Lullaby Baby Booties (Free Knitting Pattern)

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Need a quick gift for a new baby? Moms will appreciate these little booties that stay secure with a crocheted tie threaded through eyelets in the cuff. These are a good way to use up small amounts of yarn. Always keep a few pairs ready for new arrivals.
 
SIZE
Infant 0–3 months
 
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Circumference: 4", Foot length: 3"
 
YARN
Cascade Yarns Heritage, fingering weight, 75% superwash wool / 25% nylon, 60 yds / 0.5 oz, 1 skein Citron #5629
 
NEEDLES
US 0 (2.0 mm) 9" straight needles or size needed to obtain gauge
 
OTHER SUPPLIES
Waste yarn or small stitch holders, two stitch markers, yarn needle, seaming pins, US F/5 (3.75 mm) crochet hook or size needed to match the slipped edge stitches, 1 yd 1/4"–1/2" ribbon (optional), 1 package ribbon rosette embellishments
 
GAUGE
32 stitches and 48 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch

 
*Knit a swatch for accurate sizing.

Step 1

CUFF
Cast on 37 stitches loosely.
Row 1 (RS) Slip 1, *p1, k1; repeat from * to end.
Rows 2–12 Slipping the first stitch of every row, work 11 more rows in established rib.
Eyelet Row (RS) Slip 1, *yo, k2tog; repeat from * to end.
Row 14 (WS) Slip 1, purl to end.
Row 15 Slip 1, k15, k2tog, knit to end — 36 stitches.
Row 16 Slip 1, purl to end.

Step 2

HEEL FLAP
Row 1 (RS) Slip 1, k8, transfer these 9 stitches to waste yarn or a small stitch holder; [slip 1, k1] 9 times, turn; transfer remaining 9 stitches to waste yarn or another small stitch holder — 18 flap stitches.
Row 2 Slip 1, p17.
Working flap stitches only, repeat [Rows 1 and 2] 9 times — 18 flap rows.

Step 3

HEEL TURN
Row 1 (RS) Slip 1, k10, ssk, k1, turn, leaving 4 stitches unworked.
Row 2 (WS) Slip 1, p5, p2tog, p1, turn, leaving 4 stitches unworked.
Row 3 Slip 1, knit to 1 stitch before gap formed on previous row, ssk [1 stitch from each side of gap], k1, turn.
Row 4 Slip 1, purl to 1 stitch before gap formed on previous row, p2tog [1 stitch from each side of gap], p1, turn.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 once more — 10 stitches.

Step 4

GUSSET
Row 1 (RS) Knit to end of heel; pick up 9 stitches along the side of the flap, place marker; k9 stitches from holder.
Row 2 Slip 1, purl to end of heel; pick up and purl [from the back of the stitch] 9 stitches along the side of the flap, place marker; p9 stitches from holder — 46 stitches.
Row 3 Slip 1, knit to marker, k1, ssk, knit to 3 stitches before next marker, k2tog, k1, knit to end — 44 stitches.
Row 4 Slip 1, purl to end.
Repeat [Rows 3 and 4] 4 times — 36 stitches.

Step 5

FOOT
Slipping the first stitch of every row, work even in stockinette stitch for 1", (2 1/4" from back of heel) or about 3/4" shorter than desired length.

Step 6

ROUND TOE
Row 1 (RS) Slip 1, k1, k2tog, *k2, k2tog; repeat from * to end — 27 stitches.
Rows 2–4 Work even.
Row 5 Slip 1, k2tog, *k1, k2tog, repeat from * to end — 18 stitches.
Row 6 Work even.
Row 7 Slip 1, k1, *k2tog; repeat from * to end — 10 stitches.
Row 8 Slip 1, purl across.
Cut yarn, leaving an 18" tail. Using a yarn needle, thread tail through all stitches and pull tight. Don’t cut the yarn yet; the rest is used for seaming.

Step 7

SEAM
Fold the sock with wrong sides together. Match up the slipped edge stitches and pin in place. Using the crochet hook, slip stitch knitwise from the front into each corresponding set of stitches up to the top of the cuff to close the seam. Fasten off. Weave in ends. Block as desired.

Step 8

TIES
Using a crochet hook, chain two ties each about 18" long. Weave ends into chain. Thread ties through the eyelets, then tie in bows. Alternatively, you may use ribbon as ties.

Step 9

Excerpted with permission from "Knit Your Socks on Straight: A New and Inventive Technique with Just Two Needles" (c) by Alice Curtis, photography (c) by Geneve Hoffman Photography, used with permission from Storey Publishing.



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