An old friend of mine asked me to design a pair of winter booties for her preemie son who is now just 7 lbs. It took me three time to get it right but I finely got it using size 2 US needles and good quality felting wool. These are great for little preemies who are born this fall and winter season, it is impossible to find warm footwear for babies that tiny and being 100% felted wool they keep baby extremely warm and toasty!
You will need:
Size 2 US straight needles
Good quality felting wool (worsted weight)
Cast on 17 sts. Knit every row for 16 rows. Break yarn.
Using the same needles, cast on 17 sts. Knit every row for 16 rows. Do not break yarn. Take both knitted sections on one needle and knit two rows over all 34 sts.
For the instep, put the first and last 11 sts on a stitch holder. Knit 24 rows over the 12 middle stitches. Break yarn.
Pick up first 11 sts that you put on the stitch holder, knit along them then pick up and knit 12 sts along the right side of the instep, knit 12 sts along the upper edge of the instep, pick up and knit 12 sts along the left side of the instep, knit 11 sts from the second stitch holder. 58 sts.
Knit 9 more rows.
Place a stitch marker between the 28 and 29 stitches to mark the middle.
Decrease as follows:
Knit first and second stitch together using SSK. Knit the two stitches before the middle marker together using SSK. Knit first and second stitch together after the middle marker. Knit to the last two stitches then knit two together.
Knit next row.
Continue to knit in this manner...decreasing four stitches every other row until you have 35 sts left on your needle.
Sew together seams.
To felt place in the washing machine with a load of laundry using hot water and laundry detergent. Place in dryer on regular temp (throwing in a tennis ball will help!) Re-shape when finished.