Wee Kilty Socks

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)

Heel turn:
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)

Row 1:
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

Row 1:
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.
Graft toe

Fold over cuff at decrease row.

Knit 2nd kilt sock!

(Generally the sock is to land at 1″ below the knee)

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