November 3, 2009

Little Elf Christmas Booties ~ A Free Knitting Pattern

Little Elf by Fabricoleur
Little Elf, a photo by Fabricoleur on Flickr.
Early November seems like just the right time to start your holiday knitting, doesn't it? Make these sweet booties for your favorite little elf to wear all throughout the season. No matter how late you start, you'll have them finished before Santa manages to squeeze himself down the chimney! I love receiving feedback on my patterns, so if you make it, please let me know how it goes! 

Level
Easy – knitting skills include changing colors and simple shaping, but a little beginner's crochet is involved--don't say I didn't warn you.

Time Commitment - I call this a 1-movie project...larger sizes might want to let the end credits roll.

Size
0-6 months (6-12 months, 1-3 years)

Finished Foot Length
3.5" (4", 5")

Yarn
Patons Classic Wool (100% wool); 223 yards [205 meters] 100 grams): Colors A and B shown here in #00230 Bright Red (Color A) and #00240 Leaf Green (Color B): 1 ball each for all sizes.
Small amount trim yarn (Color C), shown here in Bernat Soft Bouclé #06703 Natural.

Needles/Hooks
Needle Size US 8 (5 mm): straight
Crochet hook size US H (5 mm) or whatever your Color C label recommends if using a different yarn

Notions
Yarn needle

Gauge
18 sts and 33 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Garter Stitch

Abbreviations
CO – Cast on
Sts – Stitches
Rep – Repeat
K – Knit
K2tog – Knit 2 together
BO – Bind off
SC - Single crochet
CH - Chain

Stripe Pattern
Rows 1-2: With Color A, k 2 rows (1 garter ridge).
Rows 3-4: With Color B, k 2 rows (1 garter ridge).

Bootie Pattern: Make 2
Using Color A, CO 32 (36, 40) sts.
Knit 1 (1, 2) row(s).
Work 2 (2, 3) repeats of Stripe Pattern.

Shape Foot
Row 1 (RS): Using Color A, k 14 (16, 18), k2tog twice, k to end...30 (34, 38) sts.
Row 2 (WS) and all even rows 4-12: K across.
Row 3: Using Color B, k 13 (15, 17), k2tog twice, k to end...28 (32, 36) sts.
Row 5: Using Color A, k 12 (14, 16), k2tog twice, k to end...26 (30, 34) sts.
Row 7: Using Color B, k 11 (13, 15), k2tog twice, k to end...24 (28, 32) sts.
Row 9: Using Color A, k 10 (12, 14), k2tog twice, k to end...22 (26, 30) sts.
Row 11: Using Color B, k 9 (11, 13), k2tog twice, k to end...20 (24, 28) sts.

Size 6-12 mos. ONLY
Pause here and wrap bootie over recipient's foot, if possible. Is there a large gap between the ankle/leg and the the bootie? If so, you may wish to taper the bootie a little bit more using the following decreases before working the cuff. If you like this extra bit of room, knit the following rows without shaping, then proceed to Cuff section:
Row 13: Using Color A, k 10, k2tog twice, k to end...22 sts.
Row 14: K across.
Rows 15-16: Using Color B, K 2 rows.

Size 1-3 yrs. ONLY
Pause here and wrap bootie over recipient's foot, if possible. Is there a large gap between the ankle/leg and the the bootie? If so, you may wish to taper the bootie a little bit more using the following decreases before working the cuff. If you like this extra bit of room, knit the following rows without shaping, then proceed to Cuff section:
Row 13: Using Color A, K 12, k2tog twice, k to end...26 sts.
Row 14: K across.
Row 15: Using Color B, K 11, k 2 tog twice, k to end...24 sts.

Cuff: All Sizes
Work 1 repeat of Stripe Pattern.
Using Color A, k 2 rows.

BO 18 (20, 22) sts in purl, purl 2 tog and bind off final st, leaving a 10" tail for seaming. Note: purling 2 together before binding off final stitch produces a tidy corner.

Seaming
With right sides facing each other, seam bootie from cuff to toe using tails, you may want to take care to line up garter stripes when seaming, but then again, you may not! Weave in ends. Turn bootie right side out.

Trim Your Bootie
Attach yarn color C at center back of cuff edge. Insert hook and pull up a loop. Ch 1, sc in each bound off stitch around...20 (22, 24) sc. Join last sc to first sc with a slip stitch. Note: If you end up with a few more or less sc's than recommended, don't fret-go with what makes your bootie look best! Exactitude is not critical at this stage, cuteness however is critical.
Round 2: Slip stitch in each sc around. Slip stitch to join round and fasten off. Weave in ends.

A Quick Note:
Some elves like to frolic at this time of year. If your elf is ready to walk, run or dance about the house, I suggest applying some puffy paint to the finished bootie soles to avoid slips! Puffy paint is inexpensive and available at most craft stores.

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