Inspired by cloth baby shoes, this knitted version is too cute!
All you need are a couple of small swatches (or re-cycle a UFO in your stash), a small bit of fabric (a fat quarter is more than enough. Add a little elastic, cut ‘n sew ….and you’ll have an adorable knitted baby gift in no time!
There are quite a few patterns for cloth baby shoes, this is the one I used . I stitched one in some cotton yarn (with iron on interfacing) to understand the simple construction first.
The yarn is a cotton blend from Knit Picks **, Comfy Sport Yarn. This sport weight has 136 yards to 50 grams or approx 1225 yards per pound. It’s heavy for the standard machine, so I knit it at tension 10++ . But I wanted a thick “shoe-like” fabric.
The toes are a garter stripe using the garter bar and the heels and soles are a 1×1 tuck. In hindsight, I’d knit the heels and soles in stockinette. They really didn’t need the bulk.
As I worked, I basted the fabric pieces to the knitted pieces for stability. I zig-zagged around all the knitted pieces well. A serger probably would have worked just as well.
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