Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A Valentine for you

Happy Valentines' !!!!

My first grand child is half way here and I'm so excited. I designed this easy garter stitch baby bootie for the beginner knitter, to celebrate. Enjoy the free pattern from Joybilee Farm.

Easy Garter Stitch Baby Booties (fits newborn to 3 months)

25 grams of sport weight 100% angora yarn
Size 4 mm knitting needles or needle to obtain gauge

Gauge: 6 stitches per inch and 10 rows per inch

Stitches used:
Garter stitch (knit every row)
Knit two together (decrease) (K2T)
Slip one, knit one, pass slip stitch over (decrease) (Sl 1, K1, PSSO)
Slip, slip knit (decrease) (SSK)

Cast on 29 stitches
Knit every row until work measures 2 1/4 inches (6 cm).

Shape Heel:
Row 1- 8 : Knit 8, turn
Row 9: Knit 2, K2T turn
Row 10: Knit 3, turn
Continue Row 9 and Row 10 until 3 stitches remain.

Break yarn and hold 3 remaining stitches on spare needle, while working Rows 1 to 10 on the other side of the bootie, until 3 stitches remain on that side.

Shaping the heel gusset:
Row 1: With right side facing, Knit across 3 remaining stitches. Pick up and knit 6 stitches along the side of the heel. Knit across the centre 13 stitches. Pick up and knit 6 stitches along the side of the remaining heel and knit the last 3 stitches. (31 stitches)

Row 2: Knit

Row 3: K13, K2T, K1, SSK, K13 (29 stitches)

Row 4: Knit

Row 5: K12, K2T, K1, SSK, K12 (27 stitches)

Row 6: Knit

Row 7: K11, K2T, K1, SSK, K11 (25 stitches)

Continue in Garter stitch on 25 stitches until 14 more rows have been worked.

Toe Shaping:
Row 22: K4, Sl1, K1, PSSO, K1, K2T, K7, K2T,K1, Sl1, K1, PSSO, K4. (21 stitches)
Row 23: Knit
Row 24: K3, Sl1, K1, PSSO, K1, K2T, K5, K2T, K1, Sl1, K1, PSSO, K3 (17 stitches)
Row 25: Knit
Row 26: K2, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, K1, K2T, K3, K2T, K1, Sl1, K1, PSSO, K2 (13 stitches)
Row 27: Knit
Row 28: K1, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, K1, K2T, K1, K2T, K1, Sl 1, K1, PSSO, K1 (9 stitches)
Row 29: Knit
Row 30: K2T (4 times) K1
Break yarn leaving a 12 inch tail. Thread yarn through all remaining stitches and pull tight. Toe is formed.

To finish, use yarn tail and darning needle, to sew up the edge of the bootie, Making a seam at the centre back and centre bottom of the foot.

Optional crocheted edge. Work 29 single crochet along the cast on edge. Continue working in the round a picot edge as follow. *3 Single crochet, chain 3, slip stitch in the top of the last single crochet.* Continue in this manner along the top of the bootie.

Make a second bootie identical to the first.

Please note: When working with angora yarn, these booties will need to be handwashed and air dried. Angora yarn will provide extra warmth for baby while his circulation is maturing. Its suitable for hats and booties.

For items that may get soiled quickly--sweaters, pants and blankets, for instance, necessitating frequent washing, a super wash merino wool yarn is just as nice and will save the new mom some work.

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