My six-year-old’s buddy had a birthday party today, and we wanted to make him something special. Enter our friend Sock Puppet. We’ve made a few of these before, but this time I thought I’d share the steps here, in case you’d like to make your own striped friend. Eamonn chose all of the yarn colors and buttons from my stash, and I knit it up in a couple of days.
The I’ve assumed here that you are already familiar with loom-knitting. If you need help with some of the specifics of sock-making (like short-row heels, shaped toes, and flat closed binding-off) see the following resources:
- Learn to Knit on Circle Looms (this is the book I used to learn those three techniques).
- This video shows a slightly different method than I used for short-row heels, but it would work just as well.
- Loom Knitting Help’s page on sock-making explains heels and toes in more detail.
- 1/2 skein worsted weight wool in blue
- 1/2 skein worsted weight wool in yellow
- 1/4 skein worsted weight wool in purple
- 2 matching red buttons
- 1 big focal button
- Small amount of yellow embroidery floss
- Small handful of pillow stuffing
- 24-peg blue Knifty Knitter
- Loom hook
- Tapestry needle
- Embroidery needle
- Cast-on using the e-wrap method, with a double-strand of blue yarn. (The entire sock will be knit with a double-strand.)
- Knit 6 rows in a rib pattern K2 P2.
- Switch to yellow, and knit 4 rows, entirely in knit stitch.
- Swtich back to blue, and knit 4 rows, entirely in knit stitch.
- Continue alternating four rows of yellow and blue until you have knit the fifth blue stripe.
- Switch to purple and add a short-row heel using pegs 1-12. (See Notes above)
- Switch to yellow and knit as before, alternating yellow and blue stripes of four rows each, until you have finished knitting the fourth yellow stripe.
- At this point, I find it easier to add the eyes, than to wait until the sock is closed up. Sew the red buttons onto the next-to-last blue stripe, using the yellow embroidery floss.
- Switch to purple yarn and add the toe of the sock, adding shaping with pegs 1-12, and then with pegs 13-24. (See Notes)
- Using the embroidery floss, sew the big focal button onto the purple section to serve as the nose.
- Bind off using the flat closed method, and weave in the ends. (See Notes)
- Stick a small handful of pillow stuffing in the toe of the sock to give the puppet a nice bulbous nose.
- Your puppet is all done, and ready to be gifted to a friendly neighborhood kid!
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