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Some Booties to Cherish

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These booties are quick & easy to make with our newest alpaca wonder:

Baby Alpaca Cherish, which is a DK weight 50-50 Blend of Alpaca and Acrylic..that way it has the warmth and softness of Baby Alpaca, plus the durability of acrylic.  GREAT IDEA and it comes in stunning colors too!  I am loving this yarn….made a hat & booties from ONE ball.  I hope you like my pattern, which was told to me by a dear friend named “JJ”, and I am calling them “Dutch” Booties after her.  Thanks JJ.

 

 

”DUTCH” BABY BOOTIES by Heidi Sunday

Size: Newborn (6 months)

Using approx 1 oz Sport/DK weight yarn (Plymouth Baby Alpaca Cherish used in sample)

US Size 2-3 needles, two small stitch holders

Gauge: Approx 5.5-6 Stitches/7 Rows per inch

Abbreviations Used: YO: Yarn Over

SKP: Slip 1 (as if to purl), Knit 1, Pass slipped stitch over knitted stitch)

Cuff:

Cast on 38 (42), leaving a long tail for sewing up.

Knit 6 rows (3 ridges of garter stitch)

Work 3 rows of K1 P1 rib

Eyelet row:K1, (YO, K2tog) around, ending with K1

Work 3 rows of K1 P1 rib

Instep:

K13 (14), put 13 (14) stitches just knitted on holder, K12 (14), put remaining 13 (14) stitches on holder

Working on middle 12 (14) stitches only, work in garter stitch (K all rows) for 18 (22) rows (9 (11) ridges).

Pick up 9 (11) stitches along side, K13 (K14) from holder, turn and K34 (39), pick up (purlwise is best…reach from behind stitch as if to purl when picking up stitch) 9 (11) along opposite side, K13 (14) from holder (56 (64) stitches total)

Knit 10 rows (5 ridges of garter stitch)

 

Heel and toe decreases:

Row 1: K5, K2tog, K14 (17), SKP, K10 (12), K2tog, K14 (17), SKP, K5

Row 2: Knit across row

 

Repeat these 2 rows three times: changing row 1 (decrease row) as follows:

K4, K2tog, K14 (17), SKP, K8 (10), K2tog, K14 (17), SKP, K4

K3, K2tog, K14 (17), SKP, K6 (8), K2tog, K14 (17), SKP, K3

K2, K2tog, K14 (17), SKP, K4 (6), K2tog, K14 (17), SKP, K2

 

Bind off and sew back of heel and bottom together. A crocheted chain beginning and ending with a ring of 10-12 crocheted chain stitches can be used for laces. Or, use a braid or piece of ribbon. The cuff can be edged by crocheting: SC, Ch 3, SC, Ch 3, etc

 

Special note to pattern collectors and those with “inquiring minds”: the “baby” is wearing a hat from Ravelry, called Seventh.  Her easy little topdown sweater is Encore Dynamo, Color 2, Plymouth pattern number 2649.
baby alpaca cherish hat and booties

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