Another recovered pattern, compliments of the wayback machine. September 2006


I’ve been making some worsted weight toddler socks lately and decided I’d like something a little more engaging than stockinette. So I made up this sock and decided to share the pattern. I really enjoy the look of this pattern, because there is no abrupt change from ribbing to pattern. The cables themselves actually form part of what works just like a rib.

Click below for the pattern and notes.

To fit about a 3 – 4 year old. (Go down a needle size for a smaller sock, about a 2 y.o. size.)

Less than 40 grams of worsted weight wool.

set of 5 – 3.75mm (US 5) double-pointed needles,
cable needle, tapestry needle for weaving in ends

about 5.5 stitches per inch

k: knit
p: purl
c4b: slip 2 stitches onto cable needle, hold them to the back, knit the next 2 stitches, knit 2 stitches from cable needle
k2tog: knit two together
ssk: slip, slip, knit
p2tog: purl two together

Cable Pattern:
Round 1-3: (k1, p1, k4, p1, k1) 4 times
Round 4: (k1, p1, c4b, p1, k1) 4 times

Cuff and Leg:
Cast on 32 stitches and distribute stitches onto 4 needles for working in the round (8 st. per needle).
Work cable pattern 4 times.

Heel Flap:
Working across one-half of the stitches, leaving the other half (instep) on their needles, continue onto heel flap in cable pattern for 10 rows.
(Note: Twist row falls on the wrong side. For c4b in the heel flap, slip 2 stitches onto cable needle, hold to back, purl next two stitches, purl stitches from cable needle.)
1: k1, p1, k4, p1, k2, p1, k4, p1, k1
2: p1, k1, p4, k1, p2, k1, p4, k1, p1
3. repeat row 1
4: p1, k1, c4b, k1, p2, k1, p4, c4b, p1
5-8: Repeat rows 1-4
9, 10: Repeat rows 1 and 2.

Turn Heel:
Slip 1, k8, k2tog, k1. Turn.
Slip 1, p3, p2tog, p1. Turn.
Slip 1, k4, k2tog, k1. Turn.
Slip 1, p5, p2tog, p1. Turn.
Slip 1, k6, k2tog, k1. Turn.
Slip 1, p7 p2tog, p1. Turn.
Knit across.
10 stitches remain.

Gusset Set-Up:
With heel needle, Pick up and knit 9 stitches along side of heel flap.
Knit across 2 instep needles in pattern (starting back at Row 1 of cable pattern)
On new needle, pick up and knit 9 stitches along the second side of heel flap and on that same needle knit 5 heel stitches from first needle.
The center of the sole is now the beginning of the round.

Gusset Decreasing:
Round 1: Knit to last 3 stitches on needle 1, k2tog, k1. Work the 2 instep needles in cable pattern. On needle 4, k1, ssk, knit to end of round.
Round 2: Knit sole stitches plain and continue cable pattern on instep needles.
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until 8 stitches remain on each needle. (Note: It helps to remember that decrease rounds fall on cable pattern rounds 2 and 4.)

Continue knitting foot until it measures 4” (or desired length) from very back of heel, then begin toe.

Toe Shaping:
Round 1: Knit to the last 3 stitches of needle 1, k2tog, k1. K1, ssk on needle 2, knit to last 3 stitches of needle 3, k2tog, k1. K1, ssk, knit to end of needle.
Round 2: Knit plain.
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until there are 4 stitches on each needle.
Repeat round 1 two more times (with no more plain rows between) so that there are 2 stitches on each needle, then knit the 2 stitches on needle 1.
Arrange stitches onto 2 needles and kitchener stitch closed.

Weave in ends and make another.

I made these with Children in Common in mind. The socks the children wear are generally worn indoors with no shoes. If you’re making these to be worn with shoes you may choose to simply discontinue the cable twist beyond the leg portion, knitting 4 stitches instead of c4b. Although I am not really sure that the cables will be a problem in shoes, anyway.