Monday, December 13, 2010

Santa's Mini Sock Pattern!

Quite a few people have asked how I made the Santa's mini sock for the washing line, without the kit pattern.
I will try to write it out for you to follow. I apologise if there are any mistakes, this is my first go at writing a pattern down for someone to read.

Yarn: baby 4ply
Needles: thinnest you can work with.

Cast on 16 stitches. Divide stitches onto 3 dpns-yes I know it's tricky, try not to poke your eye out or stab yourself and join for knitting in the round. Knit three rows in 1x1 or 2x2 (whatever takes your fancy) ribbing. Switch to st st and knit about 12 rows.

Start of heel prep:
Next row, knit the next four stitches and transfer these four, plus the four just before them, onto one needle (leave the other 8 on a separate needle). Knit 8 rows in st st, ending with a RS row. Next the heel turn.

P4, p2tog, p1, turn
sl1, k1, ssk, k1, turn
sl1, p2, p2tog, turn
sl1, k2, ssk

Pick up five stitches along each side of the heel flap and rearrange your needles so that the round starts at the bottom of the heel. On the next round, k5, k2tog, k8, ssk, k5. Knit one round plain. Then k4, k2tog, k8, ssk, k4. Knit another plain round. Then k3, k2tog, k8, ssk, k3. You’ll have 16 stitches again.

Knit the foot straight for several rounds. I like having about 14 total rounds from gusset pickup to toe decreases.
Toe Shaping:
For the toe, k2, k2tog, ssk, k2 twice. Knit a round plain. k1, k2tog, ssk, k1 twice. Now rearrange the needles so that the top of the foot has four stitches on one needle and the sole stitches are all on the other, and knit two stitches so your yarn is in prime kitchener position, I used this link for the stitching, Knitty. Graft the stitches together, sew in ends and ta-da a mini sock. =D

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