Knitted Infants Boot with Strap (Baby's Bootee), c.1890


Knitted Infants Boot with Strap (Babies Bootee), c.1890


"Our engraving shows a neat little boot knitted with wool of two colours; it has a knitted strap buttoned round the ankle, ant the top of the leg is finished with a narrow crochet edge.

Required: oz. of white and oz. of rose-pink Andalusian wool, three no.16 steel knitting needles and two small buttons. The third needle is not employed until knitting the foot. Crochet hook for edging.

Beginning at the top of the leg and upon one needle, with white wool, cast on 49 stitches.

1st Row: Knit plain.

2nd Row: Slip 1, *knit 2, purl 1, knit 2, purl 1 and repeat from * to the end.

3rd Row: Slip 1, then knit 1 and purl 1, alternately to the end.

4th Row: Slip1, *knit 2, purl 1, knit 2, purl 1 and repeat from * to the end.

Repeat the last two rows three times.

11th Row: Take pink wool and work as 3rd row.

12th Row: Same as 4th.

Repeat these two rows twice with pink; break off pink.

17th Row: Resume white wool and work the same as the third row.

18th Row: as fourth row.

Repeat these two rows.

21st Row: First decrease - Slip 1, purl 2 together; knit 1 and purl 1 alternately; when 4 stitches from the end, knit 1, purl 2 together, purl 1; now 47 stitches.

22nd Row: Slip1, knit 1, purl 1, *knit 2, purl 1, knit 2, purl 1, repeat from *; end with knit 2.

23rd Row: Slip 1, purl 1; knit 1 and purl 1 alternately ; end knit 1.

24th Row: Same as 22nd.

25th Row: Second decrease - Slip 1, kit 2 together, purl 1; knit 1 and purl 1 alternately and when 3 stitches from the end, slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over, knit 1; now 45 stitches.

26th Row: Slip 1, purl 1, *knit 2, purl 1, knit 2, purl 1, repeat from *; and end knit 1.

27th Row: Slip 1; knit 1 and purl 1 alternately; end knit 1.

28th Row: As 26th.

29th Row: Knit 2 together, purl 1; knit 1 and purl 1 alternately; when 2 from the end, slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over, now 43 stitches.

30th Row: Slip 1, * knit 2, purl 1, knit 2, purl 1 and repeat from * to the end.

31st Row: Slip 1, purl 1, then knit 1 and purl 1 alternately and end knit 1.

32nd Row: Slip 1, then knit 2 and purl 1 alternately to the end.

Repeat the last two rows six times; break off white wool.

For the Instep:

Slip the first 15 stitches upon the right-hand needle without knitting them.

Resume the white wool and for the instep, knit 2, purl 1, knit 1 and purl 1 alternately four times, knit 2, which works up 13 stitches.

Turn the work, slip the first stitch purl-ways, knit 2 and purl 1 alternately six times;

* Turn, slip the first stitch, knit 1 and purl 1 alternately six times; turn, slip the first stitch, knit 2 and purl 1 alternately four times; repeat from * ten times; then break off white wool.

Take pink wool and for the first pink row, knit 2, knit 2 together, knit 5, slip1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over, knit 2; this brings 11 stitches on the step, wherewith to knit 7 plain rows.

Next row decrease at each end as previously; the knit 3 plain rows. Break off pink, for the instep is complete.

For the Foot:

Replace upon the left-hand needle those 15 stitches your before slipped off.

Knit them plain with pink wool, pick up and knit 18 stitches along the side of the instep (taking up one back thread) and knit the 9 pink stitches belonging to the top of the toe; take the spare needle and pick up and knit 18 stitches on the opposite side of the instep, and knit 15 plain stitches off the left-hand needle; here are 75 stitches in all; divide them, 37 on one needle and 38 on the other.

Knit 15 plain rows.

16th Row: The right side of the sock is towards you - knit 32, knit 2 together, knit 7, knit 2 together, knit 32.

17th Row: (And every alternate row) Plain.

18th Row: Knit 3, knit 2 together, knit 7, knit 2 together, knit 31.

20th Row: Knit 30, knit 2 together, knit 7, knit 2 together, knit 30.

22nd Row: Knit 3, knit 2 together, knit 24, knit 2 together, knit 7, knit 2 together, knit 24, knit 2 together, knit 3.

24th Row: Knit 3, knit 2 together, knit 22, knit 2 together, knit 7, knit 2 together, knit 22, knit 2 together, knit 3.

26th Row: Knit 3, knit 2 together, knit 20, knit 2 together, knit 7, knit 2 together, knit 20, knit 2 together, knit 3.

Cast off. Run the ends of wool in securely. Sew up the sole and also the back of the leg.

For the Strap:

Use pink wool and cast on 48 stitches.

Knit 2 plain rows.

3rd Row: Slip 1, purl 1, then knit 1 and purl 1 alternately until within 6 stitches of the end, when knit 2; draw the first of these over the last, knit 1, draw another stitch over, knit 1, again draw a stitch over, knit 2. The space made in this manner is for a buttonhole.

4th Row: Knit 3, cast on 3 for the buttonhole, purl 1 and knit 1 alternately to the end.

5th Row: Purl.

6th Row: Cast off purl-ways. Sew the centre of the strap upon the seam at the back of the leg, just above the pink knitting of the foot, and place a button on the end opposite to the buttonhole.

Knit the other boot in the same manner.

For Crochet Edge round the top of the leg:

With pink wool work 5 treble on the seam at the back of the leg, taking up two threads of the casting-on stitches, 1 double crochet on the plain stitch forming the stripe, * 5 treble on the centre stitch of the stripe, 1 double crochet on the plain stitch of the stripe and repeat from * to the end of the round and join neatly. Work the same edge with white wool, setting the stitches to lie in the opposite direction, that is, with the scallops falling downwards flat upon the knitting, as represented in the engraving. The scallops are each tacked in place."

Please be careful when giving period items to young children.

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