Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Knitting Project - "Converse" Baby Booties!!!

I originally found the pattern for this project here, but it has been slightly altered and I'm adding more basic instructions for those of us who aren't expert knitters!  Plus, I'm adding like 203,948,239,048 more pictures so you know you're on track as you go along with the project!

Yay - I'm finally getting around to posting about my knit "Converse" booties!  They're absolutely adorable, and they're a total hit!  And despite the long list of skills you'll have to use to complete the pattern they really aren't that difficult.  I totally had like 9 tabs open on my browser while I was working on these so when I forgot how to  do something I already had the YouTube video open, hahahaha.

Skills Used:

Yarn Over (yo) - Good demonstration
Slip Knit Pass (skp) - Good demonstration
Wrap & Turn (turn) - Good demonstration 
Slip (sl)
Purl two together (p2tog)
Pass Slipped Stitch Over - single decrease (psso) - Good demonstration (for this pattern, use the second example in the video)
Knit two together (k2tog)
Slip slip knit (ssk) - Good demonstration 


Materials:

Main Color - Red (MC)
Contrast Color 1 -White (CC1)
Contrast Color 2 -Black (CC2)
I used a worsted weight yarn for this project
1 pair size 5 and 6 straight needles

Other Supplies
Large-eye yarn needle
White felt
Sewing needle & black thread
Small, star shaped button to match the MC


Pattern

To Begin
With smaller needles and CC1 cast on 26 stitches and knit 1 row.
Row 1: k1, yo, k11, [yo, k1] twice, yo, k11, yo, k1.
Row 2, 4, 6, 8, 10: knit (when you reach the yo knit in the back of the stitch).
Row 3: k2, yo, k11, yo, k2, yo, k3, yo, k11, yo, k2.
Row 5: k3, yo, k11, [yo, k4] twice, yo, k11, yo, k3.
Row 7: k4, yo, k11, yo, k5, yo, k6, yo, k11, yo, k4
Row 9: k5, yo, k11, [yo, k7] twice, yo, k11, yo, k5
The increases used in this first part created different direction slants that will help shape the bootie.  In this picture I highlighted those "seams" with purple lines:
Next - Change to larger needles
Row 11: knit across using CC1
Row 12: purl with CC1
Row 13: knit across using CC2 (this is the black stripe along the bottom)

Row 14: purl CC1
Row 15: knit CC1
Row 16: purl CC1
Row 17: knit MC
Row 18: p19 MC, p13 CC1, p19 MC
Shape Instep
Using MC and CC.
Row 1: k19 MC, k10 CC1, SKP CC1, turn.
Row 2: sl 1, p7CC1, p2tog, turn.
Row 3: sl 1, k7, SKP, turn.
Row 4: sl 1, p7, p2tog, turn.
Row 5: sl 1, k7 CC1, sl 1 CC1, k1 MC, psso, turn 
Row 6: sl 1, p7 CC1, p2tog MC, turn.
Row 7: sl 1, k7 CC1, SKP MC, turn.
Row 8: sl 1, p1 MC, p5 CC1, p1 MC, p2tog, turn.
Row 9: sl 1, k2 MC, k3 CC1, k2 MC, SKP, turn.

Using MC only now
Row 10: sl 1, p7, p2tog, turn.
Row 11: sl 1, k7, SKP, turn.
Row 12: sl 1, p7, p2tog, turn.
Row 13: sl 1, k7, SKP, turn.
Row 14: sl 1, p7, p2tog, turn.
Row 15: sl 1, k7, SKP, knit to the end of the row.
Row 16: p 21, p 2 tog, purl to the end of the row (35 stitches).

Side One

Row 1: k11, yo, k2tog, k1 (place remaining stitches on stitch holder) (FYI - by doing a yarn over and then a decrease you're creating little holes for the laces)
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: k11, k2tog, k1
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: k10, yo, k2tog, k1
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: k10, k2tog, k1
Row 8: Purl
Row 9: k9, yo, k2tog, k1
Row 10: Purl
Row 11: k9, k2tog, k1
Row 12: knit
Row 13: knit
Bind Off
Side two

Place 14 stitches from the stitch holder back onto your needle
Row 1: k1, ssk, yo, k11
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: k1, ssk, k11
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: k1, ssk, yo, k10
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: k1, ssk, k10
Row 8: Purl
Row 9: k1, ssk, yo, k9
Row 10: Purl
Row 11: k1, ssk, k9
Row 12: Knit
Row 13: Knit
Bind Off

Tongue
Place the final 7 Stitches from the Stitch marker onto the needle.
Row 1: k across
Row 2: p across
Rows 3, 5, 7 & 9: k across
Rows 4, 6, 8 & 10: k1, p5, k1
Row 11: ssk, k3, k2tog
Row 12: p across
Bind Off
To finish
Using your large-eye yarn needle stitch up the bottom and up the back of the bootie.  For this, I have found that stitching it up with the project inside-out creates a more refined finish.
For the laces you can either create an I-cord, do a single row of crocheting, or (like me) just make a simple braid!  16 inches is a sufficient length for the laces.

And the most important finishing touch is the star emblem!  For this, I cut out a circle of white felt and hand stitched it onto the outer side of the bootie (either side can be the outer side, just make sure you don't sew it onto the same side of both of the booties in the pair) using black thread.  Then I attached a small, star shaped button in the center of the white circle.

Et voila - totally authentic looking converse booties!

These fit a 10 month old nicely, so I would say they could fit anywhere from a 6 month old to an 18 month old (especially since there is a good amount of stretch since they're knit).  I'm going to work on making a smaller (newborn) sized pair and if I figure it out I'll post that as well.

These have been a huge hit on my Facebook page (which can be found here) and I've already sold a light pink pair and now I'm working on a hot pink pair!


If you have any questions about the pattern, feel free to ask!  And if not, I'm always open to compliments on my work, hahaha.


Until next time...


**All images used in this post are personal photos**

46 comments:

  1. HOly crap lady, you are a knitting machine!! You make it look so easy :p

    Mandy

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  2. These are sooooo frickin cute! I sort of have a thing for Chuck Taylors especially on babies. So adorable. Good luck passing your GD screening!

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  3. Very cute! I am making a pair for a newborn...so just reduce the needle size? BTW where did you get those cute little stars?

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  4. Very cute! I am making a pair for a newborn...so just reduce the needle size? BTW where did you get those cute little stars?

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  5. I just made the pair like these posted from Ravelry.com.... they turned out fine but waaaay too big. I also didn't like all the yarn ends I had to weave in. Yours looks real clean. Did you find a way to eliminate all those loose ends or are you just real good at hiding them in pictures?:)

    Jan@pliler.com

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    1. I'd like to know the answer to this as well! I feel like I have a lot of loose ends.

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    2. I just tied off the loose ends and made sure the knot was on the inside of the bootie.

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  6. Quick question! When you say size 5 & 6 do you mean 5cm & 6cm? I'm a newbie to knitting and wanted to double check! Thx!

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    1. **mm NOT cm! That would be a huge needle! :)

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    2. No, it is US size 5 & 6. Here's a conversion chart: http://www.yarnfwd.com/main/needleconv.html

      If you have any other questions, let me know! We all START as knitting newbies! lol

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    3. I thought so. Thank you so much!

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  7. Did you use worsted weight yarn?

    Can't wait to start these for my friend's grandson!!!

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  8. I made the revelry ones and was not happy with the size and finish, I will definitely be trying these!

    Thank you so much :)

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  10. i have a question.. if you want to make them a size 6-7 for a teenage girl, do you use thicker yarn and a bigger needle? thanks!

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  11. Hi Amanda, I loved this baby booties. I'm trying to do it to my first grandchild, but I would like to do a smaller size. how can I do?

    Thank you so much.

    Cristina

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    1. I would also love to make a smaller size, is there a conversion chart somewhere?

      -Another Amanda :)

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  12. I have been trying to make these for months - this is the best pattern I have found for them. Bless you!

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  13. I've found a adult converse knitting pattern but it doesn't look at cute/good as your baby one, I can't wait to finish my project I'm working on now so I can start these amazing little booties - and definatly can't wait for new-born size as 2 of my friends are due to be having baby boys this year :D

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  14. Love! I saw the pattern on ravelry and then upon a google search i saw this blog post. I plan on making these for my friend's baby.

    Please follow my blog http://adknitaholic.blogspot.co.uk :-) thanks

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  15. Love! I saw the pattern on ravelry and then upon a google search i saw this blog post. I plan on making these for my friend's baby.

    Please follow my blog http://adknitaholic.blogspot.co.uk :-) thanks

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  16. Love! I saw the pattern on ravelry and then upon a google search i saw this blog post. I plan on making these for my friend's baby.

    Please follow my blog http://adknitaholic.blogspot.co.uk :-) thanks

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  17. Love! I saw the pattern on ravelry and then upon a google search i saw this blog post. I plan on making these for my friend's baby.

    Please follow my blog http://adknitaholic.blogspot.co.uk :-) thanks

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  18. I have a friend who is interested in a pair of these, but he's an adult. Do you have any suggestions for adjusting the pattern to be adult-sized?

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  19. Hi all,

    I'm still learning the various knitting techniques and am struggling with the instep section.

    Having attempted it several times, I seem to keep finding that this section becomes completely separate from the rest of the work - is this supposed to happen and the wraps are picked up later to rejoin?

    Also, does the instruction "turn" include slipping the stitch back over to the original needle after switching and re-switching the yarn, or is this covered by the "sl" at the start of each line?

    Finally, should I be only working with the CC1 (white) stitches and should all of these be used with every row? I am finding that sometimes I have a white stitch left over one time and then have to use a MC stitch the next time... Love this pattern but am at a loss as to how to proceed.

    Please help!

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  20. I'm having the same issue with shaping the instep. When I do the turn, I end up with a huge hole. I've started over a dozen (no kidding) times (I'm practicing with scrap yarn). What am I doing wrong?

    These are adorable and I love this site with video tutorials and photos. It really helps and my kudos to you! Thanks

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  21. I'm having the same problems with the "turn". Extra stitch and gaps. I'm starting to think it shouldn't be a full "wrap and turn" technique there, but instead another turn technique or a portion of the "wrap and turn" technique.

    When I google other versions of this pattern that are very similar, they don't mention doing a full wrap and turn, just a turn. I may try to re-knit (again) just the portion with the wrap and turn but use another turn technique. I'll report back if I see better results.

    I better hurry! Got a nephew on the way in just a few hours. ;)

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    1. It is a full wrap and turn, at the beginning of the pattern I clarify that I will just use the term "turn" for wrap and turn and link to a video that is a good example of how to do it. Hope that helps.

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  23. Hi, I love this pattern, thank you for sharing. I have knitted 2 "practice" booties but am also finding small holes on the shape instep part of the pattern, do I need to do anything on the turn? Also please could you tell me whether you cut and rejoin the yarn on each change between CC1 and MC, I have done it this way but seem to have lots of lose ends - am wondering if this is also causing the holes. Thanks for your help.

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    1. It is a full wrap and turn, at the beginning of the pattern I clarify that I will just use the term "turn" for wrap and turn and link to a video that is a good example of how to do it. Hope that helps.

      I cut and rejoin between the different colors and just trimmed the excess yarn as much as possible.

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  24. Thank you so much for the images. They help a lot. I have tried these from many different sites / patterns and it's irritating that you don't know if your going right or not and putting in so much work because there is no reference. All u see is a finished project. I am so appreciative for this. Now I can get mines done with confidence. :)

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  25. Thank you so much for the images. They help a lot. I have tried these from many different sites / patterns and it's irritating that you don't know if your going right or not and putting in so much work because there is no reference. All u see is a finished project. I am so appreciative for this. Now I can get mines done with confidence. :)

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  26. these are awesome!!!!! wow love them sooo much could you post a pattern for a men US Size 12 pair!!! really want to make a pair for my husband as he is in love with chuck taylors!!! THAT WOULD BE AMAZING IF YOU COULD!!!!
    THANK YOU!!!!

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  27. Hello. Can you make a video.

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  28. Hello again. Can you please make it on utube video. It still does not exist on utube a knitted high hop all star converse Chuck Taylor.
    In crochet, it's found but not in knitting. I made this in crochet, but I really want to make in knitting.

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  31. I love your pattern and have made several baby sizes. I'd like to know how to alter the pattern to make them in sizes for a 4 to 6 year old, there's lot of patterns for baby and adults but none for young children. Thanx

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  32. Do u have a pattern for them for a man size 11 shoe

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  33. Hey i need a size 8 womens

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  34. when you come to yo it says to knit in back of stitch? does that mean the next 11 stitches?? I am really confused here and it also says that 2 4 6 8 10 is just knitted...there is no YO in those so why is that in parenthasese

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  35. I am wanting to msje these in an adult size 8 and 9 do you hsve idea of numbers abd insteructions for these sizes?

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  36. When you mention worsted weight yarn, is this 3, 4 or 8 ply,I would like to knit these for a baby. Many thanks

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