I threw these together last night and thought I would share. These are socks designed for my little stuffed bear, Myra. No, I didn't set out to design socks for a bear (LOL), but I was testing out an idea I wanted to use for a pair of human socks and I hate to waste knitting that's already done. So I had this tiny little ring of sts and nice looking hem, and the only "person" I could think to use it for was Myra. So now Myra has one little red sock (the mate will follow this evening) on her foot, and it's really pretty cute! If you don't have any bears (and I feel sorry for you!), then you could do it on even finer needles and yarn (with the gusset) to make a pair of tiny little sock ornaments to hang off your knitting bag, computer, etc. Maybe earrings? LOL.

MYRA'S SOCKS

By Megan Humphrey

To fit a 13" jointed bear. Myra's feet are a little under 3" long, 5 3/4" around the ankle, 6" around where the foot meets the leg, and are 2" wide across the widest part of the sole. The socks are designed for bears with "Myra" feet. Since bears don't complain, the "ultimate" fit for them is one that is very, very snug so that they don't slip off.

Materials: Small amount of Jamie Baby Yarn or other yarn of similar weight; DPN's, size 1.

Gauge: 7 1/2-8 sts = 1"

Picot hem, as found in Designs for Knitting Kilt Hose and Knickerbocker Stockings (with sincere apologies to Veronica Gainford for using her excellent book for such a frivolous purpose).

Cast on 30 sts with a crochet chain cast on. Work in plain stockinette for 5 rounds. Next Round: *Yo, k2tog* around. K 5 more rounds. Work 5 more rounds in plain stockinette. Now turn the cast on edge up behind your work and knit each cast on stitch in turn with a stitch on the needles for the whole round (30 sts). I will add that this is a tremendous pain in the neck but makes for a very cute girly effect. If you do not want to bother with this or are making socks for a boy bear, just do 7 or so rounds of k1, p1 rib. But it is a technique worth learning, as it produces a really attractive hem for a sock or garment.

Work for 12 rows, or to desired length to heel flap. Myra has stubby little legs, so this actually had the appearance of a good length sock on her.

Heel Flap:
K8, turn. Sl 1, p across 7 sts on ndl, then p across 8 sts from the end of the previous rnd. Work back and forth on these 16 sts in stockinette until the heel flap measures 1" (11 rows). End ready to work a RS row.

Turn the Heel:
Row 1: Sl1, k9, ssk, k1, turn.
Row 2: Sl1, p5, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 3: Sl1, k6, ssk, k1, turn.
Continue to work in this manner until all sts have been worked, 10 sts remain. K across needle.

Gusset (or lack thereof):
Pick up and k 7 sts from the side of the heel flap. K across instep. Pick up and k 7 sts from the opposite side of the heel flap, and k 5 heel sts.

Myra's chubby little feet required no gusset decreases. For a bear or other stuffed animal or soft doll, I would at this point rearrange the sts 10-19-9 on the ndls, work about 1 1/2" plain (or until 10 rows short of desired length), and go on to the toe shaping. For a doll with feet that are to roughly human proportions, keep the sts arranged 12-14-12, k 1 rnd plain and work the gussets as follows:

Dec Rnd: Ndl 1: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. Ndl 2: K. Ndl 3: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k to end. K 1 rnd.Repeat these 2 rnds until 30 sts (or enough to fit around the doll's foot snugly) remain. Work even until 8 rows short of desired length.

Toe:
Dec Rnd: Ndl 1: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. Ndl 2: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. Ndl 3: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k1. K 1 rnd.Work these 2 rnds 2 times total, then decrease every round until 10 sts remain. Run yarn through all sts remaining twice, and draw tight. Squish those reluctant little bear feet into the socks, and enjoy!

Copyright: Megan Humphrey, April 11, 1999

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