I made the booties for baby Billy! Check it out:
After I finished them last night, I typed up my pattern for them. (Full disclosure: I improvised the pattern when a free pattern I found online a decade or so ago didn’t work the way I wanted. That is, they wouldn’t stay on and the stitch counts didn’t match my yarn choices or needle preferences.)
Here is that pattern (which you may use to your heart’s content, just please don’t publish it as is and sell it. Not that you would. You’re all too cool for that crap.) :
Yarn: any worsted
Needle: US size 2 (or size needed to get 5 st/inch)
Note: These booties are knit flat, then seamed along the back and bottom.
Cast on 35 stitches.
Rows 1-6: Knit all stitches.
Row 7: k1, k2tog, k10, k2tog, k5, slip 1 st, k1 stitch, PSSO, k10, k2tog, k1
Row 8: Purl all stitches.
Row 9: k11, k2tog, k5, slip 1 st, k1 stitch, PSSO, k11
Row 10: Purl all stitches.
Row 11: k10, k2tog, k5, slip 1 st, k1 stitch, PSSO, k10
Row 12: Purl all stitches.
Row 13: k9, k2tog, k5, slip 1 st, k1 stitch, PSSO, k9
Row 14: Purl all stitches.
Row 15: k8, k2tog, k5, slip 1 st, k1 stitch, PSSO, k8
Row 16: Purl all stitches.
Row 17: (k1p1) to last stitch, k1
Row 18: (p1k1) to last stitch, p1
Row 19: (k1p1) to last stitch, k1
Row 20: (p1k1) to last stitch, p1
Row 21: (k1p1) to last stitch, k1
Row 22: (p1k1) to last stitch, p1
Row 23: Knit all stitches.
Row 24: Purl all stitches.
Row 25: Cast off loosely, knitwise, leaving 9” tail.
You can fold the resulting piece into the shape of a bootie, but I recommend seaming it together while it is folded with right sides together.
Here’s how: with right sides folded together, I use the cut-off tail of yarn (threaded onto a tapestry needle) to stitch the bootie sides together at the back of the leg/heel, starting at the top of the cuff (where the yarn tail comes off the cast-off row).
I continue seaming the bottom of the bootie with that same long tail of yarn, in one long continuous seam.
Pull the needle off that tail of yarn and let it dangle for now.
Thread the tail of yarn from the original cast-on row onto the tapestry needle, then run that yarn tail along the bottom of the bootie toward the toe, running it underneath the knit fabric every couple of stitches or so. When you reach the toe end of the bottom seam, take the yarn tail off the needle.
Use a weaver’s knot (or your favorite secure knot of choice) to tie the two yarn tails together, then trim the yarn tails to be about half an inch long.
Turn the bootie rightside out and gently roll the top of the cuff so that the purl side shows and forms the top of the cuff.
Repeat for 2nd bootie!