Hello fellow crafty people. :)
Circular seamless bootees (US booties) are fun to make and with no seams there are no ridges to dig into baby's tender skin.
I've made a basic pattern for a bootee worked from the top down and another for one worked from the bottom up. The illustrations for both look nearly identical but were in fact worked separately to the different directions.
I have also included a picture of a versatile little bootee I designed using these patterns as a 'template'. On the leg and instep I used a classic little twist-stitch cable rib. The leg was made a little longer so that the bootee can be worn long or the cuff folded down for extra-cosy ankles.
The bootees can be made on double pointed needles but I prefer to use circulars. To work around such a small circumference on circulars you can use two circulars or, my preference, one long circular and a method called the 'magic loop'. There are sites on the www that have illustrations of these techniques and you can also refer to a book called "Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles".
I hope you enjoy making them... Megan