~Opal Kid's Sock by Soxie~

Don't these colors just scream... "KIDS!!" The minute I saw this yarn, I knew it would be perfect for a child's sock. Here's how I made mine.

One skein Opal BRASIL yarn #5001
One Set of five Size 1 double point ndls
Tapestry Needle, Stitch Holder, Marker

GAUGE: 8 stitches = 1 inch

SIZE: Small Child: Finished sock measurements
Cuff/leg area approx. 4" around. Top of cuff to beg of heel/instep approx. 2-1/4"
Edge of heel to end of toe = 5-1/2". Sock fits Children's Size 7

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Some sock knitting
experience helpful

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I cast on 50 stitches, then placed them on four needles in this manner:
Needle #1: 10 stitches
Needle #2: 10 stitches
Needle #3: 15 stitches
Needle #4: 15 stitches
I joined the yarn being careful not to twist, and then knit all the stitches around for 4 rounds.
On the next round, I began my cuff ribbing.

I did a K3, P2 ribbing until the cuff/leg area measured 2-3/4 inches from the cast-on edge to the heel beginning.

I worked my heel on 20 stitches only, using the last 10 stitches from Needle #4 and the first 10 stitches from Needle #1. I placed the remaining 30 unused stitches (instep stitches) on a stitch holder.

ROW #1: slip 1, K1 across, turn
ROW #2: slip 1, Purl all stitches across.
I repeated these 2 rows for 1-1/2 inches. End on a purl row.

I gave it my usual box-like heel in this manner:
ROW #1: (Right Side) K13, K2tog, K1, turn. [4 unworked stitches remain]
ROW #2: P8, P2tog, P1, turn. [4 unworked stitches remain]
ROW #3: K9, K2tog, K1, turn. [2 unworked stitches remain]
ROW #4: P10, P2tog, P1, turn. [2 unworked stitches remain]
ROW #5: K11, K2tog, K1, turn. [0 stitches remain
ROW #6: P12, P2tog, P1. [0 stitches remain]

With needle #1, pick up and knit stitches along the left heel flap.
With Needle #2 and #3, knit the 30 instep stitches from stitch holder.
With Needle #4, pick up and knit the same amount of stitches along the right heel flap as left heel flap.
Next round, I knit all stitches around.

ROUND 1: Needle #1, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.
Needles #2 and #3: continue in K3, P2 ribbing pattern.
Needle #4: K1, slip 1, K1, psso, knit to end. ROUND 2: On needles #1 and #4, Knit all stitches.
On Needles #2 and #3, continue in K3, P2 ribbing pattern. Repeat these two rounds til you have original 50 cast-on stitches. FOOT:
I continued to knit Round 2 for 3 inches. Knit your foot to desired length. On the last round before starting toe, decrease 2 stitches evenly. You will now have [48] stitches

I decided to give my sock a Round Toe because I thought it would work well for this very small sock. Here's how I did mine: ROUND 1: K4, K2tog around.
ROUND 2: Knit all stitches.
ROUND 3: K3, K2tog, around.
ROUND 4: Knit all stitches.
ROUND 5: K2, K2tog, around.
ROUND 6: Knit all stitches.
ROUND 7: K1, K2tog, around.
ROUND 8: Knit all stitches.
ROUND 9: K2tog around.
Cut yarn, leaving an ample tail. Thread yarn into tapestry needle, then into remaining stitches. Pull tightly and tie off. Weave in loose ends.

Knit by "Soxie" - 2002
NOTE: Pattern revised July 13, 2005

Every effort was made to insure accuracy of these instructions. If, however, an error is found, please bring it to Soxie's attention.