This basic sock for a young child is a great jumping off point for incorporating other patterns, or just knit it as is. The double ribbing all the way down the leg and the top of the foot makes this sock extra-stretchy, meaning you'll get a little more life out of them since kids grow fast at this stage!
The sample is knit with a soft (but not machine washable) merino wool; choose a superwash wool if you want to machine wash them.
- about 80 yards of lightweight wool, superwash or not (I used Knit Picks' Merino Style in color 23464, Storm)
- one set of 4 US size 5 double-pointed needles
- tape measure
- yarn needle
24 stitches and 28 rows per four inches (6 stitches and 7 rows per inch) knit in double ribbing in the round, gently stretched.
Finished sock is about 5 inches around the foot, with a three-inch leg and measuring 4.25 inches from heel to toe. It should fit a child who wears size 4 shoes, but will stretch considerably.
- Cast on 32 stitches. Divide among three needles (10, 10, 12). Join in round, being careful not to twist stitches. Place a stitch marker if desired to mark the end of the round.
- Knit in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing for 3 inches.
- Working on the wrong side of the sock, slip the first stitch and purl across 15 stitches, for a total of 16 stitches. Knit all these onto one needle, and slip remaining stitches onto one needle to keep them out of the way. The heel flap is worked on these 16 stitches as follows:
- Row 1: *Slip 1 purlwise with yarn in back, knit 1. Repeat from * across.
- Row 2: Slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front, purl across.
- Repeat these two rows until a total of 16 rows have been worked (including the establishing row), ending on the knit side.
- Begin to turn the heel as follows:
- Use an empty needle to pick up and knit 10 stitches along the heel flap. Work across the leg in established pattern, and use final empty needle to pick up and knit 10 stitches along the other side of the heel flap. With this same needle, knit five of the 10 heel stitches. Slip the remaining heel stitches onto the first needle with picked up stitches and knit across the needle.
- Shape the gusset as follows:
- Row 1: First needle, knit the leg stitches as established. Second needle, knit 1, slip, slip, knit, knit across. Third needle, knit to within three stitches of the end of the needle, knit 2 together, knit one.
- Row 2: Knit as established (ribbing across the leg stitches, knit straight on other two needles).
- Repeat these two rows until 32 stitches total remain.
- Knit as established with no further decreasing until foot measures 3.25 inches from heel.
- Shape the toe as follows:
- Row 1: First needle, knit 1, slip, slip, knit, knit to the last three stitches, knit 2 together, knit 1. Second needle, knit 1, slip, slip, knit, knit to end. Third needle, knit to last three stitches, knit 2 together, knit 1.
- Row 2: Knit.
- Repeat these two rounds until 16 stitches remain. Arrange stitches so there are six on each of two needles.
- Graft the toe.
- Knit another sock in the same manner.