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Knitted Doll Socks

 Striped Doll Socks

If you’ve been interested in learning how to knit socks, doll socks can be a fun way to start. With sport weight yarn, doll socks can be knitted quickly from a pattern that will teach you all the steps and techniques required for knitting a comfortable and well-fitting pair of socks. In addition, your finished product can be worn by most 18″ play dolls, such as those made by American Girl or Gotz — or used to decorate holiday trees, wreaths, etc.


MATERIALS

To knit one pair of striped dolls socks like those pictured, you will need the following materials
Sport Weight Yarn: Color A, Color B
2 sets circular needles, US #2

STEPS AND TECHNIQUES

Each sock you knit will have four sections: leg, heel, foot, and toe. To make counting easier, the pattern below restarts the numbering of each section with Row 1. This approach also makes it easier for you to make changes to part of the pattern, such as shortening the leg to for crew-length socks.

PATTERN

Part 1 - The Leg

Cast on 40 stitches in Color A using slingshot method on two needles held together.
Rows 1-4: Work single rib in color A
Rows 5-6: Switch to color B, work in stockinette
Rows 7-8: Switch to color A, work in stockinette
Rows 9-16 Repeat rows 5-8 two times
Row 17: Switch to Color B, K 2 together, K around until two stitches remain, SSK — decreases 2, 38 stitches remain.
Row 18: K across
Rows 19-20: Switch to Color A, K around
Rows 21-24: Repeat rows 17-20 — 36 stitches remain
Rows 25-26: Repeat rows 17-18 — 34 stitches remain
Row 27: Switch to Color A, K 2 together, K across until two stitches remain, SSK — decreases 2, 32 stitches remain.
Row 28: K around
Rows 29-30: Repeat rows 17-18 — 30 stitches remain
Rows 31-32: Repeat rows 27-28 — 28 stitches remain
Rows 33-34: Switch to Color B, K around
Switch to Color A; cut yarn for Color B leaving a tail for later weaving in
K 7, turn work, P 14; place remaining stitches on a holder.


Part 2 - The Heel

Heel Flap
Row 1: Slip 1, K across
Row 2: Slip 1, P across
Rows 3-14: Repeat Rows 1 & 2 six times.

Turn Heel
Row 15: Slip 1, K 8, SSK, K1, turn
Row 16: Slip 1, P5, P2tog, P1, turn
Row 17: Slip 1, K to 1 stitch before gap, SSK (one stitch from either side of gap), K1, turn
Row 18: Slip 1, P to 1 stitch before gap, P2tog (one stitch from either side of gap), P1
There will be 10 stitches remaining on your working needles (and 14 stitches still on the holder)

Heel Gusset
Knit across all heel stitches with one circular needle (Needle 1)
Pick up 7 stitches by knitting in the back loop of the chain edge stitches on the first side of the heel flap (Note: knitting in the back loop will twist the stitch and create a tighter fabric at the join)
Place a stitch marker on the needle
Pick up 1 stitch
Still using Needle 1, K7 from stitch holder

Switching to the second circular needle (Needle 2), K7 to take remaining stitches from holder
Pick up 1 stitch
Place a stitch marker on the needle
Pick up 7 stitches by knitting in the back loop of the chain edge stitches on the second side of the heel flap
Still using Needle 2, K5 heel stitches from Needle 1
There are now 40 stitches, and the heel stitches are now divided between the two needles

Staying with Color A
First Gusset Row
On Needle 1, K to 3 stitches before marker, K2tog, K1, transfer marker, K2tog, K to end of Needle 1
On Needle 2, K to 2 stitches before marker, K2tog, transfer marker, K1, SSK, K to end of Needle 2
Second Gusset Row
K around

Switch to Color B
Round 1
On Needle 1, K to 3 stitches before marker, K2tog, K1, transfer marker, K to end of Needle 1
On Needle 2, K to marker, transfer marker, K1, SSK, K to end of Needle 2
Round 2
K around

Switch to Color A
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 as above

Switch to Color B
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 as above

Switch to Color A
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 as above

Switch to Color B
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 as above


Part 3 - The Foot
Switch to Color A
K around 2 rows


Part 4 - The Toe
Round 1
On Needle 1, K to 3 stitches before marker, K2tog, K1, transfer marker, K1, SSK, K to end of Needle 1
On Needle 2, K to 3 stitches before marker, K2tog, K1, transfer marker, K1, SSK, K to end of Needle 2
Round 2
K around

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until there remain 16 stitches

K 4 stitches from Needle 1 onto Needle 2
Transfer 4 stitches from the back end of Needle 2 onto Needle 1
Cut yarn leaving a 4″ tail
Graft stitches from two needles together using Kitchner stitch

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