Sunday, August 19, 2007

Orphan Socks

Glorious Sabbath day to everyone!
First, my prayers go out to all affected by recent tragedies... the families of the victims of the bridge collapse in Minnesota, the miners and their families and friends up in Huntington, Utah; all those who are suffering because of the earthquake in Peru. Please know we love you and are praying for you.

We must never forget the ongoing prayers for our military personel in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other parts of the Middle East who are in harms way, protecting the rights of freedom given to each of Heavenly Father's children.

You know, I think sometimes people in this country and in Canada where we take freedom for granted, forget that God promised us our Agency to choose, our freedoms, long before we came to this earth. We fought for that right to be free in Heaven. Now some feel we need to get all our troops out of war-zones where they are fighting to preserve for others that God-given freedom??? Whose side are you on?


As summer winds down, I have been thinking more and more about the harsh winter months coming up and how there are thousands upon thousands of orphaned children around the world living in freezing conditions.

There are many living in our own country, on Reservations, in Homeless shelters, and so forth who could use warm socks. I have made socks to fit me, but never small socks for little children, so I decided to try it.

I took a couple of pattern ideas, and changed them to make them work for me, to make them easier to understand I hope, and incorporated them into this pattern. Right now they are LITTLE.

I made the first pair with wool and then felted them, but the cuff is a bit tight and they were smaller than I wanted, so I am trying them with Caron Perfect Match 4 ply ww acrylic yarn, more rows and so forth now. The first pair will fit an 18 mth old maybe...

Bev's Little Orphan Socks Copyright 2007, Beverly A. Qualheim - All Rights Reserved

Created for the many little ones who face cold winters, in orphanages, and elsewhere worldwide

2 oz Worsted Weight Wool (Lamb's Pride works great) or Worsted weight yarn (will fit 2-3 year old)
Measure: 2.5" across cuff, 5.75" length of foot, and 5.25" from heel to top of sock.

FELTED Pink pair - I used Lamb's Pride yarn and then felted the little socks. I also knitted only 5 rows instead of 8 for foot. However, I decided I needed larger socks after making the first pair.
(The 1st pair should fit a 12 - 18 month baby) After washing and drying (felting) they measure 2.5" across cuff, 4.75" length of foot, and 4" tall from heel to top of sock.

size 8 double pointed knitting needles
GAUGE using acrylic yarn
: 5 sts = 1", 6 rows=1"

Cast on 24 stitches then divide them evenly onto 3 needles- 8 sts on each.
Join and work knit 1, purl 1 around. Work in this ribbing for the cuff of the sock for 8 rounds.
Now knit every round for 8 rounds
Move stitches so there are 12 stitches on needle 1, and 6 stitches on each of needle 2 and needle 3. Now just work back and forth across needle 1 as follows:
Row1: Slip 1 stitch and knit to end.
Row 2: Slip 1 stitch and purl to end.
Repeat these 2 rows for 12 rows total, then work the first row again. The heel will now be 13 rows long.

TURNING THE HEEL - this honestly is not scary. Just go for it!
Row 1: Slip 1 stitch, P7, P2tog, TURN.
Row 2: Slip 1 stitch, K4, K2tog, TURN.
Row 3: Slip 1 stitch, purl to 1 st. before the last turn (there's a little space there), P2 tog, TURN.
Row 4: Slip 1 stitch, knit to 1 st. before the last turn (look for the space again), K2 tog, TURN.
Repeat rows 3 & 4 until all stitches at the ends are used up, ending with a right side row. There will be 6 stitches left.

With the right side of your work facing you, pick up the 8 slipped stitches and then knit them. (needle 1).
Using a new needle, knit across the stitches on the next 2 needles (needle 2). Using a new needle, pick up and knit 8 stitches along the other side of the heel, and continue knitting to the center of the heel stitches (3 stitches) (needle 3). There should now be 11 stitches on needles 1 & 3, and 12 stitches on needle 2.
The center of the heel is the beginning of the round, needle 2 contains the instep stitches. Begin decreasing as follows:
Round 1: Knit.
Round 2: Knit to within 3 stitches of the end of the first needle, K2tog, K1. Knit across second needle. On third needle, K1, slip 1, K1, PSSO (pass slipped stitch over), knit to end.
Repeat rounds 1 & 2 until there are 6 stitches left on both needles 1 & 3 and you keep the 12 on needle 2.

Knit in the round again for 8 rounds to finish the length of the foot.

Begin decreasing as follows:
Round 1: On needle 1: knit to last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1. On needle 2: K1, Slip 1, K 1, PSSO (pass slipped stitch over), knit to last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1. On needle 3: K1, Slip 1, K 1, PSSO, knit to end (center of heel).
Round 2: Knit.
Repeat rounds 1 & 2 until there are only 12 stitches left (3 stitches on needles 1 & 3, and 6 stitches on needle 2).

KITCHENER STITCH to close the toe:
Continuing to knit with needle 3, knit to the end of needle 1. There are now only 2 needles in use, 6 stitches on each. Cut the yarn, leaving 14”. Thread it onto a yarn needle for sewing.

Instructions for Kitchener stitch - great video
Instructions from this SITE
Hold the 2 needles parallel. You will now have a front needle and a back needle. Always keep the yarn beneath the needle as you work.
Step 1: Go into the first stitch on the front needle as if to knit, pull the stitch off the needle.
Step 2: Go into the second stitch on the front needle as if to purl, leave stitch on the needle.
Step 3: Go into the first stitch on the back needle as if to purl, pull the stitch off of the needle.
Step 4: Go into the second stitch on the back needle as if to knit, leave the stitch on the needle.
Now you have 4 new stitches to work with. Repeat steps 1 - 4 until all stitches are woven. Anchor on inside, weave in ends.

Start your 2nd sock right now!

I'd love to see photos of your completed socks using this pattern.
Have a wonderful day, and HUG THE ONES YOU LOVE!


These socks, along with warm mittens and gloves can be mailed to LDS Humanitarian or send to a charity of your choice. Here is the address for LDS Humanitarian who are serving many orphanages and other places in need around the world.
Latter-day Saint Humanitarian Center
1665 Bennett Rd
Salt Lake City, UT 84104

Thanks for any help. Bev

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