You may or may not remember last week that I said I had been working on a gift that I didn’t want to show you until it had been given? Well, I mailed it off and it was received, so now I can show it to you!
It’s a baby gift for my cousin and her husband, who are expecting their first child – a baby boy.
I was looking for a pattern for baby booties to knit, and when I found this pattern I just HAD to knit them!! Baby Chuck Taylors? Hell yes!! (I’m a sucker for the baby Chucks in the shoe stores, too!)
Pattern: Baby Chucks by Laura Helton
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted in colors White and Dark Navy
Needles: US 2
Modifications: several. See below.
I knitted the pattern as-is for one bootie, and was unhappy with how it turned out, so I made several modifications for the final pair. First, I picked up more stitches than called for from the bottom. (I think I ended up with 64 sts.) For the toe I then did a few extra short rows in the blue section before starting the tongue. I added an eyelet row on the 5th row of the tongue (a set of two eyelets in the center of the tongue) to help with threading the laces through. I knitted the tongue a few rows longer, and ended with 2 garter stitch rows before binding off to help eliminate curl. For the top section I worked decreases on each side to taper away from the toe – I think it ended up being three decreases on each side, every other row. I also worked a couple of decrease rows on the back heel – on either side of the center 4 stitches – to draw the back heel in a bit. The rest of the top was worked as per the pattern. I ended up with 28 stitches on the top section after all the decreases.
I think the decreases helped to make the booties look more like tennis shoes.
Overall, they were a very fun knit, and I will definitely be knitting these again!
The hat was an improvised design:
Yarn: same as booties
Needles: US 5
I simply casted on 64 stitches and worked 1.5 inches in 2×2 ribbing. I then started the stripes, and worked gradually increasing stripes until the hat was about 5 inches from the cast on edge. I then did an 8 point decrease every other round until I had 8 sts left. Add a pom-pom and you’re done!
I really need to knit more baby things – they’re fast and easy and super-cute!!
Happy Knitting! And I hope all of you here in the US have a great Memorial Day weekend!