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Teensy Beensy Socks

Lately I’ve had some bigger projects to knit. However, one was not for public view yet. Another is getting too large to schlep around.

No problem. Since I got back from Sock Summit, I’ve been somewhat entranced by knitting teensy-beensy socks. I challenged myself to figure out the smallest stitch count I could work out, which would still look like a sock when finished. These have a cast on of 8 stitches and are knit on either size 0 or 1 US (2-2.25mm) double-pointed needles.

They are addictive in a very good way. And look at how the different yarns work up differently. It’s quite entrancing to see them shape themselves on my little needles. Much fun.

I’m planning to make at least one necklace (you can see the idea above). I also want to make some earrings. They might be good as holiday ornaments, pins, even an embellishment on a gift tag. These are as close to instant gratification as any knitting I’ve found yet.

I made 3 more of them today (not pictured). Yes, I’m obsessed. I’ve decided that this sort of obsession is a good thing. You can’t buy passion, right?

For locals: I’ll be teaching the Teensy Beensy Socks class at Rae’s Yarn Boutique (Lansing, Michigan) on Thursday, October 13, 6-8pm. I’ll also be teaching them there again on Saturday, December 10 at 2:30pm, a perfect last-minute holiday class. You should have some knowledge of socknitting. The class is 2 hours. You probably will finish at least one socklet. FUN!!!

15 Responses to “Teensy Beensy Socks”

  1. Riin Says:

    They’re so cute!

  2. Irene Blanchard Says:

    Love ’em, Lynn!  After you’ve taught the two classes, could you tell me how you turn the heel?  I also want to buy your chippy baby socks from Ravelry, but I have to figure out how to print the pattern!  I know that your kids from your computer classes could do it with no problem!

    Thanks so much for your writing – I so enjoy the contact with my earlier life.  Still current pals, though!  I have two quilting groups now, but no knitting group yet.  I haven’t found the lys either, so I suppose that’s the beginning!

    Did you shop hop this weekend?  Teach?  It must have been a good weekend – I’m so glad that Sticks and Strings were a part of it.

    X  O     Irene

  3. Jenny Says:


  4. Janet Says:

    Every time I make a pair of socks, I make a wee one to keep since I give many pairs away. I have been using 12 stitches, but I’ll have to try 8 next time! They are the cutest things!!

  5. kathy b Says:

    so darn cute!  how do you go round and round in those tiny circles???

  6. Irene Blanchard Says:

    That is brilliant.  I just may have to copy you.  It IS the finest form of flattery, you know!  Thanks for that idea.


  7. Ottergal Says:

    I LOVE mine! And I am serious about test knitting :-}

  8. Anonymous Says:

    I picked especially colorful and joyful yarn colors for your pair. I was sure I could bring you a smile!

    I have notes, they need to become actual instructions. Let me see how quickly I can send those on to you. Thanks for the offer.

  9. Anonymous Says:

    I use double pointed needles, and there seems to be more needle than sock while knitting.

    Some socknitters call that experience (more needle than yarn) “wrestling the porcupine.” I find that amusing, though I’ve been knitting socks on double points for so long it feels normal to me.

    The method is the same that has been used for centuries, to make the fingers on a glove.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    The problem with 8 stitches is that it’s so tiny. In one case I used a slowly-self-striping yarn and the sock is all solid colored, it never had a chance to change colors before I stopped knitting.

    They are fun and adorable, anyway. I find that as long as the yarn is stretchy and I use normal sized sock needles, they work up rather painlessly. There are six decreases in the whole thing, and those are a little tricky, but it’s do-able.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    They’re so FUN, too!

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Maybe you need to go to a public space like a library or coffeehouse, and knit in public. You’re bound to find a friend that way. Or knit with your quilters around and see who comes out of the woodwork?

    Yes, look for a LYS, or several if you are lucky. I don’t know what city you ended up settling down in.

    I did the Shop Hop, it was fun. The 2 classes I had scheduled didn’t happen, so I got to just play. All good.

    There were some very fine patterns involved. Rae did a very nice baby cardigan, Sabrina had a super-warm grandma-inspired bulky mitten pattern, Lindsay outdid herself with a 4-page cabled mitten/headband/hat pattern I really like, and Nancy did a wonderful laceweight granny square shawl. Crochet is so beautiful using tiny yarn and biggish hooks. It’s so drapey, I just love it.

    The 4-shop pattern is sort of a vest/cape/shawl collar. I mostly make knitted accessories so I’m most likely to knit the two mittens, unless for some crazy reason I feel the need to knit for a baby. It’s happened a few times, always when someone has a preemie.

    Thanks for stopping by and staying in touch. It means a lot to me, too.

  13. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks. It’s great when my happy eye is the same as someone else’s! Have a lovely day.

  14. RachelB Says:

    Those are really neat Lynn.  If I knit any my daughters would swipe them for their dolls.  I would be interested in the pattern when you are done or test knitting if you needed another person.

  15. Anonymous Says:

    I would love your assistance with testing the pattern… when I get it written up. Thanks for the offer. You’ve been so helpful to me!! Hugs.

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