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Friday, July 6, 2012

Cute Sheep Baby Booties

These ingeniously shaped booties, which are about as cute as cute can be, are guaranteed to please parents and baby alike. Ribbing at the ankles helps to assure a snug fit so that the booties will stay put on baby's feet.

Finished Size: 3 (3½, 4, 4½)" (7.5 [9, 10, 11.5]
cm) foot length. To fit infant shoe size 1 (2, 3, 4).
Yarn: 100% cotton; 115yd [105 m]/50 g). white (MC) and black, 1 ball each. 
Needles: Body—Size 3 (3.25 mm): set of 4 doublepointed (dpn).
 Ribbing—Size 1 (2.25 mm): set of 5 dpn.
 Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Gauge: 28 sts and 34 rows = 4" (10 cm) in St st on larger needles.

With larger dpn and MC, CO 10 sts.
Row 1: (WS) Purl.
Row 2: K1, M1, knit to last st, M1, k1—2 sts inc’d.
Row 3: Purl.
For sizes large and extra-large only: Rep Rows 2 and 3 once—12 (12, 14, 14) sts.
For all sizes: Cont in St st until piece measures 2½ (3,3½, 4)" (6.5 [7.5, 9, 10] cm), ending with a WS row. *Next row:
K1, ssk, knit to 3 sts from end, k2tog, k1—2 sts dec’d. Purl 1 row.
 Rep from * until 8 sts rem, ending with a RS row.
With working yarn and RS facing, pick up and knit 40 (44, 48,52) sts evenly spaced around perimeter of sole, then k4 of the 8 rem sole sts—48 (52, 56, 60) sts.
 Place marker (pm) and join into a rnd. Purl 1 rnd, and at the same time, arrange sts so that there are 16 (18, 20, 22) sts each on needles 1 and 3, and 16 sts on needle 2 (bootie front).

Knit 4 (5, 6, 7) rnds, ending 2 sts before m on last rnd. 
Worked on the last 2 sts of needle 3 and first 2 sts of needle 1—4 sts. 
Work these 4 sts in St st for 8 rows. Fold tail and attach as foll: *Lift purl bump from WS of st 8 rows below current row and place on needle,
 knit this lifted st tog with st on needle; rep from * 3 more times, knit to end of rnd.
 Worked in short rows on the 16 sts on needle 2.
Rnd 1: Knit to last 2 sts on needle 1, k2tog, k16, turn, p16, turn, [k2tog, yo] 7 times, k2tog, turn, p15, turn, k15, ssk, knit to end of rnd.
Rnd 2: Knit to last 2 sts on needle 1, k2tog, knit next 15 sts forming crimps by knitting sts on needle tog with purl bumps from WS of sts 4 rows below as for tail, ssk, knit to end of rnd.
Rnd 1: Knit to last 2 sts on needle 1, k2tog, k4, join CC and use CC as foll: K7, turn, p7, turn, k7, turn, p7, k7 sts with purl bumps from sts 4 rows below as before, k1 (additional st in CC), turn, sl 1, p8, turn, sl 1, k9, turn, sl 1, p10, turn, sl 1, k11, turn, sl 1, p12, turn, cut off CC and cont with MC only, knit to end of needle 2, ssk, knit to end of rnd.
Rnd 2: Knit to last 2 sts on needle 1, k2tog, k15, ssk, knit to end of rnd.
Rnd 3: (Make ears) Knit to last 2 sts on needle 1, k2tog, *[k3, turn, p3, turn] 6 times, knit these 6 sts again while forming crimp as for tail (picking up purl bumps from sts 12 rows below)**, k9, repeat from * to **, ssk, knit to end of rnd.
Rnd 4: (Make “eyebrows”) Knit to last 2 sts on needle 1, k2tog, k15, turn, p15, [k2tog, yo] 7 times, k1, turn, p15, turn, k15, ssk, knit to end of rnd.
Rnd 5: Knit to last 2 sts on needle 1, k2tog, knit the next 15 sts while forming crimp with sts 4 rows below, ssk, knit to end of rnd.
Rnd 6: Knit to last 2 sts on needle 1, [k2tog] 4 times, k1, k2tog, [ssk] 4 times, knit to end of rnd. Cut off MC.
Rnd 7: Join CC and knit.

Change to smaller dpn. Work k1, p1 ribbing for 1" (2.5 cm).
Change to larger dpn and cont as established for 1" (2.5 cm) more.
 BO all sts in patt.
Weave in loose ends. With MC, work one fly 
stitch for each eye.

design by Sue Flanders

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