9 January 2012
Time: Several hours per bootie.
Cost: $0 — long-leftover yarn, this.
Speaking as someone who has knit her fair share of socks, I found these booties to be a surprisingly amusing change of pace. I don’t know if booties are a terribly useful baby item — I guess I’ll find out sooner or later — but they sure are fun to knit, and a fine way to use up spare scraps of sock yarn.
I initially started, and shortly abandoned, another baby-sock pattern that struck me as unnecessarily complicated. By comparison, I really like how these booties are engineered — you knit a rectangle for the sole, pick up stitches around it and knit upward for the foot, short-row the top of the foot, and then work the cuff.
Also, the ultrasound hasn’t revealed a tripedal baby: I made three of these because I’m told that baby socks always get lost, so why not have a spare in reserve?
And, like I said: they sure are fun to make.