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Wednesday, 24 November 2010

No Sew Bootie-full Booties Pattern & Pics

My friend Catherine is due her second baby next month and I wanted to make her something nice for the new baby (her first baby was born 7 weeks before my little man!) so I began with a lovely baby blanket (A Stóir Baby Blanket/Shawl – see last entry) that she could keep as a kind of heirloom (I’m a sucker for sentimentality) and maybe her grandchildren would eventually use it!  Because I can’t stop once I get going, I also had to make a pair of booties to match.

Okeydokey, so here we are the pattern for my cute little covers for minute piggy toes!

What you need:

Lace Weight yarn (64m/70yds approx) I used Jamieson & Smith Shetland Supreme 2ply Lace Weight yarn
4ply yarn (56m approx) I used Patons Fairytale 4ply 50g
3mm Double Pointed Needles (5)
Co-ordinating ribbon


The lace weight bootie measures:
Length of foot – 3.25”/8cm
Width of sole – 1.75”/4.5cm
Height to folded cuff – 2.5”/7cm

The 4ply bootie measures:
Length of foot – 4”/10cm
Width of sole – 1.5”/4cm
Height to folded cuff – 2.5”/7cm

Alternatively, you could use DK weight and maybe go up half a size in a needle and make a larger pair still!


The sole of the bootie is knit first in garter stitch back and forth and the stitches for the side of the foot are picked up and knit in the round.  The instep is knit back and forth in garter stitch and then the cuff is knit in the round until cast off.  This means that there are no seams and there is no sewing involved to put the bootie together (except weaving in ends of cast on and cast off at the end, yippee!). 

If you want a more masculine pair of plain booties, you can omit the flower motif in the instep and the frilled edge using a super stretchy cast off instead!

Sole:  Cast on 16 stitches loosely and knit one row.  I used a lace knitting cast on as it’s stretchy and leaves a little row of loops that can be used when you are picking up stitches for the sides of the bootie.

Row 1:            K1, M1, knit to end of row (17 stitches)
Repeat 5 more times (22 stitches)
Knit 6 plain rows
Next row:       K1, K2TBL, knit to end of row (21 stitches)
                        Repeat 5 more times (16 stitches)

Side of foot:  Using your other DPN’s pick up and knit 9 stitches at heel, 16 stitches from cast on and 9 stitches at the toe (50 stitches).  I used a DPN for each side and the fifth to knit with, see picture. 

Mark the beginning of the round with a stitch marker and knit 9 rounds.

Next row:       Knit 16 side stitches and then begin instep.

Instep:  The instep is knit back and forth over the toe stitches attaching to the side of the foot (left and right sides) every row by knitting 2 stitches together.

Row 1:            K8, K2Tog (using 1 stitch from the side stitches on the other needle)
Row 2:            S1, K7, K2TBL (using 1 stitch from the side stitches on the other needle
Row 3:            S1, K7, K2Tog
Row 4:            S1, K7, K2TBL
Row 5:            S1, K7, K2Tog
Row 6:            S1, K7, K2TBL
Row 7:            S1, K2, YO, SK2P, YO, K2, K2Tog
Row 8:            S1, K7, K2TBL
Row 9:            S1, K2Tog, YO, K3, YO, K2Tog, K2Tog
Row 10:          S1, K7, K2TBL
Row 11:          S1, K2, YO, SK2P, YO, K2, K2Tog
Row 12:          S1, K7, K2TBL
Row 13:          S1, K7, K2Tog
Row 14:          S1, K7, K2TBL
Row 15:          S1, K7, K2Tog
Row 16:          S1, K7, K2TBL

Cuff:  You should now have 32 stitches on your needles -
9 stitches at heel
9 stitches at instep
7 stitches on left side
7 stitches on right side

You can even up your dpn’s now by making sure there are 8 stitches on each – this makes it easier to keep track of the rib.  Mark the beginning of the round.

NB:  As there will be a hole left in your knitting when you join in the round to begin the cuff, I knit the first round, before joining I picked up a loop and K2TBL to stop the hole appearing.  This isn’t totally foolproof, so if you have any ideas, please let me know! 

Knit 3 rows
Eyelet row for ribbon:  K2Tog, YO, repeat to end
Knit 3 rows

Begin ribbing with knit 2, purl 2 rib and continue for 2.5inches or whatever your preference is (the cuff will be folded over)

Frill Cast Off:  Cast on 2 stitches by inserting the RHN into the first stitch, knitting a stitch and putting the loop back on the LHN (twice), cast off 3 stitches, repeat to end.

Sew in cast on and cast off threads and add your ribbon of choice, et voilá, No Sew Bootie-full booties!

The 4ply booties didn’t need blocking and are ready to wing their way to their new owner but I did block the lace weight ones.  I washed and soaked them in the sink with a wool detergent, blotted them thoroughly with a towel and used a cotton handkerchief folded into a rectangle to fit the ‘foot’ of the bootie.  The cuff I left alone, as I didn’t want to disturb the stretchiness of the ribbing.  The dried in a few hours and then kept their shape when I took the hanky out.  When I post them to their new owner, I will stuff them with pretty tissue.

K – Knit
P – Purl
M1 – Make one; pick up a loop between two stitches, lift onto left hand needle and knit through back loop
K2Tog – Knit 2 together
K2TBL – Knit 2 together through back loops
S1 – Slip 1
SK2P – Slip one, knit 2 together and pass slipped stitch over
RHN – Right hand needle
LHN - Left hand needle

Any questions, just shout!

Keep knitting!


  1. Oh, my! Just in time for me to go and knit a pair.

  2. Thank you so very much for this pattern. I knit layettes for charity and these will be perfect in the same yarn as the blanket and sweaters I make.