Knit a vanilla pair of socks in an undyed yarn and then tie dye them in the color of your choice! This pattern is nice and easy as it includes a Fleegle heel so there is no picking up of stitches required.
Time: Weekend Project to knit then 2 Hours to dye
Skill Level: Easy
To fit mid foot circumference of approx
Small: 7” (17.5cm)
Medium: 8” (20cm)
Large: 9” (22.5cm)
Gauge: 34 sts and 46 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking
Yarn: Knit Picks Bare Stroll Fingering (75% fine superwash Merino wool, 25% nylon; 462 yards [423 meters]/100 grams): 1 ball
Needles: US size 1 (2.25mm) long circular for magic loop or DPNs as preferred
Notions: Markers, tapestry needle
Any 4 ply superwash undyed or white yarn can be used for this pattern. Non-superwash yarns are not suitable. Jacquard Acid Dyes that are safe for home use have been used for the dyeing and only basic equipment is needed.
This pattern is worked in the round from the cuff down.
CO 56 (64, 72) sts using a cable cast on or your own preferred stretchy cast on. Join in the round being careful not to twist.
Rnd 1: *K2, p2; rep from * around.
Rep last for 20 rnds or your desired cuff length.
Knit even until leg reaches your desired length.
Work gusset increases as follows:
Rnd 1: Knit 28 (32, 36) sts for the instep. k1, m1r, k to last st, m1l, k1. (2 sts increased)
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rep last 2 rnds until you have the original 28 (32, 36) sts for the instep and 54, (62, 70) sts on heel, ending with Rnd 2.
Turn work so that WS is facing
Row 1 (WS): Sl 1 pwise wyif, p28 (32, 36) sts on heel, p2tog, p1, turn. (1 st decreased)
Row 2 (RS): S1 1 pwise wyib, k5, ssk, k1, turn. (1 st decreased)
Row 3: Sl 1 pwise wyif, p to 1 st before gap, p2tog, p1, turn. (1 st decreased)
Row 4: Sl 1 pwise wyib, k to 1 st before gap, ssk, k1, turn. (1 st decreased)
Rep Rows 3-4 until you have 32 (36, 40) heel sts total, including 2 unworked sts each side of the heel. Do not turn at the end of the last RS row.
Set up: K 2 sts to beginning.
Rnd 1: K across instep sts; k1, k2tog, k to 3 sts before end of rnd, ssk, k1. (2 sts decreased)
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rnd 3: K across instep sts; k2tog, k to 2 sts before end of rnd, ssk. (56 (64, 72) sts total)
Knit even until 1.75 (2, 2.25)” [4.5 (5, 5.5) cm] short of desired foot length.
Rnd 1: K1, ssk, k to 3 sts before end of instep, k2tog, k1; k1, ssk, k to 3 sts before end of rnd, k2tog, k1. (4 sts decreased)
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rep last 2 rnds until 32 (36, 40) sts rem.
Rep Rnd 1 until 12 (16, 20) sts rem.
Arrange sts so there are 6 (8, 10) sts on each of 2 needles and graft toe closed.
Weave in all ends. Wash and block to even out stitches. Tie-dye yours socks following dyeing instructions of your chosen dye.