Tickle Your Toes Top-Down Socks
Your little one will look too cute in these top-down socks!
Design by Susan Robicheau
Child’s small (medium, large) to fit
child’s shoe sizes 61/2–7 (8–81/2, 9–10) Instructions are given for smallest size, with larger sizes in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to all sizes.
Circumference: 61/4 inches Foot length: 51/2 (6, 61/2) inches
• Fingering weight yarn (55% superwash merino wool/30% silk/15% nylon; 400 yds/113g per ball): 1 ball pink variegated • 2 Size 2 (2.75mm) circular needles or
size needed to obtain gauge • Stitch marker
32 sts and 36 rnds = 4 inches/
10cm in St st. To save time, take time to
N1, N2: Needle 1 (heel and sole sts), needle 2. (instep sts)
Faux Cable Rib in the round (mul
tiple of 5 sts) Rnds 1 and 2: *P1, k3, p1; rep from *
around. Rnd 3: *P1, sk2p, p1; rep from *
around. Rnd 4: *P1, (k1, p1, k1) in next st, p1;
rep from * around. Rep Rnds 1–4 for pat. Faux Cable Rib worked flat (multiple of 5 sts) Row 1 (RS): P1, k3, p1. Row 2: K2, p3, k1. Row 3: P1, sk2p, p1. Row 4: K1, (p1, k1, p1) in next st, k1. Rep Rows 1–4 for pat.
This sock is worked on 2 circular needles from the cuff down with a heel flap, gusset and wedge toe.
Cuff Using cable cast-on (see page 111)
method, cast on 50 sts. Place 25 sts on each needle; pm for beg of rnd and join, taking care not to twist sts. Work 3 (3, 4) reps of Faux Cable Rib. Leg Set-up rnd: N1: Work pat as established over first 6 sts, knit to last 6 sts, work pat as established over last 6 sts; N2: work as for N1. Work even in established pat for 24
(28, 28) rnds [6(7, 7) reps of rib pat]. Heel flap Working back and forth on N1 sts only, work 18 rows in established pat, with sts on N2 on hold for instep. Turn heel Row 1 (RS): K16, ssk, turn. Row 2: Sl 1, p7, p2tog. Row 3: Sl 1, k7, ssk. Rep Rows 2 and 3 until all sts have been worked, ending with Row 2—9 sts rem. Gusset Set-up rnd: N1: Knit across 9 heel sts, pick up and knit 9 sts along left side of flap, then pick up and knit 1 st in row below first instep st on N2 (this will prevent a hole); N2: work in established pat across 25 instep sts; N1: pick up and knit 1 st in row below last instep st on N2, then pick up and knit 9 sts along right side of heel flap, knit across rem sts of N1; N2: work in established pat across; pm for beg of rnd—54 sts with 29 sts on N1 and 25 sts on N2. Dec rnd: N1: K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1; N2: work even in established pat—52 sts. Rnd 2: Work even. Rep Dec rnd once more—50 sts. Foot Work even until foot measures approx 4 (41/2, 5) inches from back of heel, ending with Rnd 4 of rib pat. Toe Rnd 1 (dec): N1: K5, ssk, knit to last 7 sts, k2tog, k5; N2: work 5 sts in pat, ssk, knit to last 7 sts, k2tog, work 5 sts in pat—46 sts. Rnd 2: Work even. Rep [Rnds 1 and 2] 4 times—30 sts. Rep [Rnd 1] twice more—22 sts with
11 sts on each needle. Last rnd: N1: K5, k2tog, k4; N2: p1, k4,
k2tog, k3, p1—20 sts. Using Kitchener stitch (see page 110),
graft sts from N1 and N2 tog.
Weave in ends. Block to measurements.