FO Friday

You may or may not remember last week that I said I had been working on a gift that I didn’t want to show you until it had been given?  Well, I mailed it off and it was received, so now I can show it to you!

It’s a baby gift for my cousin and her husband, who are expecting their first child – a baby boy.

(Sorry, the lighting is crappy in this photo!)

I was looking for a pattern for baby booties to knit, and when I found this pattern I just HAD to knit them!!  Baby Chuck Taylors?  Hell yes!!  (I’m a sucker for the baby Chucks in the shoe stores, too!)

PatternBaby Chucks by Laura Helton
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted in colors White and Dark Navy
Needles: US 2
Modifications:  several. See below.

I knitted the pattern as-is for one bootie, and was unhappy with how it turned out, so I made several modifications for the final pair. First, I picked up more stitches than called for from the bottom. (I think I ended up with 64 sts.) For the toe I then did a few extra short rows in the blue section before starting the tongue. I added an eyelet row on the 5th row of the tongue (a set of two eyelets in the center of the tongue) to help with threading the laces through. I knitted the tongue a few rows longer, and ended with 2 garter stitch rows before binding off to help eliminate curl. For the top section I worked decreases on each side to taper away from the toe – I think it ended up being three decreases on each side, every other row. I also worked a couple of decrease rows on the back heel – on either side of the center 4 stitches – to draw the back heel in a bit. The rest of the top was worked as per the pattern. I ended up with 28 stitches on the top section after all the decreases.

I think the decreases helped to make the booties look more like tennis shoes.

Overall, they were a very fun knit, and I will definitely be knitting these again!

The hat was an improvised design:

Pattern: mine
Yarn: same as booties
Needles: US 5

I simply casted on 64 stitches and worked 1.5 inches in 2×2 ribbing. I then started the stripes, and worked gradually increasing stripes until the hat was about 5 inches from the cast on edge. I then did an 8 point decrease every other round until I had 8 sts left. Add a pom-pom and you’re done!

I really need to knit more baby things – they’re fast and easy and super-cute!!

Happy Knitting!  And I hope all of you here in the US have a great Memorial Day weekend!


About knitsbyheather

I'm a TKGA certified Master Knitter. I'm a knitwear designer and a knitting instructor. I'm also a stay at home and homeschooling mom of two wonderful boys. They sure keep me on my toes! When I'm not teaching or chasing around the boys, I'm knitting, designing, or reading!!
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12 Responses to FO Friday

  1. Nicky says:

    OMGoodness … those chucks are too adorable. I’ll definitely be adding this to my “to do” list … I could so see my god-son in these. Your gift is lovely!!!!

  2. Tami says:

    Wow, those Chucks are adorable! Almost every pair of shoes I own are Converse, so you can just imagine how much I love these. Too bad I don’t know anyone who’s having a baby! The hat matches awesome. That baby is going to be stylin’!

  3. Kathleen says:

    What fantastic gifts! The baby chucks are lethal levels of cute, and I really adore the hat, those bold stripes are great.

  4. Brandon Thomas says:

    Considering doing these booties for my cousin’s new baby boy. They look amazing!

  5. Claire says:

    Those booties are really adorable!

  6. Affiknitty says:

    The set came out so well. The booties look so much like the real shoes!

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