My son adores socks! He loves hand knit socks best of all. But he’s only six and still growing fast. I needed a simple recipe for making socks for him that wouldn’t take forever and would grow with him so I didn’t need to do the math each time.
Thus was born, Liam’s Socks. I knit these on circular needles using the magic loop technique.
It starts simple enough using Judy’s Magic Cast On. 12 stitches on each needle.
Knit one round.
On the next round, k1 then k1fb, Knit to last 3 stitches. K1fb. K2.
Repeat these two rounds until you have 28 stitches on each needle.
I use the fish lip kiss heel, so I knit until the socks reach his ankle bone. This time that was 50 rows.
I’ve added purl stitch designs on the socks sometimes too. It’s fun to have a basic pattern that is easy to modify as needed.
I can track the history of Liam with his socks!
I’ve learned that for kids a good high quality sock yarn is important. Superwash because if you have kids you have enough to do without hand washing socks. And I’ve found that sock yarn with at least 20% nylon in it will even stand up to the dryer on low.
I chose to offer sock yarn that will stand the test of time. I’ve washed and dried my yarn a lot of times. The colors stay and the yarn holds up very well to heavy use and lots of washings.
Happy knitting my yarn fairies!