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Free Knitting Pattern: Joan's Socks

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Lion Brand® Wool-Ease®
Pattern #: kwe-joansSocks
Rating: ****3.8 (based on 4 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)

SIZE: Adult Medium

To fit average size woman’s foot. For larger size foot, use larger size knitting needles or crochet hook. The length of the leg can be made longer by knitting or crocheting the leg section an inch or two longer. In the crocheted sock, the length of the foot can also be increased, making sure the top and bottom of the foot are the same length.

CORRECTIONS: (applied Oct 5, 2013)

For smaller size: 18 sts + 26 rows = 4” (10 cm) with smaller needles and double strand.
For larger size: 16 sts + 24 rows = 4” (10 cm) with larger needles and double strand.
The above is only a summary of corrections; the corrected pattern text is below (if free) or shipped upon completion of order (if purchased)
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 620-151: Wool-Ease Yarn: Grey Heather
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*Wool-Ease® (Article #620).
  • Solid, Heather, Twist: 80% acrylic, 20% wool
  • Sprinkles, Wheat, Mushroom, Rainbow Mist: 86% acrylic, 10% wool, 4% rayon
  • Glitter/Multi-colors: 78% acrylic, 19% wool, 3% polyester
  • Frosts: 70% acrylic, 20% wool, 10% polyamide
  • Prints: 80% acrylic, 20% wool
; package size: Solid, Heather, Twist: 3 oz/85g; 197 yd/180m balls
Sprinkles, Wheat, Mushroom, Rainbow Mist: 3 oz/85g; 197 yd/180m balls
Glitter/Multi-colors: 2.5 oz./70g; 162 yd/146m balls
Frosts: 2.5 oz./70g; 162 yd/146m balls
Prints: 2.5 oz/70g; 162 yd/146m balls

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•  620-151 Wool-Ease Yarn: Grey Heather
$ 7.50  
Lion Brand Double-Pointed Needles - Size 6   $ 5.95  
Lion Brand Double-Pointed Needles - Size 8   $ 5.95  
Additional Materials
Note: To change sock size use other sizes of dpns' (Size 7 (4.5 mm) and 9 (5.5 mm) for larger size) .

Joan's Socks

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease®


For smaller size: 18 sts + 26 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) with smaller needles and double strand.
For larger size: 16 sts + 24 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) with larger needles and double strand. 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


skp Slip 1 st, k 1 st, pass slip st over


Work with two strands of yarn held together throughout.

SOCKS (Make 2)

With smaller dpns, cast on 32 sts (divided as foll: 10 sts on Needle #1, 12 sts on Needle #2, 10 sts on Needle #3). Join, work around in k1, p1 rib for 12 rnds.

Change to larger dpns. Work in St st (k every rnd) until piece measures 6 inches.

Next rnd
K8, put rem sts on Needle #2, turn.
Next row Slip 1, p7 plus 8 more sts from Needle #3. Divide instep sts evenly on 2 dpns to be worked later. Work heel flap in St st for about 2½ inches, always slipping first st of each row, ending with a RS row. Note You should have 7 loops along the sides (1 loop for every 2 rows).

Turn heel

Next row Slip 1, p8, p2tog, p1, turn.
Next row Slip 1, k3, skp, k1, turn.
Next row Slip 1, p4, p2tog, p1, turn.
Next row Slip 1, k5, skp, k1, turn.
Next row Slip 1, p6, p2tog, p1, turn.
Next row Slip 1, k7, skp, k1, DO NOT TURN-10 sts rem.
Next rnd Pick up and k7 sts along side of heel plus 1 st at the intersection of the needles. K across instep sts onto one needle. Pick up and k 1 st at intersection at other side plus 7 sts along edge, plus k 5 sts from heel onto same needle. Note Beg of rnd should be at center of heel. Place the st on each side that picked up at intersection on instep needle.
Next row On Needle #1, k sts; on Needle #2, skp at beg of needle and k2tog at end of needle to dec those 2 extra sts (this prevents a hole that may form at this place).

Rnd 1
K to within 3 sts of Needle #1, k2tog, k1; on Needle #2, k across, on Needle #3, k1, skp, k to end.
Rnd 2 K even.
Rep last 2 rnds until 32 sts rem. Work even in St st to desired length, leaving about 1½ inches-2 inches for toe shaping. (Note For Size 7½ shoe, knit to 7¾ inches from back of heel before starting toe shaping.)

Rnd 1
K to within 3 sts of Needle #1, k2tog, k1, on Needle #2, k1, skp, k to within 3 sts of end, k2tog, k1; on Needle #3, k1, k2tog, k to end.
Rnd 2 K even.
Rep last 2 rnds until 16 sts rem. K first 4 sts of last rnd with Needle #3 and weave these 8 sts to 8 sts on instep needle.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) foll = follow(s)(ing)
k = knit p = purl
rem = remain(s)(ing) rnd(s) = round(s)
RS = right side St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es) tog = together

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Pattern Average Rating: ****3.8 (based on 4 reviews)
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Joan's Socks Reviewed by JoAnne Yates on 2013-11-23 ****
Good pattern. I found a similar one in a sock shaped book called "Knit Socks".
I used woolease yarn, 48 stitches, and size 4 DP needles. The socks came out fine, and are much appreciated by those to whom I gave the socks.

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