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~Opal Kid's Sock~

Don't these colors just scream... "KIDS!!" The minute I saw this yarn, I knew it would be perfect for a child.

MATERIALS:

  • One skein Opal BRASIL yarn #5001
  • One Set of five Size 1 double point ndls
  • Tapestry Needle, Stitch Holder, Marker

    GAUGE: 8 stitches = 1 inch

    SIZE: Small Child: Finished sock measurements
    Cuff/leg area approx. 4" around. Top of cuff to beg of heel/instep approx. 2-1/4"
    Edge of heel to end of toe = 5-1/2". Sock fits Child Size 7

    LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Some sock knitting helpful

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    BEGIN SOCK:
    Cast on 50 stitches, then place stitches on four needles in this manner:
    Needle #1: 10 stitches
    Needle #2: 15 stitches
    Needle #3: 15 stitches
    Needle #4: 10 stitches
    Join the yarn being careful not to twist, and then knit all the stitches around for 4 rounds.
    On the next round, began cuff ribbing.

    RIBBING:
    I did a K3, P2 ribbing until the cuff/leg area measured 2-3/4 inches from the cast-on edge to the heel beginning.

    HEEL:
    I worked my heel on 20 stitches only, using the 10 stitches from Needle #4 and the 10 stitches from Needle #1.
    I placed the remaining 30 unused stitches (instep stitches) on a stitch holder.

    ROW #1: slip 1, K1 across all 20 stitches, turn
    ROW #2: slip 1, Purl all stitches across, turn.
    I repeated these 2 rows for 1-1/2 inches. End on a purl row.

    HEEL TURNING:
    I gave it my usual box-like heel in this manner:
    ROW #1: (Right Side) K13, K2tog, K1, turn. [4 unworked stitches remain]
    ROW #2: P8, P2tog, P1, turn. [4 unworked stitches remain]
    ROW #3: K9, K2tog, K1, turn. [2 unworked stitches remain]
    ROW #4: P10, P2tog, P1, turn. [2 unworked stitches remain]
    ROW #5: K11, K2tog, K1, turn. [0 stitches remain
    ROW #6: P12, P2tog, P1. [0 stitches remain] NOTE: Heel is approx 1-3/4 inches long.

    GUSSETS:
    With a new needle #1, pick up approx 10 sts (or as many as needed) along the left heel flap.
    With new Needles #2 and #3, knit the 30 instep sts in rib pattern from st holder (15 sts per ndl).
    With a new Needle #4, pick up the same amount of sts along the right heel flap as for left heel flap.
    Next round, knit all stitches around.

    GUSSET DECREASE:
    ROUND 1: Needle #1, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.
    Needles #2 and #3: (instep sts) continue in K3, P2 ribbing pattern.
    Needle #4: K1, slip 1, K1, psso, knit to end.

    ROUND 2: On needles #1 and #4, Knit all stitches.
    On Needles #2 and #3, continue in K3, P2 ribbing pattern. Repeat these two rounds til you have original 50 cast-on stitches.

    FOOT:
    I continued to knit Round 2 for 3 inches. Knit your foot to desired length. On the last round before starting toe, decrease 2 stitches evenly. You will now have [48] stitches

    TOE:
    I decided to give my sock a Round Toe because I thought it would work well for this very small sock. Here's how I did mine:

    ROUND 1: K4, K2tog around.
    ROUND 2: Knit all stitches.
    ROUND 3: K3, K2tog, around.
    ROUND 4: Knit all stitches.
    ROUND 5: K2, K2tog, around.
    ROUND 6: Knit all stitches.
    ROUND 7: K1, K2tog, around.
    ROUND 8: Knit all stitches.
    ROUND 9: K2tog around.
    Cut yarn, leaving an ample tail. Thread yarn into tapestry needle, then into remaining stitches. Pull tightly and tie off. Weave in loose ends.

    Knit by "Soxie" - 2002
    NOTE: Pattern revised July 13, 2005
    NOTE: Pattern revised again June 27, 2007 for easier clarification.

    This pattern is free for the taking. You are welcome to make copies and distribute copies to your friends, so long as you keep the copyright statement intact, and respect our Copyrights. You are not allowed to sell the pattern or use it for personal monetary gain. Please give credit where credit is due. Thank you.