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when it's a Slytherin Christmas stocking. It's even less of a problem when it's this small and worked up in worsted weight yarn.

There are loads of mini-sock and mini-stocking patterns around, although most use thinner yarn. I decided to make one up as I went along since I wanted to use scraps of worsted weight yarn I've got lying around. This is really just a regular ol' sock, worked up to smaller size and slightly funky proportions. But then, that's pretty much what all mini-socks are. For some reason, though, people seem to like to work a gusseted heel flap instead of a short row heel, and I like the short row heel and toe.

The brown thing is the base of the foam head I usually use to model hats. And an action shot for better scale. This one is winging its way to a friend. And I didn't block it! *feels naughty and daring*

Quick directions: I used worsted weight yarn on US#6/4mm double pointed needles
- tubular cast-on 18st leaving a 6-8" tail. (Or use whatever cast-on you like, preferably for ribbing, and skip the tubular stitch)
- join in round and work tubular stitch (for circular knitting) for 2 rows.
- work 2r ribbing
- change to stockinette and work until piece is 2" long.
- Work a short row heel on 9 stitches, using the short row wrap or what have you. Work the short rows for 4r or until there are 5 unwrapped stitches remaining.
- once the heel is done, work a scant 1" of instep (full 1" if not making a CC toe).
- if working a CC toe, work 1r in CC and then begin short row toe as for heel.
- graft the toe to the instep (requires about a foot of yarn).
- weave in ends. (unless you're lazy and don't think anyone will look inside, in which case knot the ends.)
- if the first tail isn't in the middle back of the sock, weave it in until it is. Crochet chain 7st with a 4mm hook and pull the tail through. Weave the end in so the crochet chain forms a little loop.

Finished length is about 3.75" (unblocked), and it's about 1.5" wide at the top. It could easily be worked up in thinner yarn on smaller needles, but the proportions of the leg and instep would need to change for it to look the same. Or increase the number of stitches to compensate. With more stitches, there would be room for some Fair Isle patterns.

Mini-socks are fun, quick, and I like that they actually hold things. They're often used as a gateway project for learning sock knitting, too. They are not, however, necessarily good projects for learning how to use dpns, because they're quite small and that can be fiddly.

Note, I haven't forgotten about the screencaps. I just haven't gotten around to it. Will do it soon.
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Date:December 20th, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
that's adorable!!!!
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Date:December 20th, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
Very cute!!!
Date:December 21st, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)
It a baby bootie for Severus. His dear sweet mum would love that. *wipes tear from eye*

Honestly, that is a cute little stocking. I need to make up some for my tree.
Date:December 21st, 2007 04:05 am (UTC)
That is indeed adorable! =) Quite a change of pace for what people normally associate with Slytherin. =P
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Date:December 22nd, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
What a great idea! Half of my family's presents broke or got lost in the mail (grrrrrr DHL)... a bunch of these with initials stitched on and candy inside, and no one will ever have to know.
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Date:December 22nd, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)
Very cute! It's nicely proportioned.
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