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Bootees

Natural Nursery Knits


by Erika Knight
Pretty, dainty shoes knitted in a lacy pattern with contrast garter stitch soles and uppers and
fastened with a tiny natural mother-of-pearl button.

Sizes
To fit 03 (36: 69) months
Length of bootees 8 (9: 10)cm

Materials:
1 x 50g ball of 4ply-weight cotton-blend yarn, such as
Rowan Fine Milk Cotton, in pink or white
Pair of 2.75mm knitting needles
2 small mother-of-pearl buttons for shoes and
1 button for flower

Tension
30 sts and 38 rows to 10cm square over st st using
2.75mm needles. Always work a tension swatch and
change needles accordingly if necessary.

ABBREVIATIONS
See page 139.

Instructions:
Bootees
left upper
Using yarn held double, cast on 50 (58: 66) sts.
Cut one strand of yarn and using a single strand of yarn, k 3 rows.
Next row K1, * p1, yon (to make a st), k1; rep from * to last st, k1. 74 (86: 98) sts.
Next row K1, * p1, yon, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k1.
Rep last row 2 (4: 4) times more.
Next row K2, * p1, k2tog; rep from * to end of row. 50 (58: 66) sts.
Cont in garter st (k every row) as follows:
Next row K20 (24: 28), k2tog, k6, k2tog, k20 (24: 28). 48 (56: 64) sts.
Next row K19 (23: 27), k2tog, k6, k2tog, k19 (23: 27). 46 (54: 62) sts.
Next row K18 (22: 26), k2tog, k6, k2tog, k18 (22: 26). 44 (52: 60) sts.
Next row K17 (21: 25), k2tog, k6, k2tog, k17 (21: 25). 42 (50: 58) sts.
Next row K16 (20: 24), k2tog, k6, k2tog, k16 (20: 24). 40 (48: 56) sts.
Next row K15 (19: 23), k2tog, k6, k2tog, k15 (19: 23). 38 (46: 54) sts.

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Next row K14 (18: 22), k2tog, k6, k2tog, k14 (18: 22). 36 (44: 52) sts. **
Next row K10 (12: 14) sts, turn and leave rem sts on a holder.
K 3 rows.
Cast off.
Rejoin yarn to rem sts, cast off centre 16 (20: 24) sts, cast on 12 (14: 16) sts, k to end of row. 22
(26: 30) sts.
Next row (buttonhole row) K to last 3 sts, yfwd, k2tog, k1.
K 2 rows.
Cast off.

right UPPER
Work as Left Upper to **.
Next row K10 (12: 14) sts, turn and leave rem 26 (32: 38) sts on a spare needle.
Next row Cast on 12 (14: 16) sts and k to end of row. 22 (26: 30) sts.
K 1 row.
Next row (buttonhole row) K to last 3 sts, yfwd, k2tog, k1.
K 2 rows.
Cast off.
Rejoin yarn to rem sts, cast off centre 16 (20: 24) sts, k to end of row.
K 3 rows. Cast off.

SOLES (make two)


Using yarn double throughout, cast on 8 sts.
K 4 rows.
Cont in garter st (k every row) throughout, inc 1 st at each end of row. 10 sts.
Work 4 (6: 8) rows.
Dec 1 st at each end of next row. 8 sts.
Work 6 (7: 8) rows.
Inc 1 st at each end of next row. 10 sts.
Work 4 (6: 8) rows.
Inc 1 st at each end of next row. 12 sts.
Work 4 rows.
Dec 1 st at each end of next 3 rows. 6 sts.
Cast off.

To finish
Join heel seam. Sew sole to upper.
Weave in any yarn ends. Sew on buttons.

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