Comfort Knitting Basic Socks

This is my basic sock pattern. It is very comforting to do stockinette with wood needles. I like the 5” or 6” ones because the wood helps you from losing stitches and it is compact and light weight. This commercial faux fair isle yarn is so fun and interesting to knit and hides all the imperfections of your knitting.

Yarn: Rico Design, Superba Bamboo Superwash Sock Yarn (50% Virgin Wool/ 25% Bamboo Viscose/ 25% Polyamide) 100 grams

Gauge: 9 sts and 12 rounds per inch.

Needles: Double Pointed Knitting Needles US size 1 , 5-6” length bamboo or wood (2.25 mm), Set of 5

Other tools needed: scissors, darning needle about 4 removable lock stitch markers.

Adult Sizes: Small 3.5” Medium 3.75” (measurement of sock across the foot)


Cuff: Using a Long Tail Cast On or German Twist Cast On and the larger needles, Cast on 60 (68) stitches on one needle, then transfer to 3 needles.

20-20-20 or 24-20-24

In 2×2 Rib, make a 1.5” cuff.

2×2 Rib: [K2, P2] repeating this for each round.

Leg: Knit in stockinette stitch (just knit stitch) for 3.5”. Use an extra needle to transfer stitches evenly on 4 needles, 15 (17) stitches each needle.

Heel Flap: Turn work so you will be working on the purl side of half of sock in rows.

For 1st row, combine half of back stitches on 1 needle. You will be working these stitches in a flat manner.

Row 1) (WS) *Sl1wyif, P1*, repeat to end of row, turn

Row 2) (RS) Sl1kw, knit to the end of row, turn

Repeat Round 1 and 2 for total of 15 (17)times.

Heel Turn:

Row 1: (WS) Purl 17(19) P2tog, P1, turn

Row 2: (RS) Sl1, K5, SSK, K1, turn

Row 3: (WS) Sl1, P to 1 st before the gap, P2tog, P1, turn

Row 4: (RS) Sl1, K to 1 st before the gap, SSK, K1, turn

Repeat Rows 3 & 4 until all stitches are worked ending on Row 4. You now have 18 (20) stitches left on this needle.

Gusset: (RS) Using a spare needle, pick up and knit the slipped edge stitches of the left side plus 2 more before the instep until you have 17 (19) picked up stitches on that needle. Pick up 2 more stitches before the instep stitches to close up any gaps. With a new needle, knit 30 (34) instep stitches putting them on 1 needle, with another spare needle, knit 2 stitches in the gap with the working yarn, pick up and knit the 15 (17) slipped edge stitches.

You now have 18 (20) heel stitches, 17(19) stitches on both sides of flap, 30 (34) of the instep stitches on one needle. This is total stitch count of 82 (92) stitches on 4 needles. The middle of the heel stitches is now the new beginning of round. Place a marker at this point to remind you.

Gusset Decreases:

1. Knit all stitches

2. K to 3 stitches before the instep, K2tog, K1, knit 30 (34) instep stitches, K1, SSK, K to heel marker.

Repeat these 2 rounds until you are back to the original 60 (68) stitch count. K15 (17) with one needle to get back to the original beginning of round. K60 (68) and arrange stitches as you go so you have 15 (17) stitches per needle again.

Foot: Place a marker at the first stitch at the beginning of round that will stay there until you finish both socks. At the same time you can remove the stitch marker at the middle of the heel. Knit in stockinette stitch each round until you are 1.75” (1.5”) before final sock foot length and before doing the toe part of the sock.

Toe: This makes a rounded wedge toe. Place a marker on the first stitch and let it remain there until you complete both socks. I use the stitch markers to help me measure the 2nd sock so they match.

Round 1: [K1, SSK, K to end of the 1st DPN, K to 3 sts before the end of the 2nd DPN, SSK, K1] repeat on next 2 DPNs.

Round 2 & 3: Just knit

Repeat Rounds 1-3 one (two) more times. You now have 52 (56) sts total.

Round 4: [K1, K2tog, K to end of 1st DPN, K to 3 sts before the end of the 2nd DPN, SSK, K1] Repeat on next 2 DPNs.

Round 5: Just knit

Repeat rounds 4 & 5 one (two) more times. You now have a total of 44 (44) sts.

Round 7: [K1, K2tog, K to end of the 1st DPN, K to 3 sts before the end of the 2nd DPN, SSK, K1]

Repeat Round 7 until you have a total of 24 sts.

Arrange remaining sts on 2 needles. 12 instep sts one 1 needle and 12 soles on the other needle. When you do the sock multiple times, it will be easy to figure out how to do the toe using 4 needles instead of 5 with all the instep stitches on one needle.

Graft toe using Kitchener Stitch.

Congratulations! Make the 2nd sock, wash in cold water and dry on delicate.

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