Clark Men’s Socks

This design was created with this beautiful self-striping yarn blending some color favorites to get men some “flare” wearing their socks. The simple diamond stitch pattern on the socks is reminiscent of a faux argyle that men so love to wear. Clark is the perfect gift for the classy, but spunky, gentleman.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Small (Medium, Large), approximate 8.75 (9.75, 10.75)” circumferences around foot and ankle. The leg height and foot length of all sizes are adjustable to fit and preference.

Shown in size Small.

Gauge: 36 sts and 44 rows = 4” (10 cm) in St st, blocked.

Materials

Super fine weight yarnYarn: Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso (75% Merino, 25% Nylon; 462 yards [422 meters]/100 grams): Top Gun (1 skein)

Needles: US size 1.5 (2.5 mm).

Notions: Tapestry needle, 1 stitch marker (optional).

Abbreviations

sl1 = slip 1 stitch purl-wise

Special Stitches

RT (Right Twist): Skip the first st on the left-hand needle, insert right-hand needle in front og your work into the second st and knit the st knitwise, leave sts on the left-hand needle. With yarn still to the front, insert the right-hand needle into the first skipped st and knit that st knitwise. Pull both sts off needle.

LT (Left Twist): Skip the first st on the left-hand needle, insert right-hand needle behind your work into the second st and knit the st tbl, leave sts on the left-hand needle. Bring right hand needle around to the front, insert the right-hand needle into the first skipped st and knit that st. Pull both sts off needle.

Stitch Pattern

Sock 1

Rnd 1: K2 (4, 6), [LT, K4, RT] 4 times, k2 (4, 6).

Rnd 2 and all even numbered rnds: K36 (40, 44).

Rnd 3: K3 (5, 7), [LT, k2, RT, k2] 3 times, LT, k2, RT, k3 (5, 7).

Rnd 5: K4 (6, 8), [LT, RT, k4] 3 times, LT, RT, k4 (6, 8).

Rnd 7: K5 (7, 9), RT, k6, LT, k6, RT, k6, LT, k5 (7, 9).

Rnd 9: K4 (6, 8), [RT, LT, k4] 3 times, RT, LT, k4 (6, 8).

Rnd 11: K3 (5, 7), [RT, k2, LT, k2] 3 times, RT, k2, LT, k3 (5, 7).

Rnd 13: K2 (4, 6), [RT, k4, LT] 4 times, k2 (4, 6).

Rnd 15: K9 (11, 13), LT, k6, RT, k6, LT, k9 (11, 13).

Rnd 16: K36 (40, 44).

Rep Rnds 1-16 for patt.

Sock 2

Rnd 1: K2 (4,6), [LT, k4, RT] 4 times, k2 (4, 6).

Rnd 2 and all even numbered rnds: K36 (40, 44).

Rnd 3: K3 (5, 7), [LT, k2, RT, k2] 3 times, LT, k2, RT, k3 (5, 7).

Rnd 5: K4 (6, 8), [LT, RT, k4] 3 times, LT, RT, k4 (6, 8).

Rnd 7: K5 (7, 9), LT, k6, RT, k6, LT, k6, RT, k5 (7, 9).

Rnd 9: K4 (6, 8), [RT, LT, k4] 3 times, RT, LT, k4 (6, 8).

Rnd 11: K3 (5, 7), [RT, k2, LT, k2] 3 times, RT, k2, LT, k3 (5, 7).

Rnd 13: K2 (4,6), [RT, k4, LT] 4 times, k2 (4, 6).

Rnd 15: K9 (11, 13), RT, k6, LT, k6, RT, k9 (11, 13).

Rnd 16: K36 (40, 44).

Rep Rnds 1-16 for patt.

Pattern Notes

The written instructions are for the first half of the sts.

For Foot and Leg in St st, work rnd instructions followed by k36 (40, 44).

If you wish to have the pattern on the front and back of Leg, work rnd instructions twice.

If you wish to have your two socks mirror each other, I have included instructions for Sock 2.

The pattern is written for DPNs referring to Needles 1-4.

You can accommodate it for Magic Loop or 2 circulars by in the beginning using the front for Needles 1 and 2 and the back for Needles 3 and 4.

Pattern

Toe

Using a toe up cast on (I prefer Judy’s Magic cast-on), CO 36 (40, 44) sts. Divide sts evenly on the needles. If using DPNs, you may need to move sts from needle to needle from time to time to accommodate the stitch pattern.

Note: Needles 1 and 2 are the top of the toes. Needles 3 and 4 are the bottom of the toes. Place marker to mark the beginning of the rnd.

Knit across the sts on each needle.

Rnd 1: Needle 1: kfb, knit until end of needle.

Needle 2: k until 2 sts, kfb, k1.

Needle 3: kfb, k to end of needle.

Needle 4: k until 2 sts, kfb, k1.

Rnd 2: K across the sts on each needle.

Rep Rnds 1-2 until a total of 72 (80, 88) sts on needles.

Note: If you prefer a more pointed toe, cast on fewer sts and then work more rnds until there are 72 (80, 88) sts. If you prefer a different toe, by all means, work your toe of preference until you have the desired amount of sts.

Foot

Once you have reached 72 (80, 88) sts, you will begin working the Foot. Needles 1 and 2 will be the top of the Foot (working the Stitch Pattern) and Needles 3 and 4 will become the Sole sts (working in St st). Begin working Stitch Pattern, repeating Rnds 1-16.

Cont working the Foot until piece meas 2.5” shorter (LESS) than the entire length of Foot.

Creating the Gusset

In this section, Needles 1 and 2 will continue in Stitch Pattern and continue working up the Foot and towards the front of the leg. Needles 3 and 4 will be increasing and forming the instep gusset on the Sole, working towards the heel of the sock.

Rnd 1:

Needles 1 and 2: Cont working the next rnd in Stitch Pattern.

Needle 3: kfb, k to end of needle.

Needle 4: k until 2 sts remain, kfb, k1.

Rnd 2:

Needles 1 and 2: Cont working in Stitch Pattern.

Needles 3 and 4: k all sts.

Rep these 2 rnds until there are a total of 64 (72, 80) sts on Needles 3 and 4.

Turning the Heel

Once you have reached 64 (72, 80) sts, you will begin turning the heel.

Work over Needles 1 and 2 one more time, they will hold the top sts. Cont working back and forth over Needles 3 and 4 turning the heel.

Note: Make special of note the last rnd you worked in Stitch Pattern as you will cont working that same rnd once the heel has been turned.

Row 1 (RS): K27 (31, 35), ssk, k1, turn.

Row 2 (WS): Sl1, p7, p2tog, p1, turn.

Row 3: Sl1, k until one stitch before the gap, ssk, k1, turn.

Row 4: Sl1, pl until one stitch before the gap, p2tog, p1, turn.

Rep Rows 3-4 until there are a total of 3 6(40, 44) sts remaining on Needles 3 and 4.

Leg

Resume working on all 4 needles, paying careful attention as to working the rest of the same rnd in Stitch Pattern left off to turn the heel.

The sample is shown with the Stitch Pattern on both the front and the back of the Leg.

You can make this sock as simple or as detailed as you would like.

If you wish to keep the back of the leg in St st, keep working in the est patt.

If you wish to have the Stitch Pattern on the back of the Leg same as on the front, start working the back of the sock repeating the same rnd worked over Needles 1 and 2 before working the gusset and then after that working the Stitch Pattern twice.

Either way you choose to do the Leg, you may need to pick up a st on either side to close up any holes there may be, remembering to k2tog or ssk with an end st to maintain the correct st count.

Work until Leg meas 1.5-2” shorter (LESS) than the entire desired length of the sock.

Cuff

Ribbing

Knit 1 rnd, then start ribbing.

Ribbing Rnd 1: (K1tbl, p1) 36 (40, 44) times.

Rep Ribbing Rnd 1 for 1.5-2”.

BO all sts in patt using a stretchy bind-off.

Make second sock the same as the first.

Finishing

Weave in all ends.

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