A few years back I knit a lot of socks, but I haven't knit any for a while. However, I have a stash of sock yarn, including little balls of left over wool. What to do with those little balls of left over sock yarn?
I recently purchased a Bamboletta Little Buddy, a traditional Waldorf type doll, with straight legs and "feet" that are just a part of their legs. Traditional Waldorf type dolls are perpetually on their toes! The Bamboletta Little Buddies come sweet little crocheted Mary-Janes. I don't crochet. But since this doll has feet that don't need turned heels, I decided try knitting the doll some socks with some left over yarn. I can knit and follow patterns, but consider myself just at the "competent" skill level. I wasn't sure if the socks would work out--but they did!
Bamboletta occasionally sells socks for their larger dolls, but not yet for the small dolls. I asked the folks at Bamboletta.com if I could share my sock pattern and they said YES! So here it is!
Knit Socks for Traditional Type Waldorf Doll 11-12 inches/Bamboletta Little Buddy.
Doll's Ankle Circumference 4 1/2 inches
- Small ball of sock yarn
- #1 US (2.5mm) double point needles (4 needles)
- #2 US (2.75mm) double point needles (4 needles)
- 1 stitch marker or a scrap of yarn made into a loop to mark the end of a round
- Yarn needle
Gauge: 6 stitches/inch with #2 US (2.75mm) needles
- Using #1 US (2.5mm) double point needles, cast on 28 stitches. Space them evenly on 3 needles.
- Mark beginning point.
- (Knit 2, Purl 2 to create a rib), continue to end to end of round. Repeat x 5 rows.
- Switch to #2 US (2.75mm) double point needles.
- (Knit to end of round). Repeat until the length of the sock, including the ribbing, is 2 inches long.
- (Knit 2 together, Knit 1) repeat to end of round.
- (Knit to end of round)
- Repeat Steps 6 & 7 until 10 stitches remain. At some point you will need to switch from 3 needles to 2 needles when it becomes too difficult to work with all 3 needles.
- Cut the yarn, leaving approximately a 12 inch tail.
- Thread a yarn needle with the the yarn tail and weave back and forth across the 2 needles, picking up a stitch on one needle and then a stitch on the opposite needle. When all the stitches have been picked up with the needle and yarn, pull tight.
- Weave in the yarn on the inside of the sock.
- Knit the second sock!
Here the socks are on Nettie, my Bamboletta Little Buddy! Her scarf was knit with #10 US (6.0mm) needles and worsted weight yarn.
Bamboletta Ltd. is a wonderful Canadian company that makes beautiful handmade dolls in a variety of sizes. Click the link to learn more!