So I modified a baby sock pattern to be slightly larger and use a slightly different heel technique. There were maths involved. You’re welcome.
(I forgot to take nice pictures so I snapped some as people were passing the baby shower gifts around!)
Size: 3-6 months (it’s been a while since I’ve had babies so I’m not sure how big they are)
Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Fingering (Pictured: Ivory). Cotton blend yarn
Needles: US 0 (2.00 mm) circular or DPNs
Gauge: 9.6 sts = 1″
CO 44 and join to work in the round. PM (I let my tail from my cast on remind me where the beginning of my round was)
Rnd 1: k1, p1 around
Repeat rnd until cuff measures 1/2 inch
(knit the leg)
Rnd 1: k7, p8, k16, p4, k9
Rnd 2: k44
Repeat rnds 1 & 2 until leg measures 2-1/2 inches from top of cuff
(short row heel)
Setup rnd: k7, p8, k7 (these sts become the instep). Now set up heel by working remaining 22 stst on new needle beginning with Row 1)
Row 1: k9, p4, k8, with 1st unworked on left needle
Row 2: YO backwards, p20, turn (1 st unworked)
Row 3: YO as usual, knit to purled garter stitch and p4 as normal, knit to paired sts made by YO of previous row (the YO will form a loop out of the side of the adjacent st), leaving 3 sts on left needle (i.e. do not work the pair), turn.
Row 4: YO backwards, purl to paired sts made by the YO of the previous row, turn.
(Make sure you keep purling the garter stripe on the knit rows to continue the pattern – until you start the decrease rows on the short row heel to make the heel cup.)
Rep the last 2 rows until there are 11 total sts between YOs (9 unpaired sts between YOs), ending with a WS row. Turn so RS is facing. Form the heel cup as follows:
Row 1: (RS) YO as usual, knit to the paired st made by YO of previous row, k1, (the first st of the pair), correct the mount of the YO (so that the leading edge is on the front of the needle), k2tog (the YO with the first st of the next pair, leaving a YO as the first st on the left needle), turn.
Row 2: (WS) YO backwards, purl to the paired st made by YO of previous row, purl the first st of the pair, sap (the YO with the first st of the next pair, leaving a YO as the first st on the left needle; turn.
Row 3: YO, knit to the paired st made by the YO of previous row, knit the first st of the pair (the next 2 loops will be YOs), correct the mount of each of these YOs, k3tog (2 YOs with the first st of the next pair), turn.
Row 4: YO backwards, purl to next YO (the next 2 loops are YOs), sssp ( 2 YOs with the first st of the next pair), turn.
Row 5: YO, knit to next YO (the next 2 loops will be YOs), correct the mount of each of these YOs, k3tog (2 YOs with the first st of the next pair), turn.
Repeat the last 2 rows until all YOs of heel have been consumed, ending with row 4. The last turn will bring RS facing – 22 std + 1 YO. Joining round: YO, knit to YO at end of needle, place this YO on next needle (first instep needle), k2tog ( the YO plus first st of next needle), work to last instep st, place YO at beg of next (heel) needle onto instep needle and work these 2 sts as ssk (last st of end plus YO)–44 sts. Rnd begins at beg of sole sts.
Rnd 1: k29, p8,k7
Rnd 2: k44
Repeat ends 1 & 2 until foot measures 2-1/2 inches from back of heel.
Short Row Toe:
Rearrange sts if necessary so that 22 bottom-of-foot (sole) sts are on one dpn. Work toe with short-rows as for heel, omitting very last YOs (the ones used to join heel to leg with k2tog and ssk) so that you end up with 22 sts at the conclusion of your short-rows.
Then use kitchener stitch to join the seam. I find Knitty’s tutorial to be the best.
This is a great little sock and I hodge podged several techniques and patterns to come to this one. It’s my favorite baby sock!