My preschooler had a ‘cultural fair’ today (Friday) at his school (preschool-gr8). He went dressed to represent Scotland in his kilt! We already had the kilt from the age of 2, but the socks I made back then were no longer knee length! So this week, I whipped up a pattern for him (fits preschool shoe size edited – being revised). The ribbing makes a nice texture and looks good stretched and ‘relaxed’ thereby eliminating the need to increase/decrease stitches for the calf (although at this age, the calf usually isn’t that much bigger!). The heel flap makes for a very, very easy stitch pickup!
Gauge: 4″ =30st & 42 rows in pattern
Row 1: *K3, P3, repeat
Row 2: *K1,P1, repeat
Yarn: Henry’s Attic Kona Superwash Sport
Needles: US1, 2.25mm dpns
These are from the cuff down (after knitting the cuff, you turn it inside out and continue knitting the leg).
Cast-on 48 stitches loosely.
Arrange stitches as follow: needle 1=12, needle 2=24, needle 3=12.
Join round being careful not to twist stitches!
Knit 3 rounds of k1,p1 ribbing
Knit 8 repeats of pattern (16rows).
Knit 2 rows of k1,p1 ribbing
Decrease row: k1,p1,k1,p1,k1,pass purl stitch over*repeat around. (you should have 36 stitches)
K1P1 ribbing for 14 rows
Increase row: *k1,p1,k1,m1, repeat around (you should have 48 stitches)
Turn knitting ‘inside out’ and start knitting leg as follows:
Knit 90 rows in pattern (45 repeats of rows 1&2)
K3,P3 on needle 1 and needle 2 ONLY ending at beginning of needle 3
Heel (needles 3 and 1 only)
Row 1: sl1, k1 to end of needle 3 and needle 1, turn
Row 2: k2, purl to 2 stitches before end, k2
Repeat 11 times (22 rows)
Sl1, k13, ssk, k1
sl1, p5, p2tog, p1
sl1, k6, ssk, k1
sl1, p7, p2tog, p1
sl1, k8, ssk, k1
sl1, p9, p2tog, p1
sl1, k10, ssk, k1
sl1, p11, p2tog, p1
sl1, k12, ssk
sl1, p12, p2tog
Knit 14, pickup the 12 purl bumps,
Needle 2: continue in pattern
Needle 3: pickup the 12 purl bumps, knit 7 stitches
(make sure your stitches are now arranged so needle 1 has 19 stitches, needle 2 has 24, needle 3 has 19 stitches)
Knit to last 3 stitches on needle 1, K2tog, k1
Continue in pattern on needle 2
K1, ssk, knit to end of needle 3
Row 2: knit
Repeat the above two rows until there are 12 stitches on needles 1 and 3, and 24 on needle 2
Continue for 24 rows (or 1″ less than length of recipient’s foot) by knitting on needles 1&3, and continuing in pattern on needle 2
Needle 1: knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1
Needle 2: k1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1
Needle 3: k1, ssk knit to end
Row 2: knit
Repeat above 2 rows until there are 7 stitches on needles 1&3, and 14 stitches on needle 2
Knit row 1 4 times.
Fold over cuff at decrease row.
Knit 2nd kilt sock!
(Generally the sock is to land at 1″ below the knee)