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This is the second of two posts on how to knit a Newborn Pumpkin Stocking and Leaf Cap for newborn photos or baby’s first Halloween costume. If you haven’t taken the opportunity to see part one: The Leaf Cap, here’s the link.IMG_1297IMG_1300

I’m sorry to say, I haven’t found a live model yet.  I am too impatient to wait any longer, so I hope you can imagine that this doll is a real baby. The doll is a little small, but the stocking is stretchy and is intended to fit snugly on your newborn.

With a few noted exceptions, I follow the basic directions found on verypink.com for making toe-up socks, starting with the provisional cast on here.  With a size H (or larger) crochet hook and a contrasting color of yarn, I make a very loose chain about 30 stitches long.

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I find it easier to pick up all the bumps from the back of the chain stitch onto a knitting needle at once, knitting them off using both needles as shown in the pictures.  Notice the slant of the stitches on the needle.  If you start on the end of the chain opposite from where you made your initial slip knot and insert your needle into the bump from the top right, the stitches will be loaded correctly.   This is essentially the same technique as shown in the tutorial, except they pick up one stitch at a time.

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For this pattern, I cast on 24 stitches.

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Wrapping stitches to make the toe (and heel) is really not as complicated as it may seem in the beginning.  Look at the video a couple of times if you get stuck, but don’t give up!

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Wrapping allows you to add rows to the center of the row so you have tapered sides.  The wrapped stitches stay on the static needle while you add length to the middle of the rows.  Wrap the ending stitch on each row until you have eight wrapped stitches on each side. . .

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Then you proceed to pick those tapered sides back up one stitch for each row of knitting. . .

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. . .until you have picked up the entire row of stitches back onto the same needle again.

When you get to this point, you are ready to remove the chain stitch.

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Insert your empty needle into the loops of 12 of the stitches joining the contrasting chain, as shown, and 12 on a second needle.

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Though it’s a bit fuzzy, you can see here, that the initial chain stitch easily “unzips” once the stitches have been picked up by the needle.  At this point you will have 48 stitches divided evenly (12 on each) between four knitting needles.

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You will be surprised to have a perfectly shaped sock toe!

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Begin knitting in the round and continue for about 14 complete rounds.

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At this point you will consolidate 24 stitches onto one needle and repeat the process you used for the toe to make the heel (or in this case, the “Baby Bum Bump”) Instead of wrapping eight stitches on each row, this time you will only need six.

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Using 6 wraps instead of 8 produces a more gradual angle in the heel of the sock.  When the wraps are all finished you can re-distribute the stitches evenly on each of four needles again.

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Continue knitting in the round until your little punkin’s bunting is the desired length (approximately  36 rounds).

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I used a very plain stitch with the exception of the jack-o-lantern face pattern made with the purl stitch centered on the front, but you could embellish with a knit/purl pattern of your choice.

IMG_1298Finish off by repeating a knit 2, purl 2 pattern for 10-15 full rounds for the cuff.  Cast off using your size H crochet hook and this technique.  Weave in the ends.  Snuggle your little pun’kin up tight in his/her first Halloween Costume.

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