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May 28, 2008



Gryhon Perkins' Old World Booties

By popular demand, we have made arrangements to bring back the Old World Booties pattern by Gryphon Perkins. (Free download! Whoo!) These booties are so cute, and so unusual, that I asked Gryphon to write a little bit about what inspired her to design these felted, playful shoesies for little folk. 

Here's what Gryphon had to say:

Little feet, and the desire to have them in my life, were heavily on my mind when I designed these booties, so they came about as a 'build it and they will come' mojo. (I'm happy to report that it worked beautifully.) They've also played a great role in launching my design career, as a sort of hit single, so the original pairs hold a place of honour on a shelf in the living room.

Medieval-inspired patterns were a natural place for me to start since my first forays into the textile world were in the realm of historical, especially medieval and renaissance, costuming. I love the idea of adapting historical styles to fun and playful kids clothes and enjoy the challenge of figuring out how to reinvent non-knit styles for knitters. Be adventurous with these booties - try your own colour changes (alternating colours on the tassles? stripes?) or variations on the shapes (lace-up backs? taller serf booties?), or even scaling them up for big people feet!

The Old World Booties pattern danced their way into our online store. -- Sandi

The adorable Old World Booties!

Sandi Wiseheart is the founding editor of Knitting Daily.
  She is now the author of the popular Knitting Daily blog: What's on Sandi's Needles.


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The designer modeled these baby booties on a favorite pair of suede boots.


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JillSmith wrote
on Nov 6, 2010 12:27 PM

the free pattern download is not working for me. Anyone else?

Jean@11 wrote
on Jul 10, 2010 9:19 AM

I, too ,am looking for the free download for the Old World Booties by Gryphon Perkins.  Have we been baited and switched?  If it is not available as a free pattern, please update the site to remove the offering and the pattern discussion.  If it is still available, could you please give guidance as to how to access the pattern?

Thank you.

Rebecca Daun wrote
on Feb 23, 2010 6:42 AM

These booties are great!  Sadly, although the lead-in says:  "By popular demand, we have made arrangements to bring back the Old World Booties pattern by Gryphon Perkins. (Free download! Whoo!)", when I click on the link, it doesn't get me to a free download.  I see that a few others are having the same issues.  What's up?

jwalter wrote
on Feb 2, 2010 10:51 AM

I would love to download the "Old World Booties" pattern by Gryphon Perkins, but when I click on FREE Download....the message " Access Denied"

Could you please tell me what I need to do to get this free pattern?

Janet Walter

218-744-5869 home

218-780-3400 mobile

apolinaria wrote
on Jan 11, 2010 5:33 PM

are there any in size for like twelve year olds in size noe? like any in for kids?

Sandy Pryce wrote
on Oct 19, 2009 5:56 AM

How can i get the Old World Booties pattern Free Download...

Peter John wrote
on Oct 18, 2009 9:43 AM

Well done to Knitting Daily !  I dont knit that much but look forward to see what is new every time I download my email!  AND it is all for free !!! Thx to all who make this possible.

Sweetside wrote
on Jan 21, 2009 7:21 AM
I'd love to make these booties for my little ones ! They also would make great birthday gifts ! Please offer it again for free.
tinkknitz wrote
on Jan 7, 2009 3:20 PM
I know it was an honest mistake . . . why not do the honorable thing and offer it for free again for a week at least? Looks like it would make a lot of knitters happy :-)
smsgoofy wrote
on Jan 7, 2009 10:03 AM
How do I get the free pattern for the booties? It says it is for sale for $5.50. Please help.
CynthiaL wrote
on Jan 5, 2009 8:45 AM
Betty B, can you help me with my question please? It's the entry previous to your post. Hope you can straighten out my confusion!
Deb@7 wrote
on Jan 5, 2009 8:30 AM
I agree would love to knit these, but the pattern is no longer available. Please provide it again.
JeanA wrote
on Jan 5, 2009 8:03 AM
I was overjoyed when this pattern first came out, only to find it is only for children. I second all those requests for a resized pattern for adults. If you're old and live in Vermont but still are a bit whimsical, it isn't easy to both keep your feet warm and feel chic and updated at the same time.
BettyB wrote
on Jan 5, 2009 7:22 AM
Hi, wonderful pattern! I've made 6 pairs and sold all of them, sat first I was making them for gifts, guess I'll have to make more,(and hide them from my friends, this time!!) Betty from Canada
CynthiaL wrote
on Jan 5, 2009 6:00 AM
Gold Bobble Booties........HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please, I have them on my needles now and keep ripping, not sure if it's ME or the PATTERN. At "Upper", where we are to work 9 rows in St st (for smallest size bootie), do I start with a PURL row or with a KNIT row? If I'm following along correctly, this would start on the WS, hence the confusion. ANYONE????????????
WendyA wrote
on Oct 13, 2008 5:58 AM

Hi! I love these booties and am starting out with the serf booties, but am already stuck at the sole. The first two rounds of increases are spelled out, but I'm not sure at what point I continue to make the increases in the middle. In the first row they are done in the middle two stitches, in the second increase row there are two knit stitches between the center increases. For the third row I tried K1, K1f&b, K17, K1f&b, K4, K1f&b, K17, but then had extra stitches before the final Kf&b, K1.

Any comments from anyone who's made these?!


BarbaraW wrote
on Sep 23, 2008 3:04 PM

please an undated pattern for young at heart adults

and my three grandchildren

5 7 9

have not mastered making a pattern larger and christmas is coming

thanks barbara wilson

AnnaS wrote
on Jun 23, 2008 12:59 AM


I love these boots, but I'm slightly confused!

I'm making the Gold Bobble Booties,  and when you get to the just before the "Upper" section it says "Purl 1 RS row. Upper, Change to B and work 9 rows even in St St.  Next row: (RS) K28...."

Now, do I do nine rows which I alternate knit a row then purl a row, doing nine rows total, but that doesn't correspond with then going onto a RS row, or do I do 18 rows total (knit then purl a line 9 times, which would take me to a RS row?

Any help gratefully recieved!



on Jun 13, 2008 7:04 AM

These are adorable booties!  I just came to the blog to comment on the bells on the jester style booties.  Just imagine that you're a baby in the crib - the bells would dig into your little legs.  I'm surprised no-one else has commented on this, though I see there's a comment about the health and safety issues.  Thanks for a great site.

VeronicaB wrote
on Jun 9, 2008 3:05 PM

Oh Please - I am a new knitter and an old Nana; the Grands are big kids with big feet, but I know they would love booties to fit their piggies now. I have no clue how to enlarge the pattern directions, I can just about knit and pearl! HELP!!!! vee

P. A.M wrote
on Jun 4, 2008 9:45 AM

How do you bang cymbals and beat drums to have a pattern brought back? I dearly love Sandy Cushman's Wedding Afghan and thought I'd copied it, but after nearly a 3-hour search I haven't been able to turn up my copy. This pattern is just the one I'd hoped to make for a wedding in August. I'm yearning:( I even checked to see if it might be for sale in the store to no avail.

Pining in VT,

Patty M.

AnnySharman wrote
on Jun 2, 2008 12:42 AM

To Wendy EG

Magic!  Thanks for your suggestions - websites duly logged under my Knitting Favourites!

elizaduckie wrote
on Jun 1, 2008 10:25 PM

To AnnS --  See the website for the yarn details:

and then search for a yarn conversion chart, there are quite a few.

Such as:

I have no affiliation...Enjoy.

La VonneC wrote
on May 31, 2008 6:14 PM

I too would love to know how to make these for adult-sized (but perhaps not totally adult minded) people.  We all love something fun and whimsical in our lives.  Help us get to the off-center side.  Please, please, please.

AnnySharman wrote
on May 31, 2008 5:30 AM

Really great boots - I have a brand new grandaughter - first one! - but have done a search on the yarn, and can't find it in UK.  Guess it's our 4ply equivalent, given the size of the needles, and obviously a 100% wool is required......any ideas or comments?  GrannyAnn

on May 30, 2008 2:49 PM

I'm with HeidiD and MaryB. I would love to see adult patterns. Or hints/tips on how to increase to adult sizes.

MaryB@12 wrote
on May 30, 2008 2:32 PM

Glad to see the booties back.  I would be very interested in adult sizes in the same style.  I feel similar to a recent comment.  I would like to see more patterns in IK sized up versions such as the Central Park Hoodie was (thanks!).  In a dream world, we would all be sized 10 or smaller, however tens of thousands of knitters or people those knitters would like to make things for are not in that category.  Please have at least several things that are up-sized in each issue.  I did not renew my subscription several years ago based on the sizing range.  I now review the IK issue in a store and then make my decision whether to buy it or dot.  Though there are always some things of interest in each issue, I usually decide that it does not meet my needs and pass on it.  Now that some items are not supported online that were online when I subscribed to or bought the issues I have, I am again saddened.  True, I can adjust and rewrite some things but it doesn't always work out.  I think it will usually just work out best if I start from the beginning and design my own things or with a pattern that I buy as a single pattern in the correct size.  My best wishes for Knitting Daily's success to help most people.  Mary

HeidiD wrote
on May 30, 2008 2:24 PM

Those are cute!  How about a pattern in for them in adult sizes too for us young at heart.

Nittineedles wrote
on May 30, 2008 2:14 PM

PLEASE!  For the love of God and any child who will wear these adorable booties, please do NOT stitch on bells or bobbles or anything else a baby could chew or gum off.