Easy Peasy, Quick & Dirty, Worsted Weight Sock Kit
Luscious Leicester Longwool Fiber
Things in The Kit:
200 yds. 3-ply worsted weight yarn in base color (in two equal sized cakes)
100 yds. 3-ply worsted weight yarn in accent color
Pattern (that you’re reading right now)
Things NOT in The Kit (but stuff you’ll need):
US Size 4 dpns OR US Size 4 by 40” circular needles (if doing magic loop method*)
Counter and/or measuring tape
Scissors (or gnashing teeth)
*This pattern is written for dpn. If you’re doing socks on circulars with a magic loop, I’m gonna assume you can convert this pattern to work for you. 😊
Gauge isn’t super important as you can increase needle size to accommodate looser/bigger sock, but you want a snug sock. Figure somewhere around 6-8 stitches per inch (stockinette part of pattern). (Also who of you is doing swatches for socks? Never have I ever… #lazy)
This pattern will produce a sock that will fit the average woman’s instep. You determine the foot size by how long you knit the foot. In order to make this fit a child or a man foot, you’ll need to adjust the number of stitches you cast on.
Assuming you’ve poured a glass of your favorite beverage and have all your materials handy, let’s get started!
Using contrast color and long tail cast on method, CAST ON 48 stitches
We’re setting up on 3 needles; using 4 for the toe; you’ll want 5 dpn total.
Needle 1: 12 stitches Needle 2: 24 stitches Needle 3: 12 stitches
Join in the Round
K2P2 for 12 rounds in accent color. (knit 2 purl 2)
CHANGE TO BASE COLOR (simple square knot will get it done; I’m sure someone more technologically industrious has done a YouTube video showing how to do it…I just tie a knot)
Continue in stockinette stitch for about 6-7” (KNIT EVERY ROUND)
Start the heel work and change to the accent color and here’s how you’re gonna set up to do it…
KNIT stitches on Needle 1 and then…
Combine the stitches on Needles 1 & 3 to one needle. This is the HEEL FLAP. Needle 2 holds the instep stitches and they can just chill while you work on the heel flap.
Using the HEEL FLAP NEEDLE ONLY…
TURN WORK (You’re now looking at “wrong side”)
Row 1: S1, P across row. Turn work. (slip 1 stitch, purl)
Row 2: *S1, K1, repeat across row from * (slip 1, knit 1 all the way across the row)
Repeat these 2 rows until the heel flap measures about 2.5”
Time to TURN THE HEEL
Row 1: S1, P12, P2tog, P1, turn work
Row 2: S1, K3, SSK, K1, turn work
Row 3: S1, P4, P2tog, P1, turn work
Row 4: S1, K5, SSK, K1, turn work
Row 5: S1, P6, P2tog, P1, turn work
Continue working in this manner…
[Slip the first stitch of every row and work across to 1 stitch before the “gap,” working the 2 stitches on either side of the gap together (either with the P2tog or SSK depending on row).]
…until all of the gap stitches have been worked. You’ll end with a K row and should have 14 stitches left on the needle.
CHANGE TO BASE COLOR YARN and…
Move stitches from heel flap back to Needles 1 & 3 (You should have 7, 24, 7).
Time to pick up heel stitches (don’t over think this…it reads worse than it is)…
Starting at the end of your last row with the right side of the heel flap facing you, use a spare dpn to pick up and KNIT through the SLIP STITCH loops (13 of them) on the side of the heel flap. (You should now have 20 stitches on Needle 1)
KNIT across all of the stitches on Needle 2 (24 instep stitches)
Pick up and KNIT through all of the SLIP STITCH loops (13) along the other side of the heel flap. You should now have 20 stitches on Needle 3.
RECAP STITCH COUNT
NEEDLE 1: 20 stitches NEEDLE 2: 24 stitches NEEDLE 3: 20 stitches
Work in the round as follows:
Round 1: K across Needle 1 to last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1; K across Needle 2; Needle 3, K1, SSK, K across remaining stitches (ssk = slip slip knit)
Round 2: K (knit all stitches on all needles – no decreasing)
Continue working these rounds until there are 12 stitches remaining on Needles 1 & 3.
RECAP STITCH COUNT
NEEDLE 1: 12 stitches NEEDLE 2: 24 stitches NEEDLE 3: 12 stitches
Continue knitting in the round until the foot of the sock is approximately 1 ¾-2” from desired length. You can test your sock size by CAREFULLY slipping it over your foot!
You’re almost finished! Now it’s time to get TOE up!!
And it’s also time to SWITCH TO THE ACCENT COLOR
Needle 1, K to last 3 stitches and K2tog, K1; (K2tog = knit 2 stitches together)
Needle 2, K1, SSK, K to last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1;
Needle 3, K1 SSK, K to end.
Round 2: K (knit ALL stitches)
Repeat these 2 rounds until a total of 20 stitches remain.
Combine stitches on Needles 1 & 3.
You’ll now have 10 stitches on each of 2 needles (front needle and back needle).
Close the toe using the Kitchener stitch.
Weave in all ends and DO IT AGAIN.