Monday, 14 July 2014

Knitted Baby Girl Ballerina Booties

Knitted Baby Girl Ballerina Booties

When pregnant with my fifth baby, I knitted quite a lot of baby booties, some more easy than others. This knitting pattern is for "girly" baby booties. For baby boy booties please check out my Stay On cute baby booties. I hope this tutorial will help any other newbie knitter with learning how to knit booties - there are millions and millions of free baby booties knitting patterns available online, but not all are easy to knit or clearly written. Surprisingly, for such a little item, baby booties can be quite complicated! These baby girl ballerina booties are inspired by a free Ravelry pattern, and are quite simple once you master the magic loop and Judy’s Magic Cast-on techniques, and there are lots of YouTube tutorials available. They will go perfect with this lovely baby girl layette, also a free knitting pattern.

Knitted Baby Girl Ballerina Booties Free Knitting Pattern

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Booties Baby Bottom-up In-the-round Seamless One-piece Unisex Newborn-Size Hospital Girl Written-Pattern


Needles
3.25mm long circular needles for magic loop
DK yarn in chosen colour

These cute stay on booties are knitted in the round from bottom sole up and have absolutely no seams to sew other than a couple of tails to weave in.

Terms:
K knit
P Purl
M1:  Make 1 (a method of increasing which is almost invisible, done by inserting tip of left needle underneath the little "bar" of yarn which runs between the needles, from front to back, forming a new stitch on the left needle, and then knitting into the *back* of that new stitch)
K2tog:  Knit two stitches together
P2tog:  Purl two stitches together
YO:  Yarn over (bring yarn from back of work to front of work -- makes a hole if "knitting" all stitches)
KFB: Knit into the front and back of each stitch

Sole:
CO 18 sts, using Judy’s Magic Cast-on on each needle (you want first purl bump row to be on outside/bottom when you begin round 1), the tail will be on the right hand side for the beginning of each round.

Round 1 Purl
Round 2 Knit
Rounds 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11: purl
Round 4: *K 1, M 1, K 16, M 1, K 1;* repeat on other needle
Round 6: *K 2, M 1, K 16, M 1, K 2; * repeat
Round 8: *K 3, M 1, K 16, M 1, K 3; * repeat
Round 10: *K 4, M 1, K 16, M 1, K 4; * repeat
Round 12: * K 5, M 1, K 16, M  1, K 5; * repeat
Knitted Baby Girl Ballerina Booties Free Knitting Pattern

Now each needle has 28 sts for a total of 56 sts.

Knitted Baby Girl Ballerina Booties Free Knitting Pattern
Sides:
Blanket Rib Stitch:

Repeat 2 rounds 4 times:
Round 1:       Knit into the front and back (KFB) of each stitch
Round 2:       * (K2tog, P2tog) rep from * till end of round
Knitted Baby Girl Ballerina Booties Free Knitting Pattern

Knitted Baby Girl Ballerina Booties Free Knitting Pattern

Change colour if want a contrasting colour band.

Instep Shaping / Top of the foot
Round 1 :  K to last 4 st on the needle , K2tog x 2, K2 Tog x 2, K to end
Round 2 :  P to last 4 st on the needle , P2tog x 2, P2 Tog x 2, P to end
Round 3 :  K to last 4 st on the needle , K2tog x 2, K2 Tog x 2, K to end
Round 4:  P to last 4 st on the needle , P2tog x 2, P2 Tog x 2, P to end
Round 5 :  K to last 4 st on the needle , K2tog x 2, K2 Tog x 2, K to end
Round 6:  P to last 4 st on the needle , P2tog x 2, P2 Tog x 2, P to end

16 st on each needle remaining.

Knitted Baby Girl Ballerina Booties Free Knitting Pattern

Ankle Eyelets for Icord:
* K 1, YO, K2 tog *, repeat to last stitch on the needle, K1, repeat on the other needle.
Next Round : P

Top Ribbing  
Change colour back  to main if want different colour top rib
Continue pattern in round for 2 rows:
Round 1 : *K1, P1*, repeat to end.
Round 2 : P all st

BO in purl pattern.

Knitted Baby Girl Ballerina Booties Free Knitting Pattern

Icord:
2st icord for 23inch or 24inch crochet chain, then slip stitch, to be treaded through the YO holes

Optional Front Decoration:
sow on the front a small bow:

Cast on 15 stitches.
Row 1: knit all stitches
Row 2: knit 2 stitches, purl 11 stitches, knit 2 stitches
Repeat rows 1 and 2 till you have 16 rows. (8 repeats)
Bind off loosely, weave in all ends.
Thread a length of yarn onto a darning needle. With the thumb and index finger of the hand not holding the needle, pinch the middle of the knitting so you get two even ridges. Sew the middle together with a few stitches and then wrap the remaining yarn around the middle of the bow. Sow onto the bootie. Fasten off yarn and weave in ends

Alternatively attach a crochet flower of your choice :)

Step back, admire your baby bootie, and then prepare to do it all over again for the second bootie.

Please feel free to share your finished project by adding your comment to this post. ❤ Happy Knitting! 



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