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I’ve been on a search for the perfect knit baby booties and stumbled upon this pattern by Christine Bourquin via the dragon[knit]fly blog (See her cute FO above). The side ribbing of the booties helps them stay on the baby’s feet. This pattern was originally published in Threads magazine in 1989 by a 95 year old Christine Bourquin. If she were alive today she’d be 113 years old. I love the idea that this pattern lives on after her and that a new baby can enjoy warm feet based on Christine’s design. [ via ] Link.

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  1. Many versions of these booties exist. Other names include “Stay on Baby Booties” “Jane’s Booties,” “Sockies,” and “Anne Krekel’s Booties.”
    Many people knew of and were knitting similar patterns long before the Threads letter-to-the-editor publication. Not to cast aspersions on the pattern sent in to Threads by Ms. Bourquin – but it’s unclear that she was in fact the originator, although she certainly was one of the major vectors for wider distribution, and may well have polished or otherwise improved upon an earlier concept. And she deserves copious praise for preserving the pattern; for openly sharing her wisdom with the world; and for her unflagging devotion to knitting booties for gifts and charity (which I remember as being mentioned in her letter). But we also can’t rule out that one day we may run across an ur-version the basic concept in a turn-of-the-century women’s magazine archive.
    For the record, bootie patterns of the same boxy, garter welt, in-the-round lineage can be found in the pattern collection at http://www.woolworks.org; and in the Socks, Socks, Socks book published by Knitters Magazine. There’s a step-by-step on construction here: http://www.wiseneedle.com/string-or-nothing/PermaLink,guid,089e1fd3-3394-d4af-6820-0007e96ddfa0.aspx
    So I toast Christine’s memory with gratitude, but I’ll keep my eyes open for similar patterns in books and magazines published prior to 1900.

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