Frog in knots

Knitting, knots and frogging.

Friday, June 02, 2006


Size: 3-6 (6-9) months
Foot length: 3.75 (4.25) inches


Red - Tivoli Luxor (56% Polyamid, 26% Viscose, 18% Dralon; 109yd/100m per 50g ball)

White - King Cole Smooth DK (100% Acrylic; 236yd/216m per 100g ball)

Black - King Cole Smooth DK (100% Acrylic; 236yd/216m per 100g ball)

Note: This pattern will work with any DK weight yarn; only a small amount of each colour is required, I had enough of the red to make 3 pairs. GGH Mystik shade 25 is a good alternative for the red sparkly yarn although is handwash only.

3.25 mm /US 3 and 4 mm / US 6 .
3 stitch holders, safety pins or waste yarn
Tapestry needle

Tension 22 sts/30 rows = 4" in stocking stitch on 4 mm /US 6 needles


2x2 rib = * k2, p2. Rep from * to end of row.

Stripe sequence = in stocking stitch starting with a knit row [RS] * work 2 rows in Black, work 2 rows in White. Rep from * for required number of rows. Carry the yarn up the side of the work.

M1F = From the front, lift loop between stitches with left needle, knit into back of loop.

M1B = From the back, lift loop between stitches with left needle, knit into front of loop.

3 needle cast off = with an equal number of sts on each needle, fold the work so the right side faces inwards. Using a spare needle, insert it into the front of the first stitch from each needle and knit both stitches together. *Work the following stitch the same and pass the first stitch over the second. Rep from * to end and draw the yarn through the final st. If you do not have a spare 4 mm / US 6 needle then exchange one set of sts to a 3.25 mm / US 3 needle.

Corrections shown in red.

No babies were harmed in production of this pattern.
Worked in one piece [make 2]

Using 3.25 mm / US 3 needles and White cast on 28 (32) sts.
Work 2x2 rib for 4 rows.

Change to 4 mm / US 6 needles and work 18 (18) rows in stripe sequence.
Break yarn.

Place 11 (13) sts on a holder or some waste yarn.

Keeping stripe sequence correct join in White to RS and work 6 (6) sts.
Place the remaining 11 (13) sts on a holder or some waste yarn.

Working on the 6 (6) sts turn and continue in stripe sequence for 8 (10) rows ending with a knit row.

Next row: p1, p2tog, p2tog tbl, p1

Place the 4 (4) toe sts on a holder or some waste yarn.


With RS facing and using Red
Place 11 (13) sts from 1st holder onto 4 mm / US 6 needles and knit.

Pick up and knit 9 (11) sts along instep at each row end starting at the first White row
K 4 (4) toe sts from holder
Pick up and knit 9 (11) sts along instep at each row end.

K 11 (13) sts from remaining holder.
44 (52) sts.

Purl 1 row.

Shoe shaping

Row 1: k19 (23), M1B, k6 (6), M1F, k19 (23).

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3: k19 (23), M1B, k8 (8), M1F, k19 (23).

Row 4: Purl
Row 5: k19 (23), M1B, k10 (10), M1F, k19 (23).
50 (58) sts.

Row 1: k1, k2tog, k17 (21), k2tog, k 6 (6), k2 tog, k17 (21), k2tog, k1
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: k1, k2tog, k16 (20), k2tog, k 4 (4), k2 tog, k16 (20), k2tog, k1
Row 4: Knit.

Row 5: k1, k2tog, k15 (19), k2tog, k 2 (2), k2 tog, k15 (19), k2tog, k1.
38 (46) sts.

Work 2 rows in garter stitch.

Next row: k19 (23) sts, leaving the remaining 19 (23) sts on the right hand needle.

Cast off using the 3 needle cast off method.

Join sole and back seam using mattress stitch.

Weave in the ends.

If you have any problems with the pattern please don't hesitate to get in touch.
A huge thanks to Pam for contacting me regarding a pattern error.

© Rain 2006. This pattern is provided free for your own non-commercial use. This pattern may not be reproduced online in other locations, in E-Books or in hard copy to be sold or distributed without the permission of the owner (that's me!). This copyright notice must remain intact with the pattern. Failure to comply will result in a hex being put on you and your offspring for all eternity.


At 12:11 pm, Blogger reluctantMANGO said...

Oh, those are too much! If only my friends and family would stop it with the boy babies already and give me a girl to knit for! Thanks for sharing the pattern.

At 1:07 pm, Blogger T said...

How excellent are THEY??? It's a total nuisance that you weren't doing this when my DD was a babe as I'd have wanted them all. The photos are great.

WHY aren't you famous yet?? :D

At 2:08 pm, Blogger Melissa said...

Those are awesome. I love the pics.
Like others, I just need a girl to knit for.

At 3:04 pm, Blogger Samantha said...

Those are the cutest socks! I'm a huuuuge fan of The Wizard of Oz ... wicked awesome! Thanks for sharing the pattern! :)

At 3:42 pm, Blogger ra said...

you can't hex my offspring 'cos I don't have any (and don't plan to either). Those are well cool and the photos are ace too. Good job!

At 5:04 pm, Blogger KnitPastis said...

Oh my gosh, there you go again making me laugh my butt off!!
The legs sticking out are too funny!! Great job on this pattern.

At 5:39 pm, Blogger aija said...

OMG, the wizard of oz shot is brilliant!!

At 5:42 pm, Blogger KnitYoga said...

The bootees are waaayyy cute and your own original design. Fantastic! I love the photography, too!

At 6:34 pm, Blogger Rain said...

Thanks folks, I had a brilliant time making them and it was a scream doing the photos. You'd have cried at some of the ideas that got scrapped.

Reluctant Mango, Melissa - Hang in there they seem to go in cycles so you should be due some girls soon.

Nanatoo - lol, I wish.

At 8:34 pm, Blogger Genki said...

They are so cute, I love it! Great job, you should be really proud of yourself to have such an original idea and carry it out!

At 8:41 pm, Blogger DomesticOverlord said...


Those socks are almost worth having another baby for. Almost.

How much do you rule? I'll tell you, so much that I'm gushing like an idiot.

At 9:43 pm, Blogger Unknown said...

I just love them! Great design and great pics!

Everyone I know is pregnant right now, hopefully sonograms will predict a few girls to make these for.

At 10:06 pm, Blogger Knittypants said...

Oh my goodness, Rain, those are the super cutest baby shoes ever!! I am going to have to find a baby, my girl is getting too big. Or maybe just make some to put in my flower pot, too. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

At 12:27 am, Blogger Rain said...

Lol, DO love ya right back, you've made my hit counter explode, I'll be getting emails from clustrmap shouting at me again.

Sarah, I'm the same, 4 babies due and hoping for girls.

Areli, your kids are far too angelic looking to ever warrant witch shoes.

At 12:29 am, Blogger aurora said...

Cutest. Booties. Ever.

I even know someone who has just has a baby...oooh the temptation...

(Agree with nanatoo - why aren't you famous yet!?)

At 1:10 pm, Blogger Bad Amy said...

Band saws -and- clay pots -and- bootees, OH MY!
Your pics made my day... you are a silly silly girl.

I too need a girl to knit for!

At 1:46 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My new niece needs a pair of those! They are so cool.

At 9:21 pm, Blogger allisonmariecat said...

Adorable! Thank you for sharing the pattern.

At 3:35 am, Blogger Batty said...

Brilliant! Unfortunately, the Wizard of Oz scares the living daylights out of the only baby girl I know. But it would be a blast to knit up a pair and have them stick out of a full bowl of candy.

At 5:30 am, Blogger Zonda said...

Those are totally awesome!! Great job on the pattern and the photography hehehe!

At 7:55 am, Blogger Seahorse said...

Oh Rain, you're brilliant! NOT intending to have any more babies here but I think I might try and do a grown up version for myself!!!

At 10:04 am, Blogger Rain said...

Aurora - thanks, lol, you two make me laugh with this fame thing.

Batty, you've go an evil mind - I like it!

Aw, go on Seahorse, just one more! A grown up version would be hilarious.

At 12:32 pm, Blogger Stickbloggen said...

"No babies were harmed in production of this pattern."

You have my kind of humour! *smile*

At 1:43 pm, Blogger acrylik said...

Thank you so much for the cool pattern, my colleague's new born might just get a pair ;)

At 1:55 pm, Blogger purrl said...

Those are hilarious. I love your pics!

At 3:51 pm, Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Oh my Lord that has got to be the funniest FO pic EVAR! How cute! Have you thought of doing the "Dorothy" version with the little white ankle socks?

At 4:28 pm, Blogger Seahorse said...

Rain - I can't find a way to contact you privately, would you send me an email to hippocampusstitcher AT hotmail DOT com ? Nothing awful, just a question :)

At 4:30 pm, Blogger Seahorse said...

Rain, I can't see a way to contact you privately. Can you send me an email at hippocampusstitcher AT hotmail DOT com ? Nothing awful, just a question! :)

At 2:07 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is just unbelievably clever and cute. Your patterns are all so creative! I am definitely tagging this as something to make at some point -- thank you for sharing the idea and the pattern so we can all take advantage of your genius.

Oh, and the photos are GREAT.

At 3:29 am, Blogger Stefaneener said...

You slay me.

At 11:16 am, Blogger Dina said...

Wow! You've been a busy bee! Writing patterns ... sewing ... shopping ... drinking ...!

I just love, love, love Ruby and you have me thinking about making a pair for myself!

Starsky looks cozy, but if you're seriously thinking about pitching it, you can add me to the list ... and you look fantastic in your Clapotis. Lucky you!

LOL. You ARE brave for posting an '80s pic of you! I really ought to dig around my photo box to share a few.


At 6:38 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rain, those photos are so good, I laughed so much when I saw them, in fact I am going to have another look. I think I will even make some for my neighbours baby, not sure if they will get it, but you never know!

At 9:42 pm, Blogger Jonnie said...

Love those ruby slippers!! Too cute! Thanks for the pattern.

At 8:10 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am from KANSAS and can't wait to get started! Thank you!

At 7:58 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are just soooo cool. Great idea and how fabulous of you to publish the pattern. Thanks!

At 1:50 pm, Blogger SylvChezPlum said...

thanks so much for sharing your pattern, those are gorgeous, and I'm sure they stay really well on babies feet ! Need to make some for my baby girl.. (yes, I'm lucky that I have 2 girls to knit for.. ;-) )

At 7:53 pm, Blogger Kathleen Dames said...

That first picture is hysterical! Thanks for a cute pattern. I know just the baby to make these for.

At 9:27 pm, Blogger Deanna said...

I'm expecting #3 (a GIRL!) in early September and these would be perfect... but I'm a crocheter, not a knitter (sigh). These are adorable enough to make me learn how.

You're famous to me. ;)

At 4:45 am, Blogger Rebecca Pierce said...

Thanks for sharing. I love them, I'll make some soon!

At 6:58 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

these were just too cute! i've posted about them on the Daily Chum, they're just too adorable to keep under wraps!

At 8:45 pm, Blogger averagecandy said...

saw your booties on CRAFT, these are HILARIOUS! love the pictures, rofl.

At 6:41 pm, Blogger roni said...

these are so sweet! how can i size them for a 12 month old? thanks!

At 8:43 pm, Blogger EllenQ said...

I'm a Kansas girl so I love the nod to the Wizard of Oz. I just made these for my friend's baby and they came out sooo cute with just scrap yarn. Thank you for the great pattern! I just posted about it on my blog:

At 1:47 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love these! Thank you for the pattern! Now I have to knit these for my new neice due in Nov!!

At 5:18 am, Blogger Unknown said...

I sent my daughter a link to your wicked bootie pattern because it made me laugh and we share the same sense of humor. Her comment was, "That is both hilarious and disturbing".

At 9:15 pm, Anonymous Brandon said...

I love wicked I have got to make these;)) LMAO

At 6:34 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

such fun! couldnt help but laugh at the photos
good work dudette

At 12:09 am, Blogger Liz Helton said...

would it be okay for me to make these for sale as long as i give you credit for the pattern and design?


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