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How to Knit Socks

How to Knit Socks

Handknit socks are a pleasure to make and to wear; they also make amazing gifts for friends and family!

If you’re new to sock knitting or unsure how to work the heel and toe of a sock, don’t worry, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Regia to create this handy guide. Simply follow the detailed instructions and you’ll be a well-heeled sock knitter in no time.

Casting On

Cast on the number of stitches required evenly across four double-pointed needles, or as given in the method.
The round change is at center back, thus between needles four and one.
This position is automatically marked by the initial thread.
Now work the leg in rounds.
Work a short distance in rib pattern for welt (e.g. alt K1, P1, or alt K2, P2). The alternation of knit and purl stitches gives the welt some stretch.
The leg can also be worked entirely in rib pattern, in st-st or with the pattern. Some patterns require more stitches than given in the table. After the leg, work the foot.

 

Round Heel

 

Work this heel using st-st in open rows over the stitches on
needles one and four. For relief patterns, work to about
1-2cm before end of leg in st-st over stitches on needles one
and four. Continue in leg pattern over stitches on needles two
and three. At the same time, decrease any excess stitches on
needles one and four on first round.
Arrange the heel stitches on three needles, see table “Stitches
for Round Heel”.
Work short rows with wrap sts as follows: The number of wrap
sts worked on needle one are before the first slash, the number
of wrap sts worked on needle four are after the second slash.
The number of sts of center piece is between the slashes.
Do not work wrap sts over these sts.
On first half of heel on needle one, work first wrap st together
with last st before needle two.
On needle four, work first wrap st together with first st after
needle three. On all following rows, work 1 st less at the end
each of every RS row and of every WS row. After turning, work
wrap sts until just sts of center panel remain.

After 2 rounds, over all stitches, work second half of heel with
short rows and wrap sts in the opposite direction. Thus, on
needle one, work first wrap st with first st after center panel and
last wrap stitch with last stitch on needle one.
On needle four, on a RS row, work first wrap stitch with first
stitch after center panel and last wrap st with first stitch on
needle four.

 

First Half of Heel

Row 1 (RS row): K all sts on needle one. Turn.


Row 2 (WS row): Work wrap sts as follows: Hold yarn at front of work, insert needle into first st knit-wise. Slip st and yarn together, then take yarn firmly to back of work. This brings the st over the needle, forming a wrap st. If the yarn is not pulled back firmly enough, this will result in a hole. Bring the yarn to the front and P over remaining sts on needle one and all sts on needle four. Turn.


Row 3: Work 1 wrap st, then K all remaining sts on needles four and one to wrap st at end of row. Leave wrap st un-worked. Turn.


Row 4: Work 1 wrap st, then P again to the wrap st. Turn. Rep rows 3 and 4 until just the sts of center panel remain. Now work 2 rounds over all sts, K over sts of heel and work in leg pattern over sts on needles two and three. At the same time, on first round pick up both parts of the wrap st and K as for first. Then work second half of heel.


 Second Half of Heel

Second Half of Heel

Row 1 (RS row): K sts of center panel and the next st. Turn.


Row 2 (WS row): Work a wrap st, P remaining sts of center panel and the next st. Turn.


Row 3: Work a wrap st. Now K to the wrap st, K this as given and K following st then turn.


Row 4: Work a wrap st. Now P to the wrap st, P this as given and P following st then turn. Repeat rows 3-4 until wrap sts have been worked over the outer heel sts too.


After the last WS row, turn and work 1 wrap st. K remaining sts on needle four then continue in rounds. On first round, K wrap sts as given then work foot and toes as given.

 

Working the Toes

Working the Toes Work to 3 from end of needles one and three then K2 together, K last st. On needles two and four, K first st, then work a slip decrease knit-wise over the following 2 sts. Repeat these decreases as given in the table until just 8 sts remain. Pull up these sts firmly with the double yarn or graft the sts of the toe
shaping together.

 

You can also download the PDF Here.

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