YARN: Approx 50 yds of worsted weight merino wool yarn. Red Heart Chic yarn in Mai Tai used in sample.
NOTIONS: tapestry needle, row counter (optional), 2 stitch markers.
GAUGE: 11 sts and 16 rows = 2”
LC=Cable over 2 stitches, crosses left (see instructions below)
Cast on 24 sts, prepare to work in the round.
Rnd 1-3: *k2, p2; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 4: *LC, p2; rep from * to end of rnd.
Repeat Rnds 1-4: 2 more times
Next 5 rnds: k to end of rnd.
Heel—follow Heel Instructions
Sole and Instep
Next rnd: k to end of rnd.
Rep last rnd until bootie measures approx 3-3.5″ from the back of heel.
Remove with Gather Bind Off method.
Weave ends in.
Note: these booties have a gathered bind off method. If you prefer to have a shaped toe, you can repeat the Heel instructions once the booties measure about 2 inches from the back of the heel. Then you will need to do a Kitchener stitch to seam the toes invisibly. The Simple Baby Booties demonstrate how to close the Kitchener stitch (video in my YouTube feed).
Left Cross (LC) Instructions
Step 1: Take working yarn behind peg 1 (you are skipping peg 1).
Step 2: Knit peg 2 and place stitch on cable needle and hold it to the center of the loom.
Step 3: Move stitch from peg 1 to peg 2 (leaving peg 1 empty).
Step 4: Place stitch from cable needle on peg 1.
Step 5: Knit peg 2.
German Short-Row Instructions (24-peg loom—heel over 12 pegs).
How-to short row: knit the peg, bring the working yarn from the back to the front of the peg, gently tug on the yarn and bring it to the adjacent peg to knit.
Row 1: Knit from peg 1 to peg 12. Short-row on peg 12.
Row 2: Knit from peg 11 to peg 1. Short-row on peg 1.
Row 3: Knit from peg 2 to peg 11. Short-row on peg 11.
Row 4: Knit from peg 10 to peg 2. Short-row on peg 2.
Row 5: Knit from peg 3 to peg 10. Short-row on peg 10.
Row 6: Knit from peg 9 to peg 3. Short-row on peg 3.
Row 7: Knit from peg 4 to peg 9. Short-row on peg 9.
Row 8: Knit from peg 9 to peg 4. Short-row on peg 4.
Row 9: Knit from peg 5 to peg 10. Short-row on peg 10.
Row 10: Knit from peg 9 to peg 3. Short-row on peg 3.
Row 11: Knit from peg 4 to peg 11. Short-row on peg 11.
Row 12: Knit from peg 10 to peg 3. Short-row on peg 2.
Row 13: Knit from peg 3 to peg 11. Short-row on peg 12.
Row 14: Knit from peg 11 to peg 2. Short-row on peg 1.
Row 15: Knit from peg 2 to peg 12. Short-row on peg 13.
Row 16: Knit from peg 12 to peg 1. Short-row on peg 24.
You will have the short-row on pegs 13 and 24. When working this round on the next round, treat the stitches as normal.