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IMG_0872I enjoy knitting.  I like the process.  IMG_0870 I like knitting baby booties, especially now that I can do them two at a time using the Magic Loop method.  I have a pattern I worked out that I think meets the two key criteria: They’re cute, and they stay on the baby.  Especially that last criterion.  I make them like bobby socks or crew socks with a long ribbed top that folds down into a cuff.

I like to keep some knitted up just in case.  There’s a lady in the knitting group who just had a baby.  It was a little girl.   I did some for her, and she said they’re the only booties she has that will stay on the baby.  Actually only the bootie itself is knitted.  I crochet an edge on the cuff in a contrasting  color.  What a little cutie!

Here’s the pattern:

Two-at-a-Time Toe-Up Socks

Knit 2 socks at a time on one circular needle (“Magic Loop” method).

Sock Size: US 8-1/2 /UK 6, Euro 39 shoe Using bulky yarn, size 10 US (6.0 mm/UK 4)
Baby booties: fingering yarn on size 2 (2.75 mm/ UK12) needles.

Using the Turkish Cast on method, or “Judy’s Magic Cast on method,”
Cast on 10 stitches (5 stitches on each needle)
Row 1: K. Place a stitch marker to mark the top/instep side of the sock
Row 2-6: Increase by knitting front and back in the 1st and last stitch on each row. (increase from 5 to 15 on each needle, 30 stitches total.)
Row 7- N: K

(try the sock on. With foot flat on the floor, when edge of knitting on the instep touches the leg, begin turning the heel.)

Place a marker on the side where the heel will go.

Fleegle Heel
Increase stitches on the heel needle to 28 (30 minus2). After each increase row on the heel needle, knit on around to get back to that needle to do the next increase row.
Row 1: K2, inc1, k6, inc 1, K to second to last stitch, inc1, K2 (15+3 =18 stitches)
Row 2: K
Row 3: K2, inc1, k to third to last stitch, inc1, K2. (20 stitches)
Row 4: K.
Row 5: K2, inc1, k to third to last stitch, inc1, K2. (22 stitches)
Row 6: K.
Row 7: K2, inc1, k to third to last stitch, inc1, K2. (24 stitches)
Row 8: P.
Row 9: K2, inc1, k to third to last stitch, inc1, K2. (26 stitches)
Row 10: K
Row 11: K2, inc1, k to third to last stitch, inc1, K2. (28 stitches)
Row 12: K

After increase, place marker half way between the stitches (14).
Row 1: Knit to 2 sts beyond marker. Slip, slip, knit 2 slipped sts tog, k1, turn work. (27)
Row 2: Slip 1, purl to 2 sts beyond marker, purl 2 tog, P1, turn work. (26)
Row 3: Slip 1, knit to 2 sts beyond marker. Slip, slip, knit 2 slipped sts tog, k1, turn work. (25)
Row 4: Slip 1, purl to 2 sts beyond marker, purl 2 tog, P1, turn work. (24)
Row 5: Slip 1, knit to 2 sts beyond marker. Slip, slip, knit 2 slipped sts tog, k1, turn work.(23)
Row 6: Slip 1, purl to 2 sts beyond marker, purl 2 tog, P1, turn work. (22)
Row 7: Slip 1, knit to 2 sts beyond marker. Slip, slip, knit 2 slipped sts tog, k1, turn work. (21)
Row 8: Slip 1, purl to 2 sts beyond marker, purl 2 tog, P1, turn work. (20)
Row 9: Slip 1, knit to 2 sts beyond marker. Slip, slip, knit 2 slipped sts tog, k1, turn work.(19)
Row 10: Slip 1, purl to 2 sts beyond marker, purl 2 tog, P1, turn work. (18)
Row 11: Slip 1, knit to 2 sts beyond marker. Slip, slip, knit 2 slipped sts tog, k1, (17),
continue around the instep.
Row 12: Knit back around to the heel needle, K1, K2 tog (16), K to within 2 stitches of the end of the needle and knit those 2 tog. (15)

Cuff:
Continue knitting around until you want to start ribbing (K1, P1), and knit the ribbing as high as you want it.

Do Stretchy Bind Off to finish the socks.

Crochet edging:

Row 1:  sc very loosely in the top of every knitted stitch (30 sc)
Row 2:  Ch1, sc in each sc.
Row 3:  Ch 1, *sc in first sc,  skip 2 sc, 6 dc in next sc, skip 2 sc, sc in next sc.* Repeat from * four times.  Skip 2 sc, 6 dc in next sc, skip 2 sc, slip stitch in sc at the beginning of the row.  Fasten thread.

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