sl last 3 sts from right hand needle to holder for t-strap, bind off next 6 (7, sts, knit to end of row. **
Continuing on last 6 (7, sts, k 6 (7, , cast on 10 (12, 14) sts for strap. Turn.
Next Row: Ssk, yo (buttonhole), knit to end of row.
Sl 6 (7, sts from holder back to needle and k 2 rows. Bind off.
Place 3 sts from holder on needle, attach yarn and knit 15 (17, 19) rows. Bind off.
Work as for Left Bootie from * to **.
Continuing on last 6 (7, sts, k 2 rows. Bind off.
Cast 10 (12, 14) sts onto empty needle, with same needle k across 6 (7, sts from holder.
Next Row: K to last 2 sts, yo, k2 tog (buttonhole).
Work T-Strap as for Left Bootie.
Seam cast on edges together for center of sole. Sew back seam and seam at base of heel. Fold ¾ in. [2 cm] of T-Strap to wrong side and sew in place. Thread strap through T-strap loop. Sew button onto side of Bootie.