Sometimes you need a gift for a new baby on the double, and if you have some purchased baby bootie bottoms around you can knit up these baby bootie tops in no time, sew them in and have a cute and useful gift for any little one in an evening flat.
These bootie cuffs are very easy, and worked in the round so the only sewing you have to do is attaching the cuff to the bootie itself.
- one pair of Boye Starting Points Baby Booties
- about 16 grams of worsted or heavy-worsted weight yarn of your choice (I used a mini skein of Peace Fleece Worsted, which runs a little heavy)
- set of 4 size 8 US (5 mm) double-pointed knitting needles
- tape measure, scissors and yarn needle
- coordinating sewing thread and sewing needle
Gauge is not incredibly critical as piece can be eased into the booties, but I got almost 5 stitches an inch in 2x2 ribbing.
Finished piece is about 5 inches around and 4 inches long, to fit the Starting Points bootie (which is sized for an infant with a 4-inch foot length).
Knitting the Bootie Cuff:
- Cast on 24 stitches. Divide onto 3 double-pointed needles and join in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches. Place a stitch marker if desired to note the end of the round.
- Knit 2 rounds (this makes it easier to sew the piece to the bootie).
- Work in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing around until piece measures about 4 inches.
- Bind off in pattern. Cut yarn and weave in ends.
- Make a second bootie topper the same way.
- Using coordinating thread and a sewing needle, sew the finished topper to the mesh tape inside the bootie.
The cuff may be worn folded down or unfolded for extra warmth.