Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Baby Converse Booty

Baby Converse Booty

Converse Booty Pattern

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White (w) and Purple (p)

This pattern is for the right shoe (with the Converse star on the right side)

Needles: Size 3
Yarn Used: Patons Grace (DK weight)

Cast on 31 (w)
Row 1: K31 (thread tail)
Row 2: K1, make 1, K14, make 1, K1, make 1, K14, make 1, K1 (35 stitches)
Row 3: K35
Row 4: K2, make 1, K14, make 1, K3, make 1, K14, make 1, K2 (39 stitches)
Row 5: K39
Row 6: K3, make 1, K14, make 1, K5, make 1, K14, make 1, K3 (43 stitches)
Row 7: K43
Row 8: K4, make 1, K14, make 1, K7, make 1, K14, make 1, K4 (47 stitches)


Attach purple; keep white attached
Row 9: K47 (p), carrying white 2/3 of the way across.* Thread purple tail.

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Row 10: P13 (p), P21 (w) while carrying purple across, P13 (p; continue carrying purple across the middle until row 18)
Row 11: K13 (p), K21 (w), K13 (p)
Row 12: P14 (p), P19 (w), P14 (p)
Row 13: K14 (p), K19 (w), K14 (p)
Row 14: P15 (p), P17 (w), P15 (p)
Row 15: K15 (p), K17 (w), K15 (p)
Row 16: P15 (p), P17 (w), P15 (p)

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Row 17: K15 (p), [SSK decrease] 4 times (w), K1 (w), [K2tog] 4 times (w), K15 (p) (39 stitches)
Row 18: P39 (p)
Cut white and thread.
Row 19: K13, starting with the next 2 stitches cast off 14, K12 (13 stitches on each side)

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“Star Side”
Starting with the wrong/purl side:

Row 1: P11 (p), attach white, P2 (w)
Row 2: K2 (w), SSK (p; left slant decrease), K9 (p) (12 stitches)
Row 3: P10 (p), P2 (w)
Row 4: K2, SSK (p), K8 (p) (11 stitches)
Row 5: P9 (p), P2 (w)
Row 6: K2 (w), K3 (p), K3 (w), K3 (p)
Row 7: P2 (p), P5 (w) carry p, P2 (p), P2 (w)
Row 8: K2 (w), K1 (p), K7 (w) carry p, P1 (p)
Row 9: P1 (p), P7 (w) carry p, P1 (p), P2 (w)
Row 10: K2 (w), K1 (p), K7 (w) carry p, P1 (p)
Row 11: P2 (p), P5 (w) carry p, P2 (p), P2 (w)
Row 12: K2 (w), K3 (p), K3 (w), K3 (p)
Row 13: P9 (p) carry w across, P2 (w)


Row 14: K2 (w), K9 (p)
Row 15: P9 (p), P2 (w)
Row 16: K11 (w)
Row 17: P11 (w)
Row 18: K11 (w)
Cast off purling
Cut purple, thread. Cut white, thread.

“Non-Star Side”
Starting with the wrong/purl side:

Row 1: Attach white, P2 (w), attach purple, P11 (p)
Row 2: K9 (p), K2tog (p), K2 (w) (12 stitches)
Row 3: P2 (w), P10 (p)
Row 4: K8 (p), K2tog (p), K2 (w) (11 stitches)
Row 5: P2 (w), P9 (p)
Rows 6-15: StSt (p), carrying the white across row 15
Row 16: K11 (w)
Row 17: P11 (w)
Row 18: K11 (w)
Cast off purling
Cut white, leaving a tail long enough to sew the white rows up the back.
Cut purple, leaving a tail long enough to sew the purple rows up the back.

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Cast on 6 (p), leaving a 6 inch tail
K all stitches for about 24 rows.

Row 25: K3, make 1, K3 (7 stitches)
Row 26: K3, make 1, K4 (8 stitches)
Row 27: K4, make 1, K4 (9 stitches)
Row 28: K4, make 1, K5 (10 stitches)
Attach white, cut purple
Row 29: K10 (w)
Row 30: P10 (w)
Row 31: K10 (w)
Cast off purling
Cut white and thread, thread purple

Using tail of tongue, sew the tongue to the underside of the toe of the sneaker. Keep the thread under the row 19 cast off of the sneaker. When you get the end of the bottom of the tongue, begin sewing the edge of the tongue to the edge of the sneaker, attaching it to the purple stitches just next to the white seam. Attach about ¾ of the way up.
Repeat on other side of tongue.

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Converse Star

Using a double strand of purple yarn, embroider a star onto the white circle.
Tie, cut, and thread.


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Sew up the back of the booty using the whipstitch (not invisible). You could also use a mattress stitch (invisible) if your edges are clean enough. Use white for the top 3 rows and sole, and purple for the rest.

Using a double strand of white yarn with tapestry needles on each end, lace up the booty through the white seams. Start at the edge of the Row 19 cast off and work up to just before the white rows.
Put scotch tape around the ends of the laces to secure.

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* to carry it across the row, wrap the yarn you are threading around the yarn you are knitting. Alternate the direction you wrap the yarn to keep the yarns from tangling.

For variations on this pattern, see Yankee Booties.

Babies, Babies, Everywhere

There's nothing else to do in Summer, apparently. I guess, in the Resession climate, it's the cheeper than going to the movies.
. . . I have 5 friends/colleagues whose babies are due in March/April/May of 2010.

My husband's boss, Rosa, is due with her first in March.
Kay at work is due with her first in April.
Laurie and John are due with their first in late April.
Tucker and Cassie are due with their second - Caleb Liam - in late April, early May.
Elynor and Rick are due with their first - Margaret Janine - in late May.

Better get that booty assembly line moving.

My favorite baby gifts:

Converse Booties
converse booty (3)

Mary Jane Booties
mary jane booty (5)

Basic Sweater Pattern (to which I can add a personal touch for mom and dad)
Baby Sweater (1)
The N Baby Hoodie (5)

I find these more fun than baby blankets. And they knit up pretty quickly.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Geek Craft Winner!

Congratulations to Kendra, the winner of a custom-knitted geek craft from Tough Love Knitters! Not only did she donate to the Geeks with Issues Battle Against Dysentery II: Revenge of Cholera, Kendra went above and beyond with her generosity and brought the Geeks coffee in the wee hours of the morning. She revived their spirits and AND their bodies!
Kendra has decided that she wants a "Jayne Hat" from Firefly.

I am a HUGE Firefly fan, so I am totally on board with this! A quick Ravelry search revealed that we are not the only knitting/Firefly fans out there. I think I will use this Smariek Knits pattern, only with some darker colors (more of a brick red, burnt orange, and mustard yellow)

Kendra also wants some arm warmers, so I think I'll go with something like this, with the warm colors:

I think it will be a really cute set!

Unfortunately, I won't be able to get these to her by Christmas, but now I have a great project to work on over my holiday break (yea vaca at mom's!).