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First Impression Booties by DROPS Design

Knitted DROPS booties in garter st in "Baby Merino". Size premature - 4 years.

DROPS design: Pattern no bm-060-by
Yarn group A
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Size: (premature) 0/1 - 1/3 - 6/9 - 12/18 months (2 - 3/4) years
To fit foot length: (8) 9-10-11-12 (14-16) cm / (3”) 3½”-4’’-4½’’-4¾’’ (5½’’-6¼’’)

Materials:
DROPS BABY MERINO from Garnstudio
50 g for all sizes in color no 02, off white
50 g for all sizes in color no 28, light mint

DROPS STRAIGHT NEEDLES size 2.5 mm / US 1.5 - or size needed to get 26 sts x 34 rows in garter st = 4’’ x 4’’ (10 x 10 cm).

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GARTER ST (back and forth on needle):
K all rows. 1 ridge = K2 rows.

STRIPES:
* 2 ridges (= K 4 rows) in off white, 1 ridge (= K 2 rows) in light mint *, repeat from *-*.
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BOOTIE:
The bootie is worked back and forth from mid back.
Cast on (44) 44-48-52-52 (56-56) sts on needle size 2.5 mm / US 1.5 with light mint. P 1 row from WS, switch to off white and work rib as follows from RS: K 1, * P 2, K 2 *, repeat from *-* until 3 sts remain, finish with P 2 and K 1.
Continue rib like this for (5) 5-5-6-6 (7-8) cm / (2”) 2”-2”-2½”-2½” (2¾”-3”) – make sure that next row is worked from WS.
P 1 row from WS while AT THE SAME TIME dec 14 sts evenly in all sizes = (30) 30-34-38-38 (42-42) sts.
On next row work eyelet holes as follows from RS: K 1, * K 2 tog, 1 YO *, repeat from *-* until 1 st remains and finish with K 1. P 1 row from WS, cut the yarn.
Now slip the outermost (11) 11-12-13-13 (15-15) sts in each side on 1 stitch holder.
Work (3) 3½-4-4½-5½ (6½-8) cm / (1”) 1 ¼”-1½”-1¾”-2¼” (2½”-3”) in GARTER ST – see explanation above, over the middle (8) 8-10-12-12 (12-12) sts while AT THE SAME TIME work STRIPES – see explanation above (finish stripes after 1 ridge in light mint), cut the yarn.
Work next row as follows from RS with off white:
work sts from stitch holder in one side, pick up (7) 9-10-11-13 (16-21) sts along the side on mid piece, work the (8) 8-10-12-12 (12-12) sts on needle (= front), pick up (7) 9-10-11-13 (16-21) sts along the other side on middle piece and work sts from the last stitch holder = (44) 48-54-60-64 (74-84) sts on needle.
Work (2½) 3-3-4-5 (5-5) cm / (7/8”) 1”-1”-1½”-2” (2”-2”) in garter st over all sts while AT THE SAME TIME working STRIPES (beg with off white).
AT THE SAME TIME after (1) 1½-1½-2-3 (3-3) cm / (3/8”) ½”-½”-3/4”-1” (1”-1”) dec on every other row (i.e. on every row from RS) as follows until finished measurements:
Dec 1 st at beg and end of row by K 2 sts tog inside 1 edge st. In addition K 2 sts tog on each side of the 2 middle sts on row (= 4 sts dec on every other row) = approx. (32) 36-42-48-52 (62-72) sts remain on row.
Bind off and sew tog mid under foot and continue up mid back in outer loops of edge sts to avoid a chunky seam.
Knit another bootie the same way.

TIES:
Cut 3 lengths light mint yarn of approx. 1 meter/1.2 yds. Twine the strands tog until they resist, fold the strands double so that they twine. Make a knot at each end.
Baste the yarn up and down through row with eyelet holes on bootie - start and finish mid front on bootie.

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