December 30, 2011

Baby Bootie Madness! (How to knit your own baby booties!)

So, I may have gone a little crazy knitting baby booties lately...

Perhaps you are also expecting, or have a grandbaby on the way, or a dear friend that is going to have a little one? Would you like to make them a special gift? These baby booties are honestly easier than they look! I might not recommend them if you are a very novice knitter, but, if you can already knit and purl, they will be a snap!

Here we go! Using (US) size 5 needles, and yarn that is #3 or #4 weight, cast on 32 stitches. I've found that if I make a slip knot for the first stitch and don't pull it tight, I can adjust any slack I accumulate when knitting the first row. It is illustrated here in the pictures. For the pattern, you'll be using the knit and purl stitches, you'll be setting aside some stitches on either a stitch holder (but I don't have any, so I use a different yarn / thread to hold them, using a large needle to pull it through, also shown in the pictures). 'Picking up' stitches may seem intimidating, but it is actually pretty easy. You don't have to be incredibly specific about what part of the pattern you're picking up, just do your best to spread out the number of stitches you're picking up over the distance so it is relatively even. Finally, have fun with this! Have fun with the color, the yarn texture, the ribbon, and don't feel it has to be the same color as the bootie! Some color combinations you might consider- green and pink, pink and orange, baby blue and lavender, it's really up to you! Fits roughly 0-6 months. If you're in doubt on size, try going up a needle size to US #6. Keep in mind the # of needle is not the cm measurement!

Size 5 needles
Cast on 32 stitches
Row 1 knit
Row 2 knit 21 stitches, put the remaining 11 either on a stitch holder or as described with contrasting yarn (turn)
Row 3 *k1, p1 12 stitches, place the remaining 11 either on a stitch holder or as described with contrasting yarn (turn)
Row 4 *k1, p1 (you are creating a ribbed pattern in this part)
Row 5 *k1, p1
Row 6 *k1, p1
Row 7 *k1, p1
Row 8 *k1,p1
Row 9 *k1, p1
Row 10 *k1, p1
Row 11 *k1, p1
Row 12 *k1, p1
Row 13 *k1, p1
Row 14 *k1, p1, but do not turn- pick up 7 stitches (knit stitch) along the ribbed panel, then knit the 11 stitches on the stitch holder (if using contrasting yarn, just cut it as needed and throw away)
Row 15 p28, then pick up 7 stitches (purl stitch) along the other side of the ribbed panel, then purl the 11 stitches on the stitch holder (if using contrasting yarn, just cut it as needed and throw away)
Row 16 knit
Row 17 purl
Row 18 knit
Row 19 purl
Row 20 knit
Row 21 purl
Row 22 knit
Row 23 bind off 2 stitches (purl), purl remainder of row
Row 24 bind off 2 stitches (knit), k2, k2tog, k14, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k14, k2tog, k2
Row 25 purl
Row 26 k2, k2tog, k12, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k12, k2tog, k2
Row 27 purl
Row 28 k2, k2tog, k10, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k10, k2tog, k2
bind off (purl)

To finish, sew together the bottom seam so that the stockinette stitch will be the outside of the bootie. Sew a ribbon to the outside back center seam, making sure it’s long enough to tie around the precious little ankle!

In addition to having fun with the color and ribbon choices, you can substitute a different pattern for the rib if you like, for example, a seed stitch, or a moss stitch!

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