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FOs: Booties Galore

These little booties have been a go-to for quick and easy baby knits in the past. They are based on a free pattern that I have heavily customised in the past. I don’t even know how many pairs I have made of these… But I thought I’d share the ones I can find in my archives in this one photo-heavy post. I am going to start with the first lot made between 2013-2015… there are of course many more!

Starting with this sweet yellow pair I made for one of my husbands oldest friends when he had a daughter back in 2013. I used DROPS Muskat, a 100% mercerized cotton yarn for these, as they were going to Australia.

A girly pair, made in 2014 for an old work colleague. Leftovers of DROPS Merino Extra Fine. I even used to make little boxes for the booties, the perfect gift!

Another 2014 make, a cotton pair for friends in Australia.

Two lots for a beautiful friend of mine who is a doula and I believe she was gifting them to clients or friends who had just had babies, also from 2014.

A pair for a little boy, made in 2015 for a Ravelry/Internet friend.

In 2015 I also briefly supplied a number of beanies and booties to a baby shop in Greenwich, UK, where we used to live, called Greenwich Baby. I made 10 pairs of booties in total!

Don’t they look great all in a row:

Another pair for a baby boy born in Australia.

For a baby boy in Germany.

A baby girl in the UK.

An order for one of my best friends, who was gifting them to another friend.

A pair for a fellow Mama who I met during a wonderful pregnancy exercise class.

A pair for a friend from school (when I still lived in Germany)…. they liked it so much that his wife ordered two pairs for twin girls.

And the two pairs for the twin girls.

A pair for a friend from my eldest son’s Steiner Kindergarten in England.

For a friend of a friend’s who also lives in Australia.

Another lot for a friend my best friend went to university with.

An old colleague of mine from my first serious PR job in the North of England, Morecambe to be exact.

And the final pair for 2015 made for my good friend and ex-housemate and his wife, I used to work with both of them in Lancaster, UK. They had a sweet baby girl back in 2015.

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FO: Gorgeous Baby wearing Booties

An ex-colleague of mine had a little girl earlier this year and I knitted her a pair of my old favourite, my version of Saartjes Bootees.

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I don’t need to explain these much anymore, I guess?

KCW 2I used some leftover DROPS Muskat for these and matched the pink sole with the red top.

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I still love these booties, especially as they can be worn by either baby boy or baby girl (maybe in a different colour combination?)

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And of course I made a box for them to be kept safe when posting and maybe even as a keepsake when they don’t fit baby anymore.

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My friend was kind enough to send me her gorgeous girl wearing them, and doesn’t she look adorable and very pleased with herself? I love how she’s holding her little hands…too cute.

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STATS
Pattern: My version of Saartjes Bootees by Saartje de Brujin.
Yarn: DROPS Muskat in red and old pink.
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 18th-20th April 2015.

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FO: Baby Bloom Dress (adorable baby alert)

Lovely Melissa from Knitting Sandwich just had a gorgeous little baby girl recently. Since she knit me a gorgeous baby blanket for Max, that I posted about here, I wanted to make something for her in return.

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Since I knew that Melissa was having a little girl I was able to pick a girly dress that I’ve had in my queue on Raverly for ages.

It’s the Bloom pattern by Georgie Hallam, which is a great top down pattern that has some additional lace on the body of the skirt.

The lovely thing about this pattern is that even though it’s meant to be a dress it actually grows with the baby/child and turns into a top…how great is that?

Additionally, I made her a pair of my version of Saartjes Bootees in matching colours.

And here’s the dress and the pair of booties in all their glory.

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I managed to find a lovely little box to post these to Melissa.

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Last week Melissa sent me these two pictures of her little girl, isn’t she just the sweetest? The dress and booties are still a little big, but these pictures are just too cute for words! I am just so happy for Melissa and her family to be sharing their lives with this gorgeous little girl!

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STATS

Dress
Pattern: Bloom by Georgie Hallam
Yarn: Rowan pure wool 4 ply
Needle size: 3.5mm
Knitting time: 18th -24th July 2015.

Booties
Pattern: Saartjes Bootees by Saartje de Bruijn
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine
Needle size: 3mm
Knitting time: 3rd August 2015.

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FO: Hat and Bootie Combo

A good friend from boarding school recently had a baby and when I found out of course I had to knit her a hat and bootie combo.

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Because she was keeping the gender a surprise I stuck to neutral colours and picked these two lovely yellows and the white.

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I used my amended version of Saartjes Bootees pattern available on Ravelry. I really should write up my version of these booties and publish it as they really are just a little bit quicker and easier.

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I used some leftover yarn  from my stash, some DROPS Merino Extra Fine.

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And of course I made a little box to put the booties in.

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I used some leftover DROPS BabyAlpacaSilk that I also had in my stash, luckily I had similar shades of yellow.

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I LOVE knitting with this yarn as it’s incredibly soft and even though it calls for 2.5mm needles it still knits up relatively quickly.

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And I love this pattern, the way the cables meet at the top of the crown make it a very special hat.

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My friend loved both of these gifts and I’m sure her baby will look adorable in them.

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Booties

Pattern: Saartjes Bootees by Saartje de Bruijn
Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Fine in Mustard, Light Yellow and White
Needle size: 3.5mm

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Beanie
Pattern:
Cable Beanie by DROPS Design
Yarn: DROPS Baby AlpacaSilk in White and Wheat
Needle size: 2.5mm

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FOs: 19 Pairs of Booties

In an effort to speed up my posting about projects from the last few years I am going to bundle some together. So this post will focus on the number of Saartjes Bootees I have made in the last few years.

Booties ordered by a friend, made last week.

Booties gifted to a friend from school, knitted in October 2014

Booties gifted to a friend from a toddler group, knitted in November 2014

Booties gifted to an old colleague from my first job, knitted in May 2014

4 pairs of booties ordered by my good friend Kersti, knitted in April and July 2014

Booties gifted to an old colleague, knitted September 2014

Booties gifted to an old colleague, knitted in July 2014

Booties gifted to a friend from toddler group, knitted in December 2014

Booties gifted to a good friend in South Africa, knitted in July 2014

Booties ordered by my friend Nathan, knitted in May 2014

Booties gifted to a friend in Australia, knitted in December 2014

Booties gifted to a fellow childminder, knitted December 2014

Booties gifted to a friend, knitted in October 2014

2 pairs of booties gifted to my husbands aunt who had twins in 2013, knitted in April 2013

Booties gifted for an old colleague, knitted in May 2014

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FO: Flowery Booties and Bonnet

In August 2013 I made some gorgeous baby booties and a bonnet for an ex-colleague of mine. She had a baby girl, and she absolutely loved the booties and bonnet.

I used Saartjes Bootees pattern and changed it around a bit, using cotton yarn and adding some flowers to them.

I used the DROPS bonnet pattern, also using cotton yarn and also added some flowers like a ranking vine.

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And now would you look at that adorable little girl, she’s just too precious in her little outfit!

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FOs: Two Pairs of Booties

Friday I posted about the cardigan I made for my friends eldest daughter, since I’ve knitted a load of other things for her I will be posting them in the next few days.

Back in 2012 when my friend had her second girl she ordered two pairs of booties from me. First, my now favourite go-to bootie pattern: Saartjes Bootees.

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And the other pair is my own pattern.

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Two pairs of lovely booties I am sure you agree.

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FOs: Hat and Bootie Combo

Friends of ours in Australia had their second child, a boy, earlier this year and as luck would have it we were able to bring them this gift themselves when we went to Australia in February this year.

DPA 10 DPA 11 DPA 12The pattern is the old favourite, Saartjes Bootees.

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And the hat is another DROPS pattern.

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