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Bev's Sports Tube Socks for Babies!
Copyright 1999, 2013 Beverly A. Qualheim (You may sell socks made from this pattern)
Many hospitals are interested in receiving these. Larger sizes can be made for shelters. Wonderful for the grandbabies too!
They can be used on babies hands as well.

Materials:
Size 4 knitting needles - use sport weight yarn for preemies sizes.
Size 5 knitting needles for newborn size and soft worsted weight
Size 8 needles for older babies
2 colors of soft worsted weight yarn or sport weight   (1 oz of main color, and scraps of a 'stripe' color)

Directions:
Cast on 20 sts
Cuff
Rows 1-5 :  Knit 2, Purl 2 across, ending with purl 2.  (This should measure approximately 3/4" in length)
Rows 6, 7:  Using  2nd color of yarn,  k 2, p 2 across.  Do this pattern in the 2nd color for one more row (you will have 2 rows of the stripe color)
Rows 8-16: Back to main color and k2, p2 pattern.  (after row 16 entire sock should then measure approx 2 1/2" longer for larger socks)

Main Sock
Row 17: Keeping with main color, knit entire row.
Row 18: Purl entire row.
Row 19-40:  Keep with pattern, knit one row, purl one row--ending with purl row.

Shaping Toe
Row 41: Knit first 2 sts tog,  knit next 6 sts, then k 2 tog, k to last 2 sts and knit 2 tog.
Row 42:  Purl 1st 2 sts tog, purl next 6 sts, purl 2 tog, purl to last 2 sts and purl tog.
Row 43:  Cut yarn with a 12" tail, and weave through remaining sts on needle using a yarn sweing needle.  Pull to close.  Sew up the side seam of sock.

These can also be made using 4 dp needles.  
Cast on 20 sts - 7 on each of 2 needles, 6 sts on 1 needle
Cuff
Rnds 1-5 :  Knit 1, Purl 1 around.  (This should measure approximately 3/4" in length)
Rnds 6, 7:  Using  2nd color of yarn,  k 1, p 1 across.  Do this pattern in the 2nd color for one more row (you will have 2 rows of the stripe color)
Rnds 8-16: Back to main color and k1, p 1 pattern.  (after row 16 entire sock should then measure approx 2 1/2")

Main Sock
Row 17 - 40: Knit in the round

Shaping Toe
Row 41 and 42: Knit first 2 sts tog,  knit next 6 sts, then k 2 tog, k to last 2 sts and knit 2 tog.  Cut yarn with a 12" tail, and weave through remaining sts on needle using a yarn sewing needle.  Pull to close. 





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