Since the Christine's Stay-On Baby Booties came out different colors, I decided to knit a third and see which it matched so at least I'd have a pair. When I finished the third, I looked at the remaining yarn and thought I just might be able to squeeze out a fourth - so I gave it a try.
I also received many comments about the baby booties and one reader - Ruthie - mentioned that she had difficulty with this pattern. Perhaps a pic-tutorial would help?
First step - and this is very important - use a set of 5 dpns. Magic Loop, two circs, or 4 dpns will not work well for this pattern. I'm not saying it's impossible, only that it won't work as well.
Using short rows, knit across the front 10 sts following the pattern and knitting the 10th st on the needle with the 1st stitch on the side needle. Purl across the front 10 sts following the pattern and purling the 10th sts on the needle with the 1st st on the opposite side needle. Repeat until 40 sts remain. End on a purl row.
Knit three rounds. TIP: When you knit the first round (40 sts) pick up a st in the gap between the front and the side of the bootie and k2tog to close the gap. Do the same thing on the gap when you come around to the beginning. This will close it up nicely.
Then knit the eyelet round: Knit 2, YO, K2Tog.
Take a piece of 8.5 x 11 paper and fold it into quarters so it is approximately 2.75 inches long. Roll it up and insert it into the baby bootie to help it retain its shape.
OK - now are you casting on for a pair of Christine's Stay-On Baby Booties?