Bumble boots

These hoots are lots of fun to make and wear. Worked on two needles in simple stripes and then felted, they make a great fust shaping and felting project for new knitters. Each of the colour schemes — lilac and pink for girls, and black and mustard for boys — is finished with a matching bug.

Butterfly and bumble boot

Using 5.5mm needles and yarn A, cast on 5 sts. Row 1 (RS): Knit. Row 2: Purl.

Row 5: Ki, mik, knit to last st, mik, ki (9 sts). Row 6: Purl.

Rows 7-10: Repeat rows 1-2 twice.

Row 11: Ki, mik, knit to last st, mik, ki (11 sts).

Rows 13-16: Repeat rows 1-2 twice.

Row 17: Ki, mik, knit to last st, mik, ki (13 sts).

Rows 19-30: Repeat rows 1-2 six times.

Row 31: Ki, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, ki (11 sts).

Row 35: Ki, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, ki (9 sts). Row 36: Purl.

Row 37: Ki, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, ki (7 sts). Row 38: (Pi, p2tog) twice, pi (5 sts). Cast off knitwise.

Before you start

MEASUREMENTS

To fit ages 12-24 months

YARN

DK-weight tweed-effect yarn (100% pure new wool; approx. H3m/i23yds per 50g/20z ball) in 3 colours: Butterfly boots A Pink xi ball B Lilac xi ball

C Mustard x small amount for embroidery Bumble boots A Black xi ball B Mustard xiballl C White x small amount for bug

NEEDLES

Two 5.5mm straight needles

TENSION

21 sts x 32 rows = 10cm (4in) in stocking stitch stripes using 5.5mm needles after felting (see page 59)

ABBREVIATIONS k - knit; kif8ib - knit into front and back of same stitch; mik - make 1 stitch knitwise; p - purl; pif&b - purl into front and back of same stitch; RS - right side; st(s) - stitch(es); tbl - through back of loop; tog - together; WS - wrong side

Start shaping the sole by increasing the number of stitches using mik. Lift the horizontal bar before the next stitch, place it on the left needle and knit into the back of it.

Decrease the number of stitches at the other end of the sole by knitting the first stitch in row 31, then knitting two stitches together (k2tog).

Decrease another stitch using k2tog at the end of row 31 to create symmetrical shaping. Continue decreasing in this way.

UPPER (MAKE 2)

Using 5.5mm needles and yarn A, cast on 62 sts. Rowi (RS): Knit. Row 2: Purl.

Rows 3-4: Repeat rows 1-2 once.

Without breaking off yarn A, join yarn B.

Rows 5-8: Using yarn B, repeat rows 1-4.

Continue the stripe pattern, alternating colours as set by rows 1-8 and carrying the yarns up the side of the work when not in use.

Row 11: (Ki, k2tog) twice, knit to last 6 sts, (k2tog, ki) twice (58 sts). Row 12: Purl.

Row 13: (Ki, k2tog) twice, knit to last 6 sts, (k2tog, ki) twice (54 sts).

Row 14: (Pi, p2tog) twice, purl to last 6 sts, (p2tog, pi) twice (50 sts).

Row 15: (Ki, k2tog) twice, knit to last 6 sts, (k2tog, ki) twice (46 sts).

Row 16: (Pi, p2tog) twice, purl to last 6 sts, (p2tog, pi) twice (42 sts).

Row 17: (Ki, k2tog/ twice, knit to last 6 sts, (k2tog, ki) twice (38 sts).

Row 18: Cast off 4 sts purlwise at beginning of row, then purl to end (34 sts).

Row 19: Cast off 4 sts knitwise at beginning of row, then knit to end (30 sts).

Row 20: (Pi, p2tog) twice, purl to last 6 sts, (p2tog, pi) twice

(26 sts). Place marker at each end of row 20.

Row 21: (Ki, k2tog) twice, knit to last 6 sts, (k2tog, ki) twice

Row 24: Purl. Break off yarn B. Rows 25-28: Repeat rows 1-2 twice. Cast off knitwise using yarn B.

BUTTERFLY WINGS (MAKE 4)

Using 5.5mm needles and yarn A, cast on 6 sts. Row 1: Knit.

Work 5 sts on left needle as follows.

Next row: Knit.

Cast off purlwise.

See step 4

With WS facing, rejoin yarn to remaining 6 sts and complete wing as follows.

Working on 5 sts only, complete one half of the wing, then cast off in the usual way.

Rejoin the yarn to the remaining 6 sts to complete the other half of the wing, casting off securely to finish it.

Roll up the body from cast-off to cast-on edge to create a small sausage shape, then sew together using yarn C.

Row 10: K2tog, purl to last 2 sts, k2tog tbl (5 sts). Row 11: K2tog tbl, ki, k2tog (3 sts). Cast off purlwise.

See step 5

Make two wings as instructed above, then make the remaining two wings by substituting knit for purl, and purl for knit, throughout the instructions. You will need one wing made using knit instructions and one using purl instructions for each boot.

BUTTERFLY BODY (MAKE 2)

Using 5.5mm needles and yarn C, cast on 9 sts. Beginning with a knit row, work 7 rows in stocking stitch. Cast off knitwise.

SEWING THE BUTTERFLY

Sew in any loose ends to WS on all pieces, then block and steam both pairs of wings. Roll the body into a small sausage shape and secure along the edge using yarn C. Create antennae by using yarn C to attach two small tassels to the top of the body, then sew the wings to the body.

See steps 6-9

For each tassel, cut two 15cm (6in) lengths of yarn C, fold in half and thread the centre through a yarn needle. Insert the needle through the top of the body.

Use the needle to pull the loop of yarn through the body. Remove the needle, then insert the ends of yarn through the loop and pull tight. Trim the antennae as desired.

Sew the wings to the back seam on the butterfly body using yarn A.

BEE BODY (MAKE 2)

Using 5.5mm needles and yarn A, cast on 4 sts.

Row 4: Purl. Without breaking off yarn A, join yarn B.

Row 9: Using yarn B, knit. Row 10: Purl. Break off yarn B. Row 11: Using yarn A, knit. Row 12: Purl.

Row 13: (K2tog, k2, k2tog) twice (8 sts). Row 14: (K2tog) 4 times (4 sts). Cast off knitwise.

BEE WINGS (MAKE 4)

Using 5.5mm needles and yarn C, cast on 4 sts. Row 1 (RS): Knit.

Row 8: Ki, purl to last st, ki. Row 9: K2tog tbl, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog (8 sts). Row 10: K2tog, purl to last 2 sts, k2tog tbl (6 sts). Cast off knitwise.

SEWING THE BEE

Sew in any loose ends to WS on all pieces, then block and steam both pairs of wings. With RS out, fold the body lengthways and sew most of the seam using yarn A, leaving the top unsewn. Stuff the body with a small amount of yarn A, then finish sewing the seam. Sew the wings to the body using yarn C.

FINISHING

Sew in any loose ends to WS on all pieces. Fold upper piece lengthways RS together and sew the seam using yarn A, beginning at the cast-on edge and ending at the marker (remove markers). Turn the upper piece RS out. Position the sole so that its cast-on edge is at centre back of the upper section and the top seam of the upper piece is in the centre of the cast-off edge of the sole. Sew in place on RS using blanket stitch and matching coloured yarn. To prevent the bugs from getting lost in the wash, thread a piece of scrap cotton yarn through the corners of all the pieces and tie together loosely. Felt the bugs and boots together and allow to dry thoroughly, stuffing the boots with paper to enhance their shape if necessary. Using yarns B and C, embroider chain stitch onto the wings of each butterfly.

Sew the bugs in place on the outer side of each boot.

Sew most of the seam of the bee's body, then roll up some yarn A and stuff it through the opening. Finish sewing the seam to complete the bee's body.

Position the first wing at one side of the body and sew securely in place using yarn C.

Sew the second wing to the other side of the body, making sure it is positioned symmetrically with the first wing.

To work a chain stitch, bring the yarn needle to the front, then take it to the back at the same place. Bring it to the front again farther along, up through the loop of yarn.

Take the needle over the loop of yarn and through to the back again to secure the end of the chain stitch in place.

Decorate each wing with two chain stitches in yarn B at the top and one chain stitch in yarn C at the bottom. Vary their lengths to echo the shape of the wings.

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