>EDIT : my friend Jejeune has turned this pattern into a PDF which you will find here
I LOVE the people at Patons Australia.
I started these little bootees yesterday [ and just finished them ] from a vintage Patons book from the late 70s – 20 beautiful Booties C24.
Earlier this arvo I emailed them to ask if I could share the pattern with you – it being out of print and all – and they’ve already replied very sweetly in the affirmative. As with so many patterns of the era, it didn’t have a name, just a number, so I’m calling it Bluebell Bootees after the yarn it was designed for. Having said that though, I used Jasmin, which was another Patons yarn of similar gauge from that period.
NOTE: the original pattern has the ridges in a contrast colour but I’m giving you directions for a single colour as per the sample. Of course, if you like sewing in ends, by all means do the garter stitch ridges in a contrast. It will look fabulous but I’m too lazy.
yarn: Patons Bluebell – less than one ball
length: 4 1/4″
needles: 3.00mm / US size 2.5 or 3
tension – 14 1/2 stitches to 2″ over stockinette
abbreviation – “inc” knit twice into same stitch
Using 3mm needles cast on 25 stitches
row 1: “inc” knit to end
row 2: knit
rep. row 1 & 2 4 times [ 30 stitches]
work 19 rows garter stitch
shape front as follows-
row 1: [ wrong side ] cast off 10 sts, patt to end
row 2: knit
row 3: K1, purl to last st, K1
row 4,5 & 6: knit
rep rows 3-6 incl 3 times and then rows 3-5 once
keeping continuity of pattern, shape toe as follows –
row 1 K2tog, pattern to end
row 2: pattern to end
repeat last 2 rows 4 times [ 15 stitches ]
row11: pattern to end
row 12: K1 purl to last stitch,” inc”
row 13 knit
repeat rows 12 and 13, 3 times and then row 12 once [ 20 stitches]
row 21 , 22 & 23: knit
row 24: K1, purl to last st, K1
Repeat rows 21 to 24 incl 3 times, then rows 21 – 23 incl once
next row – cast on 10 sts, purl across work to last st, K1 [ 30 stitches ]
Complete other side of back of bootee, working dec. on heel to correspond with other side.
The original pattern has a 3/4″ pom-pon attached to cover the gathered section.
When I have more time and energy I’ll write out some full directions to replace that “work to correspond to other side” which is how most patterns used to be written.
Anyway now that I understand the basic shaping , I’m going to cast on for a pair in 8-ply/sport and slightly bigger needles and have a play with the numbers so that it still comes out no bigger than this – in fact I’d like it a wee bit smaller… newborn size
ETA the result is here
but you’ll need to scroll past the goaty stuff.