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DIY Knit Mice Socks

If you've never knitted and want to learn or even if you are a seasoned pro, you'll love the new book "Knitted Animal Scarves, Mitts and Socks" by Fiona Goble. It provides over 30 adorable patterns and directions for some of the cutest winter accessories we've ever seen.

"A sweet pair of pink-nosed mice for two gorgeous little feet. If you're new to the world of sock knitting, these socks, knitted in a beautifully soft gray yarn, could be a great place to start, and your only problem will be prising the socks off their new owner. You will need to use a set of double-pointed needles or a short circular needle to make the socks, which can feel a little strange at first. But once you've knitted one pair of socks, like many other knitters you may well find yourself addicted," writes Fiona Goble.

Materials:

  • Yarn
  • Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK (75% wool, 20% silk, 5% cashmere) light worsted (DK) yarn
  • 1 x 1¾ oz (50g) ball (116yd/126m) in shade 277 Tittlemouse (A)
  • 1 x 1¾ oz (50g) ball (116yd/126m) in shade 001 Piglet (B)
  • Small amounts of black and beige light worsted (DK) yarn

Needles and Equipment:

  • US 8 (5mm) knitting needles
  • A set of 4 (or 5) US 6 (4mm) double-pointed needles (DPNs) or a US 6 (4mm) short circular needle designed for knitting socks and other smaller items (see page 122 for more information on knitting on DPNs and circular needles)
  • US 3 (3.25mm) knitting needles
  • Stitch marker or small safety pin
  • Yarn sewing needle
  • Large-eyed embroidery needle

Helpful Notes:

Gauge (tension): 22 sts and 28 rows in stockinette (stocking) stitch to a 4-in (10-cm) square on US 6 (4mm) needles.

Measurements: The finished socks measure 5 3/4in (14.5cm) from the heel to the tip of the toe. They should fit a child's shoe size US 7–8 (UK 6–7/EU 23–24)

Makes 2

Directions:

To make socks:

  • Using US 8 (5mm) needles, cast on 32 sts in A. Transfer sts to US 6 (4mm) DPNs or circular needle and mark your first cast-on stitch with stitch marker or small safety pin.
  • Round 1: [K1, p1] to end.
  • Rep round 1, 4 times more.
  • Knit 22 rounds.
  • Shape heel back
  • Row 1: K8, turn. (8 sts)
  • Row 2: P16. (16 sts)
  • (If using DPNs, keep all 16 sts on one needle.)
  • Row 3: Sl1, k to end.
  • Row 4: Sl1 pwise, p to end.
  • Rep rows 3–4, 5 times more.

Shape heel base:

  • Row 15: K10, ssk, k1, turn. (15 sts)
  • Row 16: Sl1 pwise, p5, p2tog, p1, turn. (14 sts)
  • Row 17: Sl1, k6, ssk, k1, turn. (13 sts)
  • Row 18: Sl1 pwise, p7, p2tog, p1, turn. (12 sts)
  • Row 19: Sl1, k8, ssk, turn. (11 sts)
  • Row 20: Sl1 pwise, p8, p2tog. (10 sts)
  • Row 21: Knit.

Shape foot:

  • Row 22 and forming base for rounds: Knit, putting stitch marker or safety pin between 5th and 6th sts to mark back of sock. With empty needle if using DPNs, pick up and k 8 sts up first side of heel back then k across 16 sts of top part of sock.
  • With another empty needle if using DPNs, pick up and k 8 sts down side of second heel back and then 5 sts along base of heel (to stitch marker). These 42 sts will form the foot part of the sock.
  • Round 1: K10, k2tog, k18, ssk, k10. (40 sts)
  • Round 2: Knit.
  • Round 3: K9, k2tog, k18, ssk, k9. (38 sts)
  • Round 4: Knit.
  • Round 5: K8, k2tog, k18, ssk, k8. (36 sts)
  • Round 6: Knit.
  • Round 7: K7, k2tog, k18, ssk, k7. (34 sts)
  • Round 8: Knit.
  • Round 9: K6, k2tog, k18, ssk, k6. (32 sts)
  • Knit 19 more rounds.

Shape toe:

  • Round 1: K5, ssk, k2, k2tog, k10, ssk, k2, k2tog, k5. (28 sts)
  • Round 2: Knit.
  • Round 3: K4, ssk, k2, k2tog, k8, ssk, k2, k2tog, k4. (24 sts)
  • Round 4: Knit.
  • Round 5: K3, ssk, k2, k2tog, k6, ssk, k2, k2tog, k3. (20 sts)
  • Break A and join in B.
  • Round 6: Knit.
  • Round 7: K2, ssk, k2, k2tog, k4, ssk, k2, k2tog, k2. (16 sts)
  • Round 8: K1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k2, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1. (12 sts)
  • Break yarn, thread it through rem sts, and pull up securely.

Ear

  • Make 8; 4 in A and 4 in B
  • Using US 3 (3.25mm) needles, cast on 4 sts.
  • Row 1: [Inc, k1] twice. (6 sts)
  • Beg with a p row, work 3 rows in st st.
  • Row 5: K2tog, k2, ssk. (4 sts)
  • Row 6: [P2tog] twice. (2 sts)
  • Row 7: K2tog. (1 st)
  • Break yarn and fasten off.

To make up the socks:

  1. Place one ear piece in A and one ear piece in B right sides together and oversew around the edge, leaving the lower (cast-on) edges open for turning. Turn the ears the right way out. Using A, work a row of chain stitch around the outer edge of the ear where the two yarns meet. Oversew the ears in position.
  2. Using black yarn, work two small coils of chain stitch for the eyes. Using a separated strand of beige yarn, work a few straight stitches on each side of the face for the whiskers.
  3. Weave in all loose ends.

Here's a tip: When knitting socks, it's really important to knit a gauge (tension) square, particularly if you're using a different yarn to the one suggested. Socks can be challenging, so you want to make extra sure the fit is right.

Available at Amazon. "Knitted Animal Scarves, Mitts and Socks," by Fiona Goble. Photography by Terry Benson, published by CICO Books.

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