Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Quick Knit Socks - Free Pattern

Stash, Quick Knit Socks

This sock pattern was developed when I found myself with too many single or three-quarter balls of excellent self pattern sock yarn, and a list of people who needed socks for Christmas. It involves using 2 strands held together and changing one of the strands (if necessary) over the heel and toe.

Ladies size 7-10 (one size, quite stretchy)

[MC] baby weight, sock weight yarn solid color(I used Baby Cashmerino – Debbie Bliss, for the rose ones, and Rowan Cashsoft 4 ply for the brown ones)
[CC] Any leftover self pattern sock yarn. One 50 gram ball for the rose socks, and approx 40 gm stripe , with leftover black-solid for the heel and toe of the brown.

1 set 4.0 mm (US 6) double-point needles

22 sts/27 rows = 4" in three by one rib pattern

All work is done with one strand of solid yarn and one strand of pattern yarn held together. Rib pattern is K3, P1 repeat around. After the heel it is maintained on the top half of foot only, stocking stitch is used for the bottom of the foot.
Pay attention to color pattern of starting point, so you can match the start of the second sock.


With one strand of solid yarn and one strand of pattern yarn, cast on 44 stitches.
Join (without twisting) and begin upper rib, K2, P2 around until one inch is completed.
Change to K3, P1 around and continue to work until sock measures 6 inches.

At this point, change to alternate heel yarn (only the patterned yarn should be broken off, and replaced with heel yarn) this is useful if you really have only small scraps of pattern yarn, and after the heel you could opt for an entirely different pattern yarn for the foot. The solid yarn will lend a consistency to the look of the sock.

Heel: Rib across 11 sts. Place next 11 on one needle and next 11 on another needle, slide remaining 11 on the needle with the first 11. (22 sts on the “heel” needle)
Working back and forth, continue in stocking stitch, slipping the first stitch of each row. Work 20 rows like this. End with right side facing.
Turn heel:
Knit 13, K2together, K1 turn work
Slip first stitch, P5, P2together, P1, turn work
Slip first stitch, K across to before slipped stitch, K2together, K1 turn.
Slip first stitch, P across to before slipped stitch, P2together, P1 turn.
Repeat last 2 rows until all are worked.

Right side facing: Knit to middle of heel. At this time place all the set aside rib stitches (top of foot) on one needle (these will remain in rib – 22 sts).
Using free needle, K remaining half of heel, then pick up 10 stitches down the side of heel. (Now you can change from the heel yarn back to pattern yarn)
Work rib across the top of foot (22 sts), then pick up 10 stitches up the other side of the heel and finish the last stitches to the center of the heel.

Decreasing the heel: Every 2nd row, work down the heel to the last 3 stitches before the rib pattern, K2 together, K1. Work across the rib top of foot. K1, K2 together, Knit remaining to bottom of heel.
Alternate non-increase round with decrease round until there are again 44 stitches on needles (11, 22, 11).

Work without increase , maintaining the rib on top of foot, and stocking stitch on under foot, until approx. 6 inches from heel or 2 inches short of length of foot.
(change one yarn to toe yarn if using different colors)
Stop using rib pattern, K around one row. Start of row is center of under foot (between the 11 stitch needles)
Decrease row: K to last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1. Next needle: K1 K2tog, k to last 3, K2tog, K1. Last needle: K1, K2tog, K across.

Alternate K row and decrease row until 12 stitches remain (total of all 3 needles)
Weave remaining stitches together.


Anonymous said...

sincerely !
I love it !

elizabeth said...

love your patterns. I did have some trouble printing them and thought you should know. When i followed your isntr. I got the first page complete and 2 and 3 pages only had lists down the right side and not the rest of the pattern. Yikes! so i had to go do a selection, highlighted from the bottom up to get the last two pages. I tried, poppets, socks, assistant, inukumk, wood covers and some others. all printed the same : ok page one and not the right stuff on page 2/3.

thought you might like to know. I read on the bottome of the socks that you had a chunky sock pattern but i didn't find and would enjoy it - trvlbuddy@yahoo.com thanks for the great patterns. if i were ever to do a craft stall, i would only have one offs- i prefer to try something new and then move on but socks have me scared except for baby socks. i can handle 24 stitches and they don't have to fit cause the baby will grow into them! :) Elizabeth

chris said...

Hi Elizabeth... This Quick Knit sock pattern is my chunkiest pattern, 44 stitches is the fewest I have for adult socks, but it is easy and fast... you should try it... If you still have problems printing a pattern, email me (connection in right columns), and I can attach a printed copy to the email reply back to you.
Thanks for the nice words and keep knitting!

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris!

I was looking for a sock pattern, but since I had NEVER knit socks before, I thought I'd learn the technique by tackling your pattern using one strand of merino sock yarn and 2.5mm needles. With a 6 year old and an 8 month old, I figured they'd probably fit someone at some time!

So, here's a note to say that if you use 1 strand of sock yarn and cast on 44 stitches as you did, then you get socks for a 9-12 month old with slim feet!

I chose to count my rows for the lengths:
10 rows rib at the top;
20 rows K3P1 for the upper sock
heel as described using 20 stitches
15 rows for the instep
decrease to the end

chris said...

Love how you converted the pattern for babies! Way to go! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Thank you :)

Anonymous said...

I just found your site and am very thankful!!! You are amazing. Will be trying some of your patterns very soon. Thank you!!!

Unknown said...

I need to make a pair of socks that do not bind as I have swelling issues with my lower legs due to peripheral vascular disease. I am hoping these will work out for me.