Knitted Animal Socks and Hats
Man-eating sharks aren’t the cutest of creatures, but I thought man-eating socks would be cool—and I hope you agree. The socks are straightforward to knit, though you’ll need to work a crochet edging and feel confident to make a knitted trim for the mouth and teeth. So while they’re not a project for beginners, they’ll be well within the reach of intermediate
knitters, and well worth the effort.
YARN AND MATERIALS
Cascade 220 (100% wool), 218yd (200m) per 3½ oz (100g) ball of worsted (Aran) yarn
1(2) ball(s) in Grey 8509 (A)
Small amount of light worsted (DK) yarn in white (B)
4 x 3/8 in (10mm) shiny black shank buttons
NEEDLES AND EQUIPMENT
Pair of US6 (4mm) knitting needles
Set of 4 US6 (4mm) double-pointed knitting needles
US G-6 (4mm) crochet hook or one of similar size
Yarn sewing needle
Large-eyed embroidery needle
To fit a small (medium) teen or adult
Actual measurements: approx. 7¼ in/18.5cm
(8½ in/22cm) from toe to heel (unstretched)
22 sts and 28 rows to 4in (10cm) square over stockinette (stocking) stitch on US6 (4mm) needles
© 2021 Fiona Goble / CICO Books · Reproduced with permission. · Knitted Animal Socks and Hats by Fiona Goble, published by CICO Books (£12.99) Photography by Terry Benson © CICO Books
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You Will Need
Using standard US6 (4mm) needles, cast on 2 sts in A.
Row 1: [Inc] twice. (4 sts)
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1. (6 sts)
Row 4: Purl.
Rep rows 3–4, 9(10) times more. (24/26 sts)
With RS of one nose piece facing, slip first 12(13) sts onto one of the dpns needles. With another of the needles and A, k next st and put marker on st to mark beginning of round then k rem 11(12) sts. With same needle and RS of second nose piece facing, k4(5) sts; with second needle, k16; with third needle k rem 4(5) sts from second nose piece and then k the slipped 12(13) sts. (48/52 sts)
Knit 30(34) rounds.
Next row: K12(13), turn.
Next row: P24(26), turn.
Work rem of heel on 24(26) sts just worked, leaving rem 24(26) sts for instep on stitch holder or spare needle.
Next row: Sl1 pwise, k to end.
Next row: Sl1 pwise, p to end.
Rep last 2 rows 8 times more.
Next row: K14(15), ssk, k1, turn. (23/25 sts)
Next row: Sl1 pwise, p5, p2tog, p1, turn. (22/24 sts)
Next row: Sl1 pwise, k to 1 st before gap, ssk, k1, turn.
Next row: Sl1 pwise, p to 1 st before gap, p1, turn.
Rep last 2 rows 2(3) times more. (16 sts)
Next row: Sl1 pwise, k to last 2 sts, ssk, turn. (15 sts)
Next row: Sl1 pwise, p to last 2 sts, p2tog. (14 sts)
On needle 1: K all heel sts and pick up and knit 12 sts up side of heel flap.
On needle 2: K all 24(26) instep sts.
On needle 3: Pick up and knit 12 sts up side of heel flap and k7 sts across heel. (62/64 sts)
Put marker on next st to mark beg of round.
Next round: On needle 1, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1; on needle 2, k across all sts; on needle 3, k1, ssk, k to end.
Next round: Knit.
Rep last 2 rounds 6 times more. (48/50 sts)
Next round: On needle 1, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1; on needle 2, k2tog, k to last 2 sts, ssk; on needle 3, k1, ssk, k to end. (44/46 sts)
Knit 16(22) rounds.
Round 1: On needle 1, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1; on needle 2, k1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1; on needle 3, k1, ssk, k to end. (40/42 sts)
Round 2: Knit.
Rep rounds 1–2, once more. (36/38 sts)
Next round: On needle 1, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1; on needle 2, k1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1; on needle 3, k1, ssk, k to end. (32/34 sts)
Rep last round, 6(7) times more. (8/6 sts)
Break yarn, thread through rem sts, and secure.
Using standard US6 (4mm) needles, cast on 12 sts in A.
Row 1: Ssk, k to last 2 sts, k2tog. (10 sts)
Row 2: Purl.
Rep rows 1–2 twice more. (6 sts)
Row 7: Ssk, k2, k2tog. (4 sts)
Row 8: P2tog, p2tog tbl. (2 sts)
Row 9: K2tog. (1 st)
Using standard US6 (4mm) needles, cast on 3 sts in B.
[Bind/cast off 2 sts, slip rem st from RH to LH needle, cast on 2 sts] 16 times.
Bind (cast) off.
To make up
Using crochet hook and A, work a crochet edging around mouth opening at top of sock. Sew
teeth in place just inside mouth opening.
Using A, work 3 short curved rows of chain stitch for the gills, using the photograph as a guide.
Sew black buttons for eyes in position.
Seam two fin pieces together along sides then stitch in place about halfway up sock, using the photograph as a guide.
Weave in all loose ends.