Making this newborn baby outfit was so much fun! The purple jersey is a ‘King Cole 2964’ pattern, the gorgeous Alfalfa hat is a free pattern by ‘Kate Gagnon Osborn from Kelbourne Woolens’, and the booties are a pattern I made up, (see below), to match the elfin style hat. They are all knitted in DK (8 ply) although Kate used aran (10ply) weight to fit a 3 month old in her hat pattern.
Elfin Baby Sock Bootie
These are knitted with about 25 gm of DK (8ply) wool on with 4 x 3.25mm double pointed needles in the round.
The size is for newborn to 3 months. (For a bigger size, use larger needles and a larger ply wool.)
Abbreviations: Yarn round needle (YRN), together (tog), stitches (sts), needle (ndl), slip (Sl), Knit (K), Purl (P), Wrap & Turn (W&T) look on-line if you want more detail. ssk (slip 2 stitches knitwise, then knit them together through their back loop)
From the top:
Cast on 32 sts, divide equally among the needles. Join, being careful not to twist and place a marker at the beginning of the round.
Knit 1 round then purl 1 round until 6 rounds are worked to form a ‘garter stitch’ border.
Knit each round until leg is the desired length from top to ankle (about 10 rounds to give a stocking stitch effect).
Eyelet row: *YRN, knit 2 tog then repeat from * to end of row.
Knit 4 rounds.
Now get ready for the foot part of the bootie by redistributing the stitches on your three needles: needle 1 (heel): 16 sts, needle 2 : 8 sts, needle 3: 8 sts.
Heel: is knitted back and forth across ndl 1.
row 1: Knit 14, turn.
row 2: Sl 1, P10, W&T.
row 3: K9, W&T.
row 4: P8, W&T.
row 5: K7, W&T.
row 6: P6, W&T.
row 7: K5, W&T.
row 8: Sl 1, P5, turn
row 9: Sl 1, K6, turn
row 10: Sl 1, P7, turn.
row 11: Sl 1, K8, turn.
Row 12: Sl 1, P9, turn.
Row 13: Sl 1, K10, turn.
Row 14: Sl 1, P11, turn.
Knit across all needles for 12 rounds or until the length of the sock (from the back of the heel) is the desired length, less a bit for toes.
Shape toe and finishing:
rnd 1: ndl 1: k1, ssk, k across to last 3 st, k2tog, k1. ndl 2: k1, ssk, k to end. ndl 3: k to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1.
Repeat round 1 until there are 8 sts remaining in all.
Slip all of the stitches on ndls 2 & 3 onto ndl 2 and knit 2 more rounds on these 8 st.
Cut wool, draw the tail through remaining stitches and pull tight. Secure end and weave in.
Knit 2 I-cords about 22 cm long to thread through eyelets. (Lots of tutorials on-line how to knit an i-cord. I used 3 stitches.)