Monday, April 14, 2008
Mystery Booties Completed
It took patience to figure out the confusing instructions, but I managed to complete a bootie. This was a very interesting knit, especially the way the sole is constructed with k2tog's to fasten the sole to the body of the bootie. I will retype the instructions with explanatory notes. I made the ties on my Magicord machine.
Ridge pattern: (K1 row, P1 row, K1 row)
With size 1 needles, cast on 51 sts. Work Ridge pattern for 8 repeats.
K 1 row
Next row: P 1 st *YO, P 2 tog. Repeat from * across row.
K 1 row
K 18 sts and put on a holder, K next 15 sts, place last 18 sts on holder.
On the 15 sts, P 1 row, K 1 row. Then work Ridge pattern until 9 ridges completed (counting front and back ridges).
K 2 tog, K to last 2 sts, K 2 tog. 13 sts are left.
P 1 row
K 2 tog, K to last 2 sts, K 2 tog. 11 sts are left.
Pick up 16 sts along the side, K the 18 sts, purl back, pick up sts along the other side (I used a crochet hook and picked up the sts from left to right with the right side facing me), then P the other 18 sts.
K 1 row
Repeat the ridge pattern 3 time more. You should have 79 sts.
K across 45 sts.
Turn, Slip 1, K 11
Turn, Slip 1, K 12
Turn, Slip 1, K 13
Turn, Slip 1, K 14
Turn, Slip 1, K 13, K 2 tog
Repeat the last row until there are 18 sts left on each side.
Turn, Slip 1, K 12, K 3 tog
Turn, Slip 1, K 11, K 3 tog
Turn, Slip 1, K 11 K 2 tog
Repeat the last row until 10 sts left on each side.
Turn, Slip 1, K 10, K 3 tog
Turn, Slip 1, K 9, K 3 tog.
Turn, Slip 1, K 9 K 2 tog
Repeat the last row until 5 sts left on each side.
Seam up the back of the bootie and graft the 5 sts that were left on each side to the 10 (I had 11) sts left in the center back of the sole.
That's how I ended up knitting it anyway. It went much faster than I expected but was complicated enough to be interesting.