In the winter months, hand-knitted socks for your children will help to keep their feet warm better than most store-bought pairs. They also make great gifts. You will need basic knitting skills to understand the process, because this task is not for beginning knitters, but it can be a great challenge if you wish to take your knitting to the next level. Follow the steps below to hand-knit socks for children.
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Things you need
- 150 grams cotton/wool yarn
- Four double pointed needles, size 4 (3.5mm)
- Four double pointed needles, size 5 (3.75mm)
Start with the cuff of the sock. Using the size 4 knitting needles, hold the elastic and yard together as if one piece and cast on 40 stitches (see the Resources link below for cast on instructions). Divide the stitches you made over three needles with 10 on two needles and 20 on the third. Join the stitches to make a loop for the cuff. Knit (see Resources) 25 rounds from this in a knit 2, purl 2 ribbing pattern. Cut the elastic at the end of the 25th round.
Switch to the size 5 needles. Purl a round (see Resources). Transfer the 10 stitches from the third needle to the other needle with 10 stitches, resulting in two needles with 20 stitches each.
Knit one, slip one and repeat for the first row. Follow this by purling 12 rows. You have completed the heel flap (the space between the cuff and the heel of the sock).
Create the heel of the sock. For the first row: slip one, knit 12 and then knit two stitches together through the backloops and turn. For the second row: slip one, purl seven, purl two stitches together and then turn. The next row should be slip one, knit eight, and knit two stitches together through the backloops. Repeat these three sections until there are eight stitches on your needle.
Form the gusset of the sock by knitting across the heel stitches. Pick up 10 stitches on the left side and knit across the 20 stitches on needle two. Then pick up 10 stitches on the right side. Stitch seven rounds. For the odd rounds (1, 3, 5 and 7), start with needle one (containing 10 stitches) and knit to the last three stitches, knit two stitches together and then knit one. Knit across the 20 stitches on needle two. On needle three (with 10 stitches), knit one, knit two stitches together through the backloops and then knit to the end. Simply knit across the even rounds (2, 4 and 6) of the gusset.
Fashion the foot of the sock by knitting 27 rounds.
Separate the nine rounds for the toe in even and odd rounds. For the odd rounds (1, 3, 5, 7 and 9) on needle one, knit to the last four stitches, knit two stitches together and then knit two. On needle two, knit two, knit two stitches together through the backloops, knit to the last four stitches, knit two stitches together and then knit two. On needle three, knit two, knit two stitches together through the backloops and knit to the end. Knit the even rounds (2, 4, 6 and 8) straight across.
Stop stitching the last round when there are six stitches remaining on each needle. Take turns slipping the stitches onto the opposite needle. Knit three stitches together, and pull the first stitch over the second stitch. Weave the ends into the sock to finish.
Hand-knitting a Kid's Sock
Tips and warnings
- In circular knitting, a "round" is one row.
- Wash socks in cool water and dry them in the dryer if you use cotton yarn. Wool yarn will shrink, so lay these socks out to air dry after washing.
- In order to complete this task correctly, you need a clear knowledge of the knitting process.
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