Teeny Socks

Seaming work on the Cropped Cardigan continues, but I’ve been taking breaks from it to work on some stash-busting projects. I’ve also been motivated to finally attach buttons to my Rock ‘n Weave socks from last year.

This ended up being a process project. I love the look of the linen stitch. However, these socks don’t suit me. Footsies? Sure, I wear them. Mid-height? You betcha. Anklets? Nope. Fortunately, Mom’s co-worker loved and adopted them.

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These little sock blocker key chains are available from Felt Up (and several online retailers). I’ve only knit one previously; I gave it to my cousin for her birthday last year. Recently, one of her friends asked if I could make a couple, one in red, and one in pink. I wasn’t sure I had any appropriately-colored scraps, but luck was with me. I had just enough Opal Ladybug left over* to use for one and found for the other a sample of pink Cascade Fixation from a Yarn of the Month Club shipment. Perfect!

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That third (topmost), shiny one you see is another sample from YotM, but I’ve forgotten the details. It’s a shiny and skinny ribbon yarn from—possibly—Katia. It was the first of this group knitted because I could not remember the adjustments needed for socks to fit these blockers, other than increasing the specificed needle size. This sock does fit over the blocker well enough, but stretches unattractively in the gusset and gives the impression of holes where there are none. I’m saving this one to use as a Christmas ornament.

For the other two, I used US 2 (2.75mm) DPNs with 18 stitches overall, instead of the 16 given in the pattern. Adding two rows to the heel flap also helped minimize the illusion of gusset holes. I omitted the last decrease round in the toe, which was too pointy for my taste. They’re very cute and I hope the recipient is happy with them!

*Previous projects with just this one skein of Opal Ladybug: one pair of adult socks, one pair of baby socks, and one 7″ square (not yet blogged). 4 projects from one skein, whew!

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13 Responses to “Teeny Socks”

  1. Guinifer Says:
    May 16th, 2007 at 7:46 am

    Man, if I started making little socks there’d be little girls knocking at my door with their baby dolls!

  2. deb Says:
    May 16th, 2007 at 7:57 am

    I love my mini-keychain blocker. I dress it up all the time. It’s the only “accessory” I relly have.

  3. Chris Says:
    May 16th, 2007 at 8:06 am

    Lucky coworker of your mom’s! Those are great socks. I have the same buttons!

    Very cute teeny socks – thanks for the info on the pattern adjustments – I have one of these blockers and need to get around to knitting a sock for it at some point…

  4. Nicole Says:
    May 16th, 2007 at 8:29 am

    These are SO cute! I have a co-worker whose sister knits and makes these as earrings. Usually I see them around Christmas for their “stocking” likeness.

  5. Jeanne Says:
    May 16th, 2007 at 10:21 am

    Ya…I didn’t knit those socks either. I also thought the weight of the buttons might drag them down a bit.

  6. Kelly Says:
    May 16th, 2007 at 10:49 am

    How cute, they are so little!

  7. mrspao Says:
    May 16th, 2007 at 12:18 pm

    The tiny socks are so cute :)

  8. Tracey Says:
    May 16th, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    super duper cute!

  9. Opal Says:
    May 16th, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    I love the look of the linen stitch too. I’ve heard that they aren’t quite joyful to knit from others too though.

    The teeny tiny socks are adorable! I have a little sock blocker key chain waiting for a teeny tiny sock. You inspire me. ;-)

  10. beth Says:
    May 16th, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    Those mini socks are so fun to make. You can almost give the kit as a gift they’re so much fun:)

  11. Rina Rahardjo Says:
    May 17th, 2007 at 1:49 am

    WOW they’re so tiny. very cute.

  12. Knitting Bandit Says:
    May 17th, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    I’m with you on the Rockin’ Sock Club socks, I wasn’t part of the club, but I’m sure I’d knit them because they are so different, but not my style to wear. Your teeny socks are darling!

  13. Stephanie Says:
    May 17th, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    Shut the front door…those teeny socks are too cute!

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