The knitted bootee has been around for centuries. They are still great gifts to make as well as receive. Using the following instructions for true Victorian style Infant’s bootees will make your creation unique as well as beautiful. The bootees here are pink and white. Blue, of course, could be substituted for the pink. Be creative, just as Victorian ladies were! With all the different colors available today, no two sets of knitted booties need look alike!
Directions for Infant's Knitted Silk Bootee.
Pink and white silk is used to make these pretty bootees. They are drawn up at the ankle with silk cord and tassels.
Cast on 61stitches with the white, and knit 3 rows plain; then k. 2 rows plain with the pink.
6th row — K. I, th. o., k. 3, sl. 1, n., pass sl. St. over, k. 3, o., repeat 5 times more, then k. 1.
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7th, 9th, and 11th rows — Purl.
8th and 10th rows — Like 6th row.
12th, 13th, and 14th rows — Knit plain with the white.
15th row — Purl.
16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th rows — Use pink, knit plain.
21st row — Purl.
22d row — Use white, knit plain.
23d row — Purl.
24th, 26th, 28th, and 30th rows — Like 6th —
25th, 27th, 29th, and 31st rows — Purl.
Next 5 rows use pink, and knit plain. Next row, k. 2, o.,n.,* k. 4, o., n., and repeat 8 times from *, k. 3. Next row, purl; next, k. 5 rows plain. Then purl 1 row. Now with white k. 1 row. Purl 1 row, k. 1 row, purl 1I row, k. 1 row, purl 1 row.
Next with pink k. 38 stitches, turn and k. back 15 st., then k. 4 times more across the 15 st. (making 3 ribs). Now with white k. 1 row, purl 1 row, k. 1 row, purl 1 row. Now with pink k. 6 rows plain. Now with white work like the last stripe of white. Now another pink stripe like the former.
Then with white the same as before, except that you narrow once at each side in last row. Now make another pink stripe.
Then a white stripe same as before, except that you narrow at each side in all the plain or knit rows. Now with pink, pick up all the stitches along right side of instep; knit the stitches across the toe; pick up the stitches along the left side and knit the remaining stitches on the left needle.
Knit plain until there are 6 ribs, then in next row narrow at each end (the heel) and 3 times at the toe, thus: Once in the middle and once at each side, leaving 5 stitches between. Narrow in same way after 8th, l0th, and 11th ribs. After the 12th rib, bind off. Sew up the sock at the back and across the bottom.
Ankle Draw String for Knitted Bootee
Make a white silk cord by crocheting with the silk doubled a chain about one half yard long, and attach a little round silk ball to each end, after the cord has been drawn through the little holes around the ankle. Silk balls are made thus: Wind silk around two of your fingers about 65 times and fasten by tying firmly through the middle of all tightly. After removing from fingers clip with sharp shears
The following materials for these beautiful knitted bootees were suggested in 1899 to Knitters: One ½ ounce spool each Corticelli Crochet and Knitting Silk, Pink 572.5, White 1191, or Brainerd & Armstrong Crochet and Knitting Silk, 1 ball each Pink and White; two No. 14 Steel Knitting Needles.
To make today: Substitutions for the Corticelli and B&A Crochet and Knitting Silks can be found in most craft or fabric stores. Although pink and white and blue and white are the most often used colors, you're choices today are almost endless.
Tidbit: Did you know that during Victorian era and earlier, pink was used for boys and blue for girls? Surprising, isn't it?