Top-Down Socks – Beginner Magic Loop – Fingering Weight

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Beginner fingering-weight socks for Magic Loop - purple Araucania

Close-up of faux heel flap

Fingering-Weight Top-Down Socks for Magic Loop

Top-down fingering-weight socks for beginners, written for one or two-at-a-time on Magic Loop.

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Pattern Details

  • Sizes: Small, Medium, Large
  • Finished Measurements: To fit foot circumference: 7(8,9) inches
  • Yarn Weight: Fingering (14 wpi)

Materials

  • Yarn: 200 yds fingering-weight yarn
  • Needles: 1 pair circular needles, 47" for two-at-a-time, 40-47" for one-at-a-time
  • Needle size: US 2 - 2.75 mm or size required to get gauge (7 sts/in)
  • Notions: Stitch markers, scissors, tapestry needle

Gauge

  • 7 sts/in in St st

Pattern Notes

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Recommended Course: Top-Down Socks, Two-at-a-Time

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Published July 11, 2018
Last Updated: August 28, 2020 - Current Version: 2.4
Update notes: Added lace pattern for front of sock, added link to KnitFreedom pattern page

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  1. Hi lovely readers,
    Here are pattern modifications to make these top-down socks in childrens’ sizes.
    The numbers have been tech-edited but we have not test-knitted every size, so if you do try this out, please leave us a comment and let us know how it goes!

    Gauge: 7 sts/in in St st.
    Sizes: Newborn [Baby (6-18 months), Toddler (2-3 years), Child (4-5 years)]
    Finished Measurements:
    Foot circumference: 4 (4.5, 5.5, 6) inches

    Length: customizable to exact foot length

    Cuff
    Using the long-tail-cast-on, cast on 16 (24, 34, 40) sts. Make sure there are no twists in the round.
 PM for BOR.

    Rows 1-10: Work in k1, p1 rib.
    Next: Work in St st until the sock measures 2 (2.5, 3.5, 4.5) in. from CO edge.

    Heel Flap
    K 8 (12, 16, 20) sts (across one half of the round).
    Begin working back and forth in St st across these 8 (12, 16, 20) sts, slipping the first st of each row to the right-hand needle without knitting it.
    Work as established for 6 (8, 12, 16) rows. You should be ready to work a K row.

    Turn Heel
    Row 1: Sl 1, K 4 (6, 8, 10) SSK, K1, turn.
    Row 2: Sl 1, P3, P2tog, P1, turn.

    Newborn heel ends here. Go to “Pick Up Sts for Heel Gusset.”
    
Row 3: Sl 1, K4, SSK, K1, turn.

    Row 4: Sl 1, P5, P2tog, P1, turn.

    Baby heel ends here. Go to “Pick Up Sts for Heel Gusset.”
    
Row 5: Sl 1, K6, SSK, K 1, turn.
    
Row 6: Sl 1, P7, P2tog, P1, turn.

    Toddler heel ends here. Go to “Pick Up Sts for Heel Gusset.”
    
Row 7: Sl 1, K8, SSK, K1, turn.

    Row 8: Sl 1, P9, P2tog, P1, turn.

    Child heel ends here. Go to “Pick Up Sts for Heel Gusset.”

    Pick Up Sts for Heel Gusset
    Next row: K across the 6 (8, 10, 12) heel sts, PM, and using the same needle, pick up and knit 4 (6, 8, 10) sts along the L side of the heel.
    (Optional: M1 on the instep end of the picked-up sts. This st must be knit together with the adjacent picked-up sts on the very next rnd. This will close the little hole that tends to form when heels are made.)
    K across the instep sts.
Pick up and knit 4 (6, 8, 10) sts along the other side of the heel.
    (Optional: M1 on the instep end of the picked-up sts. This st must be knit together with the adjacent picked-up sts on the very next rnd. This will close the little hole that tends to form when heels are made.)
    PM.
    Using the same needle, K across all heel sts until there are 3 sts left on left-hand needle, knitting the picked-up sts through the back loop.
    Next: K2tog, K1. (If you have done a M1, this would be “K2tog twice”).
 You should have 13 (19, 25, 31) sts on the heel needle. 8 (12, 16, 20) sts still remain on instep needle. K across instep.

    Gusset
    Round 1
    (heel needle): K1, SSK, K to end, knitting all picked-up sts through the back loop.
    (instep needle): K all sts.
    Round 2:
    (heel needle): K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.
    (instep needle): K all sts.
    Remove stitch markers after you have knitted the picked-up sts once.
Continue to work rounds 1-2 until 8 (12, 16, 20) sts remain on each needle [16 (24, 32, 40) sts in all].

    Foot
    Work in St st until foot of sock (including heel) measures 1 (1, 1.5, 2) in less than desired length.

    To find the finished length your sock should be, stand barefoot on a sheet of paper. Using a pencil, make a mark in front of your big toe, and another behind your heel. Measure the length between the marks and add 1/4 inch. This is your finished length.

    Toe
    Round 1 (decrease round): *(K1, SSK, K to last 3 sts on needle, K2tog, K1), rep from * on other needle.
    Round 2: Knit.

    Continue to work these 2 rounds until 12 sts remain (all sizes).

    Work round 1 once more.

    Break yarn, leaving a 12” tail.

    Finishing
    Using a tapestry needle, graft toe using Kitchener stitch.
    Weave in all ends securely. Wear and be fabulous!

    1. Hi Vicki!

      Thanks for your question and for checking us out here at KnitFreedom. Many of our sock patterns will fit most Men’s Shoe Sizes, but double check to make sure the recipient’s foot length and circumference are in the size range. I recommend the Craft Yarn Council’s Foot Size Chart to compare final object measurements to shoe sizes.

      If not, I highly recommend using the Generic Pattern for Toe-Up Socks with a Fleegle Heel in any Weight and Size. This easy-to-read pattern allows you to easily customize the length of the sock, as well as cast on with any yarn you have on hand.

      The pattern can be found here: https://www.knitfreedom.com/free-pattern/generic-pattern-for-toe-up-socks-with-a-fleegle-heel-in-any-weight-and-size/

      Thanks again for reaching out, and have a lovely rest of your day :)

  2. Hi Liat,
    I’m wondering if this sock in purple is the same sock at the end of the downloaded pattern?? The one on the print version of the patterned has a cream color sock, with some sort of center line?? I don’t see that in the purple. Can you please confirm?

    Thank you very much,
    KathyO
    [email protected]

    1. Hi Kathy,

      Great question! Yes, the white sock is the same as the purple sock. The white sock has an optional lace pattern down the front. I’ve updated the pattern PDF with the instructions for the optional lace pattern.

      If you refresh this page you’ll be able to download the updated PDF (version 2.4).

      The only other difference is that the purple sock is shown with an eye-of-the-partridge heel flap pattern, which is not included in the instructions.

      Here is how to do the eye-of-the-partridge heel:

      https://www.knitfreedom.com/knitting-video/eye-of-the-partridge-heel-pattern

      I hope this helps!
      Cheers,
      Liat

  3. Beverly Vanderstelt

    I have never had so much interest and so many attempts in something that I have not been able to accomplish..knitting socks has been such a challenge to me and I am determined to figure it out so it’s not on my failure list. I hope this works.

    1. Hi Beverly,

      Thanks so much for commenting here! I would love to help you knit socks. I know you can do it! Did you know I have a video class showing every step of this sock pattern? I guarantee that it will help you succeed in knitting socks. I highly recommend it: Top-Down Socks Video Class.

      Let me know if you need any help!
      -Liat

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