These stocking stitch socks with calf shaping make a great “staple” pattern to use for self patterning and striping yarns.
Patons Sock Wool – 5 ozs.
NOTE: Two pairs of Socks can be knitted from 9 ozs.
Knitting Needles, 1 set of four UK No 13/2.25mm/US 1
Foot – 10, 10½ or 11 ins
It is absolutely necessary to work at a tension to produce 9 stitches to the inch in width.
Cast on 80 stitches (28, 24, 28).
1st round: * K2, P2, repeat from * to end of round.
Repeat this round until work measures 4 ins
Next round: Knit plain.
Repeat this round, until work measures 8 ins from commencement.
Proceed as follows:
1st round: K1, K2tog, knit plain to last 3 sts, slip 1, K1, psso, K1.
Work 5 rounds without shaping.
Repeat these 6 rounds six times (66 sts).
Continue without shaping, until work measures 12 ins from commencement.
To commence heel, K17, slip last 17 sts of round onto other end of same needle (these 34 sts are for heel).
Divide remaining sts onto two needles and leave for instep.
Work 31 rows on heel sts in alternate rows of purl and plain, always slipping first st purlways on a purl row and knitways on a knit row.
To turn heel:
K19, K2tog, K1, turn,
P6, P2tog, P1, turn,
K7, K2tog, K1, turn,
P8, P2tog, P1 turn,
K9, K2tog, K1, turn.
Continue in this manner, until all sts are worked onto one needle (20 sts).
Knit back 10 sts (thus completing heel), slip all instep sts onto one needle again.
Taking another needle, knit remaining 10 sts of heel, knit up 14 sts at side of heel; with a second needle, knit plain across instep sts; with a third needle knit up 14 sts at side of heel and remaining 10 sts of heel.
Knit 1 round.
Shape for instep as follows:
1st round: First needle – knit plain to last 4 sts, K2tog, K2;
second needle – knit plain;
third needle K2, slip 1, K1, psso, knit plain to end of needle.
2nd round: Knit plain.
Repeat these 2 rounds, until 64 sts remain in round.
Continue without shaping until foot measures (from where sts were knitted up at side of heel):
6 ins for 10-inch foot;
6½ ins for 10½ inch foot;
7 ins for 11-inch foot.
Shape for toe as follows:
1st round: First needle – knit plain to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1 ;
second needle – K1, slip 1, K1, psso, knit plain to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1;
third needle K1, slip 1, K1, psso, knit plain to end of needle.
2nd round: Knit plain.
Repeat 1st and 2nd rounds, until 24 sts remain in round.
Knit sts of first needle onto end of third needle.
Graft these sts
Work another Sock in same manner.
With a slightly damp cloth and warm iron, press lightly.
The original publication of this pattern is in the public domain, however this digital version with updated language is copyright Sarah Bradberry, July 15th 2012. All rights reserved.