Babys Bootikin

Weldon's, Volume 20, Sixty-third Series, 1905, page 8

Original specifies VA ounces of Andalusian wool (1 ounce white and Yz ounce blue); four steel #16 (U.S. 0000; 1.25 mm) needles.

Baby's Bootikin is designed for an infant. I have worked the pattern as it was written, including the order in which the gussets are picked up. The first needle is the left side of the heel flap; what we normally designate as the first needle holds the stitches for the right side of the heel and in this case, is the second needle. The instep stitches are on the third needle. I have changed the toe ending from a simple bound-off and sewn seam to a gathered tip, which is tidy and reduces bulk at the toe. This bootikin has a Dutch Heel and a Flat Toe (both worked in garter stitch).

Finished Size 4" (10 em) foot circumference, 5" (12.5 cm) long from cast-on edge to top of heel flap, and 4!/2" (11.5 cm) long from back of heel to tip of toe. To fit U.S. infants' shoe sizes about 4 to 5.

Yam About 192 yd (175 m) each of 2 colors of fingering-weight (Super Fine #1) yarn. We used Dale of Norway Baby Ull (100% superwash wool; 192 yd [175 m]/50 g; 22 wraps per inch): #0020 natural (MC) and #5303 lavender (CC), 1 ball each.

Needles Size 00 (1.75 mm): set of 4 double-pointed. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Stitch marker (m); tapestry needle.

Gauge 8 sts and 16 rnds (8 garter ridges) = 1" (2.5 cm) in garter st worked in the rnd, before blocking.

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The stitch count varies from round to round in the shell pattern. When worked correctly, each purl stitch will line up directly above a purl stitch in the previous round.

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