3mm circular needles
Yarn in two colours – one for main body of Hootie, one for sole. 4ply or fingering weight would be good
Skills: magic loop, knitting, purling, cabling, picking up stitches
For a larger size, just increase needle size and yarn weight!
c4f means slip 2 st onto cable needle and hold in front. Knit next 2 st, then knit the 2 st from the cable needle.
c4b means the same, just hold the stitches at the back.
Using A, Cast on 26 stitches.
Join in the round, placing marker and being careful not to twist. k1 p1 rib for 8 rounds
k one round
[k2tog, yo, k1] repeat to last 2 stitches, then k2tog, yo
k one round
next row – setting up for chart. Adjust stitches so the 12 stitches for the owl are all on one needle.
k6, p2, k8, p2, turn
1. k2, p8, k2, turn
2. p2, c4f, c4b, p2, turn
3. k2 p8 k2, turn
4. p2 k8 p2, turn
5. K2 p1 k2 p2 k2 p1 k2, turn
6. p2 k1 p2 k2 p2 k1 p2, turn
7. k2 p8 k2, turn
8. p2, c4f, c4b, p2, turn
9. k2 p8 k2, turn
10. p2 k8 p2, turn
11. k2 p8 k2, turn
12. p2 k8 p2, turn
13. k2 p8 k2, turn
14. p2 k8 p2, turn
15. k2 p8 k2, turn
16. p2, c4f, c4b, p2 turn
17. k2 p8 k2, turn
18. p2 k8 p2, turn
k all 12 stitches
NB If you want to give the owl sequins or similar for eyes, sew them on at this stage.
Connect yarn at start of instep and pick up 10 stitches along inside edge of instep, knit along 12 instep stitches, pick up 10 stitches along other side of instep, work remaining stitches. Work 5 rounds in stocking stitch (46 stitches)
Change to B
Set up round – k1, place marker, k21, pm, k2, pm, k21, pm, k1
Decreasing for the sole:
p1 , slip marker, p2tog, p to 2 st from next marker, p2tog, sm, p2, sm, p2tog, p to 2 st from next marker, p2tog, p1
next round: k1, sm, k2tog, k to 2 st from next marker, k2tog, sm, k2, sm, k2tog, k to 2 sti from next marker, k2tog, k1
Continue like this until total of 22 st in round.
Turn Hootie inside out and kitchener remaining stitches together.
Weave in ends. Weave in ankle tie around the ankle holes.
Make as many as you need. This is usually dictated by the number of feet owned by the baby.
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