This is a pattern for classic wool work socks designed to fit Ken and similar 11.5” fashion dolls. There is no heel shaping involved, so you can easily share the socks between dolls with slightly different feet.
These socks are worked in the round from the toe up, using the “magic cast-on” method (see below) to create a seamless toe with a nicely rounded shape.
This pattern is also available as a free download from my Ravelry store: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/classic-work-socks-for-ken
Gauge: 12 stitches and 14 rows per inch in stockinette stitch.
Tools & Supplies
Needles: Size 00 (1.75mm) DPNs
Yarn: Any light fingering weight yarn in 3 colours for the classic work sock look. The socks in the pattern photos were knit using Loops & Threads brand “Woolike” yarn in Beige, Cool Gray, and Red.
The colours are referred to throughout the pattern as follows: cuff and toe colour (A), main sock body colour (B), and stripe colour (C).
Techniques & Abbreviations
M1R: Make one right
M1L: Make one left
Working in the round: These socks are knit in the round on DPNs
Magic cast-on: Seamless cast-on technique for socks. If you are not already familiar with the magic cast-on technique, you can find a tutorial from knitty magazine at the following link: http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEATmagiccaston.html
Round 1: Starting with colour A (cuff and toe colour), cast on 8 stitches on 2 needles using the magic cast-on technique and knit the first round. You should have 4 stitches on each needle.
Round 2: Needle 1, *K1, M1L, K to last stitch on needle, M1R, K1. Repeat from * on Needle 2.
Round 3: K all stitches.
Round 4: Needle 1, *K1, M1L, K to last stitch on needle, M1R, K1. Repeat from * on Needle 2.
Round 5: K all stitches.
Round 6: K all stitches.
Switch yarns to colour B (main sock body colour), and knit 28 rounds.
Switch yarns to colour A (cuff and toe colour) and work in k1, p1 rib for 4 rounds.
Switch yarns to colour C (stripe colour) and continue k1, p1 rib for 2 rounds.
Switch yarns to colour A (cuff and toe colour) and continue in k1, p1 rib for 2 rounds.
Bind off loosely, following the rib pattern. Weave in ends and block.