Posted by: vjicha | November 8, 2006

Socks Are All the Rage

Over the past six months and with the help of several wonderful books, I have developed a generic sock pattern that is the perfect size for a size 6 foot, which just happens to be my shoe size, as well as my sister’s and daughter’s. I offer it here for anyone who wants to give it a try.


Size: show size is 6-6 1/2; add length to cuff and foot if necessary.

Fingering yarn; Size US1 dpns – 5 of each

CO 64; arrange 16 sts on each needle and join.
On US 1 needles work k2, p2 ribbing for 6”. Work in stockinette stitch for 14 rows.

Heel Flap:
On Needle #1 K 16 sts. Turn. Sl1, p 31 sts. On heel sts only and starting with right side facing: *sl1, k1, repeat from * across row.
Next row: sl1, purl to end.
Repeat these 2 rows 15 times more for a total of 32 heel rows. End ready to start a right-side row.

Turn Heel:
Knit first 16 sts, then k2, sl1, k1, PSSO, k1, turn work.
Next row: Sl1, p5, p2 tog, p1, turn.
Next row: Sl1, k to within 1 st away from gap, sl1, k1, PSSO, k1, turn.
Next row: Sl1, p to within 1 st away from gap, p2 tog, p1, turn.
Continue in this manner, always working together the 2 sts on each side of the gap.
When all sts have been used up from both sides, knit to the middle of the right-side row.

Heel Gusset:
Knit the second half of the heel sts onto the needle containing the first half of the heel stitches. With the same needle, pick up and k16 sts along the right side of heel. With empty needle, work across instep sts. With remaining empty needle, pick up and k16 sts along left side of heel, and work half of the heel sts. You should have half the number of heel sts plus the right-side gusset sts on needle #1, the instep sts on needle #2, and left-side gusset sts plus half the heel sts on needle #3. If not, adjust sts. The round now begins at the back of the heel.

Shape Gusset:
Knit to 3 sts from end of needle #1, k2 tog, k1. Work across instep. At beginning of needle #3, k1, SSK, work to end.
Next round: stockinette st. Repeat these 2 rounds until 64 sts remain. Continue in St st until foot measures 5” from heel flap joining row.
Shape Toe:
Round 1: Work to 3 sts from end of needle #1, k2 tog, k1.
Needle #2: k1, SSK, St st to 3 sts from end, k2 tog, k1.
Needle #3: SSK, work to end.
Round 2: St st.
Repeat these 2 rounds until 32 sts remain. Now work decreases every round until 24 sts. remain – 12 on each of 2 needles.

Close with Kitchener st.


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