BOOTIE (Make 2) Begin at center of sole. On larger needles, CO 27 (33, 39) sts. Row 1 and all odd rows: Knit. Row 2: K1, *inc1, k10 (13, 16), inc1; rep from * once—31 (37, 43) sts. Row 4: K1, *inc1, k12 (15, 18), inc1, k1; rep from * once—35 (41, 47) sts. Row 6: K1, *inc1, k14 (17, 20), inc1; rep from * once—39 (45, 51) sts. Row 8: K1, *inc1, k16 (19, 22), inc1, k1; rep from * once—43 (49, 55) sts. Knit 5 (7, 9) rows.
INSTEP SHAPING Row 1: K24 (28, 30), k2tog tbl, turn. Row 2: (K1, p1) 2 (3, 3) times, k1, p2tog, turn. Row 3: (P1, k1) 2 (3, 3) times, p1, k2tog tbl, turn. Row 4: (K1, p1) 2 (3, 3) times, k1, p2tog, turn. Repeat Rows 3–4 until 31 (33, 37) sts rem. Next row: (P1, k1) 2 (3, 3) times, p1, k2tog tbl, knit to end—30 (32, 36) sts. Change to smaller needles. Knit 2 rows. Next row (eyelet row): K2, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to end. Knit 15 (17, 17) rows. BO.
FINISHING Join back, heel, and sole seam. Thread twisted cord through eyelets of each bootie, and sew pom-poms to ends of cords.
POM-POMS Pom-poms are easy to make and add a vintage element to the tops of caps and hoods or the ends of cords. To make them, cut 2 circular pieces of cardboard the width of the desired pom-pom (cereal boxes are a good source of cardboard), and cut a center hole in each. Holding the two circles together, insert your yarn needle and desired yarn through the hole and around the outside of the cardboard many times, working around the circle. When you can’t fit the needle through the hole any longer, you are finished. Pull the two cardboard circles apart, and cut the yarn between them around the circle. Tie a length of yarn tightly around the strands between the two circles. Remove the cardboard, and trim the pom-pom to size.
Reprinted with permission from "<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1580089607/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1580089607&linkCode=as2&tag=craftfocom-20&linkId=G37XNDQK5EXUU6ER">Vintage Knits for Modern Babies</a>" by Hadley Fierlinger (Ten Speed Press). Photo Credit: Angela Lang.