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Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy ...

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Kirsty's Cap and Cuddly Booties

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Kirsty's Cap and Cuddly Booties
Kirsty's Cap and Cuddly Booties
Kirsty's Cap and Cuddly Booties
Kirsty's Cap and Cuddly Booties
Kirsty's Cap and Cuddly Booties

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • colorwork experience -- stranded and intarsia
  • knitting in the round
  • following colorwork chart
  • ssk, k2tog, sl2k1psso

Pattern Description:

Make this cute set for your own little Kirsty ... the booties are knit in one-piece (and are seamless) with just a bit of colorwork while the tam has a nice deep band (with a solid underbrim) and then the fun colorwork wheel toward the center.

The sample is done in a washable worsted wool using four colors ... about 125 yards of the main color (here a pastel purple) and approx 25 yards of each of the contrasting colors.

Directions are both charted and written out.

For a boy's version, please see my Cormack's Cap and Cozy Booties pattern (http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/accessory/cormacks-cap-and-cozy-booties/43022)


5sts x 6rnds = 1" in stockinette worked in the round and blocked

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 0-6month -- cap fits 15-18" head; bootie up to 3-1/2" foot


  • approx 200 (140 for tam/cap and 60 for booties) yards of washable, worsted-weight wool yarn (sample used Kraemer's Summit Hill in four colors: oMC (Fluorite) - 125 yards oCC1 (Giggle) - 25 yards oCC2 (Balsa) - 25 yards oCC3 (Peridot) - 25 yards
  • #US 6 dpns and circs (16- and 24-inch lengths)
  • tapestry needle
  • stitch markers (7)

Suggested yarn:

200 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Kraemer's Summit Hill (washable wool)


Flourite, Giggle, Balsa and Peridot