Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Basic Socks

Yesterday I finished a pair of handknit socks for my father in law:


  • Yarn: Koigu Kpm
  • Needles: US3 dpns
  • Pattern: My own 'basic recipe'
  • Start: December 2007
  • Finished: January 2008

Handknit socks are a big hit with the men in my life. And even though there are many beautiful patterns out there, it seems that the men folk I know just want a basic sock. Nothing fancy. So here's my basic recipe for men's socks (foot size approx US 9=10, UK 8ish).

***Note that this is from memory - if you see any errors, please let me know.***

Basic sock recipe:

Ingredients:
  • Size 3 dpns
  • 350yds (320m) sock yarn

Steps:

Leg:

  • Cast on 64 stitches, divide between your needles
  • Work in the round for approx. 64 rows (In the example above I use a 2x2 rib pattern; K2, P2)
Heel flap:
  • Put 32 stitches on one needle - you'll work these stitches back and forth for the heel flap as follows

  • Row 1 (wrong side): Slip 1 purlwise, Purl to the end of the row
  • Row 2 (right side): Slip 1 purlwise, K1, slip 1, K1, slip 1, K1... repeat this pattern to the end of the row
  • Repeat rows 1 and 2 until heel flap measures about 2 3/4 inches (approx 35 rows), ending after a row 1/purl row

Turning the heel:

  • Row 1: Knit 18 sts, ssk, K1. Turn work leaving remaining 11 sts unworked
  • Row 2: Slip 1, Purl 5 sts, P2tog, P1. Turn leaving remaining 11 sts unworked
  • Row 3: Slip 1, Knit to 1 stitch before the gap, ssk, K1, turn
  • Row 4: Slip 1, Purl to 1 stitch before the gap, p2tog, p1, turn
  • Repeat rows 3 and 4 until you have no stitches left unworked on both the knit and purl row

Gusset:

  • Pick up 20 stitches up side of heel flap (needle 1), work across the top of the sock in pattern (needle 2), pick up 20 stitches down other side of heel flap (needle 3). I arrange half of my turned heel stitches on needle 1; half on needle 3. We'll be back to working in the round now.
  • Row 1 (decrease): Knit to last 3 stitches on needle 1, K2tog, K1. Work needle 2 in pattern. On needle 3, K1, ssk, Knit to end.
  • Row 2 (knit): Knit all stitches on needle 1. Work needle 2 in pattern. Knit all stitches on needle 3.
  • Repeat rows 1 and 2 until there are 64 stitches on the needles

Foot:

  • Repeat gusset row 2 until foot measures desired length. (For my men folk this is approx 40 rounds)

Toe:

  • Row 1 (decrease): On needle 1, Knit to last 3 stitches, K2 tog, K1. On needle 2, K1, ssk, work in pattern to last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1. On needle 3, K1 ssk, knit to end.
  • Row 2 (knit): Knit all stitches
  • Repeat rows 1 and 2 until there are 32 stitches, then repeat row 1 another 2 times. 24 stitches left.
  • Use the Kitchener stitch to close the toe

et Voila! You have yourself a simple sock.

5 comments:

StarSpry said...

These socks looks great! I really like the color. Thanks for sharing the pattern :)

Amanda said...

These look great. And exceptionally neat! btw...am still jealous of your luxury 'Knit night'

Bea said...

They look good! Thanks for sharing the pattern too.

Corwink said...

How the heck can you remember that!? I can't remember what I had for breakfast!! Gorgeous and smart.....I can't take it!!

tiennie said...

Love the color of these! Well done!