Etta Mae's Baby Bootikins - Upstream by Cat Bordhi
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Etta Mae's Baby Bootikins - Upstream

July 2007
Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi) ?
20 stitches = 4 inches
US 6 - 4.0 mm
100 - 150 yards (91 - 137 m)
6-9 months (midfoot 5” or 13 cm, foot length also 5” or 13 cm)

New Pathways for Sock Knitters, which I published in 2007, is by far my most ambitious and comprehensive sock book. It contains 8 unique architectures, each one introduced with a quick little baby or toddler sock, followed by a collection of adult designs, and a Master pattern so that you can literally knit an infinite number of variations on each architecture.

Hundreds of designers have used these architectures as a leaping-off point for their own innovations, with the Riverbed, Upstream, and Cedar architectures appearing most often. This was my hope—that the new fields I plowed would become gardens in the minds and hands of others, including you!

This digital version of the book insures that it can remain a resource for knitters and designers forever.

Upstream architecture is a toe-up method with increases distributed within a pie-shaped wedge rising from mid foot to the bend between foot and leg.

This sweet bootikin was designed for Jana Dempsey’s (Handmaiden Fine Yarn, Vancouver, British Columbia) baby daughter, Etta Mae. Little Etta Mae has already spent the first year of her life wearing sumptuously dyed hand-knit luxury fibers - and is known as the mini-maiden. This pink cashmere is knit together with the main yarn, with short ends cut after each round. This makes the knitting simple, and caresses a baby’s foot with cashmere whispers, as they deserve.