Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The Best Sock Pattern EVER!

Or... at least, my favourite sock pattern :)

This is the pattern I use for almost all of my socks. It is easy to follow, and fits snuggly and doesn't droop at all. The only time I don't use it is self patterning yarns, those should be all stocking stitch to show the pattern that happens. You could still use all the numbers below, but stocking stitch instead of the K3, P1 ribbing.
Yarn: Most classic "sock" yarns (fine yarn designed to knit on 2.5mm needles)Needles: Double point 2.5mm needles, set of 4 - I like Bamboo ones, as the yarn is less likely to slip off.

Cast on 60 stitches and join in the round. Knit for 1.5 inches in K2, P2 ribbing. Change to K3, P1 ribbing, and continue to work in the round until total length is about 7 inches.
Heel: Put half the stitches (30 ) on one needle by knitting next 15 sts, and transfer previous 15 onto the front of this needle. Rearrange the other 30 sts onto two needles with 15 each. These 2 needles will be ignored for a while.
Working on the 30 st needles, Purl (wrong side) across. Right side: [Slip one, K 1] repeat across row. Work these two rows until repeated 15 times. (the heel should be almost square and be about 2.5 inches).
With right side facing you will now do the magic that is a heel turn! K17, K2tog, K1, turn to wrong side facing. Slip one, P5, P2tog, P1, turn. Slip one, Knit to the stitch before the gap (the space between the slipped stitch and the old heel stitches). Knit 2 tog (thus closing the gap and picking up the last slipped stitch and the next old heel stitch), K1, turn. Slip one, Purl to st before gap and P2tog over gap, P1, turn. Repeat these two rows, until all the old heel stitches are involved and worked.
Right side again: Knit across heel, pick up 15 sts up the side of the heel (put these on needle 1).
Work next 30 sts on needle 2, AND work them in the K3, P1 ribbing, as they are already still looking at you. Pick up 15 sts on the other side of the heel and knit half of the bottom of the heel sts. (needle 3). Check and make Needle 1 and Needle 3 have the same number of sts on each, adjust if needed.
Round ONE: Knit down Needle 1 to 3 sts before end, K2tog, K1, Needle 2: work in K3, P1 pattern as established, Needle 3: K1, K2tog, knit to end of needle. Round TWO: Knit needle 1, Pattern needle 2, Knit needle 3. Repeat these two rounds, until back to 60 sts (15, 30, 15). Then continue in stocking stitch for the under foot and ribbing stitch for the top of foot, until about 6 inches from the picked up stitches of the heel (or until sock is about 1.5 inches short of your foot length). Toe: round 1: Needle 1: Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1. Needle 2 K1, K2tog, K across to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1. Needle 3: K1, K2tog, K across to end. Round 2, Knit all sts without decrease. Continue to knit these 2 rounds until 16 sts are left. Graft two rows of eight sts.
Do it all again for sock two. This photo is the almost finished socks for Fiona, made with the yarn she dyed at our Sock Dying Party. I thought it may be a bit much for Fiona to knit as a first sock attempt, what with the small needles and her inexperience with double point needles, so I offered to whip these up. I will help her up with the Chunky Sock pattern for her first sock project.

21 comments:

nicolaknits said...

Hi, I clicked on Jitterbug scarf in your sidebar and it linked to the sock pattern. Just thought I'd let you know so you could fix it.

Deborah said...

Thanks for your lovely web site. I wil return! Thanks for all the free patterns, too!

JLaKnitter said...

Chris,
I am a recently-self-taught knitter (as of the last few weeks). I ran across your website, and have printed almost all of your patterns.
Your instructions are logical and thorough, and I thank you for providing me with great patterns to get me started on my new hobby.
Faithful follower here ~

chris said...

that's one of the best comments ever! You go knitter!
happy to meet a new knitting fan, thanks

beginner said...

What size foot is this for? I need an easy pattern for a men's size 11 foot and I am a beginner knitter this is the first time I am attempting to knit socks.

chris said...

I have knit this pattern for the men in my life, and do the same number of stitches (it's very stretchy) but make the foot one inch shorter than the man's foot before you start the toe decrease!
Make sure you know how to knit on four double point needles. Your local yarn shop can help!

Anonymous said...

I started you sox and got as far as doing the heel turn and I got that O.K. but then I got lost. this is my first time aat knitting sox and I guess I am not to familiar with the needle numbers. Can you give me a hint what to do?
Thanks, Audrey Ellerbee

chris said...

the best advise I can give you is to take it to a yarn shop or a knitting friend to help you through the next part. You may also find a video on you tube about turning heels. I cannot do this by email. I would need to see the sock in person. Once you figure out the first one, I am sure you will love knitting socks!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this pattern. I've wanted to knit socks for a friend for a long time and never found a pattern that I liked. I think this one looks good!

Anonymous said...

How many grams/yards are needed for this pattern?

chris said...

2- 50 gram balls of SOCK yarn, or 1- 100 gram ball. Usually 350 to 400 yards in 100 grams.

Amy Collins said...

I've been meaning to thank you for your patterns. They are clear and precise and the items come out beautifully. I was a bit afraid to approach socks, having had a bad experience in a knitting club back in 6th grade, but this pattern, and your chunky sock pattern, inspired me to give it a go. Thanks to you I am now totally addicted to knitting socks!! I gave them as Christmas gifts to my children's bus drivers and teachers & assistants. My boyfriend loves his boot socks (I used the chunky socks pattern and Fisherman's Wool) and my daughter loves her bamboo blend AFO socks (for hers I used both patterns - the yarn weight and needles of this one and the number of stitches of the chunky socks and I made them very long to go inside her orthotics).
Thank yo so much for sharing so generously of yourself.

patricia Herman said...

This is the first time that I saw your web blog. I love it. Such a lovely blog! This is the way I have made my socks since 2001. It's a great useful pattern, basic and easy. I love making them and notice now there are a lot of different ways to make socks but I always go back to this pattern. Thanks for your blog. ! !

Anonymous said...

How wide would this sock be? My hubby takes a 4 or 5e shoe and most socks are too narrow and "bite" his ankle/heel area leaving him feeling like he's swished his feet into them.

chris said...

These are standard ladies size. For a hubby with large feet , add 4 or 8 to the total, and lengthen accordingly. The ankle will never "bite" as the ribbing is clingy but never tight!

Anonymous said...

I just found your site, love the variety of patterns. Looking at the knee sock pattern it doesn't say how much yarn you need to complete the socks. Could you please update that? Thank you.

chris said...

I had 150 grams in the pattern, but added about three balls of sock yarn, so that it would be more clear. I hope you make these, they are a test of patience, but SO lovely!
Cheers, Chris

Suzanne said...

I just came across this pattern a month ago and have finished 2 pair of these socks. I feel like a pro now (though I consider myself an beginner to intermediate knitter). I love the fit and so many colors and patterns to choose from, but so little time - LOL. Thanks much!

Anonymous said...

Would it work with my 9" circular??

chris said...

socks cannot be knit on one small circular needle unless you want your sock to be 9" or larger (around your ankle)....
there are videos out there for knitting socks on TWO circular, or one very long (wrapped kind of funny) circular... these are not for beginning sock knitters.
Double point needles are best, and not so hard to use. Try a class or knitting club!
chris

Anonymous said...

I just discovered your pattern by accident and am glad that I did. I was having trouble with other patterns, but I sailed right through this one. Thanks