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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 ...

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Best Babysitter Socks

from Meanest Mommy Knits
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Best Babysitter Socks
Best Babysitter Socks
Best Babysitter Socks
Best Babysitter Socks
Best Babysitter Socks
Best Babysitter Socks

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Pick up stitches

Pattern Description:

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.


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.


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

You Will Also Need:

  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch markers

Suggested yarn:

450 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Dream in Color Smooshy


Grey Tabby