Thursday, January 19, 2017

Baby Socks Again


Back in November, I knit a pair of socks for Munchkin with a pattern from Red Heart Yarns. The pattern was great, but it didn’t end up being quite what I wanted. For one thing, they were a little small--if it’s cold enough that I want Munchkin to wear warm, hand-knit socks, then it’s cold enough that I want him to be wearing either normal socks or his footie pajamas under those hand-knit socks, and they didn't fit. The toe and heel of that first pair were also a bit too angular for his chubby baby feet.


So, since I couldn’t find a pattern I loved, I decided to make my own. (This sock is approximately 9-12 month size.)


What you’ll need:

  • Size 8 double pointed needles 
  • Worsted weight yarn (I used a cotton yarn that I’ve had in my stash for about a decade--it’s super soft, but I can’t remember what brand it was, which is a bummer, because I’d gladly buy it again.)
    UPDATE 1/25/17--Hooray for the knitting community! Another knitter confirmed for me that the yarn I used and loved was Lion Brand Cotton-Ease. Unfortunately, that yarn has been discontinued, but at least now I know!
Gauge: 4 stitches per inch

Skills you need:


The pattern:

Cast on 24 stitches to dpn; join to knit in the round. Place marker at beginning of round.


Rounds 1-5: k1, p1, repeat to end

Rounds 6-10: knit

Munchkin’s socks reach his ankles but are not high enough to fold over. If you want them taller, do 10 rows of ribbing and 10 rows of knitting before turning the heel.



Heel:

Starting at marker, k6, turn work

Row 1: p to marker, p6, turn work

Row 2: k to marker, k5, turn work

Row 3: p to marker, p5, turn work

Row 4: k to marker, k4, turn work

Row 5: p to marker, p4, turn work

Row 6: k to marker, k3, turn work

Row 7: p to marker, p3, turn work

Row 8: k to marker, k4, turn work

Row 9: p to marker, p4, turn work

Row 10: k to marker, k5, turn work

Row 11: p to marker, p5, turn work

The next row is where you start knitting in the round again. There is a gap between the heel stitches you were just working and the rest of the stitches on your needles. This is where you’ll pick up stitches.

Row 12: k to marker, k6, pick up and knit 2 sts in gap, k to 6 from end, pick up and knit two sts in gap, k to end

Row 13: k5, k2tog, k2tog, k to 9 from end, k2tog, k2tog, k5

You should be back to 24 stitches now, since you picked up two stitches on either side in Row 12 and you decreased twice on either side in Row 13.

Knit 14 rows.

Next 2 rows: k2tog, repeat to end

Thread yarn through last 6 sts, pull snug. Sew ends under.

Repeat with second sock.

The toe is shaped with two rows of k2tog.

These socks have been awesome for us--they fit well over his other clothes and keep his little toes toasty! The only downside to the cotton, though, is that it stretches, so once he's worn them (and pulled them off and chewed on them), the ribbed cuff doesn't hold as well the next time.

What do you think of these socks? I'd love to hear how they fit your little one!



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