How to Knit Baby Converse Booties

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How to Knit Baby Converse Booties
Converse All Star "Chuck Taylor" (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

The best selling basketball shoe of all time is the Converse All Star "Chuck Taylor." First manufactured by the Converse Rubber Corporation in 1917, this canvas (sometimes leather) upper, thick rubber sole athletic shoe was just the thing for players of the newly emerging game of basketball. Then, in 1921, Chuck Taylor, former Akron Firestones player joined the sales force of Converse when he saw a bright future for the All Star shoe. In 1932, Converse honoured Taylor by emblazing his name on the iconic ankle patch of the All Star shoe. It's never too soon to start the little ones down the path of an athletic lifestyle and bootees patterned after this iconic shoe are just the thing to top off an outfit.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Worsted weight yarn in main colour (MC)
  • Worsted weight yarn in white or contrasting colour (CC)
  • Large eye yarn or darning needle
  • Row counter
  • One pair US 4 straight knitting needles
  • One pair US 5 straight knitting needles

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Using the US 4 needles and CC, cast on 26 stitches and knit 1 row. Turn.

  2. 2

    Work the top of the shoe:

    Row 1: knit 1, yarn-over, knit 11, [yarn-over, knit 1] twice, yarn-over, knit 11, yarn-over, knit 1.

    Row 2, 4, 6, 8, 10: knit ( knit in the back loop of yarn over stitches).

    Row 3: knit 2, yarn-over, knit 11, yarn-over, knit 2, yarn-over, knit 3, yarn-over, knit 11, yarn-over, knit 2.

    Row 5: knit 3, yarn-over, knit 11, [yarn-over, knit 4] twice, yarn-over, knit 11, yarn-over, knit 3.

    Row 7: knit 4, yarn-over, knit 11, yarn-over, knit 5, yarn-over, knit 6, yarn-over, knit 11, yarn-over, knit 4

    Row 9: knit 5, yarn-over, knit 11, [yarn-over, knit 7] twice, yarn-over, knit 11, yarn-over, knit 5.

  3. 3

    Change to US 5 needles:

    Row 11: knit across with CC.

    Row 12, 14, 16: purl with CC.

    Row 13: knit across with MC.

    Row 15: knit across with CC.

    Row 17: knit across with MC.

    Row 18: purl 19 with MC, purl 13 with CC, purl 19 with MC.

  1. 1

    Shape the instep using both the MC and the CC:

    Row 1: knit 19 (MC), knit 10 (CC), slip-knit-pass-slipped-stitch-over (CC), turn.

    Row 2: slip 1, purl 7 (CC), purl-two-together, turn.

    Row 3: slip 1, knit 7(CC), slip-knit-pass-slipped-stitch-over, turn.

    Row 4: slip 1, purl 7(CC), purl-two-together, turn.

    Row 5: slip 1, knit 7 (CC), slip 1 CC, knit 1 (MC), pass-slipped-stitch-over, turn.

    Row 6: slip 1, purl 7 (CC), purl-two-together (MC), turn.

    Row 7: slip 1, knit 7 (CC), slip-knit-pass-slipped-stitch-over (MC), turn.

    Row 8: slip 1, purl 1 (MC), purl 5 (CC), purl 1 (MC), purl-two-together, turn.

    Row 9: slip 1, knit 2 (MC), knit 3 (CC), knit 2 (MC), slip-knit-pass-slipped-stitch-over, turn.

  2. 2

    Using MC only:

    Row 10: slip 1, purl 7, purl-two-together, turn.

    Row 11: slip 1, knit 7, slip-knit-pass-slipped-stitch-over, turn.

    Row 12: slip 1, purl 7, purl-two-together, turn.

    Row 13: slip 1, knit 7, slip-knit-pass-slipped-stitch-over, turn.

    Row 14: slip 1, purl 7, purl-two-together, turn.

    Row 15: slip 1, knit 7, slip-knit-pass-slipped-stitch-over, knit to end.

    Row 16: purl 21, purl 2 tog, purl to the end. (35 stitches).

  3. 3

    Make Side 1 of the shoe:

    Row 1: knit 11, yarn-over, knit-two-together, knit 1 (place the rest of the stitches on a stitch holder).

    Rows 2,4,6,8,10,12: purl.

    Row 3: knit 11, knit-two-together, knit 1.

    Row 5: knit 10, yarn-over, knit-two-together, knit 1.

    Row 7: knit 10, knit-two-together, knit 1.

    Row 9: knit 9, yarn-over, knit-two-together, knit 1.

    Row 11: knit 9, knit-two-together, knit 1.

    Row 13: knit.

    Bind off.

  1. 1

    Place 7 stitches from the stitch holder onto the needles and rejoin the yarn.

    Row 1: purl.

    Rows 2, 4, 6 & 8: knit.

    Rows 3, 5, 7 & 9: knit 1, purl 5, knit 1.

    Row 10: slip-slip-knit, knit 3, knit-two-together.

    Row 11: purl .

    Bind off.

  2. 2

    Side 2:

    Row 1: knit 1, slip-slip-knit, yarn-over, knit 11.

    Rows 2,4,6,8,10,12: purl across.

    Row 3: knit 1, slip-slip-knit, knit 11.

    Row 5: knit 1, slip-slip-knit, yarn-over, knit 10.

    Row 7: knit 1, slip-slip-knit, knit 10.

    Row 9: knit 1, slip-slip-knit, yarn-over, knit 9.

    Row 11: knit 1, slip-slip-knit, knit 9.

    Row 13: knit.

    Bind off.

  3. 3

    Make laces using any colour that you wish. Cast on 3 stitches and knit an i-cord for 15 inches or the length desired. If knitting I-cord isn't your thing, chain crochet and use as laces.

  4. 4

    Finish by weaving in the ends. Crochet a circle and sew a felt star in the centre, then sew to the bootee at the left ankle. Sew up the bottom and back seams and thread the laces into the shoe.

  5. 5

    Make a second shoe to match the first.

Tips and warnings

  • Gauge should be 24 stitches across 4 inches on size 4 needles or 21 stitches across 4 inches on size 5 needles.

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