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jinxnit55 06-29-2013 07:48 PM

Finishing baby booties safely
Question here! I have been knitting baby booties lately, as there are 4 pregnant ladies at work. The cutest ones (booties, not PLs) are all embellished with buttons, bows, etc.

Maybe I am paranoid, but having worked in the emergency room I've seen some terrible things happen, and I was always scrupulously careful with my son Tom when he was a little guy. No strings on jackets, toilet seat locks, covered all the sharp edges, no window blind cords,no hard candies, cut his grapes and hot dogs into wee bitty pieces, you get the picture.

So I am not sure I like the idea of sewing a button on anything for a baby, even though it is cute and often finishes the piece off nicely.

What do you guys think? Should I just make a bobble and a loop closure or a short bow to tie? Am I being too paranoid?

Jan in CA 06-29-2013 08:52 PM

I usually just make ribbed top booties and use color for detail then I don't have to worry about it. I guess a bobble would be safer than a button. Still gotta be careful they don't chew anything though.

jinxnit55 06-29-2013 09:31 PM

That's kind of what I was thinking, but you see so many booties with really cute buttons. Then the pattern will say, of course, a baby wearing booties w/a button should never be left alone, should be supervised, etc., but in the REAL world (where people accidentally leave kids in hot cars) you never know.

I made one that has little yarn overs along the top and you thread a ribbon through it, doesn't work well for a boy, though.
In the winter here (Lake Tahoe) it doesn't much matter because they have real boots or a car suit on if they go outside, but inside they need little booties because it still can get cold. I just remember Tom had some from the Gap that didn't stay on no matter what, so I think he just wore socks!

I wonder if you sew tiny magnets inside the knitting or sew on velcro. Ribbing in light yarn may have to do though, and forget the cuteness factor.

Jan in CA 06-29-2013 09:54 PM

I think a magnet would be just as bad. What about embroidering a "button" so it looks like a button, but isn't? Not sure how to explain.

My favorite booties for my kids were ribbed at the top and folded over and had little bobbles along the edge. These were small and couldn't be chewed off.

GrumpyGramma 06-29-2013 10:44 PM

Do you crochet? How to Crochet a Button

jinxnit55 06-30-2013 12:30 AM

Well, I DON'T crochet, but I have to start, because I have 2 pairs of booties that are finished except for the crocheted button (bobble?) loop. So thanks for the link. And I know how to embroider, and for that matter, I can needle felt a button on!! Hey!! I didn't think of that!!

jinxnit55 06-30-2013 12:41 AM

Hmmm....the button crocheting link made my head hurt :) I may have to get my daughter to do that part. But, I also just remembered that I knit some tiny fish for a baby hat so they might work as a sort of button.

DavidSydney63 07-01-2013 07:30 AM

I was raised in the era before we were all wrapped in cotton wool, quite surprisingly I survived childhood remarkably well-adjusted (sort of).

Antares 07-01-2013 08:20 AM

I, too, am leery of adding buttons to baby things. It's one thing if it's for your baby and you know you have to keep an eye on them at all times when the buttoned thing is around, but when it's for someone else--in my case, someone I've never met, I worry about a hurt baby and upset parents and law suits. Fort those reasons, I would recommend avoiding buttons any way you can.

knitcindy 07-01-2013 08:29 AM

Jan in CA, what pattern do you use for your booties? The ribbed part sounds interesting. I've made some before with sewn-on I-cord but I'm always afraid they could get that off.

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