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Striped Baby Booties

Designed by Carole Barenys

Knit Baby Booties

I would like knitters to not use this pattern for Bosnian Booties for selling the completed booties or for personal gain, but rather to knit them for charity or friends and family.

A member of our church's charity knitting group paid 7 Euros for a pair of these booties in Bosnia. They have been "reverse engineered" to work with our yarns; however, the style is essentially the same.

Materials:
Size 4 (US) double point needles 2 colors sport weight yarn (yellow and white as shown)
Gauge:
In garter st, 13 sts=2"

Instructions:
Sole:
CO 48 sts with yellow. Work K 1 round—P 1 round for 6 or 7 garter stitch ridges. (Use 7 ridges for a slightly wider fit, better suited to well-fed babies.) While working the last P round, place marker in center at 24 sts from beginning (where the tail of the yarn is).

Upper:
Join white yarn. K to within 3 sts of marker. Work 2 sts together, K 1, pass marker, K 1, work 2 sts together (use a decrease stitch that gives you symmetrical left-right slants), finish round. Work another round in white the same way. Twist white with yellow yarn, and work 2 rounds in color in the same manner. Keep working 2-round stripes, working decreases each round. After the 3rd white stripe, break off white yarn. Work one more K round in yellow, ending at heel. (26 sts remain)

Open Collar:
K 13 to marker, turn.
P 26 to marker, turn.
K 26 to marker, turn.
P 26 to marker, turn. K 5 rows for garter stitch cuff— opening will now be wide enough to work on 2 needles—you can still work on the dpn's. Bind off in K (WS).

Finishing:
Sew sole shut. Weave in loose ends.
Make a chain with color and thread it in and out 5 times, just below the garter stitch cuff. Tie in front.

See Abbreviations and the Glossary for help.