Friday, August 29, 2008

Baby Booties Without Seams (top down)

A Pattern by YarnThrower
This pattern was inspired by Ruth's "Perfect" Baby Booties, though my construction method is quite different, eliminating the seam found along the back and center bottom of many baby bootie patterns. (After searching online **unsuccessfully** for a "seamless" baby bootie pattern, I decided to figure one out on my own...)

This particular pattern begins at the cuff of the bootie and works down toward the bottom. If you prefer working from the bottom up, I've also posted a "Baby Booties Without Seams (bottom up)" pattern.

(This pattern is the property of YarnThrower and may not be reproduced except for one copy for individual use. If you print or distribute this pattern without YarnThrower's written permission, you are stealing.)

Needles required: Size 5 DPN's

Yarn required: DK or Sport weight

Directions:

Cuff:
  • Cast-on 36 stitches.
  • Joining to work in the round, *K2P2* for 20 rounds.
  • Knit 1 round.
  • *K2tog, YO, K1* and repeat until end of round. (This forms eyelets for inserting a tie.)
  • Knit 2 rounds.
Top of foot shaping:
  • Next round (set up round): K22, M1, turn. (revised 8/5/2009, was "20")
  • Next row (purl short row): Slip 1 as to purl, P8, M1, turn.
  • Next row (knit short row): Slip 1 as to purl, K8, M1, turn.
(Note: For mirrored increases, when working M1 on the purl row, insert left needle into bar between prior and next stitch worked from back to front to "make" new stitch; then purl this new stitch. When working M1 on the knit row, insert left needle into bar between prior and next stitch worked from front to back to "make" new stitch; then knit into the back of this new stitch.)
  • Work these two rows until there are a total of 52 stitches. Do not turn work after the M1 of the final purl row.
  • Slip next stitch onto right needle, bring yarn to opposite side of work, then return the slipped stitch to the left needle. (This is "wrapping" the stitch.) Now turn work.
  • Knit to end of round (which will be the back of the bootie).
Sides and bottom of bootie:
  • Knit one round, knitting wrapped stitch along with its wrap.
  • Knit seven rounds.
  • Purl one round.
  • Knit one round.
  • *P4, P2tog, P14, P2tog, P4* twice.
  • *K2tog, K20, K2tog* twice.
  • *P3, P2tog, P12, P2tog, P3* twice.
  • *K2tog, K16, K2tog* twice.
  • *P2, P2tog, P10, P2tog, P2* twice.
  • *K2tog, K12, K2tog* twice. (28 stitches)
  • Place first 14 stitches of round on one dpn; place the rest of the stitches on a second dpn. Work a three needle bind-off.
Finishing:
  • Cut yarn.
  • Weave in ends.
  • NO SEAM TO SEW!
As always, I welcome your comments, concerns, suggestions -- and by all means, if you find an error or if something is confusing, I'd love to know about it so that I may improve the pattern!

59 comments:

MollyBeees said...

OMG! These are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the patterns!

allisonmariecat said...

Thank you for these patterns! Awesome.

marit said...

Absolutely fab! Have knitted two- ripping the first one because I didn't like the colour combination- but these are really cute! I'm knitting mine with baby wool, and on 2,5mm needles though, and they seem to fit a newborn (at least I hope so-LOL)

Cindy G said...

So cute! How lovely of you to share the pattern.

heatdw said...

These are so cute but I have to rip mine out. I'm getting holes in the heels really badly on one side. It seems to be from the area between the DPN's that sags during the whole working of the heel. I'm not sure how to resolve that.

Saga said...

Would you mind measuring the booties' soles? How big are they in what gauge yarn?

Anonymous said...

what does M1 measn

Anonymous said...

I'm very excited to see this pattern! But most of my yarn/woolie sets are in worsted weight. any idea of the gauge so I can play with the pattern?

Anonymous said...

Laura, my dear friend. It's fate, I tell you. FATE! Taking a break from school (I've finished three credits of nursing theory, and am working on nursing research...oi!) to find a pattern for darling NIECE Laura. Ravelry brought me to YOU! My favorite Chemistry Whiz!

So...wanna have a Carnival this Friday? Lakeside at 11? Caryn

Anonymous said...

Great pattern :) But um, how do you do the three needle cast off?

Kate Craig said...

Thank you so much! I love the bootie pattern but hate seams! One consistent problem I am getting is that the beginning of the round is not the back of the bootie, so that my sole ends up being a few stitches rotated from straight front-to-back. I must be counting something wrong! You should post this modification to Ravelry!

Cynthia said...

Hi,

I love these booties and have made several pairs for my baby and friends babies. They are very comfortable, stay on well, and seem to fit, so far 0-5 month olds. However, the pattern is 2 stitches off in the toe set up. It turns out perfectly if you knit 22 stitches rather than 20 before turning the piece.

YarnThrower said...

Cynthia -- Thank you for your kind comment. I believe that you are correct -- there should be 22 stitches knit before turning the first time (instead of 20). I'll revise the pattern so reflect this. I'm so glad you let me know about the error! Sorry for the confusion it caused you...

Laura (YarnThrower)

Sasha and the T's said...

I have had such fun making these for several babies. Some other knitters and I make them for less fortunate babies. We deliver them to the local hospital so babies can have some of what they need without the mothers having to buy so much.
I also am making some for my baby due in February. I linked on my blog: http://addthemup.blogspot.com/2009/08/planning-babys-wardrobe.html

Anonymous said...

The pattern doesnt say how many stitches should be on each needle. I'm having some difficulty at the top of the foot shaping.

Jessica said...

These look FANTABULOUS. I highly suggest that you put this to pdf format (openoffice.org has a program that will export to pdf. and the word program is free) and have this available as a ravelry download. I would favorite it a million times if I could. And download it :)

Please consider it???

YarnThrower said...

Jessica -- That sounds like a great idea, and one that would not be difficult for me to execute. I am in the middle of a stressful period in grad school right now, though possibly in the next week or two I'll have a few moments to work on this. It's something I've been wanting to try to do, anyway, and your kind note was just the gentle nudge I needed to start thinking seriously about it. Thank you! Laura

Bennett said...

These are adorable! I searched and searched for the right pattern and here it is. I made them for a friend's first child and they are so cute. Thanks.

Fitwitch said...

Wondering if it would be possible to do these on a small circular rather than with DPNs? They are so cute!

YarnThrower said...

Fitwitch - You might want to try using a long circular (magic loop technique); that would probably work very well. Or, perhaps two short circular needles would work, too. I don't think using one small circular needle instead of dpn's would work...

Sarah G said...

Great pattern! Thanks for taking the time to write it up. I just finished my first pair - I went down 2 needle sizes for gauge, but they turned out great! Easy to follow pattern and I'll be making several more pairs for our baby boy arriving in July.

Sarah G said...

I just finished my third pair of these booties! Take a look at my blog for pictures of the finished products and the sizing depending on the needles you use (I knit a pair with US 3, US 2, and US 1 needles). I'm in love with this pattern - thanks for sharing!

Pam said...

Hi; This looks like an adorable pattern and I can't wait to make it. I think others have asked for a gauge, which would help. I also am curious about making it for a 6-12 month old. Have you done this? How did you adjust the pattern for that size? Thank you. I am going to make my first pair out of Velvet Touch yarn and I'll post a photo when I'm done.

Erika T. said...

I love this pattern (look and fit) but am having a really hard time understanding it, and have asked at least four really good knitters to try and read it, and we are all at a loss... At the "Top of foot shapping" I knit 22 and make 1, then turn my work and slip 1 as to purl, P8, M1, and turn again and knit the next row etc. Now, do I work these two rows until I have a TOTAL of 52 (including the 14 I left behind, when I knit 22?) or do I keep making stiches until I have 52 on this needle? And what do I do with the stiches I left behind? (the 13 stiches left on my initial needle, where I knit 22, and turned to purl, AND the 14 from the beginning... or am I suppose to somehow knit all those stiches, as I am increasing to 52??? I am very confused.

YarnThrower said...

Pam - Sorry, but I forgot to measure gauge before I gave the booties away. I am wondering if you might find some help by reading the other comments that people left? I am not a paid pattern designer, and as such, my limited time (I'm a full time grad school working on a doctorate right now, in addition to managing my family of four...some day I'll be able to attend to these pattern details and re-knit the booties, but right now time is a bit tight...) Thanks for your understanding...

YarnThrower said...

Erika,

Sorry for my delay in responding... I'm just recovering from an intense semester in grad school, and gradually am taking care of some loose ends... You repeat the row until there are a total of 52 stitches on all needles combined. You are only working across the eight stitches, and adding a stitch every row (via the M!) but not working it yet... If you look at the photo of the bootie, you are working on the little flap that goes across the top of the baby's foot. Then, once you have 52 stitches total, you will resume working in the round using ALL of the stitches, and you will be working down the sides of the bootie in the round. Does this make sense? If not, let me know, and I'll try again to explain. Best wishes with the pattern!

Jennifer said...

These are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this pattern! I'm at the age where ALL of my friends are having babies and they love getting a pair of handmade baby booties! (Plus it's nice for my budget as well :)) Thanks!!!

sunshine said...

Thank you so much for this pattern! I had larger yarn so had to use bigger needles & cut the stitches in half, but I was sooo happy with the outcome. I make socks but had never come across a seamless bootie for baby. I'm anxious to make a pair in the correct size yarn & needle!!!

Amy said...

would like someone to please list a guage and finished size, please. I knit very loosely and need a guage before I can begin a project or it is guaranteed to turn out the wrong size.

AthenaZ said...

Hi! The booties seem lovely and I am trying to make them but I have some difficulty following the pattern since they are the first that I make. I have make the cuff but I cannot continue to the rest of the bootie. Until now I have worked in circular with DPN (distributed on 3 needles). How do I continue for the top of the foot? Still in circular or in turns? Do I use only the 22 sts and the rest remain on the third needle?
I would really appreciate your help since I want to make them for my newborn baby.

YarnThrower said...

When you get to the part for the top of the foot, you work across and then turn your work, so you are working back and forth for a while as you work the top of the foot. Then, when you get to the end of that section, you will resume working in a circle. I hope this helps!

vanfox23 said...

I just want to tell you that I have made several pairs of booties and this is the only pattern I use! I do have one question though...Seems that after I increase to 52 stitches there is a huge gaping hole on one side of the bootie while knitting the 8 rows of the sides. Am I missing something? Thanks!

Manadabomb said...

I just finished my first test bootie. This is a great pattern and I learned a lot. Thank you!

Onward said...

Thank you for this pattern; I love that they're seamless. I just made three pairs for a coworker's new triplets. I also made hats, so I put a little bobble in the middle four rows of the first 20 K2P2 rows so they would imitate the hat pattern. Then I used I-cord instead of ribbon, just to see how that looked. I really found them easy to knit, and they're beautiful!

sk8judge said...

Help please!! My daughter just asked me to make these booties for my grandson's christening. I want to use a light weight white yarn instead of the wieght called for in the pattern. Do I need to make any changes in the pattern?

YarnThrower said...

Overall, people are saying that the booties are knitting up to be a bit large for a newborn... If you are using lighter weight yarn, you might try going down a few needle sizes...though understanding it is an "experiment" and there are no guarantees...might end up too small, etc... Another option would be to double your yarn (work with two strands held together) and use the needles as called for in the pattern. I hope these ideas help...

sk8judge said...

Thanks. He'll be 3 months old for his Christening (and weighs 13 lbs) so "bigger" is better :-) And I'm not worried about trying different things...Anything I knit is always an "experiment" !

nneeki said...

I'm having problems with huge holes from the slipped stitches from the instep. Any ideas on where I might be going wrong? I don't think there are any dropped stitches or anything, the slipped stitches just seem several sizes larger than the others.

Thanks for producing such a hard to find pattern!

knitsky said...

Hi,
I really like the baby boorish (toe up). I got to the top of bootie shaping and I hit a snag. I am doing these in magic loop and have 52 stitches (26 on each needle). The first instruction is k29, ask. I only have 26 stitches on the needle. Is this an errata in the pattern, or am I doing something wrong. Thanks so much for any help.

Deb

YarnThrower said...

Knitsky, First, I think your comment is referring to the pattern which is worked from the bottom up, which may be found here:http://pickinandthrowin.blogspot.com/2008/08/baby-booties-san-seams-bottom-up.html

Second, the K29 is not a mistake in the pattern. You are going to have to rearrange the stitches on your needle a little bit...might be easier to switch over to DPN's at this point...just a thought...

Best wishes with the pattern!
Laura

YarnThrower said...

Nneeki - I had a similar problem, though when the booties were done, the holes sort of finessed themselves into being a little bit smaller...I might have coaxed them a little bit by taking a needle and pulling the loops a little bit tighter (and distributing the slack across the surrounding stitches), though I really can't remember having to do that too much...like I said, I think once the booties were finished, the holes sort of self-closed to some degree... Best wishes with the pattern!
Laura

Anonymous said...

I just love these booties.. But I need a little help on this pattern, do we work on one needle the 8 st and m1, or is do we stay in the round and when we get to that needle work the m1 till we have at total of 52 st in all (including all st on all needles)

Suzan

YarnThrower said...

Suzan,

You work on one needle (back and forth) for the 8 stitch section. When the direction says "turn," you work back the opposite direction, etc... You are working on the top of the bootie...and once the top is done, you will again be working in the round again to make the sides of the bootie that go around the feet.

I hope this helps! If not, let me know and I'll try to explain again...

YarnThrower said...

Suzan,

You work on one needle (back and forth) for the 8 stitch section. When the direction says "turn," you work back the opposite direction, etc... You are working on the top of the bootie...and once the top is done, you will again be working in the round again to make the sides of the bootie that go around the feet.

I hope this helps! If not, let me know and I'll try to explain again...

YarnThrower

Anonymous said...

Okay, So I work the 8st back and forth on the same needle (not touching my other stitches) till I reach 52st on this one needle.. Now how do I pick up the round again and join the side of the bootie with the top of the foot I just worked.. I am just making this harder than it has to be, I know it.. Sorry

Suzan

Anonymous said...

I have been making several of these since I found this pattern over a year ago. They have been in a group I make of a seamless hat and seamless mittens to match. Everyone that has received this set, loves them. Thank you so much for this pattern! With all my friends having babies, this is the perfect gift, and once one person saw them, everyone wanted one! :) Instead of ribbon I make a knit "shoelace". Cast on 2 sts on dpn, keep knitting from right to left without turning work, just keep bringing the yarn back around for every row, work 13 inches, cast off.

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my3angels said...

This looks like what I've been searching for. When I first started knitting back in the dark ages of high school (1980s), I used a pattern for baby booties similar to these and loved the way they looked, but have been searching since for a pattern that looks like what I wanted.

Noel Wright said...

Making up my first pair today. I'll have to show you what they look like when I can. Thanks for an awesome pattern!

Christina said...

I love these, and they are just what I'm looking for to knit up for a friend. I am not an experienced knitter though, and I have a few questions.

1. When I get to the part where I knit 22 and M1, is the M1 what might be also called a bar increase or knit 1 front and back?

2. After you cast on 36 stitches, I'm assuming there are 9 on each needle. After the cuff and you knit 22, make 1, and turn, you are in the middle of a needle. When you go to purl 8, there are only 6 stitches on that needle (9 on 2 needles, plus 4 on the 3rd needle makes 22 and then 2 more from the make 1) so you have to go to your next needle and purl 2 more then turn again and you have the same thing. Am I reading that correctly or should I have 8 stitches on one needle after knitting 22 and making 1?

Thanks!

YarnThrower said...

Christina, To answer your two questions:

1.) There are several ways to do a M1, and you've mentioned two of them. It is just a way to add a stitch. I typically do this by putting my left needle under the bar between my needles from front to back, and then knitting into the "back" of that new "stitch" I have just placed on the needle.

2.) When you get to this section, I would move the stitches on your needles around a little bit to different needles so that as you are working back and forth, you are only doing this across one needle. Your counting is probably accurate; just slide those stitches to other needles to make your life easier here...

I hope this helps!
Laura

Anonymous said...

Gauge suggestion: I just made my first bootie (what an easy pattern! Thanks!). I assumed that the pattern was for a gauge around 5.5-6sts per inch, given it's DK or Sport. I wanted some for my 2 month old, so I used fingering-weight and size 3 needles, giving me around 6.5 sts/in. The bootie sole is about 4" long and is a near-duplicate of the 0-6m store-bought bootie I have.

My suggestion for estimating size is that the 52 stitches you are working near the end is the outer circumference of the foot. So, divide by 2 for a foot that's approximately 26 sts long and divide again by your desired foot length to determine what gauge you need (eg. If I wanted a 4" long foot, that's 26sts/4in=6.5 sts/in)

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Shay said...

Hi, first of all, great job on this baby booty pattern, they are adorable. But just 1 question. What was your purpose in that one wrapped stitch? Am I missing something, because I just don't see why just that 1 stitch was wrapped...thks...Sharon

Anonymous said...

I googled it

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this pattern. It was exactly what I was looking for. I didn't have size 5 needles so I used size 6. They are a bit bigger than I would like but that's okay. Simple pattern but I did have to google the 3 needle bind off. Nice seam for the bottom.

Pam

Mary Beth Coyne said...

Hello. Tanks for the pattern - another person made a comment relative to what I am going to post - after you get to the 52 stitches and start working around again, it seems like you need to pick up and knit the edge 'seam' created by working back and forth to create the top of the foot. Yet, you make not mention of this in the pattern. If you don't you will end up with a strange hole on the top of the foot. Your response to her post didn't really address this.

Thanks,
<ary Beth

Rhiannon Llewellyn said...

Brilliant pattern. I used smaller needles after the first ten stitches (I switches to 3.25mm dpns). Here's a picture of my booties http://instagram.com/p/hJtNXrpKEL/ I'm dead pleased with them; I hate sewing so this pattern was perfect!

Sarah Compter said...

These booties are so simple and knit up beautifully. They're a perfect gift for a baby shower! I did want to offer a couple of comments.

1. I used DK yarn and US 5 needles on my first pair and they were big enough for an 18 month old. For my second pair, I used worsted yarn and US 3 needles... these are more appropriate for a baby under one, but still not newborn sized.

2. For the shaping on the top of the foot, you might amend the pattern to explain how to deal with the "extra" stitches. I'm not sure if I made the right choice, but I slipped the "extra" stitch onto the "side" needle for each row. That way, I always maintained 9 stitches on the toe so that I could slip a stitch and then K8 or P8 before M1 and turning.

In any case, thank you for providing such a delightful (and free!) pattern!

Sarah