I am an old hand at sock knitting. I started about two months ago. I bought beautiful new double-pointed knitting needles in size 1 from Signature Needle Arts. I bought $130 worth of sock yarn. I was ready.
At first, I followed a pattern. I found that the pattern was too big for my feet, even though they are a normal size 9. I have thin feet and thin legs. I had to re-group.
I found that I didn’t like the typical heel flap pattern. Boring. Not attractive. I went with the Eye of Partridge heel flap.
I found that I didn’t need my socks 10″ long. Not unless I wanted to put bells on the toes ……….
So here’s how I make my socks –
I use size 1 needles (love Signature Needlearts needles) and these take less than 400 yards of fingering weight yarn. I use all kinds of yarn – it could be mixed with nylon for strength but I don’t care if its not –
Cast on 60 stitches, 20 on each of three needles. I do this all at once on three separate needles. I don’t put them on one needle and move them over. I use a Long Tail Cast On. I love it.
Join and begin to knit the cuff in K2P2 ribbing. I do 12 rows or ribbing or sometimes 20, depending on how sick I get of K2P2.
Begin cuff – here I can do any pattern I want – usually it is just knitting around and around and around. I like my cuff to be 8″. So I knit until the cuff is that long and then
Divide for the heel flap. I put 30 stitches on needle one and the rest of the stitches on a holder.
Here’s my heel flap pattern: do 8 repeats of this pattern.
Slip one with yarn in front purl wise, purl to the end
S 1 K1 to end
Slip one with yarn in front purl wise, purl to end
S2, K1 S1 across to end, knit last two stitches
End with right side row.
Here’s where I go back to my original Churchmouse Basic Socks Pattern:
3. Turn heel
Worked back and forth in short rows across heel flap sts, creating a cupped shape for bottom of heel.
Row 1 (WS): Sl 1 pwise WYIF, P17 (13), P2Tog, P1 [11 (7) sts left unworked on left- hand needle]; turn.
Row 2 (RS): Sl 1 pwise WYIB, K5, SSK, K1 [11 (7) sts left unworked on left-hand needle]; turn.
Row 3 (WS): Sl 1 pwise WYIF, P to last stitch before ‘gap’ made when work was turned, P2Tog (1 st from either side of gap); P1 [9 (5) sts left unworked]; turn.
Row 4 (RS): Sl 1 pwise WYIB, K to last st before gap, SSK (again using 1 st from either side of gap), K1 [9 (5) sts left unworked]; turn.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4, reducing the number of sts left unworked by 2 each time, until 1 st remains after the gap at each end. Work last two rows as follows:
Next row (WS): Sl 1 pwise WYIF, P to last st before gap, P2Tog; turn.
Next row (RS): Sl 1 pwise WYIB, K to last st before gap, SSK. You should have 18 (14) sts remaining on Needle 1.
Pick up gusset stitches
Using a crochet hook I start picking up stitches – I pick up 16 for the gusset
Then I take my instep stitches off the holder and knit across these
Then I use the crochet hook and pick up stitches for the other gusset – of course I move both sets of these picked up stitches to a needle.
I then knit the first set of picked up stitches and knit 9 from the first needle onto my third needle.
I then move the left over nine to the other gusset needle. I now have 25 stitches on Needle 1 and Needle 3 and 30 on needle 2.
I begin to shape the gussets. Round 1 is simple knitting all the way around.
Needle 1 – knit to three stitches before the end. K2 together
Needle 2 – knit
Needle 3 – knit 1, SSK, knit to end
Go back to Round 1 and keep going until you have 15 stitches on Needles 1 and 3 and 30 stitches on Needle 2.
Knit forever until your sock is the length you need.
Begin to shape the toe. Starting with stitches on Needle 1, knit to last three stitches, K2 together K1
Needle 2 – K1, SSK knit to last three stitches, K2 together, knit 1
Needle 3, K1, SSK, knit to end
Knit all stitches
Repeat rounds until you have 6 stitches on Needles 1 and 3 and 12 stitches on Needle 2
Knit the stitches from Needle 1 onto Needle 3
Cut the yarn, leave 18″
Thread onto tapestry needle. We’re doing the Kitchener.
Put thread through first stitch on bottom needle as if to purl, pull it through but leave stitch on needle
Put thread through stitch on back needle as if to knit, leave on needle
Put thread through first stitch on front needle as if to knit, slip it off
Put thread through second stitch on front needle as if to purl, leave it on
Put thread through second stitch on back needle as if to purl, slip it off
Put thread through second stitch on back needle as if to knit, leave it on
Repeat until you are done ——– Voila! Weave in the ends of the toe thread and the thread at the beginning of the cuff. You now have a sock.