Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Free Basic Toddler Sock Knitting Pattern
This pattern will fit a child with a 6" foot as written. To modify to a smaller or larger foot, simply change the body of the foot. Example: To fit a child with a 6 1/2" foot, simply knit the body of the foot until it measures 5" instead of 4 1/2".
Using size 3 needles, cast on 36 stitches.
Divide either in half if you are using magic loop method (I love this method!) or onto 3 needles if you are using the traditional method.
Work K1, P1 ribbing for 1 1/2".
Continue in stockinette stitch until entire cuff measures 4 1/2".
Divide for heal if using the traditional method, so that you have 18 stitches on each needle. Working back and forth on HALF the stitches, work stockinette stitch until heel flap measures 1 1/2".
Turn heel as follows:
Row 1: (ws) P10, P2tog, P1, turn.
Row 2: sl 1, K4, ssk, K1, turn.
Row 3: sl 1, P5, P2tog, P1, turn.
Row 4: sl 1, K6, ssk, K1, turn.
Continue in as established until you have 10 stitches on this needle.
Pick up 11 stitches along side of heel flap, then knit across the 18 stitches on the instep. Pick up 11 stitches on the other side of the heel flap and knit the stitches left after turning the heel.
Rearrange stitches so they are either back on 3 needles for the traditional method or the instep stitches on one needle and the heel and gusset stitches on the other needle for magic loop method.
You now need to ssk the 2nd and 3rd stitches of the gusset (the 11 stitches you picked up along the side) and K2tog the 2nd and 3rd stitches from the end of your gusset. (the other 11 stitches you picked up). Meaning you will do a K2tog then knit your last stitch. This makes up your decrease round.
Work one round decreasing as above, then one round just knit until you are back down to a total number of 36 stitches.
Knit until foot measures 4 1/2".
The tow is worked much like the gusset, however, you are going to decrease 4 stitches every decreasing round instead of two above. You do this as follows: decrease in the same manner as above only you will do it for the instep stitches as well. So if you are using the magic loop method, you will decrease like above on BOTH needles instead of one. If using the traditional method then you will decrease the instep stitches as above and then do your ssk on the next needle and K2tog on the 3rd needle.
Work one round decreasing as above and then one round knit until you have 20 stitches remaining. Divide those stitches onto 2 needles if they aren't already and then graft together.
The sample sock above was made using Araucania Ranco.