On Sunday I came downstairs to find my two daughters (aged 10 and 6) playing beautifully with their dollies, it was one of those magical moments when you remember what it was like to be a child. The dollies (twin tiny tears that were a gift from Father Christmas) were both tucked up in perfectly made beds, the high chair was set up ready for their breakfast and two dinky potties were arranged on standby…I felt a sudden and desperate need to be involved, I wanted to play dollies again!!
Anyway after fussing about with the covers and being told off for trying to put Timmy (blasted Topsy and Tim, sigh) in the pram, I resorted to something that I knew would go down well and offered to make the dollies some socks. My girls were delighted and immediately set about choosing yarn colours while I settled down in front of the tv. A few hours later and several discarded attempts (10 year olds make the worst critics!) I had come up with a pattern. And seeing as I had invested so much time in it, I decided to share it with you lovely folk.
PS My girls LOVED the socks. So much so that the 6 year old wanted me to take some photos to send to Father Christmas as she felt that he would be delighted to see how well dressed the twins were. Cue awkward conversation about how one might contact FC out of season…
So this is a pattern for tiny tears socks. These dolls are approx 30cm high but I think the pattern could easily be adjusted for smaller or larger dolls by changing the yarn weight.
Written in UK terms
You will need:
scraps of aran weight yarn (I used Stylecraft special)
Round 1 make 1 dc in second chain from the hook and every chain along (4 dc so far), turn work around so that you are working on the underside of the foundation chain and make 1dc in the bottom of every stitch along (so in the bit of the foundation chain that you haven’t already worked in- each stitch will sit under the stitches already made, like a mirror image), you will have made a little oval shape with 8 stitches in total. Mark the last stitch with a stitch marker.
You will now start to work around in a spiral, with no chains or slip stitches for the first part. Remember to move your stitch marker up at the end of every round.
Round 2 make 2dc in the next stitch and 1 dc in each of the next 2 stitches, make 2dc in each of the next 2 stitches, make 1 dc in each of the next 2 stitches, make 2dc in the final stitch (you will have made 12 stitches in total)
Round 3 make 2dc in the first stitch and 1dc in each of the next 4 stitches, make 2dc in each of the next 2 stitches, make 1dc in each of the next 4 stitches, make 2dc in the final stitch (16 stitches in total)
Rounds 4-8 make 1 dc in every stitch around (16 stitches each round)
You will now make the heel:
Row 9 make 1dc in each of the first 8 stitches, leave the last 8 stitches unworked
Row 10 ch 1, turn, make 1 dc in each of the first 7 stitches, leave the last stitch unworked
Row 11 ch 1, turn, make 1 dc in each of the first 6 stitches, leave the last stitch unworked
Row 12 ch 1, turn, make 1 dc in each of the first 5 stitches, leave the last stitch unworked
Row 13 ch 1,turn, make 1 dc in each of the first 4 stitches, leave the last stitch unworked
Row 14 ch1, turn, make 1 dc in each of the next 4 stitches, make 1dc in skipped stitch from row 12 (it will mean stepping down two rows) (5 dc in total)
Row 15 ch 1, turn, make 1 dc in each of the next 5 stitches, make 1dc in skipped stitch from row 13, stepping down 2 rows again (6 dc in total)
Row 16 ch1, turn, make 1 dc in each of next 6 stitches, make 1 dc in skipped stitch from row 10 (7 dc in total)
Row 17 ch1, turn, make 1 dc in each of next 7 stitches, make 1 dc in skipped stitch from row 11 (8 dc in total)
Round 18 ch1, turn, make 1 dc in every stitch along and then continue around the front of the sock, making 1 dc in each of the next 8 stitches (16 dc in total)
Round 19 continue to work around making 1dc in every stitch
Round 20 repeat round 19 (optional- this can be made in a different colour)
Round 21 repeat round 19 until sock is desired height, slip stitch to last stitch
Fasten off and weave in ends.
You can use some yarn to sew in any gaps in the heels (as making heels like this does lead to the odd gap!
Have fun and don’t forget to send me photos!!