Pom-Pom Booties from ‘Vintage Knits’ (Free Pattern)
Each child needs a couple sets of fleece booties to keep little toes warm and cozy amid the principal year before shoes are required, composes Hadley Fierlinger in “Vintage Knits for Modern Babies” (Ten Speed Press). These simple to-sew booties keep focused little feet with the assistance of small pom-pom ties. (See directions toward the end of this piece for how to make the pom-poms.) After infant has become out of them, spare them in a memory box for the tyke to perceive how little his or her feet once were.
Aptitude Level: Beginner/middle of the road
0–3 (3–6, 6–12) months
(1, 1) 50 g ball RYC Cashsoft Baby DK (57% additional fine merino, 33% microfiber, 10% cashmere; 143 yds [130 m]) in #801 Horseradish
US 3 (3.25 mm) straight needles
US 6 (4 mm) straight needles
2 curved ropes 12″ (30 cm) long
4 (1″ [2.5 cm]) pom-poms
Needle and string to match yarn
22 sts and 28 lines make 4″ (10 cm)
on bigger needles in strap st
BOOTIE (Make 2)
Start at focal point of sole.
On bigger needles, CO 27 (33, 39) sts.
Line 1 and every single odd line: Knit.
Column 2: K1, *inc1, k10 (13, 16), inc1; rep from * once—31 (37, 43) sts.
Column 4: K1, *inc1, k12 (15, 18), inc1, k1; rep from * once—35 (41, 47) sts.
Column 6: K1, *inc1, k14 (17, 20), inc1; rep from * once—39 (45, 51) sts.
Line 8: K1, *inc1, k16 (19, 22), inc1, k1; rep from * once—43 (49, 55) sts.
Sew 5 (7, 9) lines.
Line 1: K24 (28, 30), k2tog tbl, turn.
Line 2: (K1, p1) 2 (3, 3) times, k1, p2tog, turn.
Line 3: (P1, k1) 2 (3, 3) times, p1, k2tog tbl, turn.
Line 4: (K1, p1) 2 (3, 3) times, k1, p2tog, turn.
Rehash Rows 3–4 until 31 (33, 37) sts rem.
Next line: (P1, k1) 2 (3, 3) times, p1, k2tog tbl, sew to end—30 (32, 36) sts.
Change to littler needles.
Sew 2 lines.
Next line (eyelet line): K2, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to end.
Sew 15 (17, 17) lines.
Join back, heel, and sole crease. String contorted string through eyelets of every bootie, and sew pom-poms to closures of ropes.
Pom-poms are anything but difficult to make and add a vintage component to the highest points of tops and hoods or the finishes of strings.
To make them, cut 2 roundabout bits of cardboard the width of the craved pom-pom (oat boxes are a decent wellspring of cardboard), and cut an inside opening in each. Holding the two circles together, embed your yarn needle and coveted yarn through the opening and around the outside of the cardboard ordinarily, working around the circle. When you can’t fit the needle through the gap any more, you are done.
Pull the two cardboard circles separated, and cut the yarn between them around the circle. Tie a length of yarn firmly around the strands between the two circles. Evacuate the cardboard, and trim the pom-pom to estimate.
Reproduced with consent from “Vintage Knits for Modern Babies” by Hadley Fierlinger (Ten Speed Press). Photograph Credit: Angela Lang.