As previously mentioned, my sister-in-law is pregnant and due in June, which makes the next six months a perfect opportunity for baby knitting. I love baby knitting! Projects can be churned out ultra-fast, yarn scraps can be used up, and let’s face it, everything’s cuter in miniature.
(And it’s good to have my knitting mojo back.)
A baby born in June in southern California is probably not going to need a whole lot of thick, woolly handknit sweaters. Nor is a baby boy going to need a lot of frilly lacy things. But every baby needs booties. Lots and lots of booties. And this baby will have plenty—one set for each day of the week. (Go on, guess which day these are.)
Pattern: Fleegle’s Seamless Saartje’s Booties
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport, in Denim (leftover from a certain pair of socks)
Needles: US1.5/2.5mm Addi Turbos
Mods: The only two notable mods I made were to use a magic cast-on rather than a turkish cast-on (and thus skip the subsequent “knit across first needle” instruction before starting pattern), and to fiddle with the bind off, a bit. The pattern says:
Row 26: P20, K20.
[Instructions for button loop on left strap]
Bind off 20 stitches knitwise, 20 stitches purlwise.
[Button loop on right strap]
However, due to the fact that the stitches for each strap are not cast on at the same time, this leaves the right strap one row shorter than the left strap. So, I bound off the first twenty stitches knitwise, then continued purling across the last twenty stitches, before creating the button loop on the right strap and then binding off the last twenty stitches purlwise. This leaves your yarn at the back center of the bootie, where it is much easier to sew in the end than it would be at the end of a very thin strap.
Here on Ravelry.