I carved Henrietta in a Northern hemisphere winter, and she has bare feet, and they are chilly! I’ve mentioned that I make Hitty socks using Meg Bakewell’s Tiniest Wee Sock pattern with some adaptions. I don’t recommend you try this if you haven’t ever knit a sock before, but if you want to try, the gallery below will show exactly what I do:
Using your favourite stretchy cast on method, lace weight yarn and size 1 mm needles, cast on 12 stitches over two needles.
transfer the stitches to three single DPNs with six on the first needle, and three on each of the two others. form a circle so you can knit in rounds
Make a ribbed cuff – knit one, purl one for four rows
Knit plain for five more rows
The needle with six stitches on it will be the heel, you will leave the other two needles alone for now and work back and forth on the six stitches on that one needle.
slip the first stitch, knit to the end.
Then slip the first stitch and purl to the end.
repeat these two rows once (four rows in all for the heel flap)
Turn the heel:
Slip 1 knit 4, wrap and turn;
Purl 4, wrap and turn;
knit 3, wrap and turn;
purl 2, wrap and turn;
pick up four stitches at the side of the heel flap and add them to the heel needle (10 stitches).
then knit the six instep stitches (three stitches on each of two needles);
then pick up four stitches on the other side of the heel flap; continuing with the same needle, knit three stitches and place a marker. This will be the beginning of your rounds. keep knitting on the same needle…it will seem odd because you will end up with 14 stitches on this needle, but trust me, it is easier to keep track this way. keep knitting around to the marker.
after you have knit one round, knit to the last two stitches of the heel needle, knit two together, then knit the six stitches across the instep; then on the heel needle, slip 1, knit one, pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch. and knit to the marker.
Alternate a plain knit round with a decrease round until you are back to six stitches on the one needle, and three stitches on each of the other two. Knit three or four more rows plain.
Decrease again for the toe by knitting two together all around one round, then a plain row, then knit two together again all around. Then thread a needle and catch all the loops as you pull the knitting needles out.
pull the sock over a 1/4 inch dowel and steam or wet it and let dry
give your barefoot Hitty her new sock and go knit another one!
I hope it isn’t too horribly confusing. If you’ve knitted a human sock this will all probably make more sense than if you don’t know how to knit and this is your first ever sock.