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Free Knitting Pattern: Basic Socks

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Pattern #: 70739AD
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SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)

SIZE: One Size
Adult Woman’s Medium (8 in. (20.5 cm) circumference), foot length is adjustable


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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 240-203: Sock-Ease Yarn: Red Hots
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*Sock-EaseTM (Article #240). 75% Wool, 25% Nylon; package size: 3.50oz/100.00 gr. (438yds/400m) pull skeins

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•  240-203 Sock-Ease Yarn: Red Hots
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Additional Materials
Size 2 (2.75 mm) double-pointed needles (set of 5)

Basic Socks

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28 sts + 40 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (k every stitch in the round; k on RS, p on WS when knitting back and forth). When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


ssk (slip, slip, knit): Sl the next 2 sts as if to k, one at a time, to right needle. Insert left needle into fronts of these 2 sts and k them tog.

Holding the 2 needles parallel with wrong sides of fabric together, thread a blunt needle with yarn end and work as follows: Insert needle as if to purl into the first stitch on front piece. Insert needle as if to knit into the first stitch on the back piece. Then follow steps 1-4 below.
1) Insert needle as if to knit through the first st on the front needle and let the st drop from the needle.
2) Insert needle into the second st on the front needle as if to purl and pull the yarn through, leaving the st on the needle.
3) Insert needle into the first st on the back needle as if to purl and let the st drop from the needle, then
4) Insert needle as if to knit through the second st on the back needle and pull the yarn through, leaving the st on the needle. Rep 1-4 until all sts have been grafted. When finished, adjust tension as necessary.

SOCK (make 2)

Loosely cast on 64 sts. Divide sts evenly onto 4 double pointed needles.
Place marker and join, being careful not to twist sts. Work in K1, p1 rib for 1 in. (2.5 cm).
Work in St st in the rnd until piece measures 6 in. (15 cm) from beg.
Place last 32 sts on a holder for instep.
Heel flap (worked back and forth on 32 heel sts only)
Row 1: Sl 1, k across.
Row 2: Sl 1, p across.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until heel flap measures 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm), end with a Row 2.
Turn Heel
Row 1: K 19, ssk, k 1, turn.
Row 2: Sl 1, p 7, p2tog, p 1, turn.
Row 3: Sl 1, k 8, ssk, k 1, turn.
Row 4: Sl 1, p 9, p2tog, p 1, turn.
Row 5: Sl 1, k 10, ssk, k 1, turn.
Row 6: Sl 1, p 11, p2tog, p 1, turn.
Continue in this way, working 1 more st between dec until all 32 sts have been worked, end with a WS row - 20 sts for heel.
Next Rnd: K across heel sts, with same needle, pick up and k 19 sts along heel flap, with 2nd needle work across 16 sts of instep, with 3rd needle, work across 16 sts of instep, with 4th needle pick up and k 19 sts along heel flap, k across 10 heel sts - 90 sts. Beg of rnd is at center of heel sts.
Shape Gusset
Rnd 1: Knit.
Rnd 2: K to last 3 sts on 1st needle, k2tog, k1; k across instep sts; on 4th needle, k1, ssk, k to end of rnd.
Rep Rnds 1 and 2 until 64 sts rem.
Work even in St st until foot measures 7 1/2 in. (19.3 cm), or 2 in. (5 cm) less than desired total length.
Shape Toe
Rnd 1: K to last 3 sts on 1st needle, k2tog, k1, on 2nd needle k1, ssk, k to last 3 sts on 3rd needle, ssk, k1, on 4th needle, k1, k2tog, k to end of rnd.
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rep Rnds 1 and 2 until 20 sts rem. Divide remaining sts onto 2 needles and graft toe together.

Weave in ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit k2tog = knit 2 together
p = purl Pm = place marker
rem = remain(s)(ing) rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rnd(s) = round(s) RS = right side
sl = slip St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es) tog = together
WS = wrong side  

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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.4 (based on 20 reviews)
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Reviewed by Megan Sego on 2012-10-23 *****
I love this pattern! I made a pair of socks for my mom who is a very petite woman, size 5 shoe, and the socks came out perfect to her feet and ankle. This was my first time using size 2 DPNs and super fine yarn and I didn't have the urge to rip my hair out! Lol

I was wondering if there was a basic chart of what to knit up to before toe shaping, for each size shoe, even if it is only an estimate. I've seen a chart before, but wonder what Lionbrand's opinion would be.

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