Posted by: Sylvia, aka Shucky | September 19, 2010

Aunt Alm’s Dorm Boots

Aunt Alm’s Dorm Boots



The following pattern is an adaptation of the original Dorm Boots pattern by Amy Detjen’s Aunt Alm.


Plain – XLarge
Variation 1 – XSmall Variation 2 – Large Variation 3 – Medium

Sizes XS(S,M,L,XL)
XS & S = small child to young teen
M = Women size 6 to 8 shoe
L & XL = Men
Directions are for smallest size with larger sizes in brackets. If there is only one figure, it applies to all sizes.

Materials:
any knitting worsted weight yarn
4.5mm double pointed needles (4 needles for small sizes and 5 needles for larger sizes) or size to obtain gauge
markers, darning needle

Gauge: 20 sts and 26 rows = 4″/10 cm over stockinette st

Terms:
2×2 ribbing – *k2, p2, repeat from *
dpn(s) – double-pointed needle(s)
k – knit
k2tog – knit 2 stitches together
p – purl
p2tog – purl 2 stitches together
pm – place marker
rnd(s) – round(s)
ssk – slip 2 stitches separately to right needle as if to knit. Knit these 2 stitches together by inserting left needle into them from left to right.
st(s) – stitch(es)

Bottom of boot:
Cast on 64(72,80,88,96) sts distributing evenly over 3 needles, pm and join.
*K 1 rnd, p 1 rnd, repeat from * 5(6,6,7,7) more times.

Middle portion of boot:
K29(33,37,41,45) sts, k2tog, p1, pm to denote centre of boot, p1, ssk, k to end of rnd.
Following rnds, k to last 3 sts before centre marker, k2tog, p1, slip marker, p1, ssk, k to end of rnd.
Continue decreasing in this manner until 32(36,40,40,44) sts left on needles.

Top/ribbing of boot, XS(M,L):
Work a 2×2 ribbing for 16(20,20) rnds, p1, *k2, p2, repeat from * to last 3 sts, k2, p1.
Bind off loosely.

Top/ribbing of boot, S(XL):
Work a 2×2 ribbing for 18(22) rnds, k1, *p2, k2, repeat from * to last 3 sts, p2, k1.
Bind off loosely.

Sew up bottom with darning needle and weave in ends.
Fold cuff over.

Variations:
1. Work bottom, middle portion and ribbing in 3 different colours.
2. Work bottom and cuff in one colour, middle portion in another colour.
3. Embellish boot with a fancy edging.

The following pattern is the original source for my adaptation above.

Amy Detjen’s Aunt Alm’s Dorm Boots!

4 mm/US 6 needle and 2 oz knitting worsted weight yarn
Cast on 76 sts (86 sts for men) – (3.75 mm/US 5 needle with 76 sts for children)

Knit 14 rows (7 ridges) in Garter Stitch.

Row 1 – K35, k2tog, p2, k2tog in back of st, k35.
Row 2 – P34, p2tog in back of st, k2, p2tog, p34.

Continue these two rows until there are 40 sts left on needles.
Work 7 rows (3.5 ridges) of Garter Stitch.
Bind off with large needle. Sew up back and bottom.

– – – – Amy adds – – –

Aunt Alm died last summer (1998), and I know she’s just sitting up there waiting for us to cast on … but she also wouldn’t mind if we edited her pattern a little.

These are the official Knitu Dorm Boots!!!

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Responses

  1. Thank-you for the knitting pattern for Dorm boots.
    I have just learned how to hand knit (after many years of just crocheting) and am looking for really simple knitting patterns that a beginner would find easy.

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