Earlier this year a rash of babies broke out, and I had to replenish my bootie box. (I keep a few pairs of booties on hand at all times. Despite nine months of notice, it still seems to me like some babes come out of nowhere, and booties are a perfect gift every time. They are a supernova of cuteness knit in bright colours, with pom-poms on the ties. This is my basic bootie pattern, based on my basic sock pattern, and they’ve adorned many wee feet. They’re knit in the round, just like little socks, take very little yarn, and are done in a snap.