Just like every good children’s story has to have at least a little bit of adventure in it, the Tales of Childhood Collection wouldn’t be complete without a pattern to make your own Adventure Anklets. These socks feature a ribbed cuff, a simple eyelet pattern on the leg & the top of the toe, mosaic patterning around the foot, and a German Short-Row heel. The pattern is written for both toe-up and cuff-down knitting styles so you can feel free to choose your own adventure & cast-on!
Of all the patterns in the Tales of Childhood Collection, these socks are a little bit trickier than the Chapter by Chapter Cap but a little bit easier than the Story Hour Shawl. I’ve linked photo tutorials in the Stitch Guide to help you out with some of the lesser-known stitches should you need them.
Have fun & happy knitting!
Notes: I’m a loose knitter so these are the needle sizes that worked for me. If you are a tighter knitter, you may consider going up 2 needle sizes for the color-work section as it incorporates twisted stitches combined with slipped stitches and tightens the fabric more than you would normally expect.
I used 6 contrast colors in my sample sock and have included color change instructions to use all 6. Feel free to change up how you use your contrast colors however you see fit.
This pattern has been test knit and tech edited.
(Thanks, Sue-Cat & test knitters!)
Toddler (Child, Youth, Adult Sm, Adult M, Adult L, Adult XL)
Finished Length: 5.75 (7.5, 8, 8, 9.5, 10.25, 11.25)“ 14.5 (19, 20, 20, 24, 26, 28.5) cm
Finished Circumference: 5.5 (6, 6.5, 7, 8.5, 9, 9.5”) 14 (15.5, 16.5, 18, 21.5, 23, 24.5) cm
all in fingering-weight
MC – Approx. 32 (48, 68, 76, 92, 120, 136) yds or 30 (44, 63, 70, 85, 110, 125) m
CC1-6 (each) – Approx. 12 (16, 24, 24, 32, 36, 40) yds or 11 (15, 22, 22, 30, 33, 37) m
Sample Used: Toad Hollow Yarns Sock Toad 80/20 Merino/Nylon 400 yds (365 m) / 100 g
In the Colorways: MC (pink) - Mawwiage CC1 (grey) – Specter CC2 (purple) – Susan CC3 (blue) - Hanging the Stars CC4 (green-blue) - Moonstone CC5 (variegated) - Christmas at Hogwarts CC6 (green) - Mr. Carrisford
US 0 (2.0 mm) Double Points or sizes and preferred needle type to obtain gauge
US 1 (2.25 mm) Double Points or sizes and preferred needle type to obtain gauge
Note: The smaller needles should be the ones close to your “normal” sock knitting size.
32 sts x 44 rnds / 4” (10 cm) in ToC Eyelet Pattern (see page 4) with Smaller Needles
40 sts x 72 rnds / 4” (10 cm) in ToC Mosaic Pattern (see page 4) with Larger Needles
Stitches/Techniques Used: (tutorials are linked)
make 1 left
make 1 right
Note: The Mosaic Twists used in this pattern can be problematic for tight knitters. Please make sure to swatch ahead of time to ensure that you’re able to get a nice fabric.
This pattern uses some interesting techniques so I've got 4 new Step by Step photo tutorials to help you out. Be sure to click the links above to learn how to work Mosaic Twists.
PS: Did you see that the Tales of Childhood Collection was featured on Episode 123 of the Crafty Toads?!? I'm so excited!!! The collection shows up about 1/2 way through the episode, but if you have time the entire show is wonderful & very enabley. (Not that I would want to help you fall into any new crafting habits or anything, lol. ^_- )
Also, the Adventure Anklets were featured on episode 125: