Knitted baby boots or bootees can keep your infant's feet warm and cosy, even during the winter months. These bootees generally have a bit of stretch, to help with getting them on and off, and to keep them on wiggly little feet. The patterns are simple, and can be completed with basic knitting techniques, such as increases, decreases and seaming. The project is suitable for beginning knitters, and can be completed in a few hours of work. Additionally, baby boots use small quantities of yarn, and are a practical way to use up any yarn leftovers from other projects.
Cast on between 28 and 32 stitches, depending on how tight or loose your knitting gauge is. If you tend to be a loose knitter, cast on fewer stitches. Tighter knitters, cast on more. Gauge is not critical for this project, as many knitters make bootees for children who are not yet born.
Knit each row for between 10 and 15 rows. You will need to estimate the depth of the foot covering for the boot, by your row gauge. The bootee should be between 2 and 3 inches high from the sole to the top of the foot.
Begin decreasing. Knit two together twice in the middle of the row, every other row, three times. You should have between 22 and 26 stitches left on your needles. Knit one more row.
Knit in a one-by-one rib stitch for 10 to 15 rows. A one-by-one rib is knit one, purl one, and repeat until the end of the row. This is the ankle part of the boot. Bind off all stitches using a stretchy technique such as Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off. Cut the yarn, leaving a 15-inch tail.
Fold the boot in half vertically, so you are matching one side of the cast-off row to the other. Thread the tail of the yarn into your tapestry needle and begin seaming, using the mattress stitch. Weave in all ends.
Things you need
- Sport-weight yarn
- US-3 knitting needles
- Tapestry needle