One of the most popular things to knit are socks. Almost everyone wears socks and they are small, portable projects that don’t require a huge investment of time or yarn. If you have little feet scampering around your house, it might be time to wrap them up in warm hand-knitted socks. If so, Joeli Caparco’s book Tiny Treads is just what you need!
This book includes the normal selection of toe up and top down socks from basic stockinette to fancy texture stitches. What makes it really unique, though, is that it provides size options that range from newborn to 11 years old (or US shoe sizes Child’s 2-13 and Adult 1-7) for ALL the patterns. That is a HUGE range of sizes including all those hard to find sizes in between baby and adult. The book is probably worth buying just for basic patterns in sport and fingering weight in all those sizes. BUT, if you want something a bit fancier than plain stockinette or ribbing, there are a number of great patterns to pick from. Here are a few of my favorites.
I love, love, love these color-work slippers. The cute little folded cuff is great. I have small enough feet that I could probably make the largest size fit me and I’m seriously tempted by this pattern.
The Sandman socks would look adorable on a pre-school aged child. The unique horizontal ribbing reminds me of the cute rolls of fat babies so often have on their arms and legs. As your little one starts growing up and stretching out, you can bring back memories of those sweet rolls with these fun socks!
If you aren’t ready for the adventure of turning heels and shaping toes, Tiny Treads even includes a pattern for a simple pair of leg warmers. Leg warmers are great for kids because they are so easy to layer and don’t have to be removed for frequent diaper or clothing changes. When its particularly cold they can even be worn on top of a cozy pair of hand knitted socks for extra warmth!
If your little boys have grown up into big men, or if their daddy’s don’t want their feet left out in the cold, make sure to check out our book of men’s sock patterns, Unique Feet.