Simple Sock Knitting Pattern

simple sock knitting patternThis simple sock knitting pattern is perfect for first-time sock knitters because there’s no heel to turn and no shaping until the simple decreases for the toe. The support around the heel comes from the ribbed pattern that creates elasticity, hugging the contours of your foot. The socks are knitted in the round with double-pointed needles to form a tube so you can make them any length you like – just stop when you’ve had enough!

For this simple sock knitting pattern you will need…

Lightweight (DK) wool

   One 50g  (1¾oz) in Purple (A)

   One 50g  (1¾oz) in Scarlet (B)

   One 50g  (1¾oz) in Pale Pink (C)

   One 50g  (1¾oz) in 50g Lemon (D)

Double-pointed knitting needles:

  One set size 1 (2.5mm)

  One set size 4 (3.5mm)

Stitch marker

Knitting notes… Achieving an exact gauge is not essential here because the ribbing makes the knitted fabric stretchy. The overall length of a sock is 53cm (20½in) but can be worked longer or shorter.

Simple sock knitting pattern

Knit your socks

1.  (Make 2). Cast on 45 [51: 57] sts in yarn A using size 1 (2.5mm) double-pointed needles. Evenly distribute sts over 3 needles and place a stitch marker to indicate the beginning of the round. Now work in the round, taking care not to twist sts.
• Round 1 (K2, p1) to end of round.
• Cont as set until knitting measures 2.5cm (1in).
• Change to size 4 (3.5mm) double-pointed needles.

Work the coloured bands

2.  Four wide bands of colour are worked around the calf and four narrower bands at the toe. (Make 2)
• Work 8 rounds in yarn B, 8 rounds in yarn C and 8 rounds in yarn D.
• Change to yarn A and cont until work measures 44cm (17½in).
• Work 4 rows in yarn B, 4 rows in yarn C and 4 rows in yarn D.
• Now change to yarn A and size 1 (2.5mm) double pointed needles.

Shape the toe

3. Work 3 rounds in pattern.
• Next round (K2tog, p1) to end of round.
• Work 3 more rounds.
• Next round K2tog to end of round.
• K 1 round.

4. Transfer sts to two double-pointed needles and graft rem sts, as follows. Cut the yarn leaving about 30cm (12in) to graft with. Thread the yarn on to a darning needle. Insert the darning needle purlwise into the first stitch on the front needle and pull the yarn through. Insert the needle knitwise into the first stitch on the back needle and pull the
yarn through.

* Insert the needle knitwise into the first stitch on the front needle and slip the stitch off the needle. Insert the needle purlwise into the next stitch on the front needle and pull the yarn through. Insert the needle purlwise into the first stitch on the back needle and slip this stitch off the needle. Insert the needle knitwise into the next stitch on the back needle and pull the yarn through*. Repeat from * to * until all the stitches are grafted. Darn in any loose ends to finish.

303033323438_1There’s no shaping at all in this simple sock knitting pattern until you decrease for the toe – instead, the stretchy ribbing will mould the sock to your foot contours. This pattern was excerpted from Knitted Sock Sensations by Kirstie McCleod and Louise Butt. Visit our online shop for oodles of knitting yarn to make simple socks and more!

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