American Wool Series

Sunday, June 2, 2013

FO: Lovebug Booties

Pattern: Lovebug Booties by Carrie Bostick Hoge
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in light blue and green
Needles: US #4 (3.5 mm) Addi Turbo Lace 
Mods: None! The pattern for the booties is practically seamless and knits up very quickly in an evening. I improvised the hat with the same colors as the booties for a matched set. The full set came out of partial skeins of Baby Cashmerino that I've been hoarding in a ziploc for times like these - emergency baby shower gift! The booties weigh 21 grams and the hat weighs 30 grams if you're keen to knit some up for a baby in your life. 

The Hat: 
Using a US #4 16 inch circular (or dpns) cat on 88 stitches with MC. Join in the round without twisting your stitches and place a marker. Knit 1x1 ribbing for 8 rows, or one inch. Join the CC and knit two rounds, switch to MC and knit two rounds. Continue in stripe sequence until piece measures 4 1/2 inches or preferred depth. Knit 9, k2tog* all the way round (80 stitches) . Knit one row. Knit 8, k2tog* all the way round (72 stitches). Knit one row. Repeat in this manner, working one less knit stitch every decrease round and knitting one plain round between decrease rounds. Switch to DPNs as needed. You should have 8 stitches when all of your decrease rounds have been completed. Break yarn, thread through remaining stitches and pull tight to close the top. Weave in your ends and block. Voila! Hat!