Pink lady knits

9.05.2007

Owen's Socks - Free Pattern


Owen's Socks
These socks were inspired by the adorable cabled baby hats at Hey Julie. There were no existing baby sock patterns with a similar cable to the hats, so I created one. Feel free to knit and gift, but please don't knit and profit. Also, please let me know if you find errors in the pattern.

Materials:
Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino

Set of 5 #1 Double Pointed Needles

Darning Needle

Cable Needle

Abbreviations:

CO: cast on

K: knit

P: purl

C4F: place first two stitches onto cable needle, knit last two stitches off of the needle, then knit first two from cable needle

SSK: slip two stitches knit wise, seperately, onto the right needle, then knit them together through the back of the needle

K2Tog: knit two together


Leg:

CO 32 stitches onto 4 double pointed needles, and adjust so that there are 8 stitches on each needle. Join for working in the round, being careful not to twist. Begin cable pattern:

Rounds 1-5: *K1, P1, K4, P1, K1 repeat from * across all stitches.

Round 6: *K1, P1, C4F, P1, K1, repeat from * across all stitches.

Repeat rounds 1-6 two times more (three times total), then begin heel construction.


Heel:

Knit across 15 stitches from needles 1 and 2 (transfering the stitches from two needles onto one needle), then wrap the last stitch by pulling the yarn to the front, passing the stitch to the right needle, pulling the yarn to the back and then passing the stitch back to the left needle, then turn your work.

You will have one stitch on your right needle (the one you just wrapped), purl across the needle to the last stitch and repeat the wrapping process for this stitch, then turn your work.

Knit across to the last stitch before the one you wrapped, and then wrap it and turn your work.
Continue in this manner until there are six unwrapped stitches in the middle of your heel (you will end ready to work a right side row.)

1. On the right side, knit to the first wrapped stitch. Pass the stitch to the right needle, then using the left needle, pick up the wrap and then return the slipped stitch to the left needle. You will now have the wrapped stitch and the wrap, knit these two stitches together. Wrap the next stitch (this will give this stitch two wraps) then turn your work.

2. Purl to the first wrapped stitch. Pass the stitch to the right needle, then using the left needle, pick up the wrap and then return the slipped stitch to the left needle. You will now have the wrapped stitch and the wrap, purl these two stitches together. Wrap the next stitch (this will give this stitch two wraps) then turn your work.

3. Knit to the stitch you double wrapped. Pass the stitch to the right needle, then using your left needle, pick up both wrapped stitches. Return the slipped stitch to the left needle, and pass one of the wraps over it and onto the right needle. Knit the stitch and one wrap together, then pass the slipped wrap over. Wrap to the next stitch and turn your work.

4. Purl to the stitch you double wrapped. Pass the stitch to the right needle, then using your left needle, pick up both wrapped stitches. Return the slipped stitch to the left needle, and pass one of the wraps over it and onto the right needle. Purl the stitch and one wrap together, then pass the slipped wrap over. Wrap the next stitch and turn your work.

Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all stitches have been worked. You will end ready to work a right side row.
Knit across all heel stitches. You will end ready to join the heel and instep.

Foot:

Seperate the heel stitches back onto two needles (8 stitches each). The yarn will be at the left side of the heel stitches. Pick up and knit one stitch on the heel needle, then knit across the instep in the ribbing pattern:

Instep Ribbing Pattern: [K1, P1,
K4, P1, K1] 2 times.
Pick up and knit one stitch on the other side of the heel, then knit to the last two stitches on the heel and knit them together.

Repeat the instep ribbing pattern, then SSK the first two stitches on the heel needle, then knit to end.

Continue knitting,
keeping the instep stitches in the established ribbing pattern, and the sole of the foot in stockinette stitch, until foot is about 1 inch. Begin toe.

Toe:

Round 1: Needle 1 - K to last three stitches, K2Tog, K1. Needle 2 - K1, SSK, K to end of needle. Needle 3 - K to last three stitches, K2Tog, K1. Needle 4 - K1, SSK, K to end of needle.

Round 2: Knit all stitches

Repeat rounds 1 and two until there are four stitches on each needle, then knit round 1 one more time (3 stitches on each needle.)

Graft the toe using Kitchener Stitch.


Copyright 2007. Pink Lady Knits.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm having a hard time with this pattern (I'm a novice knitter and can't figure out how to do baby booties for the life of me) could you post a how-to with photos even if its for a simpler pattern? Just an idea.

Julie said...

Ack! They're adorbale! :)

Courtney said...

anon - if you could tell me which part of the pattern you are having trouble with, i'd be happy to point you to a tutorial. if i can't find one, i can always try to do one on the site. have you knit socks before?

julie - thanks! i love the hat pattern, and just had to have socks to match. :)

Anonymous said...

I have to admit that I haven't knit socks before. I just found your site, your pattern and thought maybe you could help me.
-Jen

Courtney said...

Jen - I'd be happy to help! I will always do everything I can to encourage someone to knit...especially socks. Perhaps I should do a plain sock tutorial...I think that would be easier for you to learn than baby socks with cables. :) Once you've mastered that, we can jump into more complicated patterns.

Jen said...

You are amazing... and so are these socks!

Courtney said...

thanks jen!

Anonymous said...

Wow, that would be a huge help! I've try following other patterns but don't really understand all the terminology and abbreviations. I can knit and purl but that's about it. Thanks for offering to help me. -Jen

Julie said...

Jen, have you looked at Silver's Sock Class? It's a very detailed tutorial with about one billion photos and awesome instructions...she wrote it for new knitters -- all you have to know how to do is knit and purl.

http://www.cometosilver.com/socks/SockClass_Intro.htm

SJ said...

Thanks Courtney, and thanks for sharing the pattern! I haven't seen any others like it and was really excited to find that you had posted one here. After all, what could be cuter than little cable-knit newborn socks? =)

belle said...

is there an error on the instep ribbed pattern...there are 16 stitches and the ribbed pattern is only for 12 stitches. did anyone else run into this problem?

Courtney said...

belle - you are so right! i've changed it to be a K4, and it's in red with the other errata. thanks for pointing it out, and i hope this helps!

belle said...

thanks Courtney I forgot to mention how much i love the pattern! it matches the hat perfectly..i am at another crossroad though. after I pick up the one stitch at the end of the ribbing pattern then I am back to knitting on the first 8 stitches on the heel when I knit to the end of that and then knit 2 together I still have 8 stitches left before I get to my ribbed pattern. when am I suppose to do the SSK? Am I just knitting all of the heel stitches and doing the ribbed pattern with no more decreases for the inch.

Courtney said...

belle - I'm so glad that you love the pattern, that's always good to hear!
OK, I think I see what you are saying and my answer is this:
When you finish the heel, and are ready to join, you pick up a stitch on the left, then knit the instep stitches, and pick up a stitch on the right, then knit the heel stitches, decreasing once using a K2Tog (this completes one round, as the new "beginning" of the round is now on the left side where the heel joins the instep stitches. Then you will knit across the instep stitches, and decrease using an SSK on the other side. This will decrease two stitches total, and the decreases are spaced out over two rounds.
I wrote in the stitch pick up and decreases because I've noticed that short row heels tend to have a tiny hole where they meet the instep and it's always bothered me. If you don't have this problem (or if it doesn't bother you) you may be better off omitting the pick ups, and decreases for the heel area.
I hope this helps! :)

Courtney said...

SJ - thanks for the compliments, and I love the pair you knit! :) they look precious in white!

belle said...

Thanks Courtney that helps. i keep complimenting you on this pattern and at the same time bugging you for clarification I am sorry but on the toe...where do i began after the inch. I have read several different sock tips and not sure where to began because i want to put the decreases where it looks most uniformed. if I am using four needles. which is considered needle 1, on the left or right side of the heel as worn? I just finished a toe and I have decreases on top of the foot and it just does not look right and I am wondering if I started the round at the wrong needle.
Thanks for allowing us to contact you about the pattern.

Courtney said...

Hi belle,
It's totally fine, I don't mind answering the questions at all. I'm glad that you are happy enough with the pattern to keep going with it!
OK, onto your toe question:
When knitting socks on 4 needles, they are numbered (as you said.) This numbering system varies from sock pattern to sock pattern, and you will frequently see notations about it in the pattern. For this pattern, however, it is the most standard numbering system. When looking at the sock when the heel joins the instep, the needles are as follows:
Needle 1: Left side of heel
Needle 2: Left side of instep
Needle 3: Right side of instep
Needle 4: Left side of heel.
If you do the decreases in these places, you will get a toe that looks like the picture. I think that you may have been off by one needle in the numbering system, which is why the decreases are on the top of the sock.
I hope this helps!!!

picking2gogranny said...

Hello this is picking2gogranny and I am trying to down load the baby cable hat from Ravelry. I am having trouble. Also I want to down load your socks, how big are they?

Courtney said...

Hi picking2gogranny! I'm glad that you are interested in my pattern. I don't have a "download" option right now, but if you copy and paste the pattern into a Word document, you can print it out at home. I hope to have a PDF of all of my patterns up soon...
If the link to the Cabled Baby Hats isn't working in Ravelry, you can also see it here: http://heyjulie.wordpress.com/2006/08/18/cabled-baby-hats/
Good luck and let me know if you have any more questions!

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Anonymous said...

Hello,

This is a very lovely pattern! What age would these be suitable for? Would they fit a 6 month old baby? :)

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musuaraq said...

cute...

Amy W. said...

Wondering how challenging It'd be to use a circular with magic loop method on this? I don't have DPNs in the correct size but do have the circs.

Anonymous said...

In step #3 for the heel, second to last sentence says to "pass slipped wrap over". Are we passing this slipped wrap back onto the left needle or dropping it off the needles all together? Thanks,
Cayla