I made this bootie, well a pair of these booties out of soft, delicious Merino wool for Nicholas last year. I used this free One Strand Knit Bootie pattern and modified the pattern to add the little cable on top.
I’ve been asked for my alterations a couple of times on Ravelry, (Don’t know what Ravelry is? I posted about it here. If you knit or crochet or you want to, you will want to sign up. It’s free.) so thought that I’d post them here in the event that there are some knitters out there who might enjoy them.
In the One Strand Knit Bootie pattern, in the “DIVIDE FOR THE INSTEP” section, where it says, “P 12 sts that are on needle #2. Work back and forth—K a row, P a row—for instep until there are 18 rows total, ending with a P row” is where I worked the cable. So do the following in place of those directions.
Cable the instep:
Row 1: p 2,k 2, p4, k2, p2 turn
Row 2: k 2, p2, k4, p2, k2 turn
Row 3: repeat Row 1
Row 4: k2, p2, slip next 2 st onto cable needle and hold in front, k2, k2 from cable needle, p2, k2
Row 5: repeat Row 1
Row 6: repeat Row 2
Row 7: repeat Row 1
Row 8: repeat Row 4
Row 9-16: repeat Row 5-8 two more times
Row 17: repeat Row 1
Row18: repeat Row 2
Continue with the One Strand Knit Bootie pattern as written.
If you want to get fancy, when you make the cable for the second bootie, change Row 4 of the cable pattern to k2, p2, slip next 2 st onto cable needle and hold in back, k2, k2 from cable needle, p2, k2. Then your cables will both twist toward the center when on babies feet.
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