Monday, May 17, 2010
Oh my, I knit this lovely little loafers up for my team teacher's new baby boy, Grayson. He isn't due for a couple weeks still, but he will be the talk of the town in his new outfit, if I do say so myself.
The booties are simple and great for newbies. Whip them up in one night, no problem.
I tried them on my newbie and they were a bit tight but stayed on great. Granted..she isn't really a newbie anymore at 3 months. But I made her some similar ones that were a perfect from birth. And these fit because they are wool, so they stretch.
I need to rework them so I can share better gauge info, but for now, what I can offer...
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted Merino >100yds
Needle: US8 DPNs
Gauge: approx 4.5-4.75spi in stockinette flat
work 21 rows in garter (knit every row)
turn 45 degrees, pick up 11 stitches down the left side, 8 across the other end, and 11 across the last side. You will now knit in the round.
Work until you have 4 garter ridges ending after a purl row.
k7, ssk, turn work
Next Row: slip as if to purl, P6, p2tog, turn
Next Row: slip as if to knit, K6, ssk, turn
Repeat the above rows until you only have 16 live stitches.
Next: slip as if to knit, K6, ssk, knit the last three stitches that you never got to because you started the short rows above.
Purl BO the rest of the stitches. Note that when you get to the last p2tog you did (although you will now be on the right side) there will be a gap. You should have on stitch on your right side needle and then the gap. k2tog for the next two stitches to close the gap then bind off that stitch. then continue binding off as normal. Hope that makes sense.
Pick up 5 stitches along the top garter bump. Make sure for each shoe you do this on a different side so that one strap over to the right and one to the left.
Work in seed stitch until the strap is the length you want. BO leaving a long tail so that you can attach the button and sew down the strap.
Then...obviously, attach the button first and then i just sew the edge of the strap down.