These booties knitted in the round, with only two ends to weave in are to match the ever popular 5 Hour Baby Sweater.
Pattern edited to clarify instep rows (8/15/11).
Worsted weight yarn less than 1.5 ounces US size 6 (4.25 mm) or US size 8 (5.0 mm) knitting needles US size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
Foot sizes 4 and 4.5 inches.
1. Read instructions all the way through before beginning. 2. Use your preferred type of needles for working small circumference projects. I used Clover Takumi Bamboo double points and pattern is written that way, but you can use 2 circulars or one long circular. 3. Booties measured flat with US 6 needle about 4.25 inches, with US 8 about 4.75 inches
Rib cuff, instructions for roll cuff at bottom of pattern: Cast on 24, join being careful not to twist. Either place a marker or use the tail as your marker.
Round 1-3: K1, P1 around. (24 sts)
Round 6: K2tog around. (12 sts)
Round 7: *P1, insert left needle under next horizontal loop of row below (between sts) and purl this stitch. Repeat from * around. (24 sts)
Round 10: K2tog around. (12 sts)
Round 11: *P1, insert left needle under next horizontal loop of row below (between sts) and purl this stitch. Repeat from * around. (24 sts)
Round 13 (Eyelet round): *K2, yo, K2tog. Repeat from * around. (24 sts)
At this point arrange stitches with 8 stitches on each of three needles.
Rows 4-11: Repeat rows 2 and 3. Ending with row 3.
Transition back to rounds:
Round 15: This is half a round to bring work back to the marker. Pick up and knit 8 stitches on left edge of instep. Then knit 8. You should be at the marker. (32 sts on needles)
Round 16: Knit 8. Pick up and knit 8 from right side of instep. Knit around to marker. (40 sts)
Rounds 17-22: K. (40 sts)
Round 23: Ssk, k16, k2tog, ssk, k16, k2tog. (36 sts)
Round 25: Ssk, k14, k2tog, ssk, k14, k2tog. (32 sts)
Round 27: Ssk, k12, k2tog, ssk, k12, k2tog. (28 sts)
Arrange stitches 14 on each of two needles.
Turn bootie inside out by pulling cuff up through the opening formed by the stitches on the needles.
Finish with 3 needle bind off.
Ch 60. Cut 4 pieces of yarn about 8 inches long. Using your tapestry needle pull 2 of the yarn pieces through the last chain and tie the tail and the pieces in an overhand knot. Repeat in first chain. Weave the drawstrings in and out the eyelet round, trim the tails about an inch long and tie in a bow.
Knit 8 rounds. Continue, starting with round 6.