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Baby booties

Posted by: krista (IP Logged)
Date: October 16, 2009 12:15PM

I'm attempting to knit my first pair of baby booties, but I'm having trouble understanding the pattern.

I've got the toe cap, but I can't figure out how to transition into the sides. Here's where I'm at:

Toe Cap:
Cast on 9 sts.
Work 12 rows even in seed st pat.
Cut yarn.

Cas on 16 sts.
With RS facing, pick up and knit 8 sts even spaced along right side of toe cap piece, work in seed st across 9 sts of toe top, pick up and knit 8 sts evenly spaced along left side of toe cap piece, cast on 16 sts.

So, pretty much everything after I cut the yarn doesn't make sense. Can someone please explain how I'm picking these 8 sts up???


Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: October 16, 2009 12:59PM

Your toe cap is a rectangle and this rectangle has a right edge, a left edge, a top (where you worked your last stitches) and a bottom (where you cast on.)

Your instructions are telling you after you cast on 16 stitches, you will be picking up 8 stitches along the right edge of your toe cap. You can find some video demonstrations at www.knittinghelp.com

What I would do is insert my needle tip through a loop of an edge stitch, wrap my working yarn around the needle tip and pull this loop through. This loop will be stitch number 17 on the needle (remember the 16 you cast on) and will be the first of 8 stitch I need to pick-up. Knitting is rather forgiving so as long as I pick up 4 stitches before I get to the middle of this right edge and 4 stitches after the middle, I consider it fairly evenly spaced out.

I would now be at the point where I have live stitches from my toe cap. Hopefully the needle tip of the needle holding these stitches is in position for me to knit off these 9 stitches. If not, get a 3 needle and slide these stitches on to a third needle so you can work them off with the needle holding those recently picked up stitches. After working these 9 stitches, you go down the left edge of the rectangle picking up 8 more stitches.

Posted by: krista (IP Logged)
Date: October 16, 2009 01:10PM

Thank you so much! I think I should be able to figure it out now. :)

Posted by: krista (IP Logged)
Date: October 16, 2009 08:23PM

Ok - I'm feeling kind of dumb now, but I'm still not getting it. I feel like I should know how to figure this out, but I'm not being able to for some reason.

Why do I cut the yarn when I finish the toe cap? If I cut it and then cast on 16 stitches with a new strand of yarn, what do I make the new picked up stitches with? I feel like I shouldn't cut the yarn. My logic is telling me to pick up the 8 when I finish the last row, cast on 16, and continue from there. But I don't know if that would mess the pattern up or not.

I hope all that made sense. :)

Posted by: craftsman (IP Logged)
Date: October 17, 2009 10:12AM

The toe is a rectangle, and the last row you knitted is the top so that yarn is at the upper left corner. When you begin to pick up stitches, you will begin at the bottom right corner so you will need to use a different strand of yarn - the other one is not in the right position, so you cut it.

This matters because the 16 sts you cast on will take the place of the bottom stitches (the only side of the rectangle you don't either pick up sts or work sts), in order for everything to come out on the correct sides of the rectangle.