Basic Sock Pattern

CreativeWhimsy’s Basic Sock Pattern

This pattern is for use with sock yarn (fingering weight), 27-32 sts per 4 inches. The self patterning yarn seems to need increments of 4 stitches so that’s what we will be using.

Needle size: 2.75 mm ( 2 US ), set of 4 double pointed needles (dpns)

Cast on 64 sts. Split between three needles and join in the round.
This is sized for an average woman’s foot. For larger sizes add increments of 4 stitches. I use 68 for my size 10 foot.
Childrens’ would be about 60 or less depending on the size of child. Once again use increments of 4. Be aware that depending on the yarn used and how tightly or loosely you hold the yarn your results may be different than mine.

Ribbing – Knit 5-8 cms (2-3 ins) in ribbing of choice.
Options: Rib 1: K1,P1.
Rib 2: K2,P2.

Leg – Knit until you have length to fit height desired.

Opt. : Many different options exist for the leg and top of foot. A simple one is: K3,P1.

Heel Flap – Split stitches in two, 1/2 on one needle (to be worked for heel flap) and the other half split between the other two needles (not to be touched yet).
The Single Heel: Row 1 – Knit
Row 2 – Purl
Repeat these two rows until heel is 3/4 of depth of heel needed. (approx. 4 cms (1 3/4 in) is good).

The Double Heel: Row 1 – *Sl 1, K1 ; repeat from * ending with K1.
Row 2 – Sl1, and purl the rest of the row.
Repeat these two rows until heel is 3/4 of depth of heel needed.

The Partridge Heel:

Row 1 – *Sl1,K1; repeat from * ending with K1
Row 2 – P.

Row 3 – *K1, Sl 1: repeat from * ending with Sl 1

Row 4 – P

Repeat 4 rows until heel is 3/4 of depth of heel needed.

Repeat 4 rows until heel is 3/4 of depth of heel needed.

Always use a single heel on bulky yarns.

Turning the Heel – Continuing with the heel flap (do not touch the other needles yet!) with the right side facing;
Row 1: K19, Sl1, K1, **psso, K1.
Row 2: Turn, Sl1, P5, P2tog, P1.
Row 3: Turn, Sl1, K6, Sl1, K1, psso, K1.
Row 4: Turn, Sl1, P7, P2tog, P1.
Row 5: Turn, Sl1, K8, Sl1, K1, psso, K1.
Row 6: Turn, Sl1, P9, P2tog, P1.

Continue in this fashion increasing stitches in the purl and knit rows until all the stitches have been knit off the needle. Knit one more row to bring yarn back to the left.

Gusset Decrease – Pick up stitches along side of heel, stitch across the two needles that were in reserve (Yes, touch them now!) being sure to maintain the integrity of the pattern begun for the leg. Pick up the stitches along the last side of the heel. Divide the work so that the heel is on two needles and the top of the foot is on one needle. Begin in middle of heel (between the two needles for the heel).
Row 1 – 1st needle: Knit all stitches up to last three. K2tog, K1
2nd needle: Knit. (In pattern if you have chosen to do so.)
3rd needle: K1, Sl1, K1, psso, Knit until end.
Row 2 – Knit.

Repeat these two rows until the number of stitches on the heel needles equals 32. We are back to the original 64 stitches.

Foot – Continue knitting making sure the bottom of foot is knit only and the top maintains the pattern chosen. Knit until length measures long enough for recipient, approximately to beginning of toes (base of little toe). About 18cms (7 ins) from back of heel.

Toe – As with the decreases for the heel begin in between the two heel needles.
Row 1: 1st needle – Knit all stitches up to last three. K2tog, K1.
2nd needle – K1, Sl1, K1, psso, knit up to last three stitches, K2tog, K1.
3rd needle – K1, Sl1, K1, psso, knit to end.

Row 2: Knit.

Repeat these two rows until you are left with about half the stitches. Close toe by grafting.

*Sl – Slip stitch.
**psso – pass slipped stitch over knit stitch.

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4 thoughts on “Basic Sock Pattern

  1. Elizabeth H.

    Socks – 27-32 sts per inch? I think you’ve got a typo there!
    I got the mitten pattern – thanks! I’ve been looking for a pattern to use 2 skeins of Silk Garden I was given.

  2. Annette

    Hi, I’ve been doing these mittens for years, but am wondering if there is a pattern for the hats (caps) to match. If so I would love to have the pattern. Thanks! Annette

  3. Heml

    Just wondering if after you slip the two stitches, do you pull the wool tight across or just loosely knit the next four. I found that the mitts were too small, not just a little snug. Thank-you


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