Shoes: Knit Booties

Knit booties came with a small number of very specific outfits, but which ones? Find out!

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A pair of white knit Cabbage Patch kid knit booties.

Knit booties were manufactured by Coleco from 1983 to 1987. However, the characteristics varied by factory.

I do not have any examples of Hong Kong period booties, so I do not know if there are any significant differences.

Yellow and white booties came with one regular-sized outfit, and white booties came with several preemie outfits.

Variation

So far I know that booties were manufactured by the following factories:

  • OK
  • P
  • KT (only made Bubble Romper booties)
  • PMI (only made Bubble Romper booties)
  • IC (only made Bubble Romper booties)
  • SS (only made preemie booties)
  • FW (only made preemie booties)
  • CC (only made preemie booties)
  • FD (only made preemie booties)

It seems that each factory used a different knitting pattern. You can see visual differences between them. I have one pattern that I cannot associate with a factory, but I think it might be the CC factory. I am still missing examples of many factories. Do you have them?

The booties also appear to come in two different sizes, but I do not know why. It would make sense that the larger ones were for the #9 Bubble Romper outfit and regular-sized kids, while the smaller ones were for the preemie outfits. However, I have seen the smaller-sized booties in yellow, which never came with the preemie outfits.  

Three OK factory knit booties, all of various sizes. The middle is white, the other two are yellow.

Finally, there is a Play Along 25th Anniversary version of the Bubble Romper outfit. These booties look like OK factory booties, but the yarn is thinner and finer.

Yellow Play Along 25th Anniversary Cabbage Patch Kids Bubble Romper knit bootie.

Other Information

I have never seen booties separately packaged like other CPK shoes.

Foreign factories did produce booties. The Triang-Pedigree are a lot like P factory booties.

Preemie Outfits – An Overview

An overview of the various Preemie outfit series and links to more information.

Preemies are 14″ cabbage patch dolls that came out from 1984 to 1989. Hasbro then continued to produce them for a few years. They originally used a limited number of head moulds, hair types, hair colours, and eye colours. (Ref3, p.178)

  1. The first series of Preemie clothes came out in 1984.
  2. The second came out in 1985.
  3. The third came out in 1987 and was a series that mimicked many of the outfits that came before.
  4. Finally, in 1989 a few random preemie outfits were produced.

Preemie Series Post Links

1984  First Series of Preemie Clothes
1985  B Series
1987  Preemie Mimic Series (707 – 716) (Future Post)
1989 Random outfits in the 100s (Future Post)