Knitting Pattern: Garter Ridge Headband

Garter Ridge Headband, free knitting pattern in Lion Brand Stitchbird yarn by Underground Crafter

The Garter Ridge Headband combines a simple, textured stitch to allow the color-changing, netted yarn to shine. This is the eighth pattern in the Finishing Touches Knit Along with KAL Corner and it works up quickly to make a great last-minute gift, or even a last-minute earwarmer for a cold snap.

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The weather has been warming up in New York City, but it is still dipping regularly below 40 degrees. I don’t quite feel that a hat is necessary, but some nights after work, I still want to cover my ears.

Garter Ridge Headband, free knitting pattern in Lion Brand Stitchbird yarn by Underground Crafter on smiling woman

Recently, I got the chance to try a new-to-me yarn, Lion Brand Stitchbird. It has a black netting over the fiber which is light and airy, like roving. The yarn changes color in unexpected ways. I really enjoyed working with it, but I knew that a complicated stitch pattern would get “lost” in the yarn…

Garter Ridge Headband, free knitting pattern in Lion Brand Stitchbird yarn by Underground Crafter on smiling woman

I decided to use one of my favorite classic stitch patterns, the garter ridge. (I’ve previously used it in a square in the Anthology Blanket here, and in the Garter Ridge Dishcloth here.)

I used my Clover Takumi Bamboo Circular needles for this project because they are gentle on my hands. In the winter months and in transitional weather, metal needles are not as comfortable for me.

Garter Ridge Headband, free knitting pattern in Lion Brand Stitchbird yarn by Underground Crafter in progress on Clover Takumi bamboo knitting needles

If you’re just hearing about the Finishing Touches Knit Along, you can get all the details including the schedule and how to win prizes from Lion Brand, Clover USA, and Search Press North America in this blog post.

  • Sign up for our newsletter to get an email when a new pattern is released.
  • You can join in by knitting the patterns as you have time.
  • By the end of the KAL, you’ll have up to 24 knitted projects. You’ll also have the chance to win great prizes!
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #KALCorner on all social media.
  • If you’d like to chat with other knitters, join the KAL Corner Facebook group or visit this thread in the Underground Crafter Ravelry group
  • Use the button below on Ravelry or elsewhere social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.
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Garter Ridge Headband

Knitting Pattern by Underground Crafter

Garter Ridge Headband, free knitting pattern in Lion Brand Stitchbird yarn by Underground Crafter

This headband works up quickly in a bulky yarn. A simple, textured stitch pattern allows a special yarn to shine. This is the eighth pattern in the Finishing Touches Knit Along with KAL Corner.

Finished Size

  • Adult: 20” (51 cm) headband circumference x 3” (7.5 cm) height. See Pattern Notes for instructions for customizing size.

Materials

Gauge

  • 11 sts = 3” (7.5 cm) across in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BO – bind off
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • rep – repeat
  • RS – right (front) side
  • sl – slip stitch knitwise
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • A video tutorial for this stitch pattern is available at the end of this pattern.
  • A tutorial for seaming with the mattress stitch is available here.
  • To customize this headband pattern to a different finished size:
    • The cast on stitches will determine the height of the headband. Adjust your cast on stitches in multiples of 4 sts, + 3 sts so that it is as wide as you want your headband to be.
    • The length will determine the circumference of the headband. I recommend 1” – 2” (2.5 cm – 5 cm) of negative ease for headbands. This means that the headband will measure 1” – 2” (2.5 cm – 5 cm) smaller than the circumference of the head you want it to fit.
    • If you want to make the headband for someone whose head you can’t measure, my preferred hat sizing chart is this one from Top Toppers. Remember that this lists head circumference, not headband circumference.

Pattern Instructions

Headband

  • CO 11 sts, or any multiple of 4 sts, + 3 sts.
  • Row 1: (RS) Sl 1, *p1, k3; rep from * across to last 2 sts, p2.
  • Row 2: Sl 1, k1, *p3, k1; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 3: Rep Row 1.
  • Row 4: Sl 1, k to last st, p1.
  • Rep Rows 1-4 until headband measures approximately 20” (51 cm) long, or approximately the desired finished headband circumference, ending after a repeat for Row 3.
  • BO in pattern for Row 4. Fasten off with a long yarn tail for seaming, approximately 12” (30.5 cm) long.

Assembly and Finishing

  • Thread yarn needle with long yarn tail. With wrong (back) sides facing, seam short edges together using the mattress stitch (see Pattern Notes).
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends on inside of headband.
© 2019 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2019/04/11/knitting-pattern-garter-ridge-headband/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Finishing Touches Knit Along with KAL Corner (Part 2: Head)

Finishing Touches Knit Along with KAL Corner

KAL Corner, the knit along group started by me, Pia from Stitches n Scraps, and Joanita from Creative Crochet Workshop, is back for the second part of the Finishing Touches Knit Along! In this part, we’ll be sharing six free knitting patterns by five designers for the perfect finishing touch! We’re focusing on the head this time with a headwear theme.

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This is the main post for this knit along. Read on for more details including:

  • How the Finishing Touches Knit Along (Part 2: Head) Works,
  • How To Join the Finishing Touches Knit Along (Part 2: Head),
  • Finishing Touches Knit Along (Part 2: Head) Schedule,
  • Finishing Touches KAL (Part 2: Head) End-of-KAL Giveaway Prizes, and
  • Enter the Finishing Touches KAL (Part 2: Head) End-of-KAL Giveaway.

How the Finishing Touches Knit Along (Part 2: Head) Works

Finishing Touches Knit Along with KAL Corner

I’ve teamed up with KAL Corner, the group founded by me, Pia from Stitches n Scraps, and Joanita from Creative Crochet Workshop, and some of our favorite knitting designers to bring you 24 free knitting patterns for the perfect finishing touch!

Every other Thursday from January 3 through November 21, 2019, we’ll share a free knitting pattern. Lion Brand has generously provided us with yarn for this KAL, so all of the patterns will be made with Lion Brand yarn.

To keep things interesting, every quarter we’ll have a new theme and a new set of giveaway prizes. This part of the KAL is all about the perfect finishing touches to wear on your head. We also have two great prizes from Lion Brand, Clover USA, and Search Press North America!

How To Join the Finishing Touches Knit Along (Part 2: Head)

  • Sign up for our newsletter to get an email when a new pattern is released.
  • You can join in by knitting the patterns as you have time.
  • By the end of the KAL, you’ll have up to 24 knitted projects. You’ll also have the chance to win great prizes!
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #KALCorner on all social media.
  • If you’d like to chat with other knitters, join the KAL Corner Facebook group or visit this thread in the Underground Crafter Ravelry group
  • Use the button below on Ravelry or elsewhere social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.
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Finishing Touches Knit Along (Part 2: Head) Schedule

Each participating Finishing Touches KAL designer will create a free knitting pattern for the head using Lion Brand yarn. This post will be updated as each pattern goes live.

Finishing Touches KAL (Part 2: Head) End-of-KAL Giveaway Prizes

My regular readers know I love prizes, so this knit along has two great ones. We’ve teamed up with Lion Brand, Clover USA, and Search Press North America to bring wonderful prizes to three lucky winners!

Lion Brand is providing one winner with a choice of colors for 3 skeins of Stitchbird and 4 skeins of Beautiful You. Show your support by following Lion Brand on Website | Facebook | Instagram.

Finishing Touches Knit Along Part 2 Head via Underground Crafter - Lion Brand prize

Clover USA is providing one winner with a Swatch Ruler and Needle Gauge and the Knitting Accessories Set for Beginners. Show your support by following Clover USA on Website | Facebook | Instagram.

Finishing Touches Knit Along Part 2 Head via Underground Crafter - Clover USA prize

Search Press North America is providing one winner with both Knitted Beanies by Susie Johns and Knitted Hats by Monica Russel. Show your support by following Search Press North America on Website | Facebook | Instagram.

Finishing Touches Knit Along Part 2 Head via Underground Crafter - Search Press North America prize

Continue reading to learn how to enter the giveaway for your chance to win!

Enter the Finishing Touches KAL (Part 2: Head) End-of-KAL Giveaway

  • This is the end-of-KAL giveaway for the 2019 Finishing Touches Knit Along (Part 2: Head). The knit along is hosted by KAL Corner and the giveaway is organized by Underground Crafter.
  • To enter the end-of-KAL giveaway for one of the prizes described above, share one picture of each project you completed using a 2019 Finishing Touches Knit Along (Part 2: Head) pattern or tutorial by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Monday, June 17, 2019. Each completed project will count as one entry into the giveaway.
  • If you do not wish to share a project picture, you may also enter by mailing a letter with your name, the name of the knit along, and your email address (so we can contact you if you win) to Underground Crafter, Planetarium Station, P.O. Box 340, New York, NY 10024 USA. The letter must be received by Monday, June 17, 2019 to be eligible to win this end-of-KAL giveaway.
  • You are not required to use a link to enter, but if you do, please link directly to the project on your blog/Instagram and not to your main profile page. If you are new to InLinkz Link Ups, you can find a tutorial here.
  • Winners will be chosen from the entries at random. Each will win one of the prizes listed above.
  • Winners will be contacted approximately one week after the entries close. Winners will have two weeks to claim their prizes. If winners do not respond within two weeks, prizes will be awarded to alternates.
  • By entering this giveaway, you are agreeing to share your contact information with InLinkz and/or Underground Crafter. You can read the InLinkz Privacy Policy here and the Underground Crafter Privacy Policy here to understand how this information is used.
  • The names of winners will be made available in list form by request from Underground Crafter.
  • This giveaway is open worldwide, except where prohibited by law.
  • Don’t forget to join the fun in the KAL Corner Facebook group or in this thread in the Underground Crafter Ravelry group! You can share as many pictures as you like in the groups, but only pictures submitted here will be entered in the giveaways.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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Knitting Pattern: Seeds and Cables Scarf | Finishing Touches Knit Along #2

Free knitting pattern: Seeds and Cables Scarf in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Bonus Bundle yarn by Underground Crafter |Today’s knitting pattern is the Seeds and Cables Scarf. It’s the second pattern in the Finishing Touches Knit Along with KAL Corner. If you love the bold look of cables, this may become your new favorite scarf. And, the seed stitch background sets off the cables while keeping your project from curling.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Yarn for the sample was generously provided by Lion Brand.

I love the look of cables, but I’m a relatively slow knitter. When Lion Brand released the Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Bonus Bundle yarn, I was pretty excited. It’s a larger skein of Wool-Ease Thick and Quick with enough yarn for a scarf in one skein.

Free knitting pattern: Seeds and Cables Scarf in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Bonus Bundle yarn by Underground Crafter | Scarf with shawl pin on smiling womanI love that the cables really pop, but with a super bulky yarn, I can knit up the scarf much faster. And, of course, there are fewer yarn tails to weave in with one skein than with two!

Free knitting pattern: Seeds and Cables Scarf in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Bonus Bundle yarn by Underground Crafter | Scarf as infinity scarf with ends tucked inIf you prefer an infinity scarf, I’ve included instructions for seaming the scarf together. You may want to leave off the garter stitch borders, but I actually think they would add a nice touch on an infinity scarf.

Free knitting pattern: Seeds and Cables Scarf in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Bonus Bundle yarn by Underground Crafter | Scarf as infinity scarf on smiling woman(I just tucked the ends of the scarf underneath for the photo. My version is still a regular straight scarf.)

Free knitting pattern: Seeds and Cables Scarf in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Bonus Bundle yarn by Underground Crafter | Flat lay of scarfI chose a marled color and I love how it turned out! This would also look great in a solid color yarn.

The Seeds and Cable Scarf is the second pattern in the Finishing Touches Knit Along with KAL Corner. Join us for more knitting fun!

  • Sign up for our newsletter to get an email when a new pattern is released.
  • You can join in by knitting the patterns as you have time.
  • By the end of the KAL, you’ll have up to 24 knitted projects. You’ll also have the chance to win great prizes!
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #KALCorner on all social media.
  • If you’d like to chat with other knitters, join the KAL Corner Facebook group or visit this thread in the Underground Crafter Ravelry group
  • Use the button below on Ravelry or elsewhere social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.

Finishing Touches Knit Along with KAL CornerIf you make your own Seeds and Cables Scarf, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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Seeds and Cables Scarf

Knitting Pattern by Underground Crafter

Free knitting pattern: Seeds and Cables Scarf in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Bonus Bundle yarn by Underground CrafterMake a bold statement with classic cables. The seed stitch background sets off the cables while keeping your project from curling.

Finished Size

  • Adult: 6.5” (16.5 cm) width x 48” (122 cm) length.

Materials

Gauge

  • 19 sts = 6.5” (16.5 cm) across in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BO – bind off
  • C4F – 4-stitch cable – Sl 2 sts to cn, hold cn at front, k2, k2 from cable needle. New Stitch a Day has a helpful video tutorial for the C4F cable here.
  • cn – cable needle
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • rep – repeat
  • sl – slip stitch knitwise
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Note

  • This scarf can be easily made into an infinity scarf. At the end, fasten off with a long yarn tail (approximately 24”/61 cm) for seaming. Thread yarn needle with long yarn tail and seam short edges together using the mattress stitch. A photo tutorial for seaming with the mattress stitch is available here.

Pattern Instructions

Scarf

  • CO 19 or any multiple of 7 sts, + 5 sts.
  • Row 1: K to last st, p1.
  • Row 2: Sl 1, k to last st, p1.
  • Rows 3-4: Rep Row 2 twice.
  • Row 5: (Right Side) Sl 1, *p1, k1, p1,** k4; rep from * across to last 4 sts, rep from * to **, p1.
  • Row 6: Sl 1, *p1, k1, p1,** p4; rep from * across to last 4 sts, rep from * to **, p1
  • Row 7: Sl 1, *p1, k1, p1,** C4F; rep from * across to last 4 sts, rep from * to **, p1.
  • Row 8: Rep Row 6.
  • Rows 9-12: Rep Rows 5-6 twice.
  • Rep Rows 5-12 until scarf measures approximately 2” (5 cm) (or length of your Rows 1-4) shorter than desired length, ending after Row 6.
  • Rows 13-16: Rep Row 2, 4 times.
  • BO in pattern for Row 2.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
© 2019 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2019/01/17/knitting-pattern-seeds-and-cables-scarf. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Knitting Pattern: Woven Cable Square | Harmony Blanket Knit Along # 47

Free knitting pattern: Woven Cable Square in Lion Brand Vanna's Choice by Underground CrafterThe knitting pattern for the Woven Cable Square has a woven cable as the centerpiece of the block. If you’re new to cables, this pattern includes linked video tutorials to help you out. This pattern is the forty-seventh square in the Harmony Blanket Knit Along.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links.Yarn for the sample was generously provided by Lion Brand.

In the patterns I’m designing in the Harmony Blanket KAL, I’m highlighting my favorite stitch guides. I adapted this particular woven cable from one I found in Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard. I love this book because it includes instructions for each pattern worked both flat and in the round, with written and charted instructions. If you’re new to “translating” knit patterns from flat to in the round, it’s very helpful!

Since this is my last Harmony Blanket Knit Along square (though there is one more pattern to go next week), I made an Amazon list of my favorite stitch guides, including all the stitch guides I used for my blocks this year. If you’re a knitting stitch junkie, too, you may find something you need to add to your collection!


About the Harmony Blanket KAL

Harmony Blanket Knit Along with KAL Corner | Join us each Thursday from January through November 2018 as we release a new, free knitting pattern for a 6" (15 cm) square in Lion Brand Vanna's Choice yarn. Get 48 free knitting patterns by 13 designers to join into a baby blanket, or make fewer or more squares for a different sized project. For more details, visit Underground Crafter or join the KAL Corner group on Facebook. #KALCorner #knitting

If you make your own Woven Cable Square, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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Woven Cable Square

Knitting Pattern by Underground Crafter

Free knitting pattern: Woven Cable Square in Lion Brand Vanna's Choice by Underground CrafterUS terms 504-medium 50A richly textured woven cable is the centerpiece of this block.

 

Finished Size

  • 6″ (15 cm) square.

Materials

  • Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn (100% acrylic, 3.5 oz/100 g/170 yd/156 m) – 1 skein in 173 Dusty Green, or approximately 45 yd (41 m) in any medium weight yarn.
  • US Size 7/4.5 mm knitting needles, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Cable needle.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • 20 sts = 4″ (10 cm) in pattern. Completed square = 6″ (15 cm) in pattern after blocking. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BO – bind off
  • C6B – 6-stitch right-leaning cable – Sl 3 sts to cable needle, hold cable needle at back, k3, k3 from cable needle. Leisure Arts has a helpful video tutorial for this stitch here.
  • C6F – 6-stitch left-leaning cable – Sl 3 sts to cable needle, hold cable needle at front, k3, k3 from cable needle. Leisure Arts has a helpful video tutorial for this stitch here.
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • rep – repeat
  • RS – right (front) side
  • sl 1 – slip 1 st, knitwise
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.

Pattern Note

  • Pattern repeat is any multiple of 18 sts for the cable, + 4 sts for edges, + 8 sts for borders.

Pattern Instructions

  • CO 30 sts.

Border

  • Border Row 1: K to last st, p1.
  • Border Row 2: Sl 1, k to last st, p1.
  • Border Rows 3 & 4: Rep Row 2 twice.

Woven Cable Stitch Pattern

  • Row 1: (RS) Sl 1, k3, p2, k18, p2, k3, p1.
  • Row 2: Sl 1, k5, p18, k5, p1.
  • Row 3: Sl 1, k3, p2, [C6F] 3 times, p2, k3, p1.
  • Row 4: Rep Row 2.
  • Row 5: Rep Row 1.
  • Row 6: Rep Row 2.
  • Row 7: Sl 1, k3, p2, k3, [C6B] twice, k3, p2, k3, p1.
  • Row 8: Rep Row 2.
  • Rep Rows 1-8 until square measures approximately 5.5″ (14 cm), ending after Row 4 or Row 8.

Border

  • Border Rows 1-4: Rep Border Row 2, 4 times.
  • BO in pattern for Border Row 2. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 3 times the width of square).
© 2018 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2018/11/22/knitting-pattern-woven-cable-square. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Classic Kicks for Little Feet by Helga Spitz Book Review with Basketball Shoes booties Pattern

Free knitting pattern: Basketball Shoes booties by Helga Spitz (excerpted with permission from Classic Kicks for Little Feet: 16 Knitted Shoe Styles for Baby's First Year) via Underground Crafter | booties garlandIf you like to knit quick projects for the littles, then you’re going to want to check out my review of a new pattern book by Helga Spitz. My review also includes an excerpted knitting pattern for infant Basketball Shoes booties and your chance to win a copy of the book, so read on for details!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. A free review copy of Classic Kicks for Little Feet: 16 Knitted Shoe Styles for Baby’s First Year by Helga Spitz was provided to me by Sixth&Spring Books. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.

Book Review

Classic Kicks for Little Feet: 16 Knitted Shoe Styles for Baby's First Year by Helga Spitz cover via Underground CrafterClassic Kicks for Little Feet: 16 Knitted Shoe Styles for Baby’s First Year by Helga Spitz is a knitting pattern collection of what used to be called “booties.” However, Helga’s designs go beyond the classic little envelope style into trendy shoe territory.

The book opens with Knitting Instructions, which includes all the background information you need before getting started. The Basics includes yarn substitutions from European brands to yarns that are easier to find in the United States. Sizes explains how to adjust the size of each project using thicker or thinner yarns and a different size of needles. This chapter also includes a chart of the Standard Yarn Weight System so you can find an appropriately sized needle when changing yarns.

The next chapters include patterns. For Tiny Dancers includes four patterns for feminine shoes such as Mary Jane’s and ballet slippers; The Big Outdoors includes four patterns for cozy boots in various styles; Eye-Catchers includes four patterns for casual shoes including mock sneakers and loafers; and Summer, Sun, Sandals includes four outdoorsy projects including espadrilles and moccasins.

Each pattern includes at least one full page picture (often with the adult-sized shoes that inspired the pattern in the background), along with a materials list including the yarn, needles, and notions required for the pattern, instructions for getting gauge, and the size. Each pattern is available in one of three sizes: 0-3 months, 3-6 months, and 6-9 months (with approximate measures for the sole of each size listed in the Sizes section of the Knitting Instructions chapter). Many of the patterns also include whimsical illustrations of playful animals.

The book ends with Helpful Information, which includes a list of knitting pattern abbreviations, written instructions for double stitch to avoid holes when working short rows, and an index.

None of the patterns include difficulty levels, but since most use several increases or decreases and the book doesn’t include any knitting instructions, I would recommend the book for intermediate or advanced beginner knitters who enjoy making projects for newborns and infants. Like all pattern books, your enjoyment will be increased if you find plenty of projects you’d like to make in this book. You can see all 16 patterns from Classic Kicks for Little Feet on the book’s Ravelry source page. I liked that the book is hardcover, because it seems like it will be sturdy enough to become that “go to” baby pattern book that you return to again and again for quick but satisfying projects.

Basketball Shoes

Knitting Pattern by Helga Spitz

Published in Classic Kicks for Little Feet: 16 Knitted Shoe Styles for Baby’s First Year.

Pattern and Photos © 2018 Sixth&Spring Books. Shared with permission from Sixth&Spring Books.

Free knitting pattern: Basketball Shoes booties by Helga Spitz (excerpted with permission from Classic Kicks for Little Feet: 16 Knitted Shoe Styles for Baby's First Year) via Underground Crafter | shoes near basketballNotes from Underground Crafter:

  • This pattern uses Craft Yarn Council knitting abbreviations. A full list of abbreviations is available here.
  • You can find a helpful video tutorial for the k2tog decrease by LoveKnitting here.
  • This pattern is designed to fit a 0-3 month old with a sole length of 3.5″ (9 cm).

Just because you don’t have the height yet doesn’t mean the gear can’t make you look like a star.

Materials

  • 3.5oz/100g ball (220yd/200m) of Cascade 220 Superwash (wool) – 1 each in white, red, navy, and royal blue
  • 1 set (5) size 5 (3.75mm) dpn
  • Crochet hook size E-4 (3.5mm)
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle

Gauge

  • 22 sts and 44 rows to 4″/10cm over garter st using size 5 (3.75mm) needles.
  • TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE.

Free knitting pattern: Basketball Shoes booties by Helga Spitz (excerpted with permission from Classic Kicks for Little Feet: 16 Knitted Shoe Styles for Baby's First Year) via Underground Crafter | shoes on skateboardSole

  • With white, cast on 32 sts. Divide sts evenly over 4 needles (8 sts per needle). Join, taking care not to twist sts, and place marker for beg of rnd (back of shoe).
  • Work in garter st in rnds (purl 1 rnd, knit 1 rnd) as follows:
  • Rnd 1: Purl.
  • Rnd 2: Needle 1: K1, M1, knit to end; Needle 2: Knit to last st, M1, k1; Needle 3: K1, M1, knit to end; Needle 4: Knit to last st, M1, k1—1 st inc’d on each needle; 4 sts inc’d in total.
  • Repeat last 2 rnds 3 times more—12 sts per needle; 48 sts in total.
  • With white, purl 4 rounds, knit 1 round.
  • Cut white.

Shoe

  • Join navy. Purl 1 round. Cut navy.

Toe

  • Sl first 5 sts on Needle 2 to Needle 1; sl first 7 sts on Needle 3 to Needle 2; sl rem 5 sts on Needle 3 to Needle 4—17 sts each on Needles 1 and 4, 14 sts on Needle 2.
  • Keeping sts of Needles 1 and 4 on hold, join red from RS and work in rows on Needle 2 as follows:
  • Rows 1–4: Work in St st in rows (knit on RS, purl on WS).
  • Row 5: K2, k2tog, k6, k2tog, k2—12 sts.
  • Rows 6, 8, and 10: Purl.
  • Row 7: K2, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k2—10 sts.
  • Row 9: Knit.
  • Row 11: K2, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k2—8 sts.
  • Row 12: Purl.
  • Bind off all sts.

Sides and Back

  • Set-up row 1: (RS) With RS facing and first ball of royal blue, pick up and k 1 st in each of last 2 red sts of toe, then k2 sts from Needle 4; with navy, k30 sts from Needles 4 and 1; with 2nd ball of royal blue, k last 2 sts on Needle 1, then pick up and k 1 st in each of first 2 sts of toe—38 sts.
  • Note: Do not carry unused yarns. When changing colors, twist yarns on WS to prevent holes in work.
  • Row 2: (WS) With royal blue, k4; with navy, purl to last 4 sts; with royal blue, k4.
  • Continue to work first and last 4 sts in garter st (knit every row) with royal blue and center sts in stockinette stitch with navy, as follows:
  • Dec row 3: (RS) With royal blue, k4; with navy, k2tog, k to last 2 navy sts, k2tog; with royal blue, k4.
  • Row 4: Work even in pats.
  • Dec/eyelet row 5: With royal blue, k2, yo, k2tog (eyelet); with navy, K2tog, k to last 2 navy sts, k2tog; with royal blue, k2tog, yo, k2 (eyelet).
  • Row 6: Repeat row 4.
  • Repeat rows 3–6 for 3 times more.
  • Cut navy. With 1 ball of royal blue, knit 4 rows over all sts.
  • Bind off as follows: *K2tog, return st to LH needle; rep from * until all sts are bound off.

Finishing

  • Sew sole seams. Weave in ends.

Shoelace

  • With crochet hook and white, chain 100.
  • Fasten off.
  • Thread shoelace through eyelet holes.

Repeat from beginning for second shoe.

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