Happy Friday! Once again, I feel that I need to express how much I love making baby booties. I don't know if it's because I just love the challenge of making things differently or if I just love shoes in general. This week's pattern is called "Lace Top Baby Booties" that was printed in the little booklet "Quick & Easy Crochet" May/June 1991 Issue, which is the same little book where I found those "Q&E Booties". I remember when I first read this pattern after looking at the picture and I thought it was going to be easy... yeah, no. So I need to let you know this pattern was very difficult for me. Actually, this was my second attempt at making these booties. Now that I accomplished making them, I know the pattern is very well written. You can download Page 1 here and Page 2 here. Now let's see if I can explain it all to where it makes sense:
First, the yarn I chose for this project is Premier Yarns' Deborah Norville Serenity Sock Weight based on the gauge of the hook size that the pattern requires, which is a size C/2-2.75mm Hook. This yarn, however calls for a 3mm sized hook, but I honestly didn't have any problems using my yarn of choice. Yay! Good to know!
The first 2 rows of this pattern are relatively easy, which you can see in Photo 1.
Photo 2 is Rows 4-5 which create the top lace part of the booties. Row 6 is all single crochets across the top of the lace, as you can see in photo 3. Looking at photo 4, you can see Rows 1 & 2 of the "Sock Portion" of the pattern. Photo 5 is where you will create the Top of the Foot part of this pattern.
Once you've got the Tops of the Feet done, you can see in Photo 6 how it will look when you lay it flat. Now you are ready for the "Sides" of the booties which is 8 Rows of 59 single crochets across, as shown in Photo 7. Upon completion of the Sides in photo 8, you are ready to sew them together by simply folding the cuff of the bootie with the top lace edges meeting evenly. Don't forget to whip stitch the sole of the booties to each side once the back of the cuff is sewn. In photo 9, you can see that I left a small space at the bottom of the cuff to whip stitch to the sole/heel inward as much as I could. I am not recommending you do this, but it does help with the heels not being so "boxy" once they are complete, shown in photo 10. Yay for being done with these!
More power to you if you decide to take on this project! Overall, I am happy with the way they turned out, but I can't say that I would ever make these again, though. But if I chose to, I might have to question my sanity. lol. Keep in mind, just because I found this pattern most difficult, I know some of you could whip these up in no time at all!
I hope everyone has a great weekend! Thanks to everyone who has subscribed to my blog... I'm making a List for something special for each of you!
Until next time,
keep calm and croch-yay all day.
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