Baby Booties

Hi. I’m new here. Can someone tell me what “Knit into front and back of each st across” means? I’m making booties for my coming nephew. Thank you!

Welcome!! First you knit the stitch the way you normally would but don’t take the stitch off the left needle. Then you put the right needle into the back of the stitch that you did not take off, knit, then take off needle. Keep doing this until you have no more stitches left. Good luck and have fun.

Hi Mary-

Thanks for the tip. But I don’t understand what I am trying to accomplish. Here is the pattern I am using. I have completed up to the instruction in my question.
Is there a video somewhere that shows what I need to do?

Thank you for your help.

You are increasing to get the top wider for the bootie to slip on easier - kfb (knit in the front and the back) increases each st from 1 to 2, so the 14 st you have now should be 28 when you’re done with that row. The do the St st for 4 rows, bind off, seam them (they didn’t mention that) and you’re done.

There is a video on the increase page here - go to the tab at the top of this page that says “View Videos” and go to increases.

Ok. That makes sense. So I only do that for one row? And then 4 more and BO. BUT, the thing I’m still unclear on is how that will be a bootie. I dont even think it will be shaped like a bootie. That aside, I assume I will do all of this again for the other side of the bootie. Is that true? Then do I sew them together? Why isnt this listed on the pattern.

Thank you!!!

Yes, you’ll only do that increase row once, then you do the 4 rows of stockinette that will be the roll over edge.

The pattern is for one bootie. When you’re done binding off, you’ll have something that is kind of pear or bell shaped - you’ll fold it in half lengthwise and seam up the back.

I don’t know why they didn’t give the instruction to seam it up, I’ve seen missing bits on other patterns on that website (as well as others). I usually glance throught the pattern and see if it makes sense and how it will work out. For this pattern, I would look and see straights were called for and no instruction to join in the round, so I would figure it needs to be seamed at some point. They also refer to rows, which is generally associated with working back and forth - if on circs and joined they would have each instruction be a round, not a row. Also by looking at pic, you can see the garter st bottom (where you knit 4 rows, which would result in garter on straights but stockinette if in the round) and the 4 rows of stockinette at the roll top edge (which they did mention was done last). They have you making the leg part in stockinette (which matches the pic) and then specify “knit one row, purl one row”, so another clue you’re not working in the round. If you look at the finished product and compare it to the pattern, you can see that all those rows of decreasing are shaping the top portion (the “leg” if it were for a bigger person) - they are evenly spaced in each decrease row instruction, so I would anticipate the width of my piece becoming smaller, kind of like a triangle as you go up rather than just along one side, like a ramp would be.

I find most times the pattern reading is harder than the actual knitting - but if I review it first I feel more like I know where I’m going (mostly!).

Thank you again! So can you help me understand how to make the seam? Do I just use a tapestry needle and sew it together? I really appreciate the help.

You can use the tapestry needle and some of the yarn and do a mattress stitch - there is a video [COLOR=“Blue”][B]here[/B][/COLOR]under Finishing and knitty has an article about seaming [COLOR=“Blue”][B]here[/B][/COLOR].