The Evolution of a Bootie

Some friends are having their first baby some time in April. I don't know when in April this kiddo is due to arrive, so better safe than sorry, I'm doing the baby knitting now.

And what, exactly, am I knitting, you ask. Well baby booties, of course,


I completely love knitting baby booties, especially when I use my favorite pattern: the bootie pattern from this Filatura di Crosa booklet. I picked up the booklet a few years ago at A Good Yarn in Brookline. Do you know that I first typed "Brooklyn"? Perhaps this New Yorker gig is sinking in after all. Then again, I could have sworn I heard someone say "train to Ashmont" last week and it took a few seconds before I reminded myself that there's no way that I could be on the Red Line. Baby steps, baby steps.

Speaking of baby steps, let's get back to the bootie discussion. Most of the reason that I like this pattern is that it works with worsted-weight yarn. Baby booties are fun, and quick, when you knit them with worsted weight.

There's just one itty bitty problem with this pattern. You first knit the bootie flat, and then you seam it. While I don't mind a little bit of finishing, seaming a baby bootie is unnecessary. Do you seam socks? No. How much difference is there between a sock and bootie? Not much. For the speckled pair (yarn unknown) I eliminated some of the seaming by using a provisional cast on, and doing a three-needle bind off for the bottom of the foot. That left me with only the back seam to finish.


Then, for the white pair (yarn: Peaches 'n' Cream, or Sugar 'n' Cream--don't know which is which) I had the brilliant (to me) idea of joining the stitches at the cuff. Combined with the three-needle bind off, this left me with only about an inch of a seam. A lot better, but still not perfect.


I think that I can re-engineer this pattern to be a top down pattern. All I need to do is to Change the decreases to increases and vice-versa. I'm convinced that the bottom seam adds some stability to the bootie's shape--so I want to leave that. If, however, I finish with the those stitches, instead of beginning, then a three-needle bind off is still possible--but does not require a provisional cast on.

Thea, how soon do you need that sweater? Can I play with some booties this week?


I read that title wrong and thought it said Evolution of MY Bootie. That's a whole other post...

The smartest knitter ever, coincidentally named Sylvia, has a newborn bootie pattern on her website (link to follow) with no seaming. Check that one out and throw it into that mix.

I hear you - I still instinctually call the subway "the T" :)

Cute booties!

I've done the same thing to booties. I say go top down and then kitchener on the bottom. I don't notice much of a difference structurally once they're on those little feet. But it never occurred to me to three needle. I may try that next time.

I think you're on the right track. Top down in the round, bind off down the sole. They get cuter the more you can make them one piece. Then a little simple lace pattern on the top of the foot--that's what I like to do. All babies should have delicate looking outfits, even in colors like you have used. Shoot-now I want to make booties!

P.S. Have you tried SockPixie's Baby Magic Bootie? Very fun.

Sorry-don't know how to make a link out of it!
It its a great use of sock yarn leftovers.

My favorite bootie is "Christine's bootie" (pattern here: ) It is knit from the sole up. When you're done knitting, the only finishing is weaving tails. They are written for baby yarn but with very little figuring, I have made them from peaches/sugar 'n' cream.

cute -- I've been away, even rode the Subway with the girls in NY this weekend -- one whirlwind Sat in the City -- so yep, bootie away. No rushes here. Have much catching up to do myself!


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