04 May, 2008

Bootees Flat and Round

Saartje's Bootees

These bootees, designed by Saartje, are wildly popular on Ravelry (over 2,000 projects) and it's easy to see why. Adorable, quick to knit, and perfect for a baby shower gift. I knit the first of the pair per the pattern, which is written to knit flat.

Saartjes Bootees

There were two seams to sew up, and eight ends to weave. Lazy knitter efficiency expert that I am, I decided to try knitting the second one in the round. I also made the straps using a cable cast-on with the existing yarn, rather than adding new yarn for each strap as the pattern stated. In the round, you get one short seam, and four ends.

If you would rather eat a bug than purl, you won't care for the round version, but even with writing the pattern as I knitted, it was faster in the round.

Saartjes Bootees

Bootees in the Round

I added one stitch to the original pattern to make it easier to work on 2 or 4 needles. The bootee is knit inside out (i.e. wrong side facing outwards).

Cast on 32, divide over 2 circs or 4 dpn
row 1 P32
row 2 KFB, K14, M1, K2, M1, K14, KFB
row 3 P36
row 4 KFB, K15, M1, K4, M1, K15, KFB
row 5 P40
row 6 KFB, K16, M1, K1, M1, K4, M1, K1, M1, K16, KFB
row 7 P46
row 8 KFB, K18, M1, K1, M1, K6, M1, K1, M1, K18, KFB
row 9, 11, 13, 15, 17 P52
row 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 K52
row 19 change to contrast color and P52
row 20 K15, (SSK) 5 times, K2, (K2TOG) 5 times, K15
row 21 P42
row 22 K42
row 23 P42
row 24 K10, BO 22, K10
row 25 K10, turn the work and cast on 10 using cable cast-on
row 26 K30, turn the work and cast on 10 using cable cast-on
row 27 K40
row 28 BO 20, K20
row 29 BO 20

The bootees above were knit with Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Beachglass and Natural, on 2.25 mm needles.

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