Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Finnish Baby Socks Translation

Edited June 2018. I have noticed that the original pattern now has instructions for the heel. This translation has been updated to reflect this. Happy knitting!

Finnish Baby Socks (Train Socks)

You need 1 skein of fingering weight yarn and double point needles 2 1/2 mm ( US 1 1/2). (Directions written for 5 dpn's)

Cast on 40 stitches, divide evenly over 4 needles.

Rounds 1-12: * k2, p2 * ribbing

Rounds 13-16: purl

Rounds 17-20: knit

Rounds 21-24: purl

Rounds 25-36: * k2, p2 * ribbing

Repeat rounds 13-36 one more time.

Next row: Begin knitting the heel flap: S1, knit 19 st (combine 2 needles onto one), turn work.

Next row: S1, purl to end of row. Turn

Work ten more rows of stockinette stitch,  slipping the first stitch of each row.

Now start heel shaping:
Row 1: K12, S1 K1 PSSO, turn

Row 2: S1, P4, P2tog, turn

Row 3: S1, K4, S1 K1 PSSO, turn

Row 4 : S1, P4, P2tog, turn

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until 6 stitches remain.

Next round: Knit these 6 sts, then pick up and knit 7 sts from the edge of the heel flap.  Purl next 20 sts. Pick up and knit 7 sts from the other edge of the heel flap. Redistribute stitches so that there are 10 sts on each needle again.

Knit the foot as follows:

Rounds 1-4: purl on the two needles that are the top of your sock, and knit the two needles that are the sole.

Rounds 5-8: knit all stitches

Repeat rounds 1-8 two more times.

Next 4 rounds : purl on top of sock, knit on sole

Toe decrease: (see * at end)

On each left edge: knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1

On each right egde: k1, slip 1, k1, pass slipped stitch over

Continue until 4 stitches remain, cut yarn and thread it through the stitches twice. Work the yarn end into the sock, and lightly steam the sock.


The story behind the socks:

The heart-warming and memorable story of the socks as told by Eila Turenius. The original, white socks are kept safe and treasured as a family heirloom by Terttu Latvala.

In early 1939, Terttu Latvala's mother Kerttu Latvala was evacuating ahead of World War II battles along with her 2-month-old baby daughter. Her train trip from Vaasa (coastal Finland) was delayed due to a section of the railroad tracks having been destroyed by bombings. A fellow passenger, a retired needlework teacher, took pity on the un-bootied little feet of the baby girl, and during the delay, unraveled yarn from her own white hand-knit sweater, and used it to make the baby a pair of socks.

Kerttu Latvala, the mother, knit several hundreds of pairs of these socks during her lifetime; a new pair each time a friend or aquaintance had a baby. Terttu Latvala continued the tradition, knitting over 200 pairs herself.

In addition to being easy on the eyes, the socks also stay put very well on little feet.

*Toe decrease explained in more detail (assumes your round begins at the back center of the sock)

On the first needle: knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1

Second needle: k1, s1, k1, psso, knit to end

Third needle: knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1

Fourth needle: k1, s1, k1, psso, knit to end

(Translation by permission from
www.taitoep.net/vauvan-sukan-ohje/ )