Baby shoes or bootees are a simple way to add a handmade touch to a baby shower gift. If you have a basic understanding of knitting stitches, you can knit up a pair of baby bootees in an afternoon. Make several in a variety of colours and keep them on hand in case you have an emergency baby gift you need to give or donate them to a local hospital or children's charity organisation. Your handmade efforts will be appreciated either way.
Cast on 30 stitches. Knit back and forth in garter stitch for 10 rows. In order to knit garter stitch, simply knit every stitch on every row.
Begin to decrease your baby shoes for the ankle opening. For row 11, knit one stitch, knit two together, then knit 24 stitches across the centre, knit two together and knit one. This will give you a total of 28 stitches. Repeat this process for rows 12, 13 and 14 which will give you have a total of 22 stitches in the row.
For row 15, knit ribbing. In order to do this, repeat this pattern across the row: knit two, purl two. On row 16, do the same thing but repeat this pattern across; purl two, knit two. Repeat these two rows once more, and then bind off all stitches loosely.
Cut your working yarn, leaving a 10-inch tail. Thread this tail onto a large-eye blunt needle and fold your bootee in half so that the sides of your knitting line up together. Sew down this side seam using a whipstitch and then also sew the bottom edge together. Fold the bootee right-side out and then knit a second one.
Things you need
- Worsted-weight yarn
- Knitting needles ,size US 8
- Large-eye blunt needle