For this pair, I'm using some old Caron Dazzleaire yarn out of my stash of partial skeins.
Question referring to the start of the ribbed cuff after making the main portion of the bootie: "...it starts with a foundation chain of 9 chs. But what purpose does it serve? Where is it attached, if at all? It doesn't say. Until now it's like a single tail that just hangs there.
Here's where I've finished row 8 of the upper foot (do not fasten off unless you want the cuff a different color):
After finishing the upper foot, you will have your choice of the plain cuff or the ribbed cuff. I am doing the ribbed cuff.
Starting the ribbed cuff for 1 color bootie:
Starting the ribbed cuff for 2 colors:
- Join 2nd color at the center back
- Ch 9
From now on, I'm just going to show the white bootie because it is the same for both pairs.
"why don't Rows 2 and 3 of the cuff go all the way around? I have 20 sts all around, but it says to just sc in 8 sts then turn, sc in 8 sts then turn etc. When/how do I get to the other side?"
There is some confusion in how this pattern is written. Since you are slip stitching into the main part of the bootie at the end of every other row, you should be at the other side after finishing 20 rows.
You'll be working the 7 single crochets in this chain that is attached to the main part of the bootie.
Then you will slip stitch into the next 2 dc that are in the last row of the main part of the bootie.
Next you will turn, and (in the back loops) 8 sc aross the single crochets you just made in the chains
Look at the pattern and you will see that you will work in a similar pattern until the end (I had 20 rows).
Here's a picture of mine up to this point:
Last question: The last sentence says to "Sew last row of Ribbed Cuff to opposite side of foundation ch." But which side is the opposite? Until now, the foundation ch has 2 sides because it remains unattached!
The foundation row is the one the crochet hook is pointing toward.
Stay tuned for finished booties...
Pattern info is: "Winner's Circle: Easy Baby Booties."Crochet World, June 2010: 6-7.