Monday, December 23, 2013

Katy's Booties

My niece is 8 months old.  Her parents are very successful and she doesn't need anything. ANYTHING! All of her wants and needs have been taken care of.  This leaves me in a bit of a pickle. What do you get for a baby that already has everything?!  

The correct answer is: cowgirl boots.  Actually, these are cowboy boots, but Katy's only 8 months old and she won't know the difference for at least another year and a half.  (Mims was about 2 years old when we tried to buy her a Batman t-shirt and she burst into tears.  "Girls wear pretty dresses, Mama," she informed me. She has since come around, because awesome t-shirts can be worn by anyone, but she wears her Adventure Time shirts with the flounciest of skirts)
I made the boots using THIS pattern from The Crochet Crowd.  I LOVE the little heel!!!!

These were supposed to be Mary Janes, but I thought they were so adorable without the strap, they looked like little flats.  So I have left it off.  The "cuff" part was really long on this pattern (unnecessarily long, in my opinion, unless you were making them for an abnormally long-legged baby) so I modified it.  If you've got a baby with normal sized legs you might want to try it my way too!
I used THIS pattern (also from The Crochet Crowd).

My modifications:
Follow the direction exactly as written through R10
R11: ch 2, in back loops only dc in each st around, sl st to first dc to close round (20/22 st)
R12-13: ch 2, fpdc around, sl st to first dc to close round (20/22 st)
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Finish with Trim as written, and add a strap if you prefer.

I am sure that Katy and her mama are going to be very happy.  After all, a girl can never have too many pairs of shoes, right?  ;D


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