teeny tiny footwear

December 31, 2009

There is something so enchanting about knitting tiny things. Especially when they are made for cute little feet! The red booties are a project that I finished a little while ago. My friend Jeanne McCanless designed them and published the pattern in Interweave Knits. I had so much fun knitting the little booties!

The multi-colored socks are for a friend that is expecting her first child this spring. She doesn’t know if she is going to have a girl or boy, so I found a ball of yarn that was very colorful and cast on. I started by casting on 24 stitches (for some reason I had this number in my head) and after about 5 minutes I realized that I was knitting a sock for my thumb. So I went up to 40 stitches, and that worked well. The yarn is Koigu KPPPM, a worsted weight merino wool that is machine washable. I love love love it for knitting socks, little scarves, etc. It softens with washing, and wears beautifully.

Pattern (I am still not the best pattern writer, so please ask me if you have any questions!!)

I used size 1 1/2 needles, and Koigu KPPPM sock yarn. 1 Skein can make about 2 pairs!

Cast on 40 stitches and work in knit 1 purl 1 ribbing for 5 rows.

Begin Pattern stitch (repeat of 4 stitches and 4 rows)

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: *Knit 3, purl 1, repeat from * across row.

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: *Knit 1, purl 1, knit 2, repeat from * across row.

Continue in pattern for about 20 rows total (5 repeats)

Work heel, as for a traditional heel, maintaining pattern stitch across instep stitches.

Work about 13 rows after final instep decrease, maintaining pattern stitch across top of foot (instep).

Toe decrease, as follows:

Decrease Round:

Needle 1: (second half of what used to be heel stitches) Knit to 3 stitchess before end of needle, knit 2 together, knit 1. Needle 2: (instep stitches) Knit 1, ssk, knit to 3 stitches before end of needle, knit 2 together, knit 1. Needle 3: (first half of what used to be the heel stitches) Knit 1, ssk, knit to end of needle.

Decrease on 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and every following row until 6 stitches remain on each needle. Weave in toe using kitchener stitch.

Weave in all ends (of course I haven’t yet…).

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