One of the knitting Facebook groups I’m in had a post searching for an English version of these booties – and I was enthralled. Short rows? Garter? I’m sold!
After studying the video, I’ve written down my version of it as best I can. There’s a lot of flexibility here, and I’ve included a few ways to easily customize it if you’re willing to do some trial and error. As written, these will fit a US 9.5 women’s foot (about 9″ / 23 cm length foot). They have some wiggle room though, and would likely be able to size up or down easily.
These are a little on the loose side, I’d suggest going down a needle size or two if you want a denser fabric.
Carry CC up the wrong side of the fabric.
To incorporate German Short Rows (my preferred short rows), work 1 more stitch than directed in pattern, and work the turn as usual. Directions are written for an easy turn without wraps, but it does leave a small hole.
Note: This is just my version of the pattern & may have errors – if you have any suggestions or changes, please let me know! If you’d like to support me, you can buy me a coffee here: ko-fi.com/cbibler.
Details on the sample can be found on my Ravelry project page here: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/sketchymurr/turkish-booties
Needles: US 6 (4 mm) – straights or circular
Gauge: 18 st x 36 rows per 4″ (10 cm) (about 18 garter row ridges per 4″)
Yarn: DK yarn (Sample used Coboo & James C. Brett Harmony DK.)
Cast on 50 using a long tail cast on.
Sizing Note: If making a smaller sized bootie, subtract even numbers to get the correct width – the cast on length is what will sit up against the heel, so adjust for the correct height. Cast on length divided by 2 = heel height.
Row 1: (RS) Slip first st, purl to end, turn
Row 2: (WS) Slip first st, purl to end, turn
Row 3 – A Stripe: Slip first stitch, purl 3, attach CC. Purl to last four, turn. Slip first stitch, purl to last 4 st, turn
Row 4: Purl to end of row using MC, turn.
Row 5: Slip first st, purl to end of row, turn
Row 6 – B Stripe: Slip first stitch, purl 7, switch to CC. Purl to last 8 st, turn. Slip first stitch, purl to last 8 st, turn.
Row 7: Purl to end of row using MC, turn.
Row 8: Slip first st, purl to end of row, turn.
Row 9 – C Stripe: Slip first stitch, purl 11, switch to CC. Purl to last 8 st, turn. Slip first stitch, purl to last 12 st, turn.
Row 10: Purl to end of row using MC, turn.
Row 11: Slip first st, purl to end of row, turn.
Row 12: Repeat B stripe.
Repeat A – B – C – B stripes (each stripe is 3 rows) until there are 5 A stripes total, making the last row the 5th A stripe repeat.
Piece is about 7.5” wide before binding off. To make your bootie for a smaller size, omit A stripe repeats. To make for a longer foot size, add A stripe repeats. Garter is stretchy, so assume some forgiveness in fit.
Bind off. (Alternatively, fold live stitches in half and kitchener them together.)
Fold in half (with the cast on and cast off edges as the “halved” sides). Seam up along the cast on and cast off edge on each side.
Crochet a picot edging around the top if desired. I suggest using a smaller hook to tighten it up a little.