6 Jun 2014

Vintage 1966 embroidered baby bootie for cool summer days

I don't know how the weather is anywhere else, here it has turned into a rainy summer right now. When the weather is rainy I tend to turn to knitting, rather than sewing. How about you?
I thought it would be nice to continue the Big Baby Bootie project with a light, summery pair of booties, this time from the 60's. These booties have an unusual shape and are very easy to make. Left the original, right my version.
How cute is this?!

As you can see you can use any color, you could even add a pretty figure-button instead of the embroidery.

material & sizing:
The original pattern uses 4-ply yarn, the tension is not specified.
As usual, I made mine with a fingering weight yarn, metric size 3 needles and a tension of approx. 28 sts to 10cm (7sts=1in)
The finished size is 8,5 cm (3,3 in) from heel to toe, which should fit newborn to 3 month old babies.

The construction is quite interesting again. It is a top-down knit.
After knitting the short cuff you continue with a row of holes for the ribbon. Then you divide the knit in 3 and continue separately with the sides and the front part. After knitting through the remaining stitches continue with the toe-shaping.


the side openings sewn together:

After assembling and adding a ribbon in a contrasting color it looks already pretty:

my tip:
if you plan to add embroidery or other decoration, the best time to do this before assembling the booties!
flower embroidery step-by-step:
The little flower is a simple embroidery work. There are no instructions in the original pattern, I assume in the 60's just everybody knew how tho embroider these simple little flowers (just like I learned from my grandma). Here is a step-by-step guide. I used the same yarn in a different color.

1. Start by pulling up the thread in the center of the flower. Put the needle through the center again and up at the outer point of the petal. This way you actually make a loop:

2. As you pull your thread up you are now in the middle of your loop:

3. Now secure your loop by putting the needle down right outside your loop. Finally pull the thread up in the center.

4. Continue making the other petals, starting across the first one.
I usually do 6 of them.

Here is how the finished flower looks:

abbreviations for beginners:
k = knit
p = purl
st-st. = stocking stitch
inc = increase or make one by knitting twice in one stitch
w.fwd = wool forward (or yarn over)
k 2 tog = knit two stitches together
sl1 = slip one stitch over from left needle to right needle without knitting
p.s.s.o. = pass slipped stitch over the loop of the k stitch

the original pattern:

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