Knit by Bit: Teeny weeny Mary Janes
Teeny weeny baby shoes are a joy to knit, and super quick too! Invest in some delicious yarn and make them super soft and warm to keep tiny toes warm!
There is no better incentive to knit than the birth of a baby! Tiny projects are great fun and a good excuse to test out new yarn or new techniques before you invest in them for bigger projects! Baby shoes (bootees, booties, shoes) are so pretty, and the construction of them is very clever indeed. Some are knitted flat, and some in the round, they’re speedy to make, and a sweet gift for a new baby!
There are patterns all over the place for Mary Janes, some more complex than others – but I have used a general garter stitch pattern that can be embellished to the heavens! Dress them up fairy style, football style or strictly plain – whatever you do they’ll be divine!
I used a ball of GGH Cashmana (my new Knit Crush!) which, apart from being fabulous value for a merino wool and cashmere blend, is deliciously soft and warm, perfect for baby’s new toes! There are 12 shades to choose from, I’ve used Hellgrau (03) but Dunkelrot (57) would make joyously Christmassy presents! It comes in 25g balls containing 93m of yarn, more than enough for a pair of these 0-3 month sized Mary Janes – that’s a pair of gorgeously unique little baby shoes that would cost a lot more to buy in a shop!
A word about embellishment: although these are the perfect vehicle for fabulous embellishment, please do remember that whatever you stitch, sew, crochet or knit to decorate these shoes needs to be baby friendly and not a choking hazard.
You will need:
1 ball GGH Cashmana
A stitch holder and a tapestry needle
A tiny button and embellishments of your choice!
- K- knit (garter stitch)
- K2tog – knit two together
- SSK – slip, slip, knit
- Kfb – knit into the front and back of the stitch (I have used kfb to increase, but you can use M1 if you prefer)
- CO – cast off
- YO – yarn over
For both bootees, work up to row 20:
Cast on 31 stitches.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Kfb, k13, kfb into the next two stitches and then k13, kfb, k1 (35)
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: K1, kfb, k13, kfb, k2, kfb, k13, kfb, k2 (39)
Row 5: Knit
Row 6: K2, kfb, k13, kfb, k4, kfb, k13, kfb, k3 (43)
Row 7: Knit
Row 8: K3, kfb, k13, kfb, k6, kfb, k13, kfb, k4 (47)
Row 9 – 17: Knit
Row 18: k15, ssk x4 , k1, k2tog x4, k15 (39)
Row 19: Knit
Row 20: K9, CO 21 stitches, k9 (inc. the stitch already on the needle) and place the first set of 9 stitches on to a stitch holder.
For the LEFT bootee:
Row 21-23: K all 9 stitches that are left on the needle.
Row 24: CO all 9 stitches.
Rejoin yarn at the CO 21 point, and cast on 12 more stitches.
Row 21: Knit
Row 22: Create a button hole in this row – k18, k2tog, y1, k1 (21)
Row 23: Knit
Row 24: CO all 9 stitches.
For the RIGHT Bootee:
Work up to Row 20, as for left shoe, and then:
Row 21: K9 and turn work and cast on 12 stitches (21)
Row 22: Knit
Row 23: Create the button hole at the end of this row – K18, k2g, yo, k1 (21)
Row 24: Knit
Row 25: CO all stitches.
Rejoin the yarn where you broke off when you put the nine stitches on the stitch holder.
Row 21-23: Knit
Row 24: CO all stitches.
With extra yarn and your tapestry needle, sew together the underneath seams of the shoes along the sole, from the toe right up to the back of the heel. Attach a small button and sew in ends. Embellish with baby-friendly décor!
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Last updated: January 12th, 2016.