Sunday, 9 March 2014

Free Pattern: Robyn Booties

Robyn Bootie

Robyn Bootie is a textured bootie/slipper that can be knitted in any yarn, on any needles & with any gauge.  Like Robyn Hat (also from Bobbin & Purl) it uses an Icord to fit the bootie and is worked using a slip stitch pattern.  Robyn Bootie is knitted in one piece with only 4 ends to sew in & no seaming.  Like all my patterns this is a recipe rather than an exact pattern, I use standard sizes & tips on fitting so you understand the construction you could knit a family of these!
Robyn Booties are worked from an i-cord, which fits snuggly found the ankle.  Stitches are picked up around the edge and joined in the round. This is worked down a small distance before the front needle is knitted flat to make the front of the bootie.  You then re-join the round picking up the edge stitches and work back and forth picking up the edges as you work and creating the sole.

Any  5 DPN Needles
Any Wool (to match your needles)
Darning needle

You can knit these booties for any size, Ive added some standard  baby sizes charts which Ive adapted for this pattern but you could just measure the wearers foot for made to measure wonderfulness.  Proportions of an adult foot are quite different so I advise measuring!  If doing a child/adult slipper I advise you make the icord cross bigger.
Ankle Measurement cm
Icord Length (Ankle plus 6cm for cross pattern)
Front of foot cm (2/3 of the ankle measurement)
0-3 months
3-6 months
6-12 months

Create an I-cord to the length required for your size, cast on and Bind off with enough yarn left to sew in the ends on the finished bootie.  There are lots of excellent Icord tutorials online.  Attach yarn to show you the 3cm either side of the cord to make sure you pickup an even amount of stitches.

Pick up & Knit the stitches between the two markers onto 3 needles equally.  The first needle should start from the middle of the icord, this is centre of the heel and will stop any jog running down the front of your bootie.  I pick up all the stitches and then adjust to make sure they are equally distributed. Your needles will look like the picture below (the front section will have an equal number of stitches either side of what will be the booties cross detail).

Now work the following rounds 1-7 in the following slip stitch pattern. If knitting for a child or adult work down further, sorry I cant give you exact measurements here, the longer this section the further up the leg the slipper will come.

Abreviations (K (knit), SL (slip), P (Purl), BYTF (bring yarn to front), BYTB (bring yarn to back), P2tog (purl 2 together), K2tog (knit 2 together)

Round 1: Knit
Round 2: K1, SL1 (purlwise) Repeat to end.
Round 3: P1, BYTB, SL1, BYTF Repeat to end.
Round 4: Knit
Round 5: Knit
Round 6: K1, SL1 (purlwise) Repeat to end.
Round 7: P1, BYTB, SL1, BYTF Repeat to end.
Round 8: Knit to Beginning of the front needle (needle 2)

You are now going to work the front section in the flat till it measure the length of front of ankle to toe.  As this is worked in the flat you need to work in the following pattern.  Keep checking the length as the last set are slightly different believe me, being exact is not essential!  You slip the first stitch in each row as this will make them easier to pick up.

Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Sl 1* (You now need to look at the pattern and work as it presents), P1, SL1 (knitwise) * Repeat between * and * to end.
Row 3: SL1 * (work as pattern presents), * BYTF, P1, BYTB, SL1* Repeat * to * to the end.
Row 4: SL1, Purl all stitches

Continue this until the front flap nearly measures the length of the front of foot. On the last set complete using this pattern.

Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Sl 1* (You now need to look at the pattern and work as it presents), P1, SL1 (knitwise) * Repeat between * and * to end.
Row 3: SL1 * (work as pattern presents), * BYTF, P1, BYTB, SL1* Repeat * to * to the end.
Row 4: SL1, P2tig, P to last 3 stitches, P2tog, P1
Row 5: Sl1, K2tog, K to last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1.

You are now going to pick up the edges of the front flap joining your work in the round on 4 needles.

1: Pick up all stitches as if working anticlockwise on your work.  All stitches should be picked and knitted.
2: knit the  ?  the stitches on needle 3
3: Knit the remaining ? and the first ? of needle 1 onto a new needle (forming the heel 1/3 of stitches.
4: Knit the remaining ? of needle 1 and pick up and knit the second front flap edge.
5: Knit the front of the toe. 
This is now the new start of your row.

Your needles should now look like this

You will now work 6 rows of garter stitch, because this is in the round, you will alternate between Knit and purl rounds.

Round1: Purl all stitches
Round 2: Knit all stitches
Round3: Purl all stitches
Round 4: Knit all stitches
Round5: Purl all stitches
Round 6: Knit all stitches, at the end of this row, before you turn the work slip the first stitch from the side needle onto the front needle then turn.

Now, this might seem tricky but you are going to work the sole stitches.  They are in a garter pattern and on each row you pick up a stitch from the side needles.  The first few rows will increase the number of stitches you decreased to shape the toe.

R1: Knit to end, Slip first stitch of side needle onto your work, turn.
R2: Knit to end, Slip first stitch of side needle onto your work, turn.
R3: Knit to end, Slip first stitch of side needle onto your work, turn.

You continue in this manner but so as not to increase the stitches you knit 2tog at the beginning of each row in the following pattern

K2tog, knit to end, slip first stitch of side needle onto your work.

You will work down the sole attaching to the top of the bootie.  When you get to the last row work as follows:

K2tog, knit to last st, add last side stitch & knit together.

Now your work will have 2 needles that have the same number of stitches on them at the heel.  Holding them together, knit each corresponding stitch to make one set of stitches.  Bind off all stitches.

Finally you sew in all selvage ends & sew the cross pattern into the front of your work, attaching to the wrong side, if you pull this tight enough the ends arent see as they slip into the work.

If you want an even better fit, then pick up the underside of the icord top and create a 1x1 rib pattern to hug the ankle in a  smaller needle.

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