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Baby Picot Tube Socks

Baby Tube Socks with Crocheted Picot Edging.

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Little Socks for Little Feet:

My husband has a complaint about baby socks: sometimes it's difficult to find the heel or get the sock correctly positioned on the foot while baby is squirming around.

One way to solve that problem is to put the baby in tube socks, such as these knit tube socks with a crocheted edge. The cute picots are easy to do in crochet -- and faster than knitting picots because you don't have to sew the edge down when you're done. To make these socks for boys, leave off the crochet.

Materials:

  • About 30 yards medium weight machine washable yarn of your choice (I used Patons'Bamboo Baby in Meadow Grass Ombre)
  • set of 4 size 7 US (4.5 mm) double-pointed knitting needles
  • size 7 US (4.5 mm) crochet hook
  • tape measure, scissors and yarn needle

Gauge:

18 stitches and 25 rows per 4 inches (4.5 stitches and 6.25 rows per inch) in Stockinette Stitch in the round.

Size:

Finished sock is about 4.5 inches around and 8 inches long, with picots. To fit infants of various sizes, sock will just be longer and a little less snug on smaller babies.

Instructions:

  1. Cast on 20 stitches.
  2. Distribute onto 3 needles relatively evenly and join in round, being careful not to twist. Place a stitch marker if desired to mark beginning of round.
  3. Work in knit 1, purl 1 ribbing for 1 inch.
  4. Change to Stockinette Stitch and work until piece measures 6 inches from cast on edge.
  5. Next round, Knit 2 together, knit 8, slip, slip, knit, knit 8.
  6. Knit the next round.
  7. K2tog, knit 7, SSK, knit 7.
  8. Knit around.
  9. K2tog, knit 6, SSK, knit 6.
  10. K2tog, knit 5, SSK, knit 5.
  11. K2tog, knit 4, SSK, knit 4.
  12. K2tog, knit 3, SSK, knit 3.
  13. Graft the remaining stitches, or just cut the yarn, leaving a long tail and slip the stitches off the knitting needles onto the yarn. Pull tight and weave in the end, along with the cast on end.

Make a second sock in the same way.

Adding the Crochet Picots:

Using a new piece of yarn, single crochet into the cast on edge, making sure you end up with a multiple of 2 plus 1 stitches (which should happen if you crochet into every stitch but 1).

Make a slip stitch to join the beginning and end of the round, then chain 1, single crochet into the first stitch, *chain 3, make a slip stitch into the third chain from the hook, skip a stitch, single crochet into the next stitch.

Repeat from * around, ending with a slip stitch to join the round. Cut yarn, slip through the stitch remaining on the hook and weave in ends.

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