by Jessica Gore of The Sweater Collective
These fun socks knit up in no time, and are a great way to experiment with a toe-up construction if you’ve been wanting to give it a try!
TO FIT WOMEN’S FOOT
Small: EU 37 – 39/US 6 ½ – 8 ½ (approximately 19cm [7 ½”] foot circumference)
Medium: EU 40 – 42/US 9 – 11 (approximately 22cm [8 ¾”] foot circumference)
Large: EU 43 – 45/US 11 ½ – 13 ½ (approximately 25cm [9 ¾”] foot circumference)
Manos del Uruguay Alegria (75% Superwash Merino, 25% Polyamide; 425 m [445 yds]/100 g,) 1 skein Atlantico colourway, or 100g fingering weight sock yarn
Sample used approximately 50g (213 m [223 yds]) for Medium Size pair of socks (EU 40.5/US 9 ½).
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
2.25mm (US 1), at least 80 cm (32”) length circular needle, or size to obtain gauge
2 removable stitch markers (optional during heel turn and flap)
Sock blockers (optional)
36 stitches x 50 rounds = 10 cm (4″) in stockinette stitch on 2.25 mm needles, knit in the round, relaxed after blocking.
Stockinette stitch = knit every round
-Instructions are written for the Magic Loop method of working in the round, with a toe-up sock construction.
-Instructions are to be worked from the beginning to end of each round, unless instructions are specified for stitches on first needle of the round (N1; top of foot/front of leg), and second needle of the round (N2; sole of foot/back of leg), separately.
-A toe-up cast on, such as Judy’s Magic Cast On, and a stretchy bind off, such as Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off, are recommended for beginning and finishing your socks. You will also need to know how to work short rows by wrapping stitches.
-Stitch counts are written for Small Size with [Medium,Large] Size stitch counts in brackets.
DIRECTIONS (MAKE 2)
With 2.25mm (US 1) needles and chosen toe-up method, cast on 12 [16,20] sts (6 [8,10] sts each on N1 and N2). Prepare to work in the rnd.
Rnd 1: k to end. (12 [16,20] sts)
N1: k1, M1R, k to last st, M1L, k1. (8 [10,12] sts)
N2: rep N1 instructions. (8 [10,12] sts)
Rep Rnd 2 until you have 28 [32,36] sts total. (14 [16,18] sts each on N1 and N2)
Rnd 3: k to end. (28 [32,36] sts)
Rep Rnds 2 and 3 until you have 56 [64,72] sts total. (28 [32,36] sts each on N1 and N2)
Continue in stockinette st until sock measures approximately 10 [11.5,13] cm (4 [4 ½,5]”) less than the length of the foot, measured from beginning of toe. (Sample worked to 50 rnds total for Medium Size sock to fit an EU 40.5/US 9 ½.)
N1: k to end. (28 [32,36] sts)
N2: k1, M1R, k to last stitch, M1L, k1. (30 [34,38] sts)
Rnd 2: k to end. (58 [66,74] sts)
Rep Rnds 1 and 2 until you have 56 [64,72] sts on N2 (84 [96,108] sts total), ending with Rnd 2.
N1: k to end.
(For a contrasting heel, change to a new yarn here.)
N2: k14 [16,18].
You will now be working across the middle 28 [32,36] sts from N2 only; these are the heel sts. Use markers if you wish to designate your gusset sts, which will be left unworked for now (14 [16,18] sts just worked, and last 14 [16,18] sts on opposite end of N2), from the heel sts. Leave sts from N1 resting on the cable of your circular needle.
HEEL TURN (worked flat)
Row 1 (RS): k26 [30,34], w&t.
Row 2 (WS): p24 [28,32], w&t.
Row 3 (RS): k22 [26,30], w&t.
Row 4 (WS): p20 [24,28], w&t.
Row 5 (RS): k18 [22,26], w&t.
Row 6 (WS): p16 [20,24], w&t.
Row 7 (RS): k14 [18,22], w&t.
Row 8 (WS): p12 [16,20], w&t.
Row 9 (RS): k10 [14,18], w&t.
Medium Size Only
Row 10 (WS): p12, w&t.
Row 11 (RS): k10, w&t.
Large Size Only
Row 10 (WS): p16, w&t.
Row 11 (RS): k14, w&t.
Row 12 (WS): p12, w&t.
Row 13 (RS): k10, w&t.
Row 10 [12,14] (WS): P to end of heel sts/marker if used (p18 [20,22]), picking up wraps and p them tog with the wrapped sts on the second half of the row. Turn.
Row 11 [13,15] (RS): Sl1 pwise wyib, k to last heel st/1 st before marker if used (k26 [30,34]), picking up wraps and k them tog tbl with the wrapped sts on the second half of the row. Remove marker, ssk last heel st tog with the first gusset st. Turn.
Row 12 [14,16] (WS): Sl1 pwise wyif, p to last heel st/1 st before marker if used (p26 [30,34]). Remove marker, p last heel st tog with the first gusset st on this side. Turn.
HEEL FLAP (worked flat)
Worked across existing 28 [32,36] heel sts, with one gusset st decreased at the end of every row.
Row 1 (RS): *sl1 kwise wyib, k1* 13 [15,17] times, sl1 kwise wyib, ssk last heel st tog with next gusset st. Turn.
Row 2 (WS): sl1 pwise wyif, p26 [30,34], p last heel st tog with next gusset st. Turn.
Row 3 (RS): sl1 kwise wyib, *sl1 kwise wyib, k1* 13 [15,17] times, ssk last heel st tog with next gusset st. Turn.
Row 4 (WS): sl1 pwise wyif, p 26 [30,34], p last heel st tog with next gusset st. Turn.
Rep Rows 1 to 4 until all gusset sts have been worked, ending with Row 2 (6 ½ [7 ½,8 ½] reps total).
AFTER HEEL FLAP
(Change back to original yarn here if a contrasting heel was worked.)
(RS): K across all 28 [32,36] sts now on N2.
Resume working in the rnd (56 [64,72] sts).
Next Rnd: k to end.
Rnds 1 to 8: *k1tbl, p1* to end.
Bind off all sts using stretchy method of choice.
Weave in all ends and wet block socks (using sock blockers to shape your socks as they dry is optional, but recommended).
kwise: knitwise (as if to knit)
M1L: make 1 left (with left hand needle, lift strand of yarn between next and just worked stitches from front to back, knit this strand through the back loop)
M1R: make 1 right (with left hand needle, lift strand of yarn between next and just
worked stitches from back to front, knit this strand through the front loop)
N1: needle 1
N2: needle 2
pwise: purlwise (as if to purl)
RS: right side
ssk: slip, slip, knit (slip next 2 stitches from left to right-hand needle knitwise, knit these 2 stitches together)
tbl: through back loop/s
w&t: wrap and turn (wrap the next stitch, turn your work)
WS: wrong side
wyib: with yarn in back
wyif: with yarn in front