How to knit baby booties

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No shaping, no complicated stitches, and no bother. Embellish these simple baby booties to make the perfect personalised baby-shower gift.

Materials

  • One 50g (1 3⁄4oz) ball Rowan Cotton Glace in pink
  • Pair of 3.5mm needles
  • Tapestry needle

Size
This bootee is for a 6-month-old baby with a foot length of 10cm (4in).

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Make a slip knot 40cm (16in) from the end of the yarn and, using the thumb cast-on method, cast on 26 sts.

When all the stitches have been cast on, transfer the needle to the left hand and pick up the second needle in the right hand, ready to knit.

 

Row 1: Knit (k).
 

Rep row 1 until 49 rows have been worked.
 
Cast off.

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Counting rows and stitches
Count the number of bumps along a ridge (to find the number of stitches) and count the ridges (each ridge represents two rows).

There should be 26 stitches and 50 rows to 10cm (4in). If the tension is correct, proceed with the project instructions.
 

Making the bootees

Foot (make 2)
A square is knitted to form the sole and the sides of the bootee.
If the tension swatch has the correct number of rows and stitches to 10cm (4in) then this can be used for one foot piece.

As for the tension swatch, make a slip knot 40cm (16in) from the end of the yarn and, using the thumb cast-on method, cast on 26 sts.

Row 1: Knit.
This and all odd number rows are a right-side (RS) row.
Rep row 1 until the work measures 10cm (4in) from the cast-on edge.
Cast off.

Toe (make 2)
This square is approximately a quarter of the size of the foot square.
Make a slip knot 20cm (8in) from the end of the yarn and, using the thumb cast-on method, cast on 13 sts.

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Rep row 1 until the work measures 5cm (2in) from the cast-on edge.
End with a RS row and the cast-on tail at the bottom right of the work.
There should be 23 rows or 11 knitted ridges, plus the cast-on ridge. 
Cast off.
 

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Strap (make 2)
Make a slip knot 90cm (36in) from the end of the yarn and, using the thumb cast-on method, cast on 60 sts.
Cast off.
Using the tapestry needle, weave in the ends.
 

 

Finishing


Block and press all the pieces gently, taking particular care to press the edges.

Thread the tapestry needle with a 30cm (12in) length of yarn. Position the two squares on top of each other, RS facing and with the cast-on edges together.

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Cast-on edges

Sew the seams using flat stitch. Insert the needle through the first cast off stitch on one side of the toe piece and the corresponding row end on the foot piece A. Sew down to cast-on edge.
 
Turn the corner B and cont flat stitching along the cast-on edges to C. This time, insert the needle through the outer loops of the stitches..

Align the other cast-on corner of the foot E with the free corner of the toe piece D. Flat stitch from C to corner E D.

 

Bring the edge of the foot piece that has not been stitched F against the fourth side of the toe piece to align with A and flat stitch this seam.
 
Finish by sewing through the first corner stitch A, as shown.
To form the heel, fold the cast off edges of the foot piece in half; then push the centre of the fold halfway up the fold itself, as shown. Flat stitch the seam. Cut the tails from the cast-on and cast off rows short.
 
Fold the strip in half and align the fold with the heel seam. Attach the strap around the heel using flat stitch.
Weave in ends.

 

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These bootees can be personalised by using two colours of yarn—one colour for the toes and one for the foot. Trimmings such as ribbon or fabric flower buds can also be used. However, these must be secured firmly.

 

 

First Knits

 

The content on this page is taken from First Knits, published by Collins & Brown. 

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Last updated: 29-Jul-2013 at 5:26 PM