Monday, 14 July 2014

Knitted Baby Boy Converse Booties

Knitted Baby Boy Converse Booties

This is a free baby booties Ravelry pattern, and these knitted baby boy converse booties are so super cute, you will be asked forever where did you get them from - to which you can proudly say "Actually, I made these myself!".
Knitted Baby Boy Converse Booties


As a newbie knitter, I found these to be a bit of a challenge, especially as I was learning to knit on magic loop at the same time, so I photographed each stage, in case I ever need to do these baby converse booties again - I am happy to share my photos and pattern notes with you but please note that this pattern is from Raverly, and these are my notes on how to knit this pattern on magic loop.

Converse Baby Booties on Magic Loop


Main Colour- Blue (MC) DK Yarn
Contrast Colour-White (CC) DK Yarn

3.25mm circular needles for magic loop (for newborn size 3.5” shoe sole lenght) or 4mm for 0-3m baby

Other Supplies: knitters’ yarn needle; row counter (optional)

Gauge: smaller size: 24sts over 4" on size 5
 larger size: 21sts over 4" on size 6

Terms
K Knit
P Purl
YO Yarn Over
SKP Slip 1 knitwise , Knit 1, Pass Slip Stitch over (sl 1, k1, psso)
Tbl – knit through the back loop
K2tog – knit two together
P2tog – purl two together
SSK – slip 1 knitwise, slip 1 knitwise, slip them back on left needle & knit 2 together through back loop
Sl1 – slip 1 purlwise

The booties are knitted bottom up, with the sole being knitted first, flat, and then sown at the end.

To Begin
With CC cast on (I used long tail cast on) 26 stitches and knit 1 row to start pattern on RS.
RS Row 1: k1, yo, k11, [yo, k1] twice, yo, k11, yo, k1. (31st)
WS Row 2, 4, 6, 8, 10: knit (when you reach the yo, knit in the back of the stitch - tbl).
RS Row 3: k2, yo, k11, yo, k2, yo, k3, yo, k11, yo, k2. (36st)
RS Row 5: k3, yo, k11, [yo, k4] twice, yo, k11, yo, k3. (41st)
RS Row 7: k4, yo, k11, yo, k5, yo, k6, yo, k11, yo, k4 (46st)
RS Row 9: k5, yo, k11, [yo, k7] twice, yo, k11, yo, k5. (51st)



Next
Row 11: knit across using CC
Divide stitches in half on magic loop (25 & 26 st)
Row 12: Join and knit around. The back of the shoe will be the beginning of the row/round (where the cast on tail is on your right)
Round 13: Join MC yarn & Knit using MC (or accent with black), leave it behind CC white yarn
Round 14-16: All knitting with CC (white) . Break CC white yarn
Round 17: Pick up MC blue yarn & Knit with MC  (blue)
Round 18: Knit 19 MC (blue), Break MC Blue Yarn, Knit 13 CC (white) - Joint white yarn but use Long 20” white tail to knit those 13st with, instead of working yarn from the skein , Join MC Blue yarn – leave long 20” tail - Knit 19 MC  (blue) with blue working yarn (not tail).

Shape Instep (toecap)
Using MC and CC.
In this section, you will be switching to working flat, short rows, shaping the front of the shoe.

Row 1: k19 MC Blue, k10 CC White (use main working yarn from white skein), SKP (sl 1, k1, psso) CC, turn.

Distribute the stitches on the magic loop to have all white stitches + 5 blues on either side & work those only in the flat short rows.





Continue white front pattern in CC White yarn:
Row 2: sl 1, p7, p2tog, turn.
Row 3: sl 1, k7, SKP, turn.
Row 4: sl 1, p7, p2tog, turn.

 (On Row 5-10  use your either the long blue tail from row 18 to “knit in MC” or the working yarn from main skein, whichever is closer to the worked stitches)

Row 5: sl 1, k7 CC, sl 1 CC, k1 MC, psso, turn  
Row 6: sl 1, p7 CC, p2tog MC, turn.
Row 7: sl 1, k7 CC, SKP MC, turn.
Row 8: sl 1, p1 MC, p5 CC, p1 MC, p2tog, turn.
Row 9: sl 1, k2 MC, k3 CC, k2 MC, SKP, turn.

Break CC white yarn, as you’d be using MC blue only now
Row 10: sl 1, p7, p2tog, turn.
Row 11: sl 1, k7, SKP, turn.
Row 12: sl 1, p7, p2tog, turn.
Row 13: sl 1, k7, SKP, turn.
Row 14: sl 1, p7, p2tog, turn.
Row 15: sl 1, k7, SKP, knit to the join (redistribute the stitches again on magic loop to push the stitches up to the join onto the needle.), continue in the round
Round 16: k13, K2tog, K to the end (to the join) (Total 35 stitches remaining).

Now you’ll start working both sides at the same time, joined at the back on the magic loop, but knitting in flat back and forth, 2 rows at a time for each side. (14st for each side + 7 st go onto scrap yarn for the tongue)


Side 1: Row 1: k11, yo, k2tog, k1 , place next 7 st onto scrap yarn, turn
Side 1: Row 2: Purl till join. Continue with Side 2.
Side 2: Row 1: Purl, turn
Side 2: Row 2: k1, ssk, yo, k11, turn & Continue with Side 1

Side 1: Row 3: k11, k2tog, k1, turn
Side 1: Row 4: Purl till join. Continue with Side 2.
Side 2: Row 3: Purl, turn
Side 2: Row 4: k1, ssk, k11. turn & Continue with Side 1


Side 1: Row 5: k10, yo, k2tog, k1, turn
Side 1: Row 6: Purl till join. Continue with Side 2.
Side 2: Row 5: Purl, turn
Side 2: Row 6: k1, ssk, yo, k10, Turn & Continue with Side 1.

Side 1: Row 7: k10, k2tog, k1, turn
Side 1: Row 8: Purl till join. Continue with Side 2.
Side 2: Row 7: Purl, turn
Side 2: Row 8: k1, ssk, k10 Turn & Continue with Side 1.


Side 1: Row 9: k9, yo, k2tog, k1, turn
Side 1: Row 10: Purl till join. Continue with Side 2.
Side 2: Row 9: Purl, turn
Side 2: Row 10: k1, ssk, yo, k9 Turn & Continue with Side 1.


Side 1: Row 11: k9, k2tog, k1, turn
Side 1: Row 12: knit. Continue with Side 2.
Side 2: Row 11: Knit, turn
Side 2: Row 12: k1, ssk, k9 Turn & Continue with Side 1.


Side 1: Row 13: knit, Turn
Side 1: Row 14: knit,  continue with Side 2
Side 2: Row 13: Knit,
Side 2: Bind Off in K all remaining st till the end of Side 1

Tongue:
Place 7 Stitches from the scrap yarn onto the needle. Rejoin MC yarn.
WS Row 1 : p across
RS Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12: k across
WS Rows 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13: k1, p5, k1
RS Row 14: ssk, k3, k2tog
WS Row: 15: purl
Bind Off in K.



Laces:
Using a CC white colour or any that you wish:

CO 3 stitches.
I-Cord for 21 inches
-OR-
crochet chain for 21 inches – will look thinner than icord & faster to make

Finishing:
Weave in ends.
Sew bottom seam of booties’ sole in mattress stitch.

Optional: Make circle with star (can use star shaped button - I did not bother) and sew to left side of bootie.
Lace up the Converse through YO holes.

Take a step back and take a minute to admire your work, before beginning to knit the second bootie…


Update: whilst these baby booties are super cute, they're also quite small and only lasted for a few weeks. After that, I've moved  my baby onto my cute stay on booties

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