Knit Cowgirl Booties

It’s been awhile.  I’ve been on vacation, which means a) I don’t spend a lot of time online, and b) I am knitting.  But now I’m back and I’ve made a pattern I loooooove:

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Are these not adorable?

A friend of mine is having a baby girl, and a baby girl born in Wyoming only deserves baby cowgirl booties.  These booties were inspired by baby uggs with a few changes. 

I knit these on size three needles with stash yarn.  The soles are made from Caron Simply Soft, and the light brown and light pink are some sort of baby yarn I found in my drawer.  I used a single strand of simply soft and double strands of the smaller yarn.  I didn’t make a gauge, but I would venture to guess these fit a 3-month old or so.  I have no touchstone for this though because I have no babies.  It’s a total guess.  The original pattern can be found here.

If you’ve never knit booties before, don’t worry–they’re easy and I took photos so you can see along the way if you’re doing it right.

Abbreviations:

k: knit

m1: make one (however you wish–I cast on one)

bo: bind off

ssk: slip, slip, knit

k2tog: knit two together

skp: slip one stitch, knit one, pass slipped stitch over

First, with your sole color, cast on 26 stitches and knit one row.  

R 1 (right side): k1, m1, k11, (k1, m1) twice, k11, m1, k1

R 2-10 (wrong sides): k

R 3: k2, m1, k11, m1, k2, m1, k3, m1, k11, m1, k2

R 5: k3, m1, k11, (k4, m1) twice, k11, m1, k3

R 7: k4, m1, k11, m1, k5, k1, k6, m1, k11, m1, k4

R 9: k5, m1, k11, (m1, k7) twice, k11, m1, k5

So far, you’ll have something like this (hopefully less blurry–if it’s this blurry, put some glasses on):

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Then switch to your second color (light brown on my boots) and knit 8 rows in stockinette stitch (k on right side, p on wrong side).  Then you are going to make the toe as follows:

Row 1: k 29, SKP, turn.
Row 2: sl 1, p 7, p 2 tog, turn.
Row 3: sl 1, k7, SKP, turn.
Rows 4 –13: repeat rows 2 and 3 five times.
Row 14: repeat row 2.
Row 15: sl 1, k7, SKP, knit to the end of the row.
Row 16: p 21, p 2 tog, purl to the end of the row (35 stitches).

I love this pattern because you don’t have to wrap and turn.  That is something I hate because I can’t do it. 

Anywho, your bootie should look like this now:

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Then, switch you your upper color and knit 14 rows in stockinette stitch.  Then, shape the upper detail:

R 1: k2, ssk, k5, k2tog, k13, ssk, k5, k2tog, k2

R 2: k3, ssk, k3, k2tog, k16, ssk, k3, k2tog, k3

R 3: Loosely BO4, k3, turn, p4, BO 16, k3, turn, p4, BO to end (this last line is a bit sketchy–I sort of forgot to count the stitches in the row–basically, BO to the decreases, knit those, turn and purl, BO to the next decrease set, do the same thing, and BO to the end)

Sew up the seams with a mattress stitch.  Take a small-ish crochet hook and with your toe color single crochet once around the top.  Your boot will look like this:

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Almost done!

If you wish, turn the boot so the toe is facing you and duplicate stitch with the pink a little way down in a sort of inverse pyramid.  I did this, but you really can’t tell.  It’s pretty cowgirly now, but we can still add a little bling.  I found a bit of sparkly yarn in my stash and decided to add a bit of detail.  I embroidered a little star on the outside edge of each boot and then I crocheted a small toe detail (ch5, 1sc in each st, ch1, turn, 1sc in each st, finish off) and sewed it to the toe:

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You have a lot of freedom here with the detail.  You could embroider some scroll things, you could duplicate stitch a line running down the side–look at cowboy boots online and draw your inspiration from there. 

Hopefully the babies you make these for will enjoy them as much as you enjoyed making them!

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