Sock it to me

I saw a cute photo of some critter socks in a pattern book at the craft store.

Problem 1 – I find socks a little slow going

Problem 2 – because of problem 1, by the time I finish the pair of socks for the kids in my family, the feet are not the same size. All that turning of the heel and the kitchener  stitch

Problem 3 – what kid wants to open a gift and find socks?

I thought critter themed socks would help with problem #3, but there was still numbers 1 and 2.

So I created a little piggy tube sock

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To make these cute little piggy socks, you will need: pink yarn for the body, nose, and ears; black yarn for the eyes and nostrils. Size 6 needles for knitting the socks and ears, E hook for making the eyes and nose. I use a darning egg inside the sock when attaching the face.100_0400

I also knit both my socks at the same time because I ALWAYS mess up my count, this way my socks match. Verypink.com has a great video tutorial on doing this if it’s new to you.

Using the size 6 needles, cast on 32 stitches. Careful not to twist, join and k1, p1 for 10 rounds to complete the cuff – approximately 1 ½ inches.

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K even for 5 inches, and place a marker to indicate the end of the leg. Now we will begin the foot

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K even for 5 ½-6 inches for the foot.

Toe decrease

Round 1 – k5, ssk, k2, k2tog, k10, ssk, k2, k2tog, k5

Round 2 and all even rounds – knit

Round 3 – k4, ssk, k2, k2tog, k8, ssk, k2, k2tog, k4

Round 5 – k3, ssk, k2, k2tog, k6, ssk, k2, k2tog, k3

Round 7 – k2, ssk, k2, k2tog, k4, ssk, k2, k2tog, k2

Round 9 – k1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k2, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1

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Break yarn and thread through the remaining stitches, I like to do this twice before remove the stitches from the needles for better security on the toe.

Ears – make 4

Using size 3 double pointed needles, cast on 8 stitches. Careful not to twist, join

Round 1 – knit

Round 2 – k1f&b, k3 – twice (10 stitches)

round 3 – knit

Round 4 – k4, k1f&b – twice (12 stitches)

Round 5 – knit

Round 6 – k1f&b, k5 – twice (14 stitches)

Round 7 – knit

Bind off using 3 needle bind off

Nose – make 2

Using the crochet hook, make a magic loop and chain 2. Do 7 dc into the magic loop and join with a slip stitch. leave a long end for attaching the nose to the sock. If you want you can back stitch a couple of nostrils before attaching to the sock with black yarn.

Eyes – make 4

Using the crochet hook and the black yarn, make a magic loop and chain 1. Do 5 hdc into the magic loop and join with a slip stitch. leave a long end for attaching the eyes to the sock

Use the daring needle to attach the nose, eyes and ears.

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Tada, socks that are quick, easy and will be fun for a little person to receive.

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Thanks for stopping by  this week. If you would like to have a PDF copy of this pattern or to want to snag these socks, please visit You Crafty Thing on Etsy.

 

 

 

 

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