Pretty bootees are always a welcome gift for a newborn baby. These are designed to completely enclose the feet, keeping them warm and cozy, and the lacy legs will keep ankles cozy, too. Ribbon ties help to keep the bootees from falling off.
Cascade Heritage Solids (75% merino wool, 25% nylon) fingering (4-ply) weight yarn, 437yd (400m) per 3.oz (100g) ball
- 1 ball in White 5682
Pair of US 3 (3.00mm) knitting needles
2 stitch holders
35 1⁄2in (90cm) of 3⁄8-in (10-mm) wide silk or satin ribbon
Foot length: 4 1⁄8in (10.5cm)
Cuff to base of heel: 3 1⁄4in (8cm)
30 sts and 50 rows to 4in (10cm) over stockinette (stocking) stitch using US 3 (3.00mm) needles.
Bootee (make two)
With US 3 (3.00mm) needles, cast on 41 sts.
Knit 2 rows.
Row 3 (RS): P1, [k3, p1] to end.
Row 4: K1, [p3, k1] to end.
Row 5: [P1, k1, yo, skpo] to last st, p1.
Row 6: As row 4.
Rep rows 3–6, 3 times more.
Next row: K2, [k2tog, k5] to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2. 35 sts
Next row: Purl.
Next row (eyelets): K2, [yo, k2tog] to last st, k1.
Next row: Purl.
Shape top of foot
Next row: K23, turn and leave rem 12 sts on a holder.
Next row: P11, turn and leave rem 12 sts on a second holder.
Next row: Starting with a knit row, work in stockinette (stocking) stitch (1 row knit, 1 row purl) on these 11 sts until work measures 2in (5cm), ending with a purl row. Cut yarn
Knit 12 sts from second holder, then pick up and k 16 sts evenly along the side of the top of the foot you have just worked, then k 11 sts on needle, then pick up and k 16 sts down other side of top of foot, then k 12 sts from fi rst holder. 67 sts
Beg with a purl row, work in stockinette (stocking) stitch for 9 rows.
Next row (RS): K2, skpo, k26, k2tog, k3,
skpo, k26, k2tog, k2. 63 sts
Next and every alt row: Purl.
Next row: K2, skpo, k24, k2tog, k3, skpo, k24, k2tog, k2. 59 sts
Next row: K2, skpo, k22, k2tog, k3, skpo, k22, k2tog, k2. 55 sts
Next row: K2, skpo, k20, k2tog, k3, skpo, k20, k2tog, k2. 51 sts
Bind (cast) off purlwise.
Join back seam and foot seam. Weave in any loose ends neatly. Cut ribbon in half and thread through eyelets.
One ball of this yarn is more than enough to make these bootees and the matching mittens, so why not make a matching set as a gift? If you are feeling particularly generous, the Traditional Bonnet is also made using the same yarn.