OPEN-HEELED PREEMIE BOOTIES
Many NICU's prefer open heeled booties for the preemies because they are easier to put on tiny feet. This is a smaller version of the newborn booties I posted the pattern for here.
Preemie booties are usually 1 1/2 to 3" long. I used a size E hook and baby sport yarn for these and mine came out to 2", you can change the size by changing the hook and/or yarn for different size preemies.
Ch 3 at beginning of each rd counts as 1 dc
Ch 4 and sl st to form loop.
Rd 1; ch 3 and 9 dc in loop. (10 sts)
Rd 2; ch 3 *2 dc in next stitch dc in next repeat from * (15 sts)
Rd 3; dc in each dc
Row 1 ch 3, dc in all but 1 dc, do not join
Row 2-3 Ch 3 and turn, dc in each dc
Row 1 ch3, working on side of dc in heel, 6 dc evenly spaced down side, dc in the dc left open, 6 dc evenly spaced on other side
Row 2 ch 3 and turn, dc in each dc
Row 3 ch1, sc in same sp as ch1, *sk 1 dc shell (sc, 2dc in same stitch) in next dc, repeat from * around, sk dc, sc
For ties either ch 70 for tie or you can use ribbon. Tie should be threaded so that it ties in the back.