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Best Babysitter Socks


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Skills Needed

  • Cables
  • Ribbing
  • Seamless
  • Textured
  • Worked In The Round

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Pattern Details

I designed these socks for my dad, the best babysitter in the world. Sometimes we get home and he has taken the kids to the park, mowed the lawn, fixed a leaky faucet, or cleaned the stove. Other times we get home, and he's taking a nap and all the ice cream is gone. That's okay. He's earned it. No matter who your best babysitter is, he or she would appreciate these hand knit socks. This is a textured, unisex, cuff-down sock with a simple knit/purl/slip stitch pattern that is easy to memorize, making this a great project to knit on the go. Written directions are provided. The slip stitches make it a great pattern for variegated yarn, and the stitch pattern really pops with solid yarn too. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knit Purl Pick up stitches GAUGE 32 sts over 4" (10 cm) or 8 sts per inch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Small [Medium, Large] for a circumference of 7 [8, 9]" or 18 [20, 23]cm. SUGGESTED YARN 450 yards of Fingering weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Dream in Color Smooshy COLORWAY Grey Tabby

Recommended with this pattern

  • US size 1 needles (DPNs or circular for magic looping)
  • 300 - 450 yards of fingering weight yarn
  • Tapestry needle

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Meanest Mommy Knits
Lisa Beth Houchins is the Meanest Mommy in the Whole Wide World to three awesome children. Her eclectic professional life has included time as middle school science teacher, actuarial analyst, birth advocate, stay-at-home mom, and now knitwear designer & tech editor. She has been knitting since 2006. Lisa can be found on Ravelry, Instagram, and Twitter as MeanestMommy and on She welcomes comments and questions and offers pattern support at MeanestMommy (at) MeanestMommyKnits (dot) com.