Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Is the Jester in the house?

It always amazes me how baby knitters do not like to do things in the round. I picked up the book 50 Baby Bootees to Knit to make something for my friend's niece/nephew-on-the-way, and most of the patterns involve making a flat piece and then stitching it up. Now, the pattern that I selected (Harlequin Bootees) is easier knit flat to deal with the two colors.

The pattern called for a dk wool, but I decided to use my favorite baby yarn that I happened to have sitting in my knitting cupboard. I followed the pattern with two exceptions. 1) I did not buy a pom-pom to put on the tip of the booties, and 2) I gathered the teal top a bit to make the boot more curved (see below). The overall effect is subtle, but I think that it enhances the playfulness of the booties.

Before (left) and after (right)

This was a fun project! I almost forgot to invert the colors when I started the second bootie. I hope my pal enjoys them!