Do your best fox trot as you slip and slide along your hardwood floors in these cozy fox socks. Knit in a DK weight yarn, they are a quick and extra-cute project.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Sizes: Adult Small (Medium, Large), 7 (7.75, 8.25)” foot circumference, adjustable foot length
Shown in Medium size
Gauge: 23 sts and 29 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Stockinette St after wet blocking using larger needle
23 sts and 26 rows = 4” [10 cm] in stranded knitting after wet blocking using larger needle.
Yarn: Universal Yarn Deluxe DK Tweed (90% Superwash Wool, 7% Acrylic, 3% Viscose; 284 yards [260 meters]/100 grams): 413 Smoke (MC, 1 ball), 410 Porcelain (CC1, 1 ball), 412 Ebony (CC2, 1 ball), 402 Tiger (CC3, 1 ball)
Needles: US Size 5 (3.75) set of DPNs; US size 3 (3.25 mm) set of DPNs
Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker, stitch holder
K1, P1 Ribbing
Rnd 1: *K1, p1; rep from * around.
Rep Rnd 1 for patt.
These socks are worked from the toe up. The first part of the Top of Foot is knit flat. The intarsia method of changing colors is used for the fox. The first part of the Sole is also knit flat and is joined to the Top of Foot as you go. After the Sole is joined to the Top of Foot, the sock continues upward in the round.
Top of Foot
With CC1 and larger needle, CO 8 sts.
Set-up Row (WS): P2 CC1, p4 CC2, p2 CC1.
Work Rows 1-9 (11, 13) of Fox chart. (20 (22, 24) sts)
Main Top of Foot
Work Rows 10 (12, 14)-30 (32, 34) of Fox chart. Break yarn, place sts on waste yarn. With spare smaller DPNs, pick up 15 (16, 17) sts along each side of Top of Foot, 1 st for every other row. Do not pick up and knit, just pick up. Set aside.
With CC1 and larger needle, with WS facing, pick up and purl 8 sts along cast-on edge from Top of Foot.
Row 1 (RS): Sl st from spare DPN onto working needle, k2tog (first picked up st with picked up st), m1, knit to last st, m1, sl 1, sl last st onto same needle as picked up sts, ssk, turn. (2 sts inc’d, 10 sts)
Row 2 (WS): P1, m1p, purl to last st, m1p, p1. (2 sts inc’d, 12 sts)
Row 3: Sl st from spare DPN onto working needle, k2tog, m1, knit to last st, m1, sl last st onto same needle as picked up sts, ssk, turn. (2 sts inc’d, 14 sts)
Row 4: Purl.
Rows 5-10 (12, 14): Rep Rows 3-4, 3 (4, 5) more times. (6 (8, 10) sts inc’d, 20 (22, 24) sts)
Row 1 (RS): Sl st from spare DPN onto working needle, k2tog, knit to last st, sl last st onto same needle as picked up sts, ssk, turn.
Row 2: Purl.
Rows 3-4: Rep Rows 1-2.
Rows 5-10 (12, 12): With CC3, rep Rows 1-2.
Cont in MC only.
Rows 11 (13, 13)-15 (17, 19): Rep Rows 1-2, 2 (2, 3) times, then rep Row 1 once more.
Sole and Top of Foot are now joined.
Place held Top of Foot sts onto needle.
Rnd 1: K20 (22, 24) Top of Foot sts, k20 (22, 24) Sole sts. PM and join to work in the rnd. (40 (44, 48) sts)
Work even in St until Foot meas 1.75 (2, 2.25)” less than desired foot length.
Next Rnd: K20 (22, 24), with waste yarn k20 (22, 24) for Heel, sl these 20 (22, 24) sts back to left needle, k20 (22, 24) with working yarn.
Work even in St st until Leg meas 3” from waste yarn.
Work Rnds 1-13 of Leg chart.
Break all colors except MC.
Knit 1 rnd.
Switch to smaller needle.
Work in K1, P1 Ribbing for 3.25”.
Switch to CC2.
Work 1 rnd in K1, P1 Ribbing.
BO all sts in patt.
Carefully unravel waste yarn, placing 20 (22, 24) resulting live sts on each side of waste yarn onto separate DPNs. Divide sts bet 4 DPNs and join to work in the rnd.
Work Rnds 1-12 (14, 16) of Heel chart. Chart will be worked 2 times across each rnd. (16 sts rem)
Break yarn leaving an 8” tail. Place first 8 sts on DPN and last 8 sts on a separate DPN. Join the 2 sets of sts using Kitchener st.
Add eyes using CC2 and duplicate st in the sts indicated on the Fox chart.
Weave in ends and block. Fold over cuff to wear.