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May 17, 2019

Learn to Make Colorful Loom Knit Baby Booties

By Kristen Mangus

Fold over baby booties with a twist! These simple baby booties are a classic foldover design with an added pop of color and texture.  The Half Latvian Braid gives them a decorative rope trim that stands out against the garter stitch background.

Hey, needle knitters! You can keep your baby’s toes cozy too because I’ve got a needle knit version of the pattern just for you.

Needle Knit Two-Color Baby Booties

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Two-Color Loom Knit Baby Booties Pattern

A downloadable PDF of this pattern is available on Ravelry.com.

MATERIALS

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Contrast A Red Heart Chic Sheep (100g / 3.5oz, 170 m / 186 yards) Lace [white]; 35 yards
Contrast B Red Heart Chic Sheep (100g / 3.5oz, 170 m / 186 yards) VIP [blue]; 8-10 yards

3/8” Small gauge (SG) loom with at least 56 pegs.  KB Looms Baby-Knit Looms “Baby Round Loom Set” used in sample.

Tapestry needle

ABBREVIATIONS

K = Uwrap knit
K2tog = knit 2 together
P = Purl
Rep = Repeat
St(s)= Stitch(es)

GAUGE

4.5 sts x 11 rows in 1” (2.5 cm) in garter stitch

SKILL LEVEL

Easy+

MEASUREMENTS

0-3 month(s) – 1.75” x 2.25” long  (4.4 x 5.7 cm)
3-6 months – 2” x 3.25” long  (5 x 8.3 cm)
6-12 months – 2.125” x 4.25” long  (5.4 x 10.8 cm)

colorful loom knit baby booties size comparison

NOTES

Two Color Long Tail Cast On

Leaving a 6” tail in contrast B and an 18” tail in contrast A, tie a slip knot with both strands held together. Place slip knot on peg before Peg 1 (This will not be included as part of your cast on and will be removed later.)

*With B Ewrap next peg, with A Uwrap and knit over same peg. Repeat from * until all stitches are cast on.

Half Latvian Braid:  This two-color technique is similar to Fair Isle knitting and creates a twisted rope of color on the right side of your fabric.  It involves alternating two colors while twisting the strands between each stitch. It’s a simple technique that has a striking look.  You need to be sure to always pick up the new color from under the color you just used.  This will twist your two working strands as you purl.  See my note below about using a butterfly bobbin to make this easier to manage.

To work this on the loom do as follows:

  1. With Color A P1 but before placing stitch back on peg bring working yarn B behind the peg. Place the stitch on the peg “trapping” yarn B between the stitch and the peg.
  2. Pick up working yarn B from under working yarn A.
  3. With B P1 but before placing stitch on peg bring working yarn A behind the peg.  Place the stitch on the peg trapping yarn A between the stitch and the peg.
  4. Pick up working yarn A from under working yarn B.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 to continue the braid across the row.

Using a Butterfly Bobbin:  Make a butterfly bobbin with Color B to make working the Half Latvian Braid easier since your yarn will get twisted.  You will need about 8-10 yards. See my video for making the butterfly bobbin here: https://youtu.be/ZfENMppCYiA

colorful loom knit baby booties in progress on the loom

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 28 (34, 44) stitches after your slip knot. Remove slip knot.

Row 1: With A, P to last st.
Row 2: K to end.

Half Latvian Braid (see Notes above)

Row 3: *With A P1 trapping working yarn B behind the peg. With B P1 trapping working yarn A behind the peg. Rep from * across row picking up new yarn from under last color used.

Accent color rows

Row 4: With B, K to end.
Row 5: P to end. Cut B leave tail to weave.

Switch back to Color A

Row 6: With A, K to end.
Row 7: P to end.
Rep Rows 6-7 3 (4, 5) more times.

Bottom edge of bootie

Row 8: Bind off 10 (13, 17). K18 (21, 27) sts.
Row 9: Bind off 10 (13, 17). P to end. 8  (8, 10) sts remain.

Bootie Sole

Rep 6-7  10 (16, 22) times.

Toe decrease

Row 10: K1. K2tog. K2 (2, 4). K2tog. K1.
Row 11: P6 (6, 8).

Bind off. Weave in all B tails before seaming.

Seaming Bootie:

Follow diagram to sew seams.  Seam on the outside of the bootie. Seam as follows:

  1. Place bootie piece with right side of fabric face down on your work surface.
  2. Fold one side over the top of the Footbed/Sole.
  3. Stitch Side C to Side D (blue lines in diagram) first.
  4. Align Toe A to Toe B (red lines in diagram) and stitch together.
  5. Repeat Steps 2-4 with other side of bootie. (See NOTE below.)

NOTE:  You will need to overlap each bootie differently to get a right and left bootie.

Right Bootie:  To make the right bootie seam the Left Side FIRST then overlap the Right Side and seam it.   

Left Bootie:  To make the left bootie seam the Right Side FIRST then overlap the Left Side and seam it.  

Baby Bootie Assembly Diagram

(Right side of fabric face down)

colorful loom knit baby booties assembly diagram
colorful loom knit baby booties finished booties in blue and pink

Two Color Baby Booties – Right-handed Tutorial

Don’t worry Lefties! I’ve got a special tutorial just for you!

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Kristen Mangus
About Kristen Mangus
Kristen is a multi-talented entrepreneur with a heart as big as Texas. She is the Owner, Host and Creative Director of GoodKnit Kisses. GoodKnit Kisses is a company positioned to inspire, encourage and empower people through education and design. She’s built a large and loyal on-line community of followers by sharing her personal passion for knitting and all things creative through YouTube video tutorials, Facebook live broadcasts, blogs and patterns. Her vision is to leave an inspired crafting world for future generations that continues to teach and reach others. She and her husband, John, have three amazing kids.
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    Can this be converted to adult size ?

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