Easy Knit Baby Socks + Pattern

Have you seen our new knitting patterns for sale? We never thought that people would get so excited over them! It has been so fun sharing our patterns to our knit bonnets, and we can't wait to see some creations from the patterns that we have sold so far. I thought it might be fun to share a knitting project I have been working on for Tad with you today along with a super easy pattern! Where are all my knitters at? Want to learn how to make some super cute toddler socks with me? Yay! Let's do this. 
For me, knitting isn't really about being absolutely perfect. I like handmade, farm-style looking knits made with beautiful yarn. If something gets a little funky pattern-wise, I can usually figure out how to make it work. These socks have a bit of a boxy-toe, which I found to be rather endearing. The pattern I'll be sharing with you today is meant for your average toddler, about a 6" foot. If you have any questions on resizing, feel free to leave a comment, or just go for it yourself! The only thing you would have to change would be the length of the foot. I made mine out of this gorgeous merino, baby alpaca, and bamboo blended yarn! I am loving all things green lately. This pattern is great for a beginner. You just have to know how to knit in the round, increase, and decrease. Simple!

Difficulty Level:  
Beginner

Materials:
Yarn... 1 skein of sock weight worsted wool, merino or baby alpaca blend is perfectly soft!
Needles... Set of US Size 2 DPNS
Notions... 5 stitch markers, one in a contrasting color and a tapestry needle
 

Abbreviations:
k:  knit
p:  purl
p2tog:  purl 2 together
pm:  place marker
sl:  slip
ssk:  slip, slip, knit
sm:  slip marker
st(s):  stitch(es)
wyib:  with yarn in back
wyif:  with yarn in front

Cast on 36 stitches.
Divide among three needles, 12 stitches on each needle.

Cuff
Work K1, P1 ribbing for 1 1/2"
Continue in stockinette stitch until the cuff measures 5"

Heel
Divide the stitches between two needles, with 18 stitches on each needles. On half of the sts, work in stockinette stitch until the heel flap measure 1 1/2"
Begin to turn the heel...
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
Row 5:  sl 1, P7, P2tog, P1, turn
Row 6:  sl 1, K8, ssk, K1, turn
Row 7:  P9, P2tog, P1, turn
Row 8:  K8, ssk, K1
You should end with 10 sts on this needle.

Gusset
Pick up 11 stitches along the side of the heel flap, place a stitch marker after the 10th stitch. Knit across the 18 stitches on the instep. Pick up 11 stitches on the other side of the heel flap, place a stitch marker after the 1st stitch. Knit the stitches left after turning the heel. (If you need help picking up stitches vertically, this tutorial by Purl Soho is really helpful!). You should now have 50 stitches.
Rearrange the stitches so they are now evenly on three needles. Now it's time to begin your decreases. 
Decrease Round:  K to 2 sts before first stitch marker, ssk. sm, k to next marker, sm, k2tog. knit to end of round.
Work one round decreasing as above, then one round just knit until you are back down to a total of 36 stitches. Keep your stitch markers.

Foot
Knit the foot in stockinette stitch until it measures 4 1/2"

Toe
Reorient yourself with the start of the round.  Knit around the sock, over to the first stitch marker after you've knit across the bottom of the foot. Slip this marker and knit the next stitch. Place your end of round marker.
Setup Round:  K1, pm, K16. pm, K2, sm, K16, sm. K1
You are now the end of the round. Now you will start working your decreases.


Round 1:  K1, *sm, K2tog. K to 2 sts before next marker, ssk. Knit to next marker. Repeat from *. Knit to end of round.
Round 2:  Knit every stitch.

Continue working in rounds 1 + 2 until 20 stitches remain. Divide between 2 needles and knit together with Kitchener Stitch. Weave in ends!


I would love to see your little sock creations! Feel free to send us a photo at underatinroof2015@gmail.com. Have fun!

xoxo Kayla