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Petite Feet

Apr 21, 2010
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by Interweave Staff

Yarn 100–300 yards (90–275 m) for child sizes. Exact amount will depend on sock size and yarn gauge.

The following sock pattern comes from Ann Budd's The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns (Interweave, 2002) and is a choose-your-own-ending formula. Determine the finished size of your sock and the gauge (based on your yarn and needles); then follow the instructions using the correct numbers from each table. You can use the basic pattern here to work a plain sock with a ribbed cuff or integrate the directions with the following five "recipe" patterns. Each recipe lists the materials needed for that sock design, then directs you how to work the sock by referring back to the basic pattern. 

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Zoe wrote
on Jun 26, 2010 11:16 AM

My o my!  (I am a sock lover).  What nice beautiful little feet!  I have oodles and oodles of sock patterns.  Just ordered Ann Budd's Getting Started Knitting Socks from HURT.  Got another sock book from Germany.  I am loving these things.  I started knitted socks when I was 10.  I knit continental mostly because that is what I learned first.  I do both continental and English style when I knit with multiple colors.  I have never had any problems with dpns falling out or losing them.  I have used two circular needles for socks and find that two circulars are better than one circular for me.  I do find that the 16" circular is not long enough in the needle length and the cable is not quite long enough when "reaching around to knit from the other end of it."  I like 24" circulars for knitting with two circulars and the 32" for knitting with one circular as per the magic loop.  Happy feet love knitted socks!  Zoe

shalompond wrote
on Jun 8, 2010 8:30 AM

The advantage of using two circular needles over dps is that the work is less likely to fall off when you use the circulars- I end up pocking myself in the stomach with the dps and then the stitches fall off the needles not in use.  I use only two circulars since learning this method- length of cable does not matter, you always have to bring the work to the needles because the unused work is always on the cable.  Good luck with what ever method you choose

krismort wrote
on May 28, 2010 1:47 PM

Thanks, ALA. As I thought more about it I realized that circulars might not be any easier, especially if they're long ones, on something as narrow as a child's sock.  I'll give the dp's a try and look into the Magic Loop thing you mentioned if it seems difficult.

ALA wrote
on May 26, 2010 10:41 AM

Krismort, you can use either two circular needles or one very long one, in what is known as the Magic Loop method. However, I think you will find the DPNs not so much trouble as you think. You're only ever working with two needles, just as you normally do, and the other needles are acting as stitch holders. Any of these techniques will work, though. I like DPNs, my daughter swears by Magic Loop.

on May 8, 2010 7:22 AM
krismort wrote
on May 7, 2010 9:14 PM
I've never knit socks but thought children's might be a good start. One question though, since I'm new to sock knitting, do I have to use 4 double-pointed needles or can I use circular needles? You're placing a marker at the beginning of each row anyway and the circular ones just seem less complicated to me.
jean01 wrote
on May 7, 2010 8:47 PM

Thanks so much for this multi-yarn, multi-size pattern.  It will be put to good use over the next few months!!

briasolo wrote
on May 7, 2010 6:50 PM

My daughter hates the seams on commerical socks. They hit at all the wrong places. Looks like I will be working on socks for a while since it's summer and she's wearing flip flops. I should have enough by tennis shoe weather with no seams to bother her. These will be perfect so start with.

KimP@18 wrote
on May 7, 2010 4:14 PM

Oh, these are great!  For some reason, my 4yo daughter LOVES mommy-made socks and slippers; they will be put to good use.

jetmuis wrote
on Apr 26, 2010 9:26 AM
they are lovely and adorable, like them i think i will knit them all.;-D thank you for sharing this.