(edited to add: Thanks to Liz for more information about printing from the blog page! See her comment on this post. I didn't know you could do it this way, tried it, and it worked like a charm. S)
Again, be sure to let me know if you have problems. I'm new to this pattern writing business.
Comfy Soled Socks
(designed using The Sole Solution software)
This is a plain stockinette sock pattern with the slip stitch heel flap pattern carried under the heel for cushioning and reinforcement; the rest of the sole is purled for comfort. If desired, you can knit a pattern on the leg and instep of the sock.
Yarn: fingering weight
Size: Women's medium
Construction: Top Down with 2 circular needles. Can also be made using double pointed needles. If using 5 dpns divide half of cuff stitches on 2 needles and the other half on 2 more needles (16 sts per needle). If using 4 dpns put half the cuff stitches on 2 dpns and the other half on 2 dpn (32, 16, 16).
NOTE: Because of the purled sole used in this pattern I find it is easiest to have the sole stitches on one needle and the instep stitches divided between the others. I have trouble avoiding ladders if I separate the purled sole stitches over 2 needles. YMMV
Cuff: 9 inches
Calculated Cuff Measurement: 8 inches.
Gauge: 8 stitches per inch
Total Stitches: 64
Rib Stitches: 64; Rib Repeat: 4 sts.
Heel Style: Flap/Standard; Width: Standard; Stitch: Sl 1 K 1
Toe Style: Standard; Toe Shape: Standard
Stitches adjusted by -10%
Needle Size: US 0 / 2.0 mm or size needed to get gauge.
Ribbing and Leg:
Cast on 64 stitches. Join in a ring being careful not to twist. Divide stitches over 2 needles. Work K2, P2 ribbing for 2 inches. Switch to stockinette stitch and knit leg stitches until desired leg height is reached.
NOTE: Heel is worked in rows on 32 stitches.
NOTE: S1 = sl 1 purlwise.
Row 1 *Slip 1, k1 repeat across from *
Row 2 Slip 1, purl across
Knit in heel pattern until you have 32 heel flap rows. Heel flap shape should be close to square. End with a purl row.
Turn Heel as follows (continuing heel pattern):
Row 1: *Sl 1, k1* for 18 sts, ssk, K1 turn
Row 2: Sl 1, P5 sts, P2 tog, P1, turn
Row 3: *Sl 1, K1* for 6 sts, sl 1, ssk, K1, turn
Row 4: Sl 1, P7, P2 tog, P1, turn
Row 5: Sl 1, *Sl 1, K1* for 8 sts, ssk, K1, turn
Row 6: Sl 1, P9, P2tog, P1, turn
Row 7: *Sl 1, K1* for 10 sts, ssk, K1, turn
Row 8: Sl 1, P11, P2tog, P1, turn
Row 9: Sl 1, *Sl 1, K1* for 12 sts, ssk, K1, turn
Row 10: Sl 1, P13, P2tog, P1, turn
Row 11: *Sl 1, K1* for 14 sts, ssk, K1 turn
Row 12: Sl 1, P15, P2tog, P1, turn
Row 13: Sl 1, *Sl 1, K1* fpr 16 sts, turn
Row 14: P17, P2tog, turn (18 sts total)
With needle 1, *K1, Sl 1* across heel flap (18 sts). Pick up and knit 7 stitches from the side of the heel flap. Place marker. Pick up and knit 9 more sts from side of heel flap plus knit one stitch in the gusset corner. Knit across needle 2 (instep).
Using a spare needle, pick up one stitch in the gusset corner and 9 stitches from the side of the heel flap. Place marker. Pick up 7 more stitches along heel flap. Using needle 1, knit the remaining stitches on Needle 1. Knit the instep stitches across needle 2. Gusset and sole stitches should be on needle 1 and instep stitches on needle 2.
Gusset Decrease and Sock Foot:
Needle 1: K1, ssk, knit until first marker. *Sl 1, K1* until second marker. Knit to the last 3 stitches k2 tog, k1.
Needle 2: Knit.
Rnd 2: Knit.
Repeat these 2 rounds until total stitches equal 64. Note that you will use some of the stitches between the markers to complete the gusset decreases. You should have 32 sts on each needle.
Purl stitches on needle 1 and and knit stitches on needle 2 until you are approximately 1 1/2 to 2 inches from the top of your longest toe.
Needle 1: K1, SSK, knit until the last 3 sts, K2 tog, K1. Continue purling the stitches between the decreases (SSK and K2tog).
Needle 2: K1, SSK, knit until the last 3 stitches, k2 tog, k1.
Rnd 2: Knit around
Continue in this manner until you have approximately 24 stitches remaining. Then work Rnd 1 only until 12 sts remain. Graft toe closed.
Dog Lover’s Yarn
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