It is important to keep little feet warm and toasty, and baby bootees are a necessity for newborns. Using a loom, it is easy to hand-knit bootees for the baby in your life or as gifts. Quick to complete, these bootees use only a small amount of yarn. Knit them in several different colours so every outfit has a coordinating pair. There are special baby bootee looms that can be purchased but, if you already own a Knifty Knitter flower loom, you may use that instead.
Choose your yarn. Use a bulky yarn or two stands of worsted weight yarn held together and worked as one strand throughout. Use something very soft, so it is gentle on the baby's feet.
Tie a slip knot in your yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail, and place the knot on the anchor peg on the side of the loom. This is the only peg on the side.
Wrap your working yarn around all 12 pegs, pulling yarn behind and around the front of each peg. Each peg should have one loop of yarn wrapped around.
Wrap each peg again in the same manner, leaving two loops on each peg.
Using your loom tool, pull the bottom loop up and over the top loop of every peg. This is called knitting off, and leaves you with one loop on every peg. This completes row 1.
Wrap each peg again, putting two loops on each peg.
Knit off all pegs again, completing row 2.
Continue to wrap each peg and knit off every stitch for a total of 12 rows.
Carefully reach inside the loom and find your first row of stitches. Locate the tail from where you began.
Align your stitches, lining up the tail with the first peg. Place the stitch from the first row back on the first peg. You now have two loops on peg 1.
Repeat placing the stitch from the first knit row back on the corresponding pegs. This gives you two loops on all 12 pegs.
Knit these stitches by bringing the bottom loop up and over the top loop.
Continue wrapping each peg and knitting off the row for another 12 rows.
Cut the working yarn, leaving about 15 inches of a tail.
Thread the yarn needle.
Bring the yarn needle through the loop on the first peg and continue bringing the yarn needle through the loops, in order, for all 12 pegs.
Pull the yarn tightly to form the toe of the bootee.
Knot the yarn at the toe. Trim the tail to about 3 inches long and weave into the bootee.
Take a piece of ribbon and thread it through the fold at the top of the bootee.
Tie the ribbon in a pretty bow to complete the bootee.
Repeat all steps to make a matching bootee to complete the pair.
Use yarn instead of ribbon and add some pom-poms for a different look.
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- Use yarn instead of ribbon and add some pom-poms for a different look.