Bonus Booties for February
It turned out the be the perfect month to have a baby project. My brother and his wife just had a baby girl - my 13th niece/nephew!
Because those cowboy booties in the February 1980 Workbasket Magazine were so cute, I tried to find a version of them online. I found Big Foot Boutique by the same company that did the original (Annie's Attic). The pattern sizes in this book don’t include infant, instead it has versions for child’s size small to an adult extra large. All patterns are done with two strands of worsted weight yarn held together so I think you could do an infant size with just one strand and smaller hook size. I chose to do the child’s size small for these.
I used Red Heart Super Saver in Gold and Café Latte and an H hook.
I had a couple of problems with the pattern – one was resolved by finding an errata page later.
The sole in the pattern is done in gold but the one on the cover is done in brown. I followed the pattern so the bottoms of the boots are gold instead of brown. This has a correction that I found on Annie’s Attic website. This book has five pages of corrections so keep that in mind if you buy it.
The directions for the heel are odd and I still don’t know if I have it right but it looks ok. It would probably look better if I’d done the sole in brown. People on Ravelry for the old version of the pattern also mentioned that this was an issue for them so at least I wasn’t alone in that.
The last problem I had with this was the loopy chain decoration. It’s cute but not easy to get on evenly. At least for me - other people didn't seem to have a problem with that part.
Again, Ravelry and my Cricut to the rescue. There were a few versions of finished projects on Ravelry for the original baby version that used stars so I cut out some gold stars and use those instead. Cricut makes cutting out perfect felt shapes so easy!
There is another Annie’s pattern that has a cowboy boot pattern for babies that is still in print called Sweet Shoes for Wee Ones. If I’d seen this one first I probably would have bought this one instead. In addition to the cowboy boots it has loafers, snow boots and mock crocs; a total of 15 baby shoe patterns. It is available through my library and Hoopla so I might look at it at least and see if anything looks fast and easy.
Next week I'll have voting for March ready!
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I'm from Minnesota and have been crocheting since 2003. I inherited a box full of Workbasket Magazines from my mother-in-law and became obsessed with the vintage patterns.