Basic Adult Socks
These are about as basic of a sock as you can get! Like my other sock patterns, these aren't good as a 'first sock' because my instructions aren't that complete, but should be just fine for someone who has even made just one pair before and knows the basic construction... and yes, it is an adult version of 'Socks For Bear', I even copied and pasted the pattern and simply went in and changed the numbers. Enjoy! =)
Recommended Yarn: Any sock weight yarn (above shown in Opal Magic), size 1 needles, set of 4 for traditional method of sock knitting or 32"+ circulars for Magic Loop Method. (my preference).
Gauge: 8 stitches per inch or 32 stitches per 4 inches.
Cast on 64 stitches and divide evenly for 4 needles or in half for magic loop.
Work k2, p2 ribbing for one inch.
Work in stockinette stitch until cuff measures 6" or work 10 rounds stockinette stitch for a short ankle sock (not pictured but will be soon!). (knit all stitches)
Redistribute stitches for heel if using 4 needles, if using magic loop method then just continue working only half the stitches for the heel and work 19 rows back and forth in stockinette stitch for the heel flap then turn heel as follows:
Row 1: Sl1, p17, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 2: Sl1, k6, ssk, k1, turn
Row 3: Sl1, p7, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 4: Sl1, k8, ssk, k1, turn
continue with this method until you have 20 stitches remaining and then pick up 14 stitches along each side for gusset.
Work foot in the round in stockinette stitch until foot measures 2" LESS than the desired finished length of the sock. (Example: My foot measures 9" so I knit the foot until it measures 7" and then start the toe decreases).
Then start toe decreases as follows:
(these are magic loop instructions here, you will have to adapt them to the 4 needle method if that is what you are using).
Round 1: k1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches on first needle, k2tog, k1 then repeat for the second needle.
Round 2: knit all stitches.
Repeat these 2 rounds until you have 32 stitches total then work the decrease round every round until you have 20 stitches. Stop and graft toe together...
Repeat for other sock. =D