cupid the pattern!

cu•pid

(’kyoo-pid). noun [usu. as object]

is a quick little project, resulting in a pair of baby booties featuring fun fun fun pom poms. Cupid is knit on dpns in two pieces.  The front flap is knit on its side and sewn on.  pattern below . . .  happy valentine’s day to all!

nota bene: we typed up this pattern real quick to make it in time for valentine’s day.  if you do find errors, please scribble us a note so that we can amend it accordingly.

materials

  • Clever Camel by Jones & Vandermeer (100% camel; 50g/110yds per skein).   The boot, shown in Snowden Grey, utilises about 20g.  The pom poms, shown in Poppy, utilize about 10g.
  • 1-2” pom pom maker (we used a heart shaped one — though with cupid doing a little jig with his feet, it was rather hard to capture the heart shape on film),  stitch marker, darning needle, and crochet hook used to weave in ends

size   foot length 3.75-4.25”; roughly 0-9 months.  Our baby model is 5 months old with a foot length of 4”.

gauge  20 sts and 26 rows = 4” in stockinette

pattern notes  the sole is knit flat. Stitches are then picked up along the sole to form the heel of the bootie.  The ribbing at the top of the bootie is knit in the round.  The front flap of the bootie is knit flat, sideways.

certain abbreviations

CC: contrast colour (Poppy)
K1f&b: make 1 increase by knitting into the front and back of the same st.
K2tog: knit 2 sts together
MC: main colour (Snowden Grey)
P2tog: purl 2 sts together
SSK: slip first st knitwise, slip next st purlwise. Insert left hand needle into the front of the slipped stitches and knit together.
WRAP & TURN: with yarn in front, slip the next st from the left-hand needle to the right-hand needle. Move the yarn to the back, slip the st back to the left hand needle, and move yarn back to the front again.  Turn the work to the opposite side.

the pattern!

the left & right feet are the same, and the pattern would be repeated again to form a pair of booties.

sole
With MC, CO 18 sts, using long-tail method.  This section is knit flat.

Row 1 (RS): K all
Row 2 (WS): K all
Rows 3-4 : K all
Row 5: K1f&b, K to last st, then K1f&B [20 sts]
Rows 6-8: K all
Rows 9-10: K1f&b, K to last st, then K1f&B [22 sts]
Row 11: SSK, K to last 2 sts, then K2tog [20 sts]
Rows 12-14: K all
Row 15: SSK, K to last 2 sts, then K2tog [18 sts]
Rows 16-18: K all

BO all sts.

heel

Pick-up 29 sts as shown in the diagram above.

Row 1 (RS): K all
Row 2 (WS): P all
Rows 3-6: continue knitting in stockinette, i.e. rep rows 1-2 above twice

Now, divide sts evenly across 3 DPNs to begin knitting in the round.

Round 7: *P1, K1*, rep from * to * until last st, then P1.   [29 sts]
Round 8: Slip the last st from the just completed Round 7, and P2tog with the 1st st of Round 8.  Place marker just before P2tog to mark the beginning / end of a round.   For the remaining 27 sts, *K1, P1*, rep from * to * until the last st, then K1.  [28 sts]
Rounds 9-16: *P1, K1*, rep from * to * until end.

BO all sts.

At this point your piece should look like the photo below:

front flap

CO 11 sts, using long-tail method. This section is knit flat.

Row 1 (RS): K all
Row 2 and all even rows except Row 10 (WS): K1, P to end
Row 3: K1f&b, K to end [12 sts]
Row 5: K1f&b, K to last st, K1f&b [14 sts]
Row 7: K1f&b, K to end [15 sts]
Row 9: K1f&b, K to last st, K1f&b [17 sts]

Short rows begin
Row 10: K1, P6 WRAP&TURN
Row 11: K all
Row 12: K1, P6 WRAP & Turn
Row 13: K all
Row 14: K1, P to end* (*when you get to 7th st that has the 2 wraps around it,  you should insert your needle into both the 7th sts and the 2 wraps and knit all three together into 1 st).
Short rows end

Row 15: SSK, K to last 2 sts, K2tog [15 sts]
Row 17: SSK, K to end [14 sts]
Row 19: SSK, K to last 2 sts, K2tog [12 sts]
Row 21: SSK, K to end [11 sts]
Row 22: rep Row 2

BO all sts.  Break yarn leaving a 2 feet tail.

finishing!

Sew the sides of the front flap to the open front of the bootie, so that the seam is on the inside.  The top part of the front flap should be sewn to the outside of the bootie, so that the seam is on the outside.  See photo below:

Weave in all ends. Handwash gently in room temperature water.  Arrange the booties like the photo below to dry.


While waiting for the boots to dry, make two 1.5 – 2” pom poms out of CC yarn (Poppy), using a pom pom maker and following the manufacturer’s instructions.   Attach to the front of the booties as shown in the finished sample.

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