After becoming a sock knitter, one of the problems I had was that sometimes yarns I currently had in my stash did not have at least 350 yards for me to knit a basic pair of mid-calf socks. So, I would go to a pattern for ankle socks, but many never specified the amount of yardage I'd need to knit the pair... I could have taken a risk, but might end up with 1 1/2 of a pair of socks and a tremendous amount of frustration.
So, I have solved that problem here with the "Simply Socks" pattern. (It's also a little spin off of my "Shrimp. Sock. Love." pattern.) Tested and proved, this pattern will let you utilize that 50g skein of sock yarn that has been sitting in your stash all alone. :)
• Wool is Why 75/25 handpainted yarn [75% Wool, 25% Nylon; 218yds/199m per 50g skein]; 1 skein
• 24” US #2/3mm circular needle for magic looping.
• Yarn needle
• Split ring or stitch marker (to keep track of where you are in rows)
32 sts/ 46 rows = 4 inches of stockinette stitch
LLinc: Left-leaning Lifted Increase
LRinc: Right-leaning Lifted Increase
A great tutorial is here for lifted increases: http://dailyskein.wordpress.com/2008/09/13/lifted-increases/
W&T: Wrap and Turn
K2TOG: Knit two together (decrease)
You will definitely need a second ball of yarn if you are making a longer sock.
Any hand-painted skein of sock yarn will work wonderfully with this pattern.
Using Judy’s magic cast on:
CO 22 sts (11 on each needle) with MC. Knit from first needle only.
Row 1: k3, LLinc, knit to last three sts, LRinc, k3; k3, LLinc, knit to last three sts, LRinc, k3.
Row 2: k all sts.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until stitch count reaches 66 sts (33 on each needle) ending at row 1 after increasing.
Knit in stockinette stitch until foot measures 2” less than desired foot length.
Continue on to short row heel.
SHORT ROW HEEL:
Knit first half of stitches with MC (33 sts).
Now working flat with the last 33 stitches:
Row 1 (RS): k to last stitch, wrap & turn.
Row 2 (WS): p to last stitch, wrap & turn.
Row 3 (RS): k to last wrapped stitch, w&t.
Row 4 (WS): p to last wrapped stitch, w&t.
Repeat rows 3&4 until there are 10 right wrapped stitches, 13 unwrapped stitches, and 10 left wrapped stitches (20 wrapped stitches in all) in total.
Row 5: k to first wrapped stitch, k the stitch w/ wrap, w&t
Row 6: p to first wrapped stitch, p the stitch w/ wrap, w&t
Repeat rows 5&6 until there is only one wrapped stitch on each side (two total)
Row 7: k to last stitch, knit stitch with wraps, and continue working on instep. REMEMBER to pick up the first stitch after the instep. Continue on to leg.
Row 1-4: K all sts
Row 5: *K2tog, k1, p2, (k2, p2) 7times. Repeat again across second needle. (64 sts)
Row 6-11: (k2, p2) around.
Bind off with the “stretchy bind off” (Same as a regular bind-off but for the purl stitches, purl them instead of knitting them as you normally would while casting them off.)
Repeat for the second sock. Enjoy your socks after finishing (sew in the ends)! :)
Please do not try to steal and say this was your pattern, no profit for finished product or pattern that is FREE.