If you know the basics of how to knit, knitting with four needles is not difficult and enables you to knit baby booties, socks and mittens without inside seams. These baby booties knit up quickly and feature sweetly gathered ribbon closures. The booties will be sure to charm a new mom when presented as a thoughtful handmade baby shower gift. A matching set of knitted no-thumb baby mittens is made with the same four-needle technique.
Things You'll Need
- Skein fingerling weight yarn
- Four size 3 double-pointed knitting needles
- Tapestry needle
- Crochet hook size G
- 1-yard satin ribbon
Cast on 24 stitches with two knitting needles. Divide the stitches between three double-pointed needles by sliding the stitches off one needle and on to another. Each needle will have 8 stitches on it.
Knit each stitch on each needle, using the fourth double-pointed needle, to make one round. Repeat this round until the piece of work is 6 inches long.
Knit 2 stitches together until only 3 stitches remain. Cut the yarn with the scissors, leaving a 6-inch tail. Thread the tail through the tapestry needle and slide the remaining 3 stitches on the tapestry needle. Pull to gather the stitches tightly and knot the yarn, creating the toe of the bootie. Weave the yarn tail through the stitches on the inside of the bootie.
Cut the satin ribbon in half. Insert the crochet hook in the knitting 1/2 inch from the top open edge of the bootie. Pull the ribbon through the knitting, making 1/2-inch stitches, around the top edge of the bootie. Tie the ends of the ribbon in a bow.
Repeat all steps for a second bootie.
- “Baby Knit Hats & Booties;” Edie Eckman; 2006
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