I’ve searched for baby booties (google and youtube) and I found booties but for small children – not really for babies. Or they are very complicated with cuffs, and decreasing stitches and this or that.
So, I tried doing one on a round loom, and it was too big. I decided that I would knit a square and then sew the heel and top of the foot.
Here is what I have so far;
I worked on the Martha Stewart straight loom, 12 small pegs in every hole. I knitted a square, 3 1/4 inches by 3 1/4 inches. I sewed the heel, gathered the toe and then sewed the top of the foot. The opening for the foot to go in is just shy of 2 inches. I was winging the whole pattern because I couldn’t find one for an actual baby. Even this looks to be a bit bigger that what would fit a new born (how big are newborns feet anyway?). I might try a 3×3 square and see what it gives me. Interestingly, the toe is in a garter stitch (total accident). When I first measured the length, I had 3 inches, so I started the bind off using the gathering technique. I flattened the piece to measure it and I realized that for the width (3 1/4 “), the length was too short. So I put the square back on the loom, but had put it back on with the wrong side facing me, so when I resumed knitting, the “knit” stitches were on the other side, creating what looks like a ballerina slipper “toe”. I might weave some pink yarn or ribbon on this pair and make it a girls slipper.
I am quite pleased that I attempted to do this without a pattern, and I realise that knitting a square might seem like a brainless thing to do, but for me – knitting represents freedom, letting go and progress.