We’ve got another baby joining the CreateForLess family, so I thought it was time to make another pair of baby booties. I’ve been on a charted colorwork kick lately with my own personal knitting projects, so I was instantly inspired by intricate Scandinavian sock patterns I’ve knit a couple of times.
I’m not quite as talented as the pattern makers of the socks I knit, plus I was working with a much smaller number of stitches, so these booties aren’t nearly as complex as traditional Scandinavian socks, but they’re a great way to try out charted knitting!
What You Need:
This pattern is knitted flat and then sewn up the center. I will be referring to the Red as CC and the White as MC
Cast on 32 Stitches with CC
Row 1: K1, M1, K14, M1, K2, M1, K14, M1, K1
Row 2: Knit Across
Row 3: K2, M1, K14, M1, K4, M1, K14, M1, K1
Row 4: Knit Across
Row 5: K3, M1, K14, M1, K6, M1, K14, M1, K3
Row 6: Knit Across
Row 7: K4, M1, K14, M1, K8, M1, K14, M1, K4
Rows 8-14: Knit
Row 15: K27, K2tog, turn
Row 16: K8, K2tog, turn
Top of Foot and Heart Pattern
Start knitting with MC.
At the end of each row, you will be knitting 1 MC stitch and 1 CC stitch together.
Rows 17 – 30: Knit Chart 1 in Stockinette Stitch while repeating row 16. Knit each odd row and purl each even row from here until you reach the second pattern. The last stitch of each row will be K2tog with the next sole stitch on the needle.
If you’ve never knit with a chart before, here’s a quick tutorial for how to do it. Each square in the grid represents one stitch. Knit with the corresponding color as labeled on the chart. If you’re knitting, the chart is read from right to left, the same direction you will be knitting. Purl rows are read from left to right, as that will be the direction you are purling with the right side (knit side) facing. Continue all the way up! The second pattern has a repeat, you basically just repeat the same 10 stitches in each row of the grid until you reach the end of your row!
Row 31: Break the yarn and move all of your stitches onto one needle. Knit across with MC.
Rows 32 – 37: Knit in Stockinette Stitch
Rows 38 – 43: Work Pattern 2 on the chart. Note that you will start with a knit row even though row 37 was a knit row. You’re reversing the stockinette stitch because the cuff will fold over.
Rows 44-47: Knit all Rows
Bind Off, leaving a long tail.
Your piece should now look like this. Weave in all the ends except your long tail at the end.
With the right side of everything but the cuff facing out, sew the sides of the top of the bootie together with the tail until you reach the end of your reverse stockinette stitch section. Once you reach the end, flip everything around so the wrong side is facing out and sew it together until you reach the end of the MC section. If you don’t mind a little contrast along the heel and sole of the bootie, you can continue sewing all the way to the toes. If you would like, you can weave in the end of the tail and grab a strand of CC to sew the remaining section. Weave in the ends and flip right side out. Fold over the cuff.
These booties will fit about a 3-6 month old baby and are super fun to make! If this is your first time knitting a charted pattern, I bet you’ll be hooked!