Back in March, I introduced our plans to fill up extra days here at P&P with fun ideas and stories. I kicked off our Free Days with a knitted washcloth pattern, which you can see again HERE.
As I explained then, I am a very basic knitter. I would love to take some knitting classes for more advanced projects, but Covid has delayed classes until the fall. I’d made a gazillion washcloths over the years, but baby booties are a first for me.
I was inspired to make booties through the Mary Madeline Project, an endeavor here in Omaha that benefits preemie and stillborn babies. The Mary Madeline Project is the brainchild of a grandmother who endured the heart-wrenching loss of a baby granddaughter named Maddie who was born prematurely and hung on to life for seven agonizing weeks with the help of a ventilator. But eventually brain-dead, the tiny baby girl was removed from life-support. Amazingly, she lived long enough for the grieving parents to take her home and spend a few precious hours with her.
In the meantime, the baby’s grandmother shopped for a burial gown only to discover there were none small enough, and the happy atmosphere of a department store chock-full of adorable outfits was a bit depressing. She came up with the idea to provide booties, hats, gowns and blankets for grieving parents, all made by loving volunteers, and all accessible and given away by the hospital. No department store shopping needed. Dressing their precious angel in a beautiful outfit for pictures and memories has been incredibly comforting for grieving parents.
You can read more about the Mary Madeline Project at http://www.marymadelineproject.org/
I’m sharing with you today a pattern for baby booties. While they are intended for preemies or stillborn babies, the pattern can be adjusted for full-term babies. They are so simple to make, even I had no trouble. I can finish one in about 45 minutes.
Use worsted weight yarn, and size 8 Needles. Make two.
- Cast on 26 stitches
- Knit 10 rows.
- Bind off 10 stitches at the beginning of the next row.
- Finish row.
- Bind off 10 stitches at the beginning of the next row. This will leave you with six stitches in the middle – five stitches on one needle, and one on the other.
- Knit the remaining stitches for 20 rows.
- Bind off.
- Using a yarn needle, sew the bootie together at the toe and the sides. Turn inside out. Embellish if you prefer.
Note: Footbed is 2 3/4 inches long.
Do you volunteer for a cause that is near and dear to your heart?
One of you could win a pair of little booties or a knitted washcloth. Your choice!