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Our favourite tiny baby bootees
Be careful when you knit bootees keep them very small. The units do not seem to use as many pairs as they used to. Watch your pattern size. They could start school in some. The feet of Shirley’s samples measure just 2 ½" (6cm) across and they are 2" (5cm) deep when the top is turned over.

Needle size 2 ¾ mm ( 12) USA 2 4 ply yarn

Cast on 23 (29) (31) stitches and work 4.5 (5 ) ( 5.5)cm in knit 1 Purl 1 rib ending with a 1st row. Decrease One stitch at the end of the last row on the first two sizes,22 (28) (31).

Change to 3 ¼ mm needles and starting with a knit row work 2 rows in stocking stitch.

Shape Instep :- Knit 15 ( 19 ) ( 21 ) Turn

Next row :- Purl 8 (10 ) ( 11 ) Turn

Work 10 ( 12 ) ( 14 ) rows in stocking stitch on these 8 ( 10 ) ( 11 ) stitches. Break off yarn.

With right side of work facing rejoin yarn at point of right needle and pick up 7 (8 ) (8 ) stitches evenly up right hand side o f instep Knit 8 (10) (11 )sts across top, pick up and knit 7 (8 ) ( 8) sts evenly down left hand side of instep and knit across rem 7 (9) (10) sts 36 (44) (47 ) sts Work 9 (11 ) ( 13 ) rows in garter stitch(every row knit )

Shape Foot:-

1st row Knit 1 Knit 2 together Knit 10 (13) (14 ) knit 2 together through back loop Knit 6 (8) (9) knit 2 together knit 10 (13 ) (14 ) knit 2 together through back loop 32 (40 ) (43) sts

2nd row Knit

3rd row Knit 1 Knit 2 together knit 9 (12) (13 ) knit 2 together through back loop Knit 4 (6)(7) knit 2 together knit 9 (12) (13 ) knit 2 together through back loop knit 1 28 (36)(39) sts

4th row Knit

Cast off

To make up Join under foot and back seam reversing seam for turn back.

These little bootees do not need ribbons.

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