As promised yesterday here’s the pattern for the baby socks. They’re a perfect last minute gift for a new arrival, and take a just a few grams of DK and a couple of hours of your time. They also provide an opportunity to get to grips with some of the skills required for grown up socks – but without the time and knitting commitment! Finish off a few of these little socks and you’ll be ready to get started on your favourite size 9’s. They are a generous first size. I haven’t graded the pattern up just yet – I’m assuming that they’ll largely be a gift for a new baby.
About 10-15g of yarn – if you’ve got a scrap of some delicious and treasured cashmere/silk wool blend now would be the time to use it!
Appropriate double pointed needles – in my case I used a lighter DK and 3mm – socks usually require a smaller needle than usual, so if you have a thicker DK, try a 3.5mm.
Darning needle and scissors for finishing.
st/s – stitch/es
k – knit
p – purl
s1,k1,psso – slip one, knit one, pass slipped stitch over
k2tog – knit 2 together
s1pw – slip the next stitch as if to purl it.
Cast on 28 stitches using your usual method. If your cast-on tends to be snug, go up a needle for the cast-on only and then transfer your stitches to the smaller double pointed needles.
Distribute your stitches as follows – needle 1 – 14 sts, needles 2 & 3 – 7 stitches each.
(if you find it awkward to knit on the stitches as arranged – divide them more equally between the needles – and then redistribute them on the last row row before the heel)
To make the cuff
Join to start knitting in the round – being careful not to twist your stitches – your working yarn should be to the right of your work – I usually knit the first couple of stitches with the cast-on yarn to secure the circle.
Knit one round.
Next round – *k1 through back of the loop, purl 1.* this sets up the twisted rib. Repeat * to * 5 more times.
Next round, *k to end of the round* – this starts the stocking stitch in the round. Repeat * to * 7 more times
Make the heel (be warned the heel instructions take a bit of reading!)-
Next round – working on your first needle with the 14 stitches – k1, s1,k1 psso, k8, k2 together, k1 (2 sts decreased, 12 sts on the needle).
These are the heel sts.
Turn your work so you have the purl side of the heel facing you.
*1. s1pw, then p across the remaining sts.
2. s1pw, s1, k1,psso, k to last 3sts, k2tog, k1*
(2 sts decreased )
Repeat rows 1 & 2 twice more, and then row 1 once more – you’ll have 6 sts remaining.
Next round – with right side now facing you – s1pw, k to end, then pick up and k 4 sts along the first slope of the heel onto the same needle.
Then knit the foot top stitches onto one needle (7 + 7), then use the spare to pick up and k 4 sts up the second slope of the heel PLUS 3 from your first needle. You should then have two needles with 7 sts for each side of the heel, and 14 sts in the centre for the foot top. The start of the round is in between the 2 sets of 7 sts – i.e. the heel back.
Work 14 rounds on these sts.
To shape the toe
*Next round, 1st needle – k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1, middle needle – k1, s1, k1,psso, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1, 3rd needle, k1, s1, k1,psso, k to end. 4 sts decreased – 24 remaining.
Next round – k all sts.*
Repeat the last 2 rows 3 more times (4 sets of decreases). Then k the first 3 sts of the next round onto your last needle – you will now have 2 needles with 6 sts on each.
NOTE The socks feature grafted toes and an alternative three needle cast off. The grafted toe uses a technique called Kitchener stitch which gives the smooth rounded finish that you usually see on socks, the 3 needle cast off is a wee bit easier, but doesn’t give the classic smooth finish.
Three needle cast off
Insert a third needle into both first sts on the other two needles and k them together.
Do the same to the next st and then pass the first st over the second to cast them off.
Repeat all along the row until you have one stitch on the needle – cut yarn and pull it through the loop.
Grafted toe using Kitchener stitch
….this is a lot of words to describe a relatively simple process! Don’t panic.
Cut your yarn leaving a good 4 – 5 times the width of the toe, thread it onto a darning needle. With your yarn at the back and to the right of your work, set up for grafting as follows
-insert the darning needle into the first st on the front needle as if you were going to purl it – pull the yarn through, leaving the stitch on the needle, then insert the darning needle into the st at the back as if you were going to knit it and pull the yarn through, again leaving the stitch on the needle.
*then insert the darning needle into the stitch at the front as if you were going to knit it, pull the yarn through, and take this st off the needle, then, on the same needle, insert the darning needle into the next stitch as if you were going to purl it, pull the yarn through the st, but leave it on the needle.
then insert the darning needle into the stitch at the back as if you were going to purl it, pull the yarn through, and take this st off the needle, then, on the same needle, insert the darning needle into the next stitch as if you were going to knit it, pull the yarn through the st, but leave it on the needle.*
from * to * until you have 2 sts left (1 on each needle)
then insert the darning needle into the st at the front as if to k, pull the yarn through and pull off the st, then insert the darning needle into the remaining st as if to p, pull the yarn through and pull off the stitch. Pull remaining yarn through the last loop and pull tight to finish.
Darn in ends at cuff and toe. Make a second sock to match.
Alternate cuff finishes
To make a sock with a folded cuff
Cast on 28 sts and then join to work in the round – make sure the sts aren’t twisted. Knit one round.
- k1, p1 to end of round * repeat this st pattern for another 17 rows and then complete as from ~ in main pattern.
To make sock with a garter stitch cuff
Cast on 28 sts and then join to work in the round – make sure the sts aren’t twisted. Knit 3 rounds.
*purl 3 rounds, knit 3 rounds* Repeat from * to * twice more and then complete the sock as given from “to make the cuff”
This will give you a rather cute fold-over garter stitch cuff with a snug rib underneath to hold the sock on.