How to knit ribbed baby booties

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How to knit ribbed baby booties
Ribbed baby bootees are commonly knit using pastel coloured yarns. (yarn image by Liz Van Steenburgh from

Knitting ribbed baby bootees involves using an alternating sequence of knit and purl stitches to create elasticity. Ribbing is typically knit to create the cuffs of baby bootees, with garter or stocking stitches taking place throughout the rest of pattern. Knit patterns for baby bootees are available in all ranges of experience, from beginner to advanced. Common ribbing sequence is knit one stitch, purl one stitch for numerous rows.

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    Choose a pattern based on knitting experience. Beginner patterns for baby bootees are often worked in one colour using one pair of knitting needles or double point needles. Advanced knitters may use multiple skeins of yarn to create stripes and other styles. Knitting bootees with double point needles allows for optimal creation of the toe, instep and sole areas. Begin by casting on stitches according to pattern and working the cuff section in knit and purl alternations to create ribbing. Thicker yarn and larger needles may be used to increase the cuff width during knitting, although gauge must be measured throughout the pattern to ensure proper proportion.

    How to knit ribbed baby booties
    Ribbing takes place using an alternation of knit and purl stitches in each row. (knitting image by Joanna Redesiuk from
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    Divide sections to create the toe, instep and sole. After cuff ribbing, stitches are divided onto two needles then knitting takes place on each using free needles. This division allows for the toe and heel areas to form. Before stitches are rejoined, rows are knit and purled using stocking stitching, knit one row, purl one row, or garter stitching, knit each row. This process also involved knitting and purling stitches together to shape the bootees.

    How to knit ribbed baby booties
    The knitting gauge for baby bootees may be adjusted for thicker yarns. (knit baby bootees and bibs image by DSL from
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    Sew the seams after knitting is complete. After finishing each section, bind off stitches and break the yarn, leaving enough to sew seams and graft the sole area. Recommended yarn length for sewing is at least 12 inches. Seams and cuffs may also be crocheted to create a polished look. Pom-poms and ribbons may be added for a whimsical touch.

    How to knit ribbed baby booties
    Yarn is also used to sew the parts of the baby bootees together. (ball wool image by Sidoroff from

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