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plain vanilla socks


Patons Totem Knitting Wool – 6 ozs

Knitting Needles, 1 set of four UK No 11/2.75mm/US 2


Foot 10, 10½, 11 or 11½ ins


It is absolutely necessary to work at a tension to produce 12½ stitches to 2 inches in width.


Cast on 60 stitches (20, 20, 20) – (20 stitches on each needle)

Work 4 ins in rounds in rib of (K2, P2).

Work 2 ins in plain knitting.

In next round: K1, K2tog, knit plain to last 3 sts,
slip 1, K1, psso, K1.

Work 7 rounds in plain knitting.

Repeat last 8 rounds until 52 sts remain.

Continue in plain knitting until work measures 12 ins from commencement.

To commence heel:

Knit first 13 sts of round onto one needle, slip last 13 sts of round onto other end of same needle (these 26 sts are for heel).

Divide remaining sts onto two needles and leave for instep.

Work 21 rows on heel sts in rows of purl and plain (always slipping first st purlways on a purl row and knitways on a knit row).

To turn heel:

K15, 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. Knit back 8 sts (thus completing heel).

Slip all instep sts onto one needle again.

Taking another needle, knit remaining 8 sts of heel and knit up 12 sts at side of heel; with a second needle, knit plain across instep sts; with a third needle, knit up 12 sts at side of heel and remaining 8 heel sts

Shape for instep as follows:

1st round: Knit plain.

2nd 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.

Repeat 1st and 2nd rounds until 13 sts remain on first and third needles.

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;
7½ ins for 11½-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 these 2 rounds until 20 sts remain in round.

Divide sts evenly onto two needles and graft.

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.

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