Work Department - Godey's Lady's Book
Vol. 85, August 1872, p. 174

Infant Boot: Crochet

This boot is worked in single Berlin wool, and takes three-quarters of an ounce of white and six skeins of color; Penelope hook, No 4. 

Begin at the toe with a chain of twelve stitches with white wool, work one row of double crochet, turn back and work a row of ribbed crochet, but take every alternate stitch down into the first chain row; turn back and work in ribbed crochet, but work two stitches in one in the centre of the boot;

Next row take every alternate stitch down into the chain of last row, continue working these two rows until you can count eleven ridges, always making two stitches in one in the centre of the plain ribbed rows;

Then work a row, and at the center stitch make a chain of seven; turn and work back in ribbed crochet, working seven of double row stitches at the sole side of the boot;

In the next row, only work five, then four, then three; next work four, then five, then

Next work a row, and at the center stitch make a chain of seven; turn and work back in ribbed crochet, working seven of double row stitches at the sole side of the boot;

In the next row, only work five, then four, then three; next work four, then five, then seven, nine, and ten; this brings it to the back of the book.

A plain row of ribbed crochet must be worked between each of these pattern rows, join the wool, and work the other side of the boot to match.

For the sole, make a chain of eleven stitches, and work backwards and forwards in double crochet for twenty-six rows; sew the boot around this.

For the ankle, first sew the two sides of the slit together, and with the colored wool work two rows, of one treble, one chain all around the top; double these two rows together, and work a row of one single and five chain into every chain of last row.

Next row, work one chain and one single into the centre stitch of the five chain; work this so as to fasten it down to the ribbed stitches at the top of the boot.

Finish with cords and ball tassels of colored wool, made by tying the wool together in the middle tightly.

 

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