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free knit baby socks - slippers pattern

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Wild West Puffin Slipper Socks with Fringe
Toddler Slipper - Socks

Designed & Knit by Laura Andersson,
CPY "Sock Guru" and Sirius Knitting Publications

See ADULT version of these slippers HERE

The puffin yarn is so soft and malleable that it seemed only logical to try fringe. The yarn looks and feels like a buttery-soft flannel or even a soft suede, and is a joy to knit.
Trust me, you DO want to try this yarn, and in more than one colorway!

Yarn: Infant - Toddler sizes: Puffin 50 gr ball; this includes extra for the fringe. Models shown in Baby blue #102, Apricot #106, Pinto Pony #205 and  Sunburst#206 (See other Puffin colors here.)
Needles: Crystal Palace bamboo double-pointed needles in size 4 us (3.5 mm), or size required for correct gauge.
Gauge: 5.5 stitches per inch (24sts/10 cm) over stockinette stitch.

Infant - Toddler Sock
Note: there are two fringe anchor rounds.
The first is about 1 inch down from top of sock, the second is right above the heel. You can choose to put fringe on both of these, fringing the lower first for ease in working, or select only one of the two.
Sizes: Infant (Toddler 1, Toddler 2), about 6 months -3 yrs.

1. Cast On.
With Puffin color of choice and #4 US dpn, cast on 20 (24, 28) st. Do not join.
2. Purl 1 row; join being careful not to twist. Place marker.
3. Ribbing. Work in k2, p2 rib for 1 in (2.54 cm) or desired length from start.
4. Fringe anchor round. Work 1 row of p2, k2 rib.
5. Return to k2, p2 rib for 1 in (2.54 cm) so that cuff will be ~2 in (5 cm) from cast-on edge.
6. 2nd fringe anchor round. Work 1 row of p2, k2 rib.
7. Knit one round
8. Divide for heel. Heel is worked over (1/2 + 2) st.
 a. K 6 (7, 8); turn and P 12 (14, 16).
 b. Place remaining sts on holder for instep.
9. Knitting the heel
 a. On front side *(Sl-1, k 1) across. Turn.
 b. On back side, Sl the first st; purl across. Turn
 c. Work these two rows until heel is 3/4 (1, 1.5) in [~1.9, 2.54, 3.8 cm] from start.
10. Turning heel.
 a. Knit across half sts; k2tog, k1, turn.
 b. Purl 3, p2tog, p1, turn.
 c. Front: sl-1, knit to 1 st before "gap"; k2tog, k1 turn.
 d. Back: sl-1, purl to 1 st before "gap"; p2tog, p1 turn.
 e. Continue working rows c and d until all sts are done. You should finish with a purl row and be ready to knit.
11. Gusset Pickups
 a. Knit across heel sts.
 b. With a new needle, pick up and knit slipped st going down side of heel.
 c. At corner, before you get to instep st, it is possible to pick up one extra st. Do so, but put the st onto front of instep needle.
 d. Knit the instep st in k2, p2 pattern for this first round, until you come to last st.
 e. Now prepare to pick up and knit along other side of heel. Take "corner st" (between instep needle and sts to be picked up) and slip this st onto end of instep needle. Now work this new st along with last instep st as a knit or purl st, according to what k2, p2 pattern requires.
12. Gusset decreases
 a. You will note that total st count is higher than 20 (24, 28) started with, and all of extra sts are on two heel needles.
 b. We will remove these gradually, working alternately decrease and no-decrease rounds.
 c. Work 1 round with no stitch count change, knitting on needles 1 and 3, and working in Double Moss st for instep needle. (Note: instep sts will be worked alternating a k2, p2 round with a p2, k2 round until all gusset decreases are completed.)
 d. Decrease round: On needle 1, knit across to last 3 sts. Now K2tog, k1. Needle 2 is worked with no decs in dble moss (k2p2 for one round; p2k2 for the next. On needle 3, k1, sl-1, k1, pass slip st over (psso); knit to end of needle.
 e. Plain round: Needles 1 and 3, knit all st; Needle 2, work in dble moss st.
 f. Continue alternating plain and decrease rounds until returned to starting number of sts.
13. Foot. Once you have decreased down to your initial number of sts, work all 3 needles as knit only. Continue knitting until foot is 2.5 (3, 3.5) in (~6.35, 7.62, 8.9 cm) from back of heel.
14. Toe. Begin toe decs. These will consist of 2 rounds.
 a. Decrease Round: On Needle 1, knit up to last 3 sts; k2tog, k1. On Needle 2, K1, Sl-1, K1, psso; knit to last 3 st and then k2tog, k1. On Needle 3, K1, Sl-1, K1, psso. Knit to end of needle.
 b. Plain Round: Knit all st.
 c. Continuing Toe: alternate decrease and plain rounds until only ~20 sts remain.
 d. Final toe. Work decrease round to end (leave about 8 st remaining.)
 e. Close toe. Cut yarn, leaving an ~6 in end. Using crochet hook, pull yarn end through each st, 1 at a time, and drop them off needle.
15. Fringe
Cut pieces of yarn about 3-5 in (~7.6-12.7 cm) long. You will put one in each of the purl anchor sts st, and can do either 1 or 2 rows of fringe. If only one row, you can decide to put fringe only on top, halfway from cast on, as shown, or only at bottom.
 a. I used a crochet hook to pull each piece of yarn through anchor loop, then made yarn exactly even and tied a knot. Using ridges and sts from your anchor row ensures the fringe is evenly placed.
 b. Decide if you want to add more fringe. Trim fringe to a pleasing uniformity, being careful not to allow any fringe to be too long or hinder walking.
16. Finishing Tuck in all ends

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