Three of our daughters have birthdays in about a 5 week span. Earlier this week was Harmony's 14th. I have to admit, as she is closing in on me in height I am feeling about as shrimpy as can be. I swear yesterday she was only 4 feet tall, entertaining us with jump rope routines while we tried to finish dinner, playing house and dolls in her undies, homeschooling, enjoying handmade anything, telling us stories about her three imaginary sisters from California(huh, pretty funny considering...), spending hours reading stacks of books together, just her and I before Iris was born. This past year it has been playing competitive soccer, running 5Ks, a third year of middle school, cross country, volleyball, basketball, and track (our front room closet seriously looks like a teeny Sports Authority..better get those big totes out of the car to finally deal with the situation). The days of wearing anything mom makes is pretty slim, now its flatirons, makeup, and lots of Bethany Moda videos(although she almost always is wearing soccer warmups, prewrap and a jersey of some sort) .. holy cow am I really less than a year away from having a highschooler? Deep breathe there mama. I do feel very lucky that she will still kiss and tell me she loves me in front of all her friends...what do you think she wants?
I decided to give her a handmade pair of socks, one of the few made by mom items she will still wear. And while it was a present, my alterior motive was to use it as a distraction so I could reclaim my own Smart Wool socks that had mysteriously lost themselves on anothers foot. (basic sock pattern in adult s/m to follow)
Uses a thicker, self striping, easy care yarn for a quick last minute birthday gift that even your teen will love . The pattern is for a Teen or Adult S/M.
-one skein of Berroco Vintage
-size US 7 double pointed needles or size to get gauge
CO 36 sts (I use longtail)
Being careful to not twist, slip stitches purlwise to divide between three needles as follows:
needle 1= 9sts
needle 2= 18sts
needle 3= 9sts
Place marker and join for working in the round.
K2,P2 around until ribbing measures 2".
Knit all stitches until piece measures 5" or desired length of cuff. Remove marker.
Row 1: K9 and turn work
Row 2: Sl 1, P17. Turn (stitches on needles 1 and 3 now consolidated on one needle)
Row 3:(RS) Sl 1, K1 across. Turn.
Row 4:(WS) Sl 1, P17. Turn
Repeat Rows 3 and 4, 9 times total ending with a WS row.
Row 1: (RS) Sl 1, K10, ssk, K1, turn.
Row 2: (WS) Sl 1, P5, P2tog, P1, turn.
Row 3: Sl 1, K until 1 stitch before gap, ssk, K1, turn.
Row 4: Sl 1, P until 1 stitch before gap, P2tog, P1, turn.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until 12 stitches remain.
Knit across heel stitches.
Gusset and Foot
Pick up 10 stitches along edge of heel.
Knit across next 18sts.
With new needle, pick up 10sts along edge of heel, K6.
Place marker for new beginning of round.
Row 1: Knit all.
Row 2: Knit until 3sts left on 1st needle, K2tog, K1, Knit across top of foot stitches, K1, ssk, knit to end.
Work these 2 rounds a total of 7 times (36 stitches total remaining)
Knit around until foot measures approximately 7" from back of heel, or 2" shorter from desired foot length.
Row 1: K until 3sts left on needle 1, K2tog, K2, ssk, K until 3sts left on needle 2, K2tog, K2, ssk, knit to end.
Row 2: Knit all.
Repeat these rows a total of 4 times.
Repeat Row 1 only until 12sts remain.
Remove marker, using needle 3 knit all stitches on needle 1 (Even number of stitches between 2 needles now)
Cut yarn, leaving a 12 inch tail. Then using a blunt yarn needle, kitchener stitch toe closed.
Weave ends in.
( Ravelry page found here.)
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