Basic Sock Pattern

–CO 64 stitches over four DPNs, distributed with 16 stitches per needle.–Work 16 rounds of 2X2 ribbing

–Work desired cuff length of pattern as follows:

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: *K2, P2* repeat around.

–Work a short row heel, double-wrapping stitches.  I usually go down to  10 stitches remaining unwrapped for women’s socks, and 12 for men’s.  (The second wraps will actually come on the pick-up rows of the heel.  Within the week I should be working one anyway, so I’ll try to photo-document for you.)  If you want to carry the pattern down the top of the foot, redistribute your stitches, before the heel, so that your top-of-foot stitches start and end with either one knit stitch, or one purl stitch.

–Continue on, knitting the instep stitches and knitting/patterning the top-of-foot stitches, until your sock is almost to your toes.  Measure your heel, from the bottom of the patterning on cuff to the center.  You want to continue your sock until you have that distance left at the toe. It should be approximately 1.5 inches, if you are too lazy for that. (Remember that your toes are rounded, and take it into account as you measure.)

–Next are the toe decreases.  Name your needles 1, 2, 3, and 4 going around (if it helps).  1 and 3 are sister needles, as are 2 and 4.  What I mean by that is you always do the same things to those sets.

Row 1:

Needle 1: K1, ssk, knit to end.  Needle 2: Knit until three stitches remain, k2tog, k1.  Repeat on needles 3 and 4.

Row 2:  Knit around. (All four needles).

–Repeat until 20 stitches remain, total.  you should have five on each.  At your last knit row, combine the stitches on needles 1 and 2, and the stitches on needles 3 and 4 so that you have ten stitches on each of two needles.  Top and bottom.  Graft using kitchener stitch.  (I am going to try to photo-document that too.  Soon.  Bear with me.)

2 Responses to “Basic Sock Pattern”

  1. ababsurdo: Anne Finlayson aka Anne Courtois » Blog Archive » Sockzilla Says:

    […] The sock that ate…? Maybe not. But this is my sock. Or this is what it looked like a few days ago. I no longer have the luxury of knitting on the beach. The [k]nitty gritty: I’m using Trekking XXL sock yarn, color 155, which is a nice beachy bunch of colors, and my needles — all five of them — are double pointed bamboo size 1s. What pattern am I using? It is called Mouse Says and this is how it goes: […]

  2. Pooh Says:

    Thanks, Mouse, for the sockzilla pattern. And BIG, BIG Thanks for all the time you spent on Saturday afternoon showing me how to pick up stitches on the armhole. It looks great!
    I woke up at 6:00 AM, all ready to knit! (I did laze around in bed for a while longer, until it was light out.) Did get the first armhole edge knit and bound off. Then I had to be a grown-up, (Don’t you hate when that happens!) and did my dishes, watered plants, swept the deck and helped Jane with a large branch that had come down in a storm. I say helped, but all I did was hold the log down while she cut fireplace length sections. Now I’m back in STL, catching up on all the blogs.

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