Knitting socks doesn't get any easier than a basic Stockinette Stitch sock. This is the perfect pattern for people who are new to sock knitting because it's very easy and allows you to focus on the different skills required in sock knitting without being distracted by a fancy stitch pattern.
Of course this pattern could easily be gussied up just by adding ribbing or another stitch pattern down the leg and the top of the foot. This pattern serves as a good basic guideline for a sock for a medium-sized to large woman's foot (two sizes are given).
- one skein Tofutsies or about 200 yards of any super-fine weight sock yarn (mine is color 724, Foot the Bill; you'll have enough for four socks if you use the Tofutsies)
- one set of five US 2 double-pointed needles
- tape measure
- yarn needle
30 stitches and 38 rows per four inches (7.5 stitches and 9.5 rows per inch) in Stockinette Stitch in the round.
Finished size is 7.5 inches around foot for small (8.5 inches for large). Leg is five inches long, foot length may vary depending on your needs. Instructions are given for the smaller size, with the larger size in parentheses.
- Cast on 56 (64) stitches. Distribute evenly on four needles, 14 (16) stitches each. Join in round, being careful not to twist stitches. Place a stitch marker if desired.
- Knit in knit 1, purl 1 ribbing for one inch.
- Knit in Stockinette Stitch (knit every round) for four inches.
- Knit across 28 (32) stitches, putting them all on one needle. You will now work on just these stitches, knitting back and forth, for the heel flap, which is worked as follows:
- Row 1: Slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front, purl across.
- Row 2: *Slip 1 purlwise with yarn in back, knit 1. Repeat from * across.
- Repeat these two rows until you have worked 28 (32) total rows, ending with a knit row.
- Begin turning the heel as follows:
- Slip 1, purl 14 (16), purl 2 together, purl 1, turn.
- Slip 1, knit 3 (5), slip, slip, knit, knit 1, turn.
- Slip 1, P4 (6), P2tog, P1, turn.
- Slip 1, K5 (7), SSK, K1, turn.
- Slip 1, P6 (8), P2tog, P1, turn.
- Slip 1, K7 (9), SSK, K1, turn.
- Slip 1, P8 (10), P2tog, P1, turn.
- Slip 1, K9 (11), SSK, K1, turn.
- Slip 1, P10 (12), P2tog, P1, turn.
- Slip 1, K11 (13), SSK, K1, turn.
- Slip 1, P12 (14), P2tog, P1, turn.
- Slip 1, K13 (15), SSK, K1, turn. For small, 16 stitches remain, heel turning complete.
- For large, slip 1, P16, P2tog, P1, turn.
- Slip 1, K 15, SSK, K1, 18 stitches remain.
- Both sizes, purl 1 row.
- Knit across 8 (9) of the heel stitches. With a new needle, knit the remaining heel stitches and pick up and knit 18 (20) stitches along heel flap. Knit across leg stitches, then pick up and knit 18 (20) more stitches with another empty needle and knit the first 8 (9) stitches of the heel onto this needle, and knit the other needle with heel flap stitches again.
- Shape gusset as follows:
- Row 1: First and second needle, knit straight. Third needle, knit 1, slip, slip, knit, knit to end. Fourth needle, knit to last 3 stitches, knit 2 together, knit one.
- Row 2: Knit.
- Repeat these two rows until 56 (64) stitches remain.
- Knit straight until length from heel is 7.5 inches (8 inches) or your desired length. Toe shaping as written takes almost 2 inches.
- Shape toe as follows:
- Row 1: First needle, knit 1, slip, slip, knit, knit to end. Second needle, knit to last 3 stitches, knit 2 together, knit 1. Third needle, knit 1, slip, slip, knit, knit to end. Fourth needle, knit to last 3 stitches, knit 2 together, knit 1.
- Row 2: Knit.
- Repeat these two rows until each needle has 7 (8) stitches, then decrease every round until 12 (16) total stitches remain.
- Divide remaining stitches evenly on two needles.
- Graft the toe closed.
- Knit a second sock in the same manner.