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Keep little feet wrapped up in style with tiny tootsie booties

What you need...
  • Yarn: Rowan Handknit Cotton DK; Boy's colourway, (A) shade 251 Ecru, (B) shade 335 Thunder, one 50g ball of each; Girl’s colourway, (A) shade 251 Ecru, (B) shade 313 Slick, one 50g ball of each
  • Needles: 3.25mm; 3.25mm, dpns
  • Tapestry needle
instructions
  1. The Details - MEASUREMENTS
    To fit 3-9 months approx

    TENSION
    22 sts x 15 rows in patt = 10cm square with 3mm crochet hook

    NEEDLES
    21sts over 32 rows = 10cm square with stocking stitch on 3.25mm needles
    21sts x 40 rows = 10cm square with garter stitch on 3.25mm needles

    ABBREVIATIONS
    alt alternate
    cont continue
    k knit
    k2tog knit two sts together
    m1 make one stitch by picking up the horizontal loop before next stitch and knitting into back of it
    p purl
    rep repeat(ing)
    st(s) stitch(es)
    yfwd yarn forward
    * repeat instructions between the asterisks as many times as instructed

  2. Shoe (Both Alike) - NOTE: when an instruction is followed by a letter in brackets, this represents the yarn to be used for those stitches.
    Using 3.25mm needles and yarn A cast on 31 sts
    K one row
    Row 2 (RS): k1, m1, k14, m1, k1, m1, k14, m1, k1. 35 sts
    Row 3: k
    Row 4: k2, m1, k14, m1, (k1, m1) three times, k14, m1, k2. 41 sts
    Row 5: k
    Row 6: k3, m1, k14, m1, k7, m1, k14, m1, k3. 45 sts
    Row 7: k
    Row 8: k4, m1, k14, m1, k1, m1, k7, m1, k1, m1, k14, m1, k4. 51 sts
    Rows 9 - 13: k
    Using intarsia technique (separate small balls of yarn for each area of colour worked) cont in st st as folls:
    Row 14 (RS): k5 (B), k2 (A), k2 (B), k2 (A), k29 (B), k2 (A), k2 (B), k2 (A), k5 (B)
    Row 15: p5 (B), p2 (A), p2 (B), p2 (A), p29 (B), p2 (A), p2 (B), p2 (A), p 5 (B)
    Row 16: k5 (B), k2 (A), k2 (B), k2 (A), k9, skpo, k7, k2tog, k9 (B), k2 (A), k2 (B), k2 (A), k5 (B). 49 sts
    Row 17: p5 (B), p2 (A), p2 (B), p2 (A), p27 (B), p2 (A), p2 (B), p2 (A), p5 (B)
    Row 18: k5 (B), k2 (A), k2 (B), k2 (A), k9, skpo, k5, k2tog, k9 (B), k2 (A), k2 (B), k2 (A), k5 (B). 47 sts
    Row 19: p5 (B), p2 (A), p2 (B), p2 (A), p25 (B), p2 (A), p2 (B), p2 (A), p5 (B)
    Row 20: k5 (B), k2 (A), k2 (B), k2 (A), k9, skpo, k3, k2tog, k9 (B), k2 (A), k2 (B), k2 (A), k5 (B). 45 sts
    Row 21: p5 (B), p2 (A), p2 (B), p2 (A), p23 (B), p2 (A), p2 (B), p2 (A), p5 (B)
    Row 22: k5 (B), k2 (A), k2 (B), k2 (A), k9, skpo, k1, k2tog, k9 (B), k2 (A), k2 (B), k2 (A), k5 (B). 43 sts
    Row 23: p5 (B), p2 (A), p2 (B), p2 (A), p21 (B), p2 (A), p2 (B), p2 (A), p5 (B)

  3. Divide For Opening & Form Eyelets - Next row (RS): k5 (B), k2 (A), k2 (B), k2 (A), k5, k2tog, yfwd, k2tog (B), turn
    Work this side first as folls:
    Next row: p2, p2tog, p4 (B), p2 (A), p2 (B), p2 (A), p5 (B). 18 sts
    Next row: k5 (B), k2 (A), k2 (B), k2 (A), k3, k2tog, k2 (B). 17 sts
    Next row: p2, p2tog, p2 (B), p2 (A), p2 (B), p2 (A), p5 (B). 16 sts
    Next row: k5 (B), k2 (A), k2 (B), k2 (A), k1, k2tog, yfwd, k2tog (B). 15 sts
    Next row: p2, p2tog (B), p2 (A), p2 (B), p2 (A), p5 (B). 14 sts
    Next row: using yarn A only k12, yfwd, k2tog
    Cast off kwise

  4. Tongue - With RS facing, rejoin yarn B to rem sts, k3, turn
    Work on these three sts in garter st as folls:
    Next row: inc in first and last st. Five sts
    Next row: k
    Next row: inc in first and last st. Seven sts
    Next row: k
    Next row: inc in first and last st. Nine sts
    Work eight rows in garter st
    Next row: k2tog, k to last two sts, k2tog
    Rep last row once more
    Cast off

  5. Second Side - With RS facing, rejoin yarn B to rem sts and cont as folls:
    Next row: skpo, yfwd, skpo, k5 (B), k2 (A), k2 (B), k2 (A), k5 (B)
    Next row: p5 (B), p2 (A), p2 (B), p2 (A), p4, p2tog tbl, p2 (B). 18 sts
    Next row: k2, skpo, k3 (B), k2 (A), k2 (B), k2 (A), k5 (B). 17 sts
    Next row: p5 (B), p2 (A), p2 (B), p2 (A), p2, p2tog tbl, p2 (B). 16 sts
    Next row: skpo, yfwd, skpo, k1 (B), k2 (A), k2 (B), k2 (A), k5 (B). 15 sts
    Next row: p5 (B), p2 (A), p2 (B), p2 (A), p2tog tbl, p2 (B). 14 sts
    Next row: using yarn A only skpo, yfwd, k12
    Cast off kwise

  6. Lace (Make Two) - With 3.25mm dpns and yarn A, cast on two sts
    K one row
    Next row: * without turning work, and RS facing, slide sts to other end of needle and, pulling the yarn from the LH side of the sts to the right across the back, k1 tbl, k1 *
    Rep from * to *, remembering to pull yarn tightly across the back and always working a k row until cord meas 40cm from beg
    Cast off

  7. To Make Up - Weave in all ends. Sew sole, heel and centre back seam on each shoe. On inside of each shoe, sew side edges of tongue to underside of shoe sides for about 0.5cm. Thread a lace through eyelets of each shoe, following photograph for guidance, and tie in a bow to secure.

 
 

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