I have always LOVED Halloween. I mean the fun Halloween - decorations and the kids coming to the door for treats part of Halloween.
I have starting pulling out the decorations. Over the years, we have collected many items. Some are simple and fun, some are handmade and some are collectibles. And lights - I love Halloween lights - all kinds of lighting - twinkling, classic lighting of purple, yellow and green along with the little bitty ones!
Socks drying along a Halloween table runner!
I am posting my personal Baby Sock Pattern that I have used for my grandchildren's socks over the last 12 years. It is a newborn size pattern. It is a FREE pattern to everyone. Please respect the copyright. This pattern is not be be sold for profit.
Baby Sock Jar
We also used this pattern for iPurl's charity knitting for socks for the newborn babies in the NICU at Texas Childrens Hospital. Above is a photo of the Baby Sock Jar. Each little ball of yarn made a pair of socks like the one on the front of the jar. Knitters could take a few balls if they would bring back knitted socks. It was one of our most loved charity knits! This charity knit came about thanks to Holly Sanchez who works at Texas Children's Hospital in one of the NICUs.
You can use a similar jar to store your leftover sock yarns and use them to knit baby socks!
NOTE - if you change the weight of yarn or needle size, the size of your sock may be different.
iPURL Baby Sock Pattern
Yarn - any sock weight yarn
12 grams for socks with a 1 inch cuff
16 grams for socks with a 2 inch cuff
Needles - US size 1 - 6 inch double points
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
CO 40 stitches, having 10 stitches on each of 4 needles. Being careful not to twist, join for knitting in the round.
Knit 1 inch of K2P2 ribbing for leg of sock. (knit 2 inches of ribbing if you wish to cuff/fold down the leg of the sock)
Knit 4 rounds of stockinette.
HEEL FLAP -
The heel flap is worked back and forth over 1/2 of the total sock stitches - 20 stitches.
Using needle 4, knit the 10 stitches from needle 1. You now have 20 stitches on needle 4. Turn, as you will be knitting back and forth for the heel flap.
Row 1 - slip first stitch purlwise, purl across
Row 2 - slip first stitch knitwise, knit across
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for a total of 16 rounds.
You should end with a knitted row.
TURN HEEL -
Row 1 - slip first stitch as if to purl, P12, P2tog, turn
Row 2 - slip first stitch as if to knit, K6, SSK, turn
Row 3 - Slip first stitch, as if to purl, P6, P2tog, turn
Continue Rows 2 and 3 until all stitches have been work and there are 8 stitches remaining. You should end with a knitted row. (this puts your needle in the right position to pick up gusset stitches)
Pick up stitches along each side of the heel flap - picking up 1 stitch in each slipped stitch. There should be 8 picked up stitches. (one side will probably have 1 or 2 stitches more than the other side)
Knit 1 round - knitting into the back loop of the gusset stitches you just picked up. This twists those gusset stitches making for a tighter, neater gusset area. (knit the other stitches as usual)
At the end of the round, knit 4 of the turned heel stitches onto needle 4 and transfer the remaining 4 stitches onto needle 1. Your stitches are now arranged on the needles as they were when you began.
DECREASE GUSSETS -
Round 1 - knit to the last 2 stitches on needle 1, K2tog.
Knit across needles 2 and 3.
At the beginning of needle 3, SSK, knit to end of round.
Round 2 - Knit around with no decreases.
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until you are back to the original count of 40 stitches - 10 stitches on each needle.
FOOT - the foot of the sock is knit every round. Knit foot 3.5 inches long. Measure from the back of the turned heel forward to the toe. A newborn baby’s foot is approximately 3.5 inches long. You can make the foot longer if needed.
Begin decreasing for toe -
K2, K2tog, around.
K1, K2tog, around
Knit 1 round
K2tog around. - 10 stitches remaining.
Cut yarn leaving an 8 inch tail. Using a yarn/tapestry needle, pull thru remaining stitches and draw up toe. Weave in ends. I recommend washing socks before gifting them to baby.
This baby sock pattern is copyright 2005 iPurl/Debbie Haymark
(I would love to put the PDF here for everyone to download, but the blog won't do that trick at this time)
I have finally decided on colors. It was a tough one! If you think about your favorite colors, it is easy to go from there. Those favorite colors will most likely be prominent in your clothes closet. Ink was chosen as I wear jeans a lot!
Zephyr, Ink, Monet and Salty Tales
I am adding Kidsilk as a carry-along after seeing how soft it is! I couldn't resist.
They are Ink, Zephyr, Monet and Oracle
On the other side of the wrap is a single chevron point with a large garter stitch segment on one side. I do like that this wrap is not symmetrical. You can see the variations/tones in the colors in this photo. I like all things balanced, so this gets me out of my comfort zone.
If you look close, you can see the iCord at the edge.
You can see the progression of the stripes.
Shockwaves is simple to knit yet very gratifying! It is KAL knitting, TV watching knitting, late night knitting, in the car knitting, husband talking to you knitting - almost mindless knitting. I have markers placed everywhere I need to be mindful of a change.
It is beginning to look quite substantial in my knitting basket! As I type it is July in Texas and 99 degrees outside, I am thinking about a cold snap about November when I will appreciate having this knit, blocked and ready to wear!
A few quick photos to show Monet - it is very nice! I apologize for the poor lighting.
From Monet, I began Salty Tales -
From Salty Tales, I began the last color, Zephyr
The photo below shows some of the stitch/texture detail
Zephyr is truly lovely!
This project is quite large! it is more of a wrap than a scarf.
I have finished my Shockwaves! Yay! I absolutely love it - it is soooo soft! It is quite large and I look forward to wearing it this Fall and Winter.
Blocking is next for my Shockwaves!
The colors of Fruit Gummies are so cheerful! Something about them make me think of a serape and possibly margaritas!
This is a closeup to show the heel flaps. It has taken me 4 pairs of socks top down to find the most efficient way to pick up the gusset stitches and have the gusset stitches for both socks on the right needle! It's not hard; you just need to know which sock to start with and when to pick up which side. (this is the rounder heel from the Socks by Numbers chart)
All done but the Kitchenering of the toe! I will post a finished photo soon
In 2006, I learned to knit socks on double points. I did quite a lot of research finding a basic pattern and jumped in. I followed the Sockknitters group on Yahoo for almost 2 years, gleaning information, using what I learned to be able to knit a great looking pair of socks. From double points, I progressed to knitting socks on the addi Turbo 12" circular which became my preferred method. After doing a bit of sock pattern design, I knit so many socks that I got burnout. It wasn't until I learned to knit 2 at a time using the Magic Loop technique that I became excited about sock knitting again.
I like having a pair of socks in progress in my knitting basket. Sometimes, in the evening, I want to knit, but I don't want to have to think about what I am knitting. Socks are the perfect project to have on hand.
I have my basic sock info handy (in notes on my phone) - cast on number, heel turn numbers and length of my foot and so on. It is also easy to have someone else's basic sock info written down in case you want to knit them a pair of socks. This pair of socks is for my daughter, Kim. She is coming to visit soon.
If I use variegated or striping yarn (my favorite), I can knit a simple basic sock and it looks fabulous. I reserve pretty patterns for solids or near solids where they can be seen. A chevron pattern, and there are MANY, is the one design that stands out in striping yarn. Opal sock yarn is so bright and colorful it is a perfect candidate for my simple, mindless, relaxing knitting.
This is my current sock project - it is Opal sock in the Sport Panorama Collect 9135 Yoga (available to purchase on this website)
There is a 1.5 2X2 twisted rib (knit in the back of the knit stitch) for the cuff you can see below. The leg of the sock is supposed to be from the Groovy Sock pattern on Ravelry but it is no longer available. Someone posted a link that gave a stitch pattern for a chevron pattern that is supposedly the one or similar. It is quite stretchy and great for a sock leg!
The pattern is very simple - only 2 rounds - it is quite stretchy
Round 1 - Knit
Round 2 - *K1, YO, K1, SSK, K2tog, K1, YO, K1* repeat around. (8 stitch pattern)
I did not want to continue the pattern down the foot as it is a bit bulky. It's interesting to see the difference between the striping in stockinette and in the chevron pattern.
Close Up of the ribbing and stitch pattern
And Finished Pair
Taiyo Sock Yarn is one of my all time favorites for knitting shawls, cowls, hand warmers - just about anything you can think of. I have not ever knit socks with it. I thought it was about time. This yarn is a cotton, wool and silk blend - heavy on the cotton. Knit top down TAAT Magic Loop addi Turbo Sock Rockets size 1.
This is Taiyo Sock color #30. It has always reminded me of Mardi Gras. The colors are almost right.
And a finished pair
These will be great this winter for house socks! Love Them!