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need pattern for tube socks for ages 2 to 6
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Mar 1, 2012 16:47:34   #
betsy hodgson
tube socks
Mar 1, 2012 22:38:59   #
betsy hodgson wrote:
tube socks

I wrote out a simple tube sock pattern that I made up. You can adjust the size for anyone's foot. I have also posted adjustments for gauge and size of needles, and type of needles. You just need to read through the posts to find them. They should be on the beginning pages. Good luck with this.

I have decided to copy and paste them into this topic posting. Here is the link if you wish to read what the conversations were about them.

For all those who are struggling to knit socks with those dreaded heels!! A tube sock is very simple. I can write one out here from my head so there is no copyright enfringement in case anyone is interested in that.
Using worsted weight yarn or #4 weight and using a needle size of 3.5mm or 4mm or what ever needle size needed for getting 5 stitches per inch of stocking stitch. Using dpns, cast on 40 stitches (fits a leg 8 inches around) or 44 or 48 stitches.
Knit in ribbing stitch of k1 p1 for 2 inches. Then knit another 8 to 10 inches in stocking stitch or until the sock is long enough to fit your foot and give you some length up your leg. Yes, you go ahead and try on the sock being careful not to let the stitches slide off your dpns. (Use elastic bands around the ends of the needles if needed).
When you have reached the beginning of where your toes are you will begin to decrease for the toes. I am going to assume here that your stitches are evenly placed on 3 dpns and you are knitting with the fourth needle. On needle 1 you have 10 stitches (11, 12) on needle 2 you have 20 stitches (22, 24), and on needle 3 you have 10 stitches (11, 12).
Round One Needle 1: knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1. Needle 2: k1, ssk, knit to the last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1. Needle 3, k1 ssk, knit to the end. Four stitches decreased all together.
Round Two Knit.
Repeat these two rounds until you have 20 stitches remaining (20, 24). Then repeat Round One until you will have 8 stitches (10) remaining. Knit the stitches from the Needle 1 onto Needle 3. You will have a total of 4 stitches on each needle (5) Kitchener off.

This will make a thick sock and from there you can go to #3 weight yarn and smaller needles once you are comfortable with the dpns. The decreasing for the toes is basic and more or less the same for all socks. The same decrease pattern is also used for mittens. Enjoy. You can use Christmas varigated colors to knit up these for quick Christmas gifts! To make smaller or larger socks, you just measure around the leg and multiply this number by 5 to get the correct number of stitches to cast on.

Mar 1, 2012 22:42:49   #
Someone was timid about using dpns, so I adjusted the pattern for circulars.
Nothing really to be afraid of with the dpns but here is an alternative if you really are. Knitting is all about taking pleasure and enjoyment in what you are knitting and how you are knitting.
You need two circular needles and the length of them really does not matter as long as the size is the same for both of them. Cast on all 40 (44, 48) stitches onto one needle. Using the second circular needle knit (using the rib stitch pattern) 20 (22, 24) stitches onto this needle. Pick up the "tail" end of the first needle and joining in the round, knit the last 20 stitches in the rib pattern. Circular needle Two will become the #1 & #2 dpn needle. The circular needle One will be the #3 dpn needle.

Continue on in the pattern. For better understanding of the circular needle method, you will keep Needle One stitches only on Needle One by knitting the stitches on the right end of it with the left end of the Needle One. Needle Two will follow Needle One and is knit up the same way. To keep track of which needle is #1 or #2, take a piece of waste yarn and make one loop through the stitches below Needle One. Take another piece of waste yarn and make two loops through the stitches below Needle Two. You will need these labels on when you come to the toe decreases. Good luck with this.
Mar 1, 2012 22:48:55   #
A reply I made to someone who had sock yarn weight instead of #4 weight yarn.
Hi Artmom and anyone else wanting to make this tube sock from sock yarn or other yarns that are not worsted weight:
1) Get the yarn you want and the cooresponding needle sizes. #3 weight yarn and 3.00mm needles. (I am going to use numbers here just pulled out of my head for demonstration purposes).
2) Knit a swatch in stockingette stitch. Count how many stitches you have in one inch. Say you get 7 stitches per inch.
3) Measure how many inches you have around the calf of your leg, assuming it is a tube sock knit for yourself. You have 8 inches around the calf of your leg.
4) Take the number of stitches per inch from your gauge swatch and multiply it by the number of inches around the calf of your leg. 7 x 8 = 56.
5) The number you get in step four is the number of stitches you will cast on for your sock.

If you do not wish to knit a sock that comes high up your leg, you will measure around your leg where you want the top of the sock to sit. Note: it is better to have the sock a wee bit looser around your leg than too tight. Please keep a notebook about your sock that you knit for your own future references. Hope this all makes sense.
Mar 1, 2012 22:52:29   #
I also find that to keep the stitches straight on the needles and not twisted when you join in the round, is that you cast on to one needle. Now knit some ribbing for two rows then start to join these in the round. You will have a little v-shaped gap between the join and the edge, so you will stitch this up with the left over tail end from your cast on. Keeps the stitches straight every time and gives some substance when balancing the dpns and trying to join in the round.

If you can, you can buy dpns in sets of 5. You just have to look for them. The set of five is easier to knit in the round with when doing socks.
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