Ribbed Baby Socks

Ribbed Baby Socks
by Keya Kuhn

Materials:
Yarn: Fingering weight yarn, approximately 50 yds per sock.
Needle: US #2 (2.75mm) circular needle (cable length 42 inches)
Notions: Locking marker, tapestry needle
Gauge: 8 stitches x 10 rows = 1 inch

Sizing: (newborn-3 mos.), (6-12 mos.), (12-18 mos.)

Note:  This pattern is worked two-at-a-time from the top, down.  The sizing in approximate.  If you work with a larger needle than suggested, please be aware that your outcome will be a larger sized sock. Your stitch marker will serve as your identification for Sock A. This pattern does not have a separate cuff, as the entire leg is worked in a ribbed pattern.

Leg:
Using a long-tail method, cast on 36 (40, 40) stitches for Sock A with yarn A.  Cast on 36 (40, 44) stitches for Sock B with yarn B.

Beginning with Sock A, join and work one round in a 2 x 2 rib.  Move to Sock B.  Join Sock B stitches and work one round in a 2 x 2 rib.

Work 24 (29, 34) additional rounds on each of Sock A and Sock B for leg pattern.

Heel Setup:
On Sock A, K first 18 (20, 22) sts and follow the established 2 x 2 pattern to the end of the round. Sock B, work in established pattern for 18 (20, 22) sts, then K18. Repeat for a total of 4 heel setup rounds.

NOTE: For 2 largest sizes, you may want to K 19 (21), P1, then follow the established rib pattern if you would like to have a purl stitch on either side of the heel.

Heel Flap:
Working only the first 18 (20, 22) sts (you will be knitting these heel flaps flat and joining to the rest of the sock later):

Sock A:
Row 1: *Sl1, K1* until end of row. (18, 20, 22) sts. Turn work to wrong side.
Row 2: Sl1, Purl until end of row. (18, 20, 22) sts.
Move to Sock B:
Row 1: Sl 1, p across 17 (19, 21) sts. Turn to right side.
Row 2: *Sl1, K1* until end of row. (18, 20, 22) sts.

Work until 10 (12, 14) rows have been worked and you end having completed Row 2 of Sock B.

Turning the Heel: (heels are turned one-at-a-time)

Beginning with Sock A:

Row 1: Sl1, K10 (11, 12) SSK, K1 turn
Row 2: Sl1, P5, P2tog, P1, turn work.
Row 3: Sl1, K6 SSK, K1, turn work.
Row 4: Sl1, P7 P2tog, P1, turn work.

Continue in this manner until all stitches have been used up on either side of the heel.

Move to Sock B:
Row 1: Sl1, P10 (11, 12) P2tog, P1 turn work.
Row 2: Sl1, K5, SSK, K1, turn work.
Row 3: Sl1, P6 P2tog, P1, turn work.
Row 4: Sl1, K7, SSK, K1, turn work.

Continue in this manner until all stitches have been used up on either side of the heel.

Gusset Shaping:
Beginning with Sock B, Pick up 6 (7, 8) sts along the left side of the heel flap. Sock A: Pick up 6 (7, 8) sts along the right side of the heel flap. Work in rib pattern across instep sts of both socks. Sock B, pick up 6 (7, 8) sts along the right side of the heel flap. K across heel and gusset sts. Move to Sock A, pick up 6 (7, 8) sts along the right side of the heel flap. K across heel and left gusset of Sock A, then work in rib pattern across instep sts of both socks.  Place your locking marker at this point on Sock B, as this becomes the beginning of all following rounds.

Round 1: K1, SSK, K to the last three sts of the Sock B heel, K2tog, K1. Repeat for Sock A. Work the instep rib as established on Sock A and Sock B. 

Round 2: K all heel stitches on both socks. Work in rib for instep as established across instep of both socks.

Repeat these two rounds until you have 18 (20, 22) heel stitches on each sock.

Foot:  Knit all sole stitches and work all instep stitches in established rib pattern until foot measures 3 (4, 4.5) inches.

Toe Shaping:

Set-up: Knit one round on each sock for both sole and instep stitches, ending at the beginning, the marker, of Sock B sole stitches.

Round 1: Beginning with Sock B (sole), K1 SSK, K to last three stitches, K2tog, K1.  Repeat across Sock A instep. Sock B: K1 SSK, K to last three stitches, K2tog, K1.  Repeat across Sock B sole.

Round 2: K all stitches.


Continue until you have 16 stitches left for each sock (8 stitches for sole & 8 stitches for instep). Kitchener stitch each toe closed, one sock at-a-time, and weave in ends.


This pattern is intended for personal use only and may not be reproduced for sale or distribution.  Copyright 2014, Keya Kuhn. All rights reserved.

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