Knitted Baby Booties

Posted 5 years ago

So Again with the knitting. I promise I wont be turning this into a knitting blog any time soon I am just so fixated on it right now its all I seem to do much to the chagrin of my husband. Probably because I can do it easily enough on the couch with out having to move. Right now I am something like 32 pregnant. I am due  in 2 months either way and I am REALLY starting to feel it all of a sudden so activity and I are not friends thus knitting is a great thing I CAN do easily. Even typing this is difficult, having to sit forward squishes the baby up and she kicks me in retaliation. But I have other things in the works to show you too… If I get them done… and remember to take photos. Big problem I seem to run into is that I work on a lot of projects in the evening when my daughter is asleep and I cant really take photos so I need to wait till the weekend I guess when my husband is around to help distract her. 
So yea knitting. 

I have been doing a lot of it, from making things, to practicing making things and practicing different types of stitches. Today I am going to share with you some baby booties I made. I got the pattern from Lion. To be honest I think I have only used Lion Brand Yarns once for a scarf for a friend, I plan on making myself a cowl for this winter and will likely use this particular yarn again, but for the most part I don’t tend to use their yarn as the vast majority of their line is synthetic or a synthetic blend. I personally hate acrylic. I NEVER use 100% acrylic wool as I just find it so uncomfortable and plasticy feeling. I OWN some acrylic yarn. Bought it thinking I should give acrylic a try and realized how much I hates it.

If you knit with acrylic I wont judge you. Well maybe a bit on the inside but not to your face. Acrylic is great for somethings… like practicing stitches, or trying new things, or patterns. OR….ok that’s Ill i find it acceptable for.  My only advice is if you DO use acrylic you probably want to use metal needles, and if you knit slightly tighter like I do you want metal and at least one size larger then they call for. Acrylic has no give to it, so If you knit tight it does not move and I find that with wooden/bamboo needles (which is almost all I own) it sticks too much. Sticking CAN be good, actually I prefer it, helps to reduce the chance of stitches falling off but i find when I knit with wood and acrylic I have to use really big needles if I want it to come off the needle at all.

OK so now that I have babbled on about that back to the booties with the lion brand pattern. Lion has a great selection of free knitting patterns. You need to sign up for an account to access the patterns but thus far they have not spammed me so I am happy with it. The pattern I used is “Booties” pattern # L10256 which the link may no work if you are not logged in. 
I made practice ones using some yarn I had gotten a bag of at Value Village for like $4. is Naturalee 100% cotton yarn 4 ply sport weight  in colour watermelon and used 3.5mm kneedles for the whole thing.  The first one, after restarting a couple times, came out perfectly. The second one I was kinda slacking on and it ended up really lose and messy, third one was good! 

This is #2, just kinda sloppy and loose looking.

wa wa. 
Then I switched to some really nice yarn I picked up from the dump bin at the knitting store (the last ones of colour, batch etc). Is a nice soft lavender colour and SUPER nice stuff.  Sublime baby silk & bamboo dk which is an 80% bamboo viscose and 20% silk. Its dreamy soft. I made the first one wanting to have it be a bit bigger than my sample. I used 3.75mm needle through out and added 2 stitches to it at the beginning. It ended up kinda HUGE to put on a newborn. 
So I switched back to 3.5mm needles and the standard number of stitches, made a pair and then used the last bit of my yarn to make another of the bigger booties. Below is a picture of the two different sizes, the right is the smaller, the left is the larger. 
Now that I have talked your face off over knitting I will bid you fare well and happy crafting!

Also posted on Pretty Things Thursday on Johnny in a Dress. 

Posted in baby, craft, diy, knitting

2 Responses to “Knitted Baby Booties”

  1. June 13, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Aww, these look so cute. I recently saw a pattern for sewn booties and I prefer those. I’m not much of a knitter but I do love to sew.

    I hardly see any sewn booties- they’re usually knitted, so I was glad to see a pair that is attractive, functional and can be completed in twenty minutes.

    You don’t want them to be too tight so I guess a child will eventually be able to get them off.

  2. August 6, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Cute booties. Having grown up at my grandmother’s spinning wheel, I used to be a wool-only type of gal, but my boys HATE it. They sometimes tolerate acrylic and some of the natural blends. On the bright side, acrylic does cater to my lazy laundry practices (=

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