This sock, knit in easy Woven Rib, is a little more interesting to knit than a straight ribbed sock but the pattern isn't so fancy that a guy won't want to wear it (especially knit in dark colors as shown -- click the link in the last sentence to get a better look at the stitch pattern).
- one skein Regia Design Line or similar superwash sock yarn (I used color 4254, Mirage Earth)
- one set size 3 US double-pointed needles, four or five needles
- tape measure
- yarn needle
36 stitches and 40 rows per four inches (9 stitches and 10 rows per inch) in Woven Rib pattern knit in the round.
Pattern is written for two sizes. The smaller size is 8 inches around and should fit a medium-sized foot. The larger is 9 inches around. Instructions are given for the smaller size with the larger size in parentheses.
- Cast on 80 (88) stitches. Divide evenly onto double pointed needles, 20 (22) stitches per needle if you're working with five needles, or 26 (29) on two and 28 (30) on one if working with four needles. Join in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches. Place a stitch marker if desired to note the end of the row.
- Work in Woven Rib stitch, as follows, until piece measures 7 inches:
- Rows 1, 2, and 3: *Knit 2, purl 2. Repeat from * across.
- Row 4: Purl.
- Working on the inside of the sock, slip the first stitch of the next round and purl across a total of 40 (42) stitches, working all onto one needle. The heel flap is worked back and forth on just these stitches.
- On the next row, *slip 1, knit 1. Repeat from * across.
- Repeat these rows for a total of 39 (43) rows, ending on the knit side.
- Begin to turn the heel. Slip 1, purl 20 (22), purl 2 together, purl 1. Turn the work.
- Slip 1, knit 3, slip, slip, knit, knit 1, turn.
- Slip 1, purl 4, purl 2 together, purl 1, turn.
- Slip 1, knit 5, slip, slip, knit, knit 1, turn.
- Continue in this manner, working one more stitch each row, until all stitches have been worked and 22 (24) stitches remain.
- Knit across the remaining heel stitches. With the same needle, pick up and knit 22 (24) stitches along the heel flap. Work the stitches of the leg as established. Use an empty needle to pick up and knit 22 (24) stitches along other side of heel and knit 11 (12) heel stitches onto this needle. This is now the end of the round.
- Needle 1: Work to the last 3 stitches; slip, slip, knit, knit 1. Needle 2: (and 3, if using 5 needles) Work as established. Needle 3 or 4: Knit 2 together, knit to the end.
- Knit the next row as established with no decreases. Work these two rows until 80 (88) stitches remain.
- Work even as established, continuing the pattern stitch along the top of the foot, until foot measures 8 (8.5) inches, or desired length. Toe shaping takes about 2 (2.25) inches.
- Shape the toe, row 1. Needle 1: Knit to last 3 stitches; slip, slip, knit, knit 1. Needle 2: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit to end. Needle 3: (if using four needles this will be the end of needle 2) Knit to last 3 stitches; slip, slip, knit, knit 1. Needle 4 (or 3): Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit to end.
- Row 2: Knit straight. Repeat these two rows until 40 (44) stitches remain, then begin to decrease every round until 20 (22) stitches remain.
- Redistribute stitches so they are on two needles. Cut yarn. Graft toe closed with Kitchener Stitch.
- Knit a second sock in the same manner.