Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Kid's Ribby Socks

Here’s another new sock pattern for anyone who wants it. I tweaked the original pattern enough that I think this can be considered a new design. I’m halfway through the second pair and they look great!

Style: Top-down, wide flap heel, wedge toe.
Yarn: One 50g ball sock yarn (Confetti, Regia 4ply, Sisu etc.) There’s often enough left from a small adult pair.
Needles: 2mm dpns (set of 5) or whatever you need to get gauge.
Gauge: 8 sts per inch over stockinette. Sock is 5 1/2 inches long but quite stretchy. Will fit perhaps a 2 to 4 year old. Foot can be knit longer for larger size.

Cast on 50 stitches. Arrange 10 on needle 1, 15 on each of needles 2 and 3, and 10 on needle 4. Join in tube and work knit 3, purl 2 rib for 32 rows or desired cuff height.

Begin heel flap:
Shift last stitch on needle 3 to needle 4. Continue to knit rib pattern on needle 1 to just before the last st. Sl last st onto needle 2. Turn. (This leaves a symmetrical rib pattern for the instep on needles 2 and 3. The heel is worked on the 20 sts now on needles 1 and 4.)
Row 1: Sl first st as if to purl with yarn in front, purl across needle 1 and continue across needle 4. Turn.
Row 2: Sl first st as if to purl with yarn in back, k 1, (sl 1, k1) repeat to end of row. Turn.
Repeat these two rows until there are 10 sl sts at the edges. End after the last purl row. Turn.

With RS facing begin heel cup:
Sl 1, k 12, ssk, k1, turn. (4 sts left unworked.)
Sl 1, p 7, p2tog, p1, turn. (4 sts left unworked.)
Sl 1, k across to “gap” where work was turned, ssk using one st before gap and one st after thus closing gap, k 1, turn. (2 sts left unworked.)
Sl 1, p to gap, p2tog across gap, p 1, turn. (2 sts left unworked.)
Sl 1, k to gap, ssk across gap, k 1, turn. (no sts left unworked.)
Sl 1, p to gap, p2tog across gap, p 1, turn. (no sts left unworked, 14 sts on needle.)
Sl 1, k 6 (centre of needle).

Begin gusset:
With spare needle, knit across last 7 sts. and with same needle pick up and knit edge sts on flap, picking up 10 plus one extra stitch in corner of gusset. (18 sts.) Using spare needle, knit across needle 2 in rib pattern and repeat for needle 3. Using last spare needle, pick up and knit one st in corner of gusset and 10 sts from side of heel flap. Continue to knit across the last 7 st to centre of heel. End of round.

Continue with gusset:
Knit across needle 1 to 3 sts before end, k2tog, p 1. Knit across needles 2 and 3 in pattern. On needle 4, p 1, ssk, knit to end. Next round knit without decreases, keeping knits and purls as established. Instep will be in rib and sole of foot in stockinette. Repeat these two rounds until needles 1 and 4 have 10 sts each. Continue even as established until sock foot is 4 1/2 inches long from back of heel. (Adjust foot length here.)

Since there’s more stitches on the instep than the sole of the foot, adjust before beginning toe as follows:
On last round of foot, purl last st of needle 1 together with first st of needle 2, k 1 more st from needle 2. (New needle 1 has 11 sts.) Continuing on needle 2, k 2, p2tog, k 3, p1. Shift last p st on needle 2 to needle 3. (Leaving 11 sts on needle 2.) On needle 3, p 1, k 3, p2tog, k2. Shift last 3 unworked sts to needle 4. (Leaving 11 st on needle 3.) On needle 4, k 1, p2tog, k to end. (All 4 needles now have 11 sts each.)

Decrease for toe:
Knit across needle 1 to last 3 sts, k2tog, k 1. On needle 2, k 1, ssk, knit across. On needle 3, knit across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k 1. On needle 4, k 1, ssk, knit across. Knit next round plain.
Continue to alternate decrease and plain rounds until there are 5 sts on each needle. End with a plain round. Continue to knit across needle 1 to end at right edge of toe. Break off yarn, leaving a tail for grafting.

“Ear Reduction”:
Arrange top of toe on one needle. Bottom should already be on one needle. Lift the last st over the second-last st at each end of both needles. (8 sts on each needle.) Graft the remaining sts together with Kitchener stitch. Darn in ends. Wash socks, block, dry, and you’re done!

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