Have a Yarn

Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia


May 2013 - These are Bobbly Baby Socks Two!


MATERIALS: fingering sock yarn, patterned or plain

NEEDLES: Set of five 2 mm to 2.5 mm double points, depending upon knitter's personal knitting tension

GAUGE: about 7 stitches per inch in stocking stitch

SIZE: approximately a 6 month size, but foot and leg length can be shortened or lengthened as desired.

Have a Yarn has a lovely little sock pattern called Bobbly Baby Socks which has embellishments and is often used as a choice for a baby girl. My motive with this pattern is to make a sock which has a different look with a slightly more masculine feel, while still retaining the bobbles. It should fit a baby from about birth to 6 months or older, depending on the foot size of the baby. The leg and foot length can be adjusted as desired.

Cast 40 stitches on double points, dividing stitches evenly on four of the needles.

Join into a circle and rib for between 1 and 1 & 1/2 inches in a K1P1 rib.

Knit for 3 rounds.

Abbreviation: MB:
Knit into the front, back, front, back and front of the next stitch.
Turn work, slip 1st stitch, purl 4,
Turn, slip 1, K4
Turn, slip 1, P4
Turn, cast off 4 stitches

Bobble Round: Knit 2, (MB, K4) to the last 2 stitches, K2

Knit for 3 rounds.

Purl for 3 rounds.
This makes the first of 2 purl bands which enclose a space which can be used for a favourite stitch pattern or left in plain stocking stitch if preferred, as in (above) Sample Brown.

Showcase Space: (Sample Blue)
Knit for 2 rounds.
(Knit 1, Purl 2)…to last 2 stitches, Purl 2 together. (39 stitches)
Repeat previous round for about 6 rounds.
Make 1, Knit to end of round. (40 stitches)
Redistribute stitches to 10 on each needle.

Sample Grey uses this space for moss stitch. This also requires the subtraction of 1 stitch per round to leave 39 stitches. This creates an odd number which makes doing the moss stitch easier. At the end of the showcase space, increase the stitch count to 40 again by adding 1 stitch.

Sample Red fills this space with a K2P2 rib. In this case, as in the stocking stitch sample, 40 stitches are used solely in the showcase round.

All samples:
Purl for 3 rounds.
Knit 5 rounds.

Begin heel by putting the stitches of two needles onto one needle, for the heel flap.
Row 1: (Slip 1, Knit 1) to end of round
Row 2: Slip 1, Purl to end of round
Repeat these 2 rows till heel flap is about 1 and 1/4 inch long.

Turn heel: (knit row of heel flap) Slip 1, K 12, ssk, turn.
Slip 1, P 6, P 2 together, turn
Slip 1, K6, ssk, turn
Continue back and forth with the last 2 rows until 8 stitches remain.

Bring into round again:
(K row) Knit 4 stitches onto needle 1. With another needle (2) knit the remaining 4 stitches, then onto this same needle pick up and knit approximately 7 instep stitches.
Knit across the next two needles (3 and 4) as usual.
With needle 1, pick up approximately 7 stitches up the other side of the instep. (11 sts. on needle)
Knit these 7 sts., then the 4 heel sts.
The stitches should now be on the 4 needles again evenly and starting the foot section.

Next round: Knit to last 2 sts. on first needle, knit 2 together. Knit across next two needles as usual. On the fourth needle, ssk and then knit to end of needle. (40 sts. again in round, the original number)

Knit around as usual until foot measures 3 inches (or desired length) from back of heel to beginning of toe decrease.

Decrease for Toe: Knit to the last 2 stitches on each needle and K 2 tog. for one round. Knit 1 round plain. Continue these 2 rounds until you have 2 stitches on each needle.

Break yarn, leaving about 8 inches of tail. Use tail to thread a large needle and graft toe opening using Kitchener Stitch or draw up in a circle, and sew in end on the reverse side. Sew in cast on tail end also.

Make another sock to match.

I've done a pink one just to show what it looks in a more girly colour. The showcase section is a K3P1 rib and is done on 39 stitches like the blue and grey ones.

Hope you have fun with these!

~Shirlene Greer