Baby's Shoes (a very pretty pattern)

from The Knitter's Companion (First Series, Ninth Edition) by Mrs Mee & Miss Austin
Digital copy of original available from Southampton digital archive

This is a conversion from the original 1850's Victorian pattern. Two size have been made in the following photo. The larger size was made using 2-ply yarn and 1.75mm knitting needles. The smaller size was made using 1-ply yarn and 1mm knitting needles. The baby shoes are displayed on lasts made from air-drying clay. The 1 pence coin is to provide an idea of scale.

Large and small knitted baby shoes displayed on clay lasts


In the photo, the finished Baby Shoe at the top is un-washed The bottom shoe has been washed and appears softer and the knitting stitches have relaxed and appear far more even.

Finished Baby Shoes

Size

5in long, 6in around ankle, 5in around foot
Far too big for a baby, about right size for a 14 month old, but still too long
For a baby, suggest trying either 1mm needles and 1ply yarn, or, reduce stitches

Ingredients

1.75mm knitting needles (DPN or circulars)
Fingering-weight yarn, 2ply

Recipe

Horizontal 3-row repeating rib pattern for sole

Cast on 30 sts
1. k1, m1, k29 (31 stitches)
2. p1, m1, p30 (32)
3. k1, m1, k31 (33) = rib 1
4. k1, m1, k32 (34)
5. p1, m1, p33 (35)
6. k1, m1, k34 (36) = rib 2
7. k1, m1, k35 (37)
8. p1, m1, p36 (38)
9. k1, m1, k37 (39) = rib 3
10. k1, m1, k38 (40)
11. p1, m1, p39 (41)
12. k1, m1, k40 (42) = rib 4
13. k1, m1, k41 (43)
14. p1, m1, p42 (44)
15. k1, m1, k43 (45) = rib 5
16. k1, m1, k44 (46)
17. p1, m1, p45 (47)
18. k1, m1, k46 (48) = rib 6
19. k1, m1, k47 (49)
20. p1, m1, p48 (50)
21. k1, m1, k49 (51)  = rib 7
22. k51 (51)
23. p51 (51)
24. k51 (51) = rib 8
25. k18, [p1, k1] to end (51)

Part 1

26. [k1, p1] for 33 sts, p18 (51)
27. k18, [p1, k1] to end (51) = rib 9
28. [k1, p1] for 33 sts, k18 (51) 
29. p18, [p1, k1] to end (51)
30. [k1, p1] for 33 sts,k18 (51) = rib 10
31. k18, [p1, k1] for 16 sts (34) put remaining 17 sts on a stitch holder

Continue  ribs and moss stitch for 11 more ribs (21 ribs in total).
32-34 rib 11
35-37 rib 12
38-40 rib 13
41-43 rib 14
44-46 rib 15
47-49 rib 16
50-52 rib 17
52-54 rib 18
55-57 rib 19
58-60 rib 20
61-63 rib 21

Cast on 17 stitches to match those on hold on the other side (51 stitches)
Knit 2 ribs (6 rows) with moss stitch (ribs 22 and 23)

part 2


rib 24 – no moss sitch – no decrease
ribs 24-30 – decrease 1 stitch at beginning of each row
Cast off

part3


Pick up 52 stitches for the cuff – 17 stitches from the holder, pick up 18 stitches across the instep, and pick-up another 17 stitches on the other side.
Knit in the round

1. k2p2 rib
2. k2p2 rib
3. [k2tog, yarn-over to make 1], repeat to end
4. k2p2
5. k2p2
6. p
7. k
8 – 17. k2p2
18 – 27. p2k2
28. k
29. [k2tog, yarn-over to make 1], repeat to end
30 – 32. p
Cast off

part4

knitting finished

Sew up the seams

Fold the foot in half length-ways, and sew up the seam down the back of the heel and under the sole. Leave the toe open.

Crochet the toe

Work a row of double crochet, picking up every 2nd row. Work around in a circle, picking up every other loop until decreased to 1. This fills in the toe.

crochet the toe

Finishing

Fold the cuff so the eye-lets match up.
Make a cord, or use some ribbon, and thread through the eyelets.
Finish with a neat bow.