So for example I cast on 38 (long tail is my favorite) did a rib stitch cuff, knit to a bit before the heel flap then k4, k2tog all the way around leaving you with . Split- 14 for the heel flap, leaving 16 on instep. Do your heel flap, turn heel, pick up sides and then reduce instep etc. and then divide to 15 each needle to toe. I use the magic loop so I don't have specific needle divisions.
Eta: this was with sport weight yarn and wee needles. Maybe 1 or 2's. I didn't really follow a specific pattern so I don't have specifics to offer.
I would do a rib the whole way down to the heel cause my boy had those hand knit socks off in two seconds.
Knitpicks.com has a free pattern called Tubies for kids. I can't do the link right now.
Knitty.com has a free adult pattern that is a great basic pattern for socks. It's called "thuja" and cans be found in the pattern index. I will try to link when I can get on a full size computer.
Edited by wrenmoon - 12/14/13 at 5:47pm
I found the link - thanks for sharing, wrenmoon! I'll have to give this to my mother, who's been knitting all kinds of socks for Oliver. I've been known to knit a sock or two, but I'm so lazy about finishing projects that I doubt he'd get any mileage out of anything I'd do.
and speaking of knitting, I was wondering whether anyone had had any luck making something like the babylegs? or perhaps just long, long socks that go up to the diaper?
There were polka dot and striped socks in the $1 bin at our local craft store. What a score.
We've been keeping socks on with those little leather soft soled shoes over them. That with the baby legs is a pretty warm leg.
I'd love to post pictures but my phone & computer are acting special these days.