Here is a pattern originally posted 12/19/07 - golly, ages ago! Thanks to a visitor comment, I'm thinking it might be relevant to revisit:
And speaking of gifts and last minutes, here is an idea for a little bootie that you can work in a lot of different ways. It works great in knitting (just plain old garter stitch, knit every row). I have done it a lot in crochet, too, using single crochet in the back loop only.
Basically, you make a square, but don't cut the yarn when you're done. To make the square easier to stitch together, knit as many ridges (on one side) as there are stitches. If you crochet, single crochet (in the back loop only) as many rows as you have stitches. The gauge will work out.
Then, fold the square so it is a triangle, so the yarn is hanging down at one end of the fold.
From that corner, stitch two folded sides together -- that is the sole of the bootie. Then turn the corner and stitch about a third or halfway up the other side. The point where the crochet hook goes through the edge in the photo is about how far up to stitch. Now fasten off and tuck in the loose ends.
Fold down the top flap that didn't get stitched, and you've got a cool goofy Pixie Bootie.
If you stitch tightly, it makes more of a slipper and doesn't stretch much. This is good with very sensible sturdy yarns.
If you stitch loosely, it is really stretchy and is more of a bedsock, for those of us with cold feet. This is nice for soft cozy yarns, even chenille (which was never made for the ages)
About sizing: Everyone is different, but here is a general guideline of how many stitches to start with, whether you knit or crochet:
3” square – ornament, good for holding little gifts, too
5” square – baby bootie
7” square – kid size
9” square – lady’s medium
11” square – large
(Thank you to Susie in Phx for the editing suggestion - I didn't know how to include a table when this post first published.)
It is always safer to make it a bit bigger than not big enough. If it turns out that the square is a tad too small, consider single crocheting around the square one time to add just a bit more before stitching the seams.