Friday, 23 October 2015

The Easiest Booties 0-6 months; 6-12 months


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To fit 0-6 months; 6-12 months

Many people have trouble with the traditional method of making booties, i.e., with a flat sole that you make first and then add the top on.  I figured I needed to make up a basic pattern for an easier way, a way that most beginners will manage quite easily.  I hope you like the end result.

Difficulty:  Easy

Pattern is written in US terms; a conversion chart is included at the end.


Materials:  Approx 30g Worsted weight yarn #4 (Suggested:  Lion Brand Heartland); 4mm (G/6) crochet hook, yarn needle for sewing in ends..

Gauge:  14 sts and 16 rows hdc = 4”

Finished size:  3.75” long; 2.5” wide  (to fit 0-6 months); 4.25” long; 2.75” wide (to fit 6-12 months)

Abbreviations: sc = single crochet; hdc = half double crochet; sl st = slip stitch; st/s = stitch/es; beg = beginning; rep = repeat; hdc2tog = half double crochet 2 together.

Instructions: (Make 2)




0-6 months:  

Row 1:  With 4mm hook, make a magic ring (alternatively, chain 3, sl st to beg chain to form a ring); ch1, work 8 hdc into the ring you just made.  Do not join. Place a marker and continue working in a spiral by starting the next row directly in the first hdc of the previous row until instructed otherwise.  (8 hdc).

Row 2: hdc in next st; 5 hdc in next st; hdc in next 3 sts; 5 hdc in next st; hdc in next 2 sts. (16)

Row 3:  hdc in next st and each stitch around. (16)

Row 4-7:  Repeat Row 3.

Before moving on to Row 8, when you are done with Row 7, and still working in the same direction, sc in next 3 sts; sl st in next st.  You will now be working in rows instead of in a spiral in order to shape the back of the bootie.

Row 8:  Ch1, hdc in same st and to end, do no join.  Turn.  (16)

Rows 9 - 13:  Repeat Row 8.  Turn.

Row 14:  Ch1, hdc in same st and in next 6; sc2tog; hdc to end. Turn (15)

Turn booties inside out and sl st to join down the back seam to the heel.  Fasten off.  Sew in ends and turn right side out again.

Rejoin yarn at the front of the bootie, in the first st to the left, with front of bootie towards you.






Cuffs:

Split Cuff:

Row 15:  Ch1, hdc in same st and in next 6 sts to the back of the bootie, hdc into each side of the back seam, then picking up the opposite side, hdc 8 sts again to bring yourself back to the front.  Turn. (17)

Rows 16 - 20:  Ch1, hdc in same st and each stitch around, working 2 hdc into the last stitch of each row.  turn.

Row 21: (Optional) Ch1, working across the front of the bootie cuff, sc in same st, across front split and to the end of the other side of the front of the cuff.  Fasten off and weave in all ends.






Rolled Cuff:

Row 15:  Ch1, hdc in same st and in next 6 sts to the back of the bootie, hdc into each side of the back seam, hdc 8 sts to bring yourself back to the front, sl st to beg hdc.  (17)

Rows 16 - 20:  Ch1, hdc in same st and each stitch around, sl st to beg hdc.  

Feel free to add a row or two more here if you want the cuff to be taller.

Row 21:  Turn.  ch1, sc in same st and to end; sl st to beg sc.  

Fasten off and weave in all ends.




6-12 months:




Row 1:  With 4mm hook, make a magic ring (alternatively, chain 3, sl st to beg chain to form a ring); ch1, work 9 hdc into the ring you just made.  Do not join. Place a marker and continue working in a spiral by starting the next row directly in the first hdc of the previous row until instructed otherwise.  (9 hdc).

Row 2: hdc in next 2 sts; 5 hdc in next st; hdc in next 4 sts; 5 hdc in next st; hdc in next 2 sts. (18 hdc)

Row 3:  hdc in next st and each stitch around. (18)

Row 4-8:  Repeat Row 3.

Before moving on to Row 9, when you are done with Row 8, and still working in the same direction, sc in next 3 sts; sl st in next st.  You will now be working in rows instead of in a spiral in order to shape the back of the bootie.

Row 9:  Ch1, hdc in same st and to end, do no join.  Turn.  (18)

Rows 10- 14:  Repeat Row 9.  Turn.

Row 15:  Ch1, hdc in same st and in next 7 sts; sc2tog; hdc to end. Turn (17)

Turn booties inside out and sl st to join down the back seam to the heel.  Fasten off.  Sew in ends and turn right side out again.

Rejoin yarn at the front of the bootie, in the first st to the left, with front of bootie towards you.






Cuffs:

Split Cuff:

Row 16:  Ch1, hdc in same st and in next 7 sts to the back of the bootie, hdc into each side of the back seam, then picking up the opposite side, hdc 9 sts again to bring yourself back to the front.  Turn. (19)

Rows 17 - 22:  Ch1, hdc in same st and each stitch around, working 2 hdc into the last stitch of each row.  turn.

Row 23: (Optional) Ch1, working across the front of the bootie cuff, sc in same st, across front split and to the end of the other side of the front of the cuff.  Fasten off and weave in all ends.






Rolled Cuff:

Row 16:  Ch1, hdc in same st and in next 7 sts to the back of the bootie, hdc into each side of the back seam, hdc 9 sts to bring yourself back to the front, sl st to beg hdc.  (19)

Rows 17 - 22:  Ch1, hdc in same st and each stitch around, sl st to beg hdc.  

Feel free to add a row or two more here if you want the cuff to be taller.

Row 23:  Turn.  ch1, sc in same st and to end; sl st to beg sc.  

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

There you go - easy!

Embellish the basic booties as you like, with a tie, or a ribbon, or just a button, for a boy or for a girl.

©AG Handmades 2015

Why not match these with the easy hat and mittens to make a complete set! You can make the newborn set, hat, mitts and booties, using only 1 x 100g skein of yarn!






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Friday, 16 October 2015

Squared Up

Squared Up


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Materials:  25g of Colour A, 25g Colour B, oddment of colour C, (approx 100 yds in total) worsted weight yarn #4; 5.5mm (I/9) crochet hook; yarn needle for sewing in ends.


Gauge:  12 hdc and 10 rows hdc to 4” square


Finished size:  6” square


Pattern Notes:  Unless stated otherwise, all sts are worked into the gaps between sts, and not into the tops of the sts themselves.


Pattern is written in US terms, a conversion chart is included at the end.

Special stitches:


Picot corners:  (ch 4, sl st to 3rd ch from hook to form the picot, ch1)


Working into the 3rd and 4th loops of hdc below:  On every hdc, you will see that there are 2 loops, as normal, at the top of the stitch, the front and back loops.   A hdc also has 2 more loops behind it, the 3rd and 4th loop.   Where stated, work into these 2 loops, not the normal front and back loops.  Tamara Kelly of moogly.com has made a great video for working into the 3rd loop.  The 4th loop is the tiny loop just behind the 3rd loop.  The video is here:  




Note:  If you have difficulty finding the 4th loop, work in the 3rd loop only if you wish.  I prefer to work in both, as it makes the stitching neater.  


Abbreviations:  sc = single crochet; hdc = half double crochet; ch = chain, sk = skip; rep = repeat; beg = beginning; st/s = stitch/es; sp = space.

Instructions:


Row 1:  With Colour A and 5.5mm (I/9) hook, make a magic ring.


Ch1, Work 8 sc into the ring, sl st to beg sc to join. (8)


Row 2:  Ch2 (counts as 1 hdc); (Picot corner:  hdc, ch4, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, ch1, hdc) in next st; *hdc in next st; (Picot Corner) in next; rep from * twice more; sl st to top of beg ch2. (12 hdc & 4 x picot corners)


Row 3:  Ch1, sc in 3rd and 4th loop (see Special Stitches) of 1st hdc to the right of the ch2 corner space.  *Ch2, sk corner space, sc in 3rd and 4th loops of the hdc to the left of the corner space; ch2, sk 1 st, sc in 3rd and 4th loops of the next st (to the right of the next corner);  rep from * twice more; ch2, sk corner space, sc in 3rd and 4th loops of the hdc to the left of the corner space; ch2, sk1 st, sl st to beg sc.  Fasten off and change colour.  (8 sc and 8 x ch2 spaces)


Row 4:  With Colour B, sl st to any ch2 loop in the centre of the previous square (NOT at the corner where you have worked a picot).  (Ch2 (counts as 1 hdc), 2 hdc, ch3, 3hdc) all into the ch2 loop, 1 sc into next space (behind the picot corner); *(3hdc, ch3, 3hdc) into next ch2 loop, 1 sc into next space; rep from * twice more. slip st to top of beg ch2. (24 hdc, 4 sc, 4 x ch3 spaces)


Row 5:  Ch1 (does not count as a stitch); hdc in next 2 sts; (Picot Corner) in corner ch2 space; *hdc in next 6 spaces, (Picot Corner) in next space; rep from * twice more; hdc in next 4 spaces; sl st to beg hdc (not the ch1).  (32 hdc, 4 x picot corner spaces)


Row 6:  Ch1, sc in 3rd and 4th loops of same st, , ch1, sk 1, sc in 3rd and 4th loops of next st (to the right of the corner); *ch2, sc in 3rd and 4th loops of 1st st after the next corner; ch1, sk1, sc in 3rd and 4th loops of next st; ch2, sk2, sc in 3rd & 4th loops of next st; ch1, sc in 3rd & 4th loops of next st; rep from * twice; ch2, sk corner, sc in 3rd and 4th loops of 1st stitch after the next corner; ch1, sk1, sc in 3rd & 4th loops of next st, ch2, sl st to beg sc. (16 sc & 16 spaces)  Fasten off and change colour.


Row 7:  With Colour A, Sl st to ch1 space to the left of where you fastened off; ch1, 2sc in ch1 sp; 2 sc in corner space, 2 sc in next ch1 space; *(3hdc, ch2, 3hdc) in ch2 space; 2sc in each of the next 3 spaces;  rep from * twice more; (3hdc, ch2, 3hdc) in ch2 sp;slst to top of beg sc. (24 hdc, 24 sc, 4 x ch2 spaces)


Row 8:  For this row, work into the tops of the sts as you normally would.  Ch2 (counts as 1 hdc); hdc in next 8 sts; *(2hdc , ch2, 2hdc) in corner space; hdc in next 12 sts; rep from * twice; (2hdc, ch2, 2hdc) in corner space; hdc in next 3 sts; sl st to beg ch2. (64 hdc & 4 x ch2 spaces).  Fasten off and change colour.


Your square should now measure 5.5".  If it smaller, you may work the next row in hdc instead of sc.  


Attach yarn with a slip stitch to the st to the left of where you fastened off.  


Row 9:  Again working in the tops of the stitches as normal,and working now with Colour C, Ch1, sc in same st and in next 9 sts, *(2sc, ch2, 2sc) in corner space; sk next hdc (the one directly to the left of the corner ch2 space), sc in next 15 sts; rep from * twice; (2sc, ch2, 2sc) in corner space, sk next hdc (the one directly to the left of the corner ch2 space), sc in next 5 sts; sl st to beg sc, fasten off and weave in ends.


(75 sc & 4 x ch2 spaces) = 83 sts in total


©AG Handmades 2015


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