Sunday, March 20, 2011

Peppermint Booties, Free Knitting Pattern

Peppermint Booties

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3–6 (6–9, 9–12) months

Instructions are given for smallest size, with larger sizes in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to all sizes.

Finished Measurement

Sole measures 3 (3 1/2, 4 1/2) inches


  • Light weight Bernat Softee Baby yarn (5 oz/455 yds per skein): 1 skein each white #02000 (A), prettiest pink #30205 (B) and mint #02004 (C)
  • Size 4 (3.5mm) knitting needles
  • Size 6 (4.25mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Tapestry needle


22 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches/10cm in St st with larger needles
To save time, take time to check gauge.



With smaller needles and C, cast on 30 (30, 32) sts.

Change to B, and work in K1, P1 Rib for approx 1 1/2 inches, ending with a WS row.

Change to larger needles and A.

Next row (RS): Knit across.

Next row: Purl across.

Shape Instep

Next row (RS): Knit across.

Next row: P21 (21, 22), turn, leaving rem sts unworked.

Next row: K12, turn, leaving rem sts unworked.

Work in St st on these 12 sts for 9 (11, 13) rows.

Next row (RS): K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (10 sts)

Next row: Purl across.

Rep last two rows. (8 sts)

Cut yarn.

With WS facing, join A to 9 (9, 10) sts on LH needle and purl across.

Next row (RS): K9 (9, 10), pick up and knit 10 (12, 13) sts evenly spaced across right side of instep, knit across 8 sts, pick up and knit 10 (12, 13) sts evenly spaced across left side of instep, knit across rem 9 (9, 10) sts. (46, 50, 54 sts)

Next row (WS): Change to C, knit across.

Next row (RS): K3B, *k1C, k3B; rep from * to last 3 sts, k1C, k2B.

Next row: P2B, *p1C, p3B; rep from * across.

[Rep last 2 rows] 1 (2, 2) times.

Cut B.

Shape Foot

Row 1 (RS): With C, K1, skp, k15 (17, 19), skp, k6, k2tog, k15 (17, 19), k2tog, k1. (42, 46, 50 sts)

Row 2: Knit across.

Row 3: K1, skp, k14 (16, 18), skp, k4 k2tog, k14 (16, 18), k2tog, k1. (38, 42, 46 sts)

Row 4: Knit across.

Row 5: K1, skp, k13 (15, 17), skp, k2, k2tog, k13 (15, 17), k2tog, k1. (34, 38, 42 sts)

Row 6: Knit across.

Row 7: K1, skp, k12 (14, 16), skp, k2tog, k12 (14, 16), k2tog, k1. (30, 34, 38 sts)

Bind off.


Sew foot and back seam.

With 1 strand each of B and C, make one 1-inch pompom for each bootie. Referring to photo, sew to front of bootie.

Copyright © 2006 A Dozen Darling Baby Booties, American School of Needlework. All rights reserved.

If these aren't the cutest thing, I don't know what is. The color alone is so spring, but they are so fun too. The pattern is straight forward and doesn't seem to be something that would take forever. I think it is a great baby knitting pattern to add to your stash.

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